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  1. Sat May 29th 2010

    by , May 29th, 2010 at 05:09 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat May 29th, 2010

    showed up at 6:30 - 8:00
    warmed up

    Swam in the

    [ame=""]Eddie Reese Short Course Classic [/ame]

    50 bk
    experimented in this race, kicked 15 under & to the flags on the surface, wasn't faster for me

    50 fr

    50 SDK

    (order on both relays was Tyler Blessing, Mike Varozza, Brad Bailey, Chris Eckerman)

    200 free relay: (the old record was 1:24.05)

    20.93 20.93
    20.61 41.54
    20.92 1:02.46
    20.86 1:23.32

    400 free relay: (the old record was 3:07.75)

    22.39 24.27 46.66
    22.23 23.79 46.02 1:32.68
    22.66 25.10 47.76 2:20.44
    22.01 23.67 45.68 3:06.12

    Updated May 30th, 2010 at 12:30 AM by ande

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  2. Saturday, 5/29/10

    by , May 29th, 2010 at 03:10 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, with Carrie

    Warm – up (900)
    300 swim – 200 IM Kick
    4 x 50/45 Build
    8 x 25/30 Strong

    Main Set
    18 x 100 DS in SETS of 3 to STRONG!!
    3 x 100/1:50
    3 x 100/1:45

    2 x 100/1:40
    1 x 100/1:35

    1 x 100/1:40
    2 x 100/1:45

    3 x 100/1:55

    3 x 100/1:40

    Kick EN 2 (300)
    6 x 50/1:15 Very, very Strong

    Cool down
    300 easy swim
    Total: 3300 meters

    Updated May 29th, 2010 at 09:34 PM by poolraat

  3. Birthday Workout

    by , May 29th, 2010 at 02:06 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    Swam with Columbus Sharks
    Coach Renee

    10 Min warm up..

    Celebrating my 50th birthday today;
    50 x 50 on :50 (3 lanes did this with me, I think there was 12 of us)
    1-10 drill/swim by 25
    11-20 Swim
    21-29 Ez/Mod/Hard repeat 3x
    30 ez
    31-40 Swim Choice
    41-50 Desc 1-4, Hold #4 for 5-10
    100 ez

    3x300 DPS, every 4th scull or trazan (I did back stroke)

    2 x 100 IM (Fast Lane did 4)
    4 x 75 Desc
    4 x 50 Kick
    4 x 25 Kick HARD

    100 warm down.

    Then the team surprised me with a birthday
    cake at Panera Bread & Coffee Shop. I didn't
    know you could fit 50 candles on a Bundt Cake.
    I thought I was going to need a Fire extinguisher to put them out.

    I Love Swimming!!!!!

    Thanks to Everyone!!
    Swim Workouts
  4. Not much today

    by , May 29th, 2010 at 01:25 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    I had planned to swim but my mouth kept going. I saw so many old friends at the CCAC that I just talked.

    I had the girls there Sandra, McKaylin and Maddie. They wanted to get used to long course and they will be doing this more often. Today I moved over with a few masters swimmers so that I could work out and not be mistaken for a coach. Especially since all of the other teams were there.

    500 Free
    500 free kick w/fins
    300 easy w/fins as 100 fly, 100 kick, 100 swim

    Total 1300 meters
  5. Newbie blogger tech quesiton

    by , May 29th, 2010 at 09:52 AM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Under people's avatars, I've noticed that they get labeled as "newbie," "participating member," "active member," etc... But some people have something completely different there!

    Does anybody know what makes it change and if you can personalize it?
  6. Double FAST Fri May 27th, 2010

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 11:53 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri May 27th, 2010

    Next Meet is tomorrow the
    "Eddie Reese SCY classic" on
    Saturday, May 29th, 2010 in
    Austin, TX at the
    UT Swim Center from
    noon to 1:00

    Austin, UT Swim Center
    Tyler Coached
    swam with Dale, Larry, Jon, & James
    dove in at 12

    WARM UP scy
    15 min Choice warm up

    4 x 50 FAST on 2:00
    held 25's & 6's
    got a crick in my neck on first dive

    6 rounds of
    (100 fast from a dive ethen 100 easy ) on 5:00
    held 55's & 6 , went51 on last one

    got out and went back to work

    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

    does anyone ever read my blog to the very end?

