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  1. Thu Apr 21st, 2011

    by , April 22nd, 2011 at 12:39 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Apr 21st, 2011

    08 days til Nats

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, scy main pool
    5:15 - 6:30 dove in around 5:25
    wore b70 jammers

    did around 500

    Main SET:

    4 x 50 on 32.5
    50 easy

    moved over to diving well and swam easy

    25 fr fast
    went 9.9

    50 easy

    Next meet:

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Days till
    Fri Apr 29, 2011 400 IM, 50 FL
    Sat Apr 30, 2011 100 IM, 50 Br
    Sun May 1, 2011 500 Fr, 200 IM
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  2. Sleep, training and Bob Bowman


    I have been getting horrible sleep for the last month or two, and I blamed the pets until yesterday.

    We have wood floors, two dogs one of which is a nocturnal breed and a cat who like to sleep next to my head and walk across my pillow to get to the edge of the bed. Obviously clacking toe nails, a large dog patrolling the house and a cat using my pillow as a highway would inhibit sleep, but the problem really seemed to be new and the pets are not.

    Wednesday night I turned on the fan and fell asleep with it still on. Slept like a rock. Exhaustion? Again last night, left the fan on, slept very well and woke up refreshed.

    It is that time of year where humidity inside the house is high because the temperature isn't high enough for the AC to run long enough to dehumidify the air significantly. I will be researching the heat index so I can figure out how to maintain a constant comfort level.

    I am glad to have solved this problem, because to say that I have been pissed off since about the beginning of March would be pretty accurate.


    Training partners are significant. A new guy, Josh, joined my team last month; a little younger than me, swam in college, has a middle distance training background and is currently still slower than I am after his 10 year break. Obviously he is getting faster fast, and I have to stay faster than he is.

    This resulted in me jokingly saying "do you want to do the 8x100s on 1:15" and him saying seriously, "Yeah, I think we should give it a try." We made it, with rest even. That made the workout, if we hadn't pushed the 8x100s, the following fast work would have been rather easy. I am pretty sure I wouldn't have pushed as hard for the entire workout as I did if Josh wasn't swimming next to me.

    I have a middle distance training mentality. It is much easier for me to get into the right mindset for a short rest set than it is for a high rest speed work set. Unlike Natty Light ICE drinkers, I don't think this is ideal, and instead need to make conscience effort to make the most of high rest short sprints.

    Bob Bowman

    LW sent me this:

    Which included this middle distance main set from NBAC

    5 x 200 (two groups) A on 2:25, B on 2:30
    8 x 50 on :50 easy
    4 x 200 A on 2:20, B on 2:25
    8 x 50 on :50 easy
    3 x 200 A on 2:15, B on 2:20
    8 x 50 on :50 easy
    2 x 200 A on 2:10, B on 2:15
    8 x 50 on :50 easy
    1 x 200 A on 2:05 B on 2:10 (Mr. Phelps did this set IM)
    This might be doable in the near future as a short rest set. This set might also make some geeky swimmers very excited even if there is a MAC/NBAC rivalry.
  3. Wed Apr 20th, 2011

    by , April 22nd, 2011 at 10:00 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Apr 20th, 2011

    09 days til Nats

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    Whitney Coached
    UT, scy main pool
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in around 6:45
    wore b70 jammers

    missed it

    Main SET:

    20 x 25 on 30

    200 fr strong
    broken at 50's with 10 sec rest

    300 easy

    thought about doing some more fast swims but didn't

    Next meet:

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Days till
    Fri Apr 29, 2011 400 IM, 50 FL
    Sat Apr 30, 2011 100 IM, 50 Br
    Sun May 1, 2011 500 Fr, 200 IM
  4. MATT Friday Workout

    by , April 22nd, 2011 at 08:41 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Pool was very hot today. Surprising since it had dropped to 84-85 yesterday. 88 today. Started out great but the heat got to me eventually. Dropped fly wherever I could. By the time we did some sprints at the end, I was done.


    450 Warm up

    3 times through
    * 4 x 50 Fly/free - :45
    * 4 x 50 IM Order - :50
    * 2 x 250 (50 FL/150 FR/50 FL)
    ** 1st time through - 4:00
    ** 2nd time through - 3:50
    ** 3rd time through - 3:40 (all free)

    Took breaks after each iteration to cool down some. On the third iteration, I did free on :45 and IM/free on :50.

    50 Easy

    8 x 100 Up/Down Kick - 1:40 (:05)
    Saturated w/ br kick

    25 Easy

    4 x 50 - 1:15 IM order from dive

    175 Easy

    (4400 Total)
    Swim Workouts
  5. Something Popped

    by , April 22nd, 2011 at 08:24 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I have to say it is unnerving to move and have your neck pop like when your at the chiropractor but that is what happened today during the middle of practice. Can't say that it made things better or worse. Just that it happened.