    Updated May 30th, 2010 at 05:12 PM by ande

    Swim Workouts
  7. "Sex in the City II" (2nd blog of the day)

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 09:58 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I just got back from "Sex in the City II". If you are younger than 45, a male, or a female who has not had the benefit of 2 cosmo's you probably won't like it!
    The main things I brought home from this movie:
    A) Women have a voice!! Even middle-eastern women are beginning to want to have a voice or opinion! (at least according to the Hollywood agenda!)
    B) It's okay to admit your children drive you CRAZY!!!!!! (Even if your lifelong dream was to have the perfect family)
    C) Menopause Sucks!!!! and now it's kosher to talk about it!!! ( I'm still not going to cause the movie didn't convince me on this front)
    D) No matter how unconventional you are (Carrie the supreme Boho fashionista "do it your own way" goddess) the vow of marrige is a concrete and steadfast commitment.

    Okay I liked the movie! I like fantasy, fashion, beauty and all the things that I am not!
    Do I recommend everyone to invest time (2.5 hours) and money ($$) to go see this before it comes out on MOD? Probably not. I think only people who watched the whole series on HBO would really enjoy this flick.

    Today 5,200 LCM solo!! Tomorrow outdoors LCM at Forest Park! I hope my cosmo splurge doesn't hamper my swim!!!!!
  8. Swim again 5/28/10

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 09:44 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Still no LCM pool for me yet so I made do with a SCY workout.

    1st run through was FR,2nd was BR apart from the swim.

    4 x 50 Fly 1:30
    8 x 25 Fly 1:00
    4 x 50 EZ

    10 x 100 BR 2:30 held 1:35 pretty much thorughout.
    2 x 50 EZ FR
    10 x 50 BR 1:15
    2x 50 EZ FR

    4 x 50 FR :50
    6 x 50 EZ

    Lifted for 20 minutes after. 2 sets each instead of normal three. Muscle Milk

    Updated May 28th, 2010 at 09:50 PM by SwimStud

  9. Friday Distance Day

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 06:44 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    Swam with the Columbus Sharks
    Coach Renee
    200 Swim
    8x50 Odd Kick, Even Drill

    2x through this
    600 Every 4th fast :30 or so :-)
    400 Build by 100 :30
    200 Negative Split

    Second set
    8 x 25 10 Dolphin kicks, break out, ez swim
    200 warm down

    1st felt good
    Round 2 different story...
    Left hand numb...
    It's a nerve thing...
    min. rest and a little backstroke and I was fine. Distance swim's have always done this to me.
    I imagine it's a stroke thing. I'm going to try different recovery methods. The only problem is being relaxed while trying different motions.

    Tomorrow I turn 50 so I asked for
    50 x 50 on :50

    Should be fun......
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  10. Mini Swim + Yoga, May 28

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 05:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Dragged myself to the pool today for no other reason than to try a new suit. I might feel the need to evangelize (or not) about the kneeskins soon.

    700 various

    10-15 minutes in the locker room putting on kneeskin suit. Not sure, might have had the wrong size.

    200 w/suit

    Hot Yoga, 90 minutes:

    This felt pretty sweet overall. But the instructor was super chatty and annoyed me. He also caused class to run 20 minutes late. I chuckled when he said that some clients have objected to the new flooring as unauthentic. I vastly prefer it.



    I felt absolutely appalling in the water today. No residual taper buzz left at all. And I still feel rather appalling in general, like I have a case of mono. This situation was worsened by being woken up an hour early today by Lil Fort. I need some big time quality sleep this weekend to jolt myself out of this post Atlanta malaise. Yoga doesn't seem to be working. I probably should have booked a post meet massage, which I did after Zones and snapped back faster.

    Dinner tonight with friends and then some rounds of barbecues this weekend. No pool till next week.

    Updated May 28th, 2010 at 06:07 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  11. First LCM of the Year!

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 03:43 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I swam solo this morning at Carmel High School! My workout was made for scy so I improvised. Here's the scoop!

    **1,500 Swim Freestyle
    **10 X 50 Free on 1:00
    **2 X 500 Freestyle rest :30 (1st w/paddles and buoy/2nd plain)
    **8 X 50 freestyle on 1:00
    **4 X 250 Freestyle rest:20
    **6 X 50 Freestyle on 1;10
    **5 X 100 alt. back and free on 2:00

    5,200 Long Course Meters!
    I had a lane to myself the whole time. I don't know where all the lunch swimmers were.
    Now I'm off to "Sex in the City II" with my oldest daughter!!!
  12. Back to the pool

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 01:58 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Friday, 5/28/10
    SCY, solo

    Well the break is over. Am starting into a new training regimen with a new coach. Don't yet have a goal or focus meet to train for but will probably pick something in the fall to train for. Wanted to do LCM in Puerto Rico but just can't afford it right now.

    Warm up
    400 Mixer (swim, drill, kick)
    4 x 100 @ 1:30 build (ave 1.22)
    4 x 25 @ :30 stroke strong ( did IM order)

    Drill: Alternate 25 Drill with 25 Full Stroke
    12 x 25 @ :30
    25 side arm drill
    25 one arm
    25 fists

    12 x 25 @ :30
    25 forearm scull
    25 catch up
    25 fists

    SP 1 -2 Swim: Back
    4 x 50 @ 1:00 dps (distance per stroke) moderate
    (15-16 spl ave :45)
    1 x 50 smooth free @ 1:00
    5 x 50 @ 1:10 dps moderate strong
    (15-16 spl ave :42)
    1 x 50 smooth free @ 1:00
    6 x 50 @ 1:20 dps Strong
    (15-16 spl ave :40)
    1 x 50 smooth free @ 1:00
    7 x 50 @ 1:30 dps Fast
    (15-16 spl ave :38)

    1 x 200 easy for cool down

    Total: 2750 yards
  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -05/29/10

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 01:15 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:

    1 X 200 3:20
    2 X 100 1:40
    4 X 75 1:10
    4 X 50 :50
    8 X 25 :30

    2 X 100 kick 2:15
    6 X 50 kick 1:00

    1 X 100 moderate 2:00
    2 X 50 fast 1:15
    1 X 100 moderate 2:00
    4 X 25 sprint :45
    Four times through, break between rounds.
    All choice

    8 X 50 1:15
    25 underwater/25 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  14. From the Swimming Pool to the Jury Pool

    This morning I slept through the early-morning AGUA workout. I ended up going over the Y to swim on my own around 7:15. The pool wasn’t crowded, and I ended up doing a short swim followed by a long stretching session afterwards, which seemed to be the proportions my body was craving. My swim was just 1600 yards of easy swimming, drills, and play.

    Afterwards, I went downtown to serve my second (hopefully last) day of jury duty. Part of living in New York City is getting called down to the courthouses every 4 years like clockwork to be part of the jury pool. There are almost no automatic exemptions anymore; every so often the NYTimes runs a story about some politician’s jury duty experience—Giuliani is that last such story I remember seeing. Everyone who lives in the city has their own jury duty war stories, celebrity sightings, and theories about how to avoid actually getting picked for a jury . I’ve lived here since 1994, and this is the 4th time I’ve been called. (I was never on a jury, but was once a jury alternate.) You’re exempted for 4 years after you serve, and you can postpone service up to 6 months each time you’re called.

    Why do New Yorkers get called so often? The head clerk in our jury holding pen helpfully explained it like this: “You could like in upstate New York, in Seneca or Cayuga County, say, and you’d get called every 15 years, if that. But you wouldn’t want to live there, because nothing happens up there! You live in New York City, where the action is. This is where things happen, and when things happen, we need jurors. So here you are!” (New Yorkers—you gotta love their attitude. Or not).

    Jury duty feels like being in high school again. Attendance is taken at the beginning of the day, and the first day always features a movie that seems like a civics-class reel-to-reeler, only with incredibly high production values. It seems like it should be narrated by Troy McClure, but instead features Diane Sawyer and Ed Asner giving a brief overview of the history of criminal trials (Greeks good, Romans bad, medieval people very bad, then the triumphal March of Progress culminating in our current system. These are all illustrated by actors in costume—I arrived this year during the throw-the-witch-in-the-pond scene). Then follows a survey of jury scenes in movies and tv, as Diane assures us potential juries that while any trial we serve on might well be exciting and dramatic, the rules might be different than what we’ve seen onscreen. Then exhortations about civic duty, etc. etc., and the film is over.

    Conditions for jury duty are actually pretty civilized---there are comfy padded chairs, some study carrels and tables, free WiFi, a 15-minute sign-out sheet for anyone wanting to take a break, long lunch hours and early dismissals. You can usually count on serving just 2 days in the pool if you’re not picked for a jury. Things used to be much worse, but there was a jurors’ rights reform movement in NY state that had good effects, as well as raising juror pay. State courts are probably the best to serve in; the one time I was in a juror pool in federal court, we weren’t allowed to have cell phones or any sort or electronics with us in the jury rooms, and hours and breaks were much less predictable.

    Yesterday my day went like this: show up at 8:45, break for lunch at 11:45, reconvene at 2:15; sent home at 2:45. There was no jury selection going on at any of the courts my jury pool was assigned to yesterday (the one biggish trial that was supposed to select a jury yesterday opted to have the judge hear the case instead). I’m hoping today’s experience will be similar, and that we’ll be kicked loose early—surely the judges and lawyers would like an early start to their holiday weekend?

    This weekend I’m planning on swimming at Brighton Beach—the water temp is now 60—as well as doing a few rowing workouts.

    Happy holiday weekend everyone! And good luck to everyone doing the 1-mile swim in NC!

    Update: We were all kicked loose around 1, and don't have to come back for at least another 6 years (extended from 4 now it seems). Woohoo!

    Updated May 28th, 2010 at 03:21 PM by swimsuit addict (update)

  15. FAST Fri May 27th, 2010

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 11:28 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri May 27th, 2010

    Next Meet is tomorrow the
    "Last Hurrah for Full Body Rubber Techsuit SCY USMS Time Trial" on
    Saturday, May 29th, 2010 in
    Austin, TX at the
    UT Swim Center from
    8:00 am to 9:00 am
    (not sure about the order of events, first event is likely to be the 4 x 50 fr relay & the last event is likely to be the 4 x 100 fr relay)
    I'm thinking about swimming a 50 bk & 50 fr)

    LCM & SCY
    Austin, UT Swim Center
    Whitney Coached
    swam with Todd, Tyler, Chris, Brad, Tenille, Erin, Nate, Doug, Ned & Marcio
    dove in on time

    15 min Choice warm up

    4 x 50 FAST on 2:00
    held 29's went 28 on last one

    6 rounds of
    (100 fast from a push then 100 easy ) on 5:00
    held 66 & 7's, went 1:04 on last one

    Moved to diving well
    did 100 k & 50 easy

    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

    does anyone ever read my blog to the very end?

    Updated May 28th, 2010 at 12:26 PM by ande

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  16. Cardio! 5/27/10

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 10:37 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well I got back on the treadmill to run today. I was sensible and did a 2miler in just under 19 minutes. I have made my non swim workouts short and fluffy this week. More of a reintroduction to the motions and what not than of exertions. I hope this will leave me a little less sore as I build up over the next week.

    I also have made an Appt. to go see an ART chiropractor..and give it a shot to see if the persistent tightness in my back is related to long term issues I have previously. I can't think that I am able to do what I do with swimming, running and lifting if I am on the verge of a I think it's possible I have scar tissue holding me tight in the core. I'll let you know.

    Updated May 28th, 2010 at 09:41 PM by SwimStud

  17. Yeah You Shook Me

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 10:35 AM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Some days I'm lazy with the mixes, and grateful that I have iTunes to make the mix for me. With the newish "Genius" feature, I can pick one song, and it picks 25 others songs to go with it. "You Shook Me All Night Long" was today's lynchpin, and this is what it came up with to match:

    You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC, Back in Black
    Life In The Fast Lane, Eagles, Hotel California
    Crazy Little Thing Called Love, Queen, Greatest Hits
    Live And Let Die, Guns N' Roses, Use Your Illusion I (Dancing Banana = best workout song today.)
    Cryin', Aerosmith, Get A Grip
    Good Times Bad Times, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin I
    Pinball Wizard, The Who, 20th Century Masters: The Best Of The Who (The Millennium Collection)
    Gimme Three Steps, Lynyrd Skynyrd, One More From the Road [Deluxe Edition]
    Jeremy, Pearl Jam, Ten
    Learning To Fly, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits
    Behind Blue Eyes, The Who , Who's Next
    Time, Pink Floyd, Dark Side Of The Moon
    Heartbreaker, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II
    Givin the Dog a Bone, AC/DC, Back in Black
    Take The Money And Run, Steve Miller Band
    All Apologies, Nirvana, MTV Unplugged in New York
    Ramblin' Man, The Allman Brothers Band, Big Fish
    Livin' On The Edge, Aerosmith, Get A Grip
    Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin I
    St. Jimmy, Green Day, American Idiot
    My Generation, The Who, 20th Century Masters: The Best Of The Who (The Millennium Collection)
    Hey Joe, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Are You Experienced?
    Don't Do Me Like That, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Greatest Hits
    Who's Crying Now, Journey, Escape
    I Want To Break Free, Queen, Greatest Hits

    I'd rate these songs a 6 out of 10 for good workout music. "Behind Blue Eyes" was playing while I was doing backstroke kick, and as much as I love the rich, deepness of that song, it's better for being introspective than for pumping out a good workout. Speaking of, this is what we did today:

    3x200 s, k, p
    4x75 kick 2 free, 2 stroke
    4x75 kick IM order
    3x225 stroke
    4x75 kick stroke
    *** this is as far as I got, 3000 yards with a warm down.
    3x225 choice
    3x225 pull
    5x125 2 free fast / 1 kick fast / 2 stroke fast
    warm down

    Workout provided by Coach Ron to get us ready for LCM in our SCY pool. I probably could have done more, but we got a little chatty in the lane between sets. But I swear, we were talking about swimming. Meanwhile, the fast lane had some crazy 5300 yard workout, putting us to shame.

    Updated May 28th, 2010 at 11:25 AM by swimmerb212

  18. Yes I am nutty again

    by , May 28th, 2010 at 10:08 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Another Friday and you know it is time for ... 500 Fly again. Felt strong thru this one.

    400, 300, 200, 100@:10R Free
    500 Free w/fins every 3rd 25 Fast
    500 Fly w/fins went 8:30
    500 Back w/fins as 50 fashion model/25 rt arm/25 lt arm per 100
    4x200@3:30 Free w/paddles & bouy descend
    3:26, 3:21, 3:18, 3:11
    200 Free easy

    total 3500 meters
  19. Thursday, May 27

    by , May 27th, 2010 at 11:09 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    P90X Yoga, 60 minutes:

    Stuck with my yoga only mode today. Still feeling tired since getting back on Monday. I thought about a run, but it was 90 degrees here. I think I need a slightly cooler temperature to begin this project.

    Jump roping:

    I read with interest Androvski's post about the benefits of jump roping. I did try, at Q's urging, to do some jump roping last season with the occasional tabata jump rope session incorporated into my drylands. But I think I could do even more.

    Here was Androvski's link, which I need to spend some time reading:

    I still have yet to watch my TRX DVD. I just need my mental week off.


    Got my Q Swimwear suit today. It is decidedly different than the B70 or Speedo LZR Elite. From what I have heard, it's more similar to the fabric used in the new Jaked "Shark" suit. The Shark is the Italian national team suit, but it doesn't appear yet on the Jaked website. May give it a whirl in the pool tomorrow. If I can get myself there. Still not much urge to swim at the moment and sticking to my full week off from the pool.

    Funny Teenager Quote:

    This one really had me chuckling. Mini Fort asked me for a shoulder massage at 10:00 pm last night after a short lifting session. When I declined due to exhaustion, she said "You're not my real mother." lol

    I sent my son off to Nationals at 5:30 am this morning. Hope he has a good experience there. Wish it wasn't so far away.

    I am girding myself for the next month -- the absolute most brutal month of the year in terms of kids events.
  20. Loving the break

    by , May 27th, 2010 at 09:31 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Haven't swam since my 50 free in Atlanta on Sunday. Maybe I'll go to the pool tomorrow morning and get wet. or maybe I'll
    Was going to go tonight but instead.