    800 Free as 200swim/100pull/200swim/100kick/200swim
    5x200@3:30 Free w/paddles & bouy went 3:17, 3:15, 3:11, 3:10, 3:06
    10x50@1:00 Fly kick w/fins
    3x200@3:30 Free w/paddles & bouy went 3:15, 3:14, 3:11 first one is where my next popped
    200 Free easy

    Total 3100 meters
  6. Thursday, 4/21/11

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 11:34 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo
    8 days to go!

    Warm up
    300 as 50 swim/50 kick/50 drlll - repeat

    - did 150 free/150 back
    200 as 50 scull - of each 4 different positions
    4 x 50/55 build

    - did 2 free, 2 back
    8 x 25/30

    1)12.5 fast - 12.5 easy
    2)12.5 easy - fast finish
    3)25 easy
    4) 25 fast
    - 1-4 back, 5-8 free
    100 easy

    Main Set
    Repeat 2 Times:
    1 x 50/1:00 build free
    8 x 12.5 AFAP (round 1 = fly, round 2 = back)

    50 swim/50 kick/50 drill/50 swim build

    6 x (SDK at least 15 yards Fast Under water, easy streamline kick for reast of 50)/ on 1:30, was going 20+ SDK to around 15. doing the 50's in 52-53 sec

    Warm down
    300 easy as 50 free/50 back

    Total: 2100 yards
  7. Another Double, Thursday, April 21

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 11:05 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    PM Drylands:

    TRX rows, 2 x 15
    TRX knee tucks, 2 x 15
    TRX sprinter start, 20
    TRX row-W fly-super fly, 15
    power wheel roll outs, 3 x 15
    knee tuck jumps, 15
    twisting med ball slams, 15
    overhead med ball slams, 15
    snatch windmills, 10 x 2 x 10

    RC exercises, 15 minutes
    Stretching/Foam Roller, 15 minutes

    Evening Swim/SCY @ GMU:

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    200 kick-swim
    200 IM drill

    Main Sets:

    If you want to see what was assigned, see Speedo's blog. I altered the workout substantially since I had done some speed work yesterday and had access to blocks.

    2 x through:

    4 x 50 dolphin kick w/board @ 1:20
    2 x 25 fast to the 15 from the blocks
    75 EZ

    -- Instead, of the second set, I did 7 x "30s" = forward start + power kick to 15 @ 100 pace + cruise back. Only 2 were good. I hit one perfect start and that was 11 dolphin kicks to the 14 meter mark.

    6 x 150 @ 2:10
    -- Did backstroke kick w/fins. Worked the first 5 pretty hard for some aerobic work and cruised #6.

    6 x 75 w/fins @ 1:15
    -- 2 kick + 1 swim
    -- cruised the last one (had a cramp)

    5 x "30s"
    -- Forward start off block + power kick to 15. Hit a couple of these well.

    6 x 50 @ 1:20
    -- cruised 5
    -- went last one fast backstroke shooter w/fins, 23

    100 EZ

    Total: 3360

    Sat in hottub chatting with Gustavo for 10 minutes or so. He asked for ideas on how to improve his speed and I had a few.



    I woke up feeling . Pretty sure this was mostly from bikram as that always kicks the sh*t out of me when I've had a layoff. I felt a little better after drylands. But I was still feeling it during the workout. So I skipped some of the assigned work to do starts -- a good use of my time. Since my legs were so sore, I went home and took a 10 minute ice bath. Sheer torture the first minute.

    Pete wants to do a Tall Paul workout for Fast Friday tomorrow. It looks rather ambitious for sprinterly me, so I'll probably do about half the speed work, depending on how I feel. It will be my third workout in less than 24 hours.

    Revised my entry for Canadian Nationals. I deleted the 100 breast on Saturday and the 100 back on Sunday and substituted the 50 breast on Sunday. So I'll swim 6 events instead of 7 and not have the 100 back before the 100 IM the last day. Don't really need a time in that event anyway. I tentatively plan to do the same taper I did before the Albatross meet. Though I took it much easier than usual the 3rd week out (because of the Warrenton meet) ... This suggests more rest is better.

    Interesting blurb about the Boston Marathon Expo:

    I didn't see the energy drink there, but did see the new foam roller.

    Updated April 22nd, 2011 at 10:02 AM by The Fortress

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  8. Smooth it out

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 09:18 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Swam at the Y again this morning. It's still really hot there, but so convenient to work! Also, I traded a swim pass for 3 boxes of Girl Scout Cookies since it's now been 4 days that I've been following the doctor's advice and not eating sugar, and those cookies were just taunting me.

    Here was the workout, adapted from Tall Paul:

    4x25 swim
    4x50 IMO
    4x75 drill / kick / swim
    4x100 swim

    6x100 @ 1:50 smooth
    200 fast @ 3:15
    6x50 @ 1:00 smooth
    4x25 IMO

    6x100 @ 1:45 smooth
    200 fast @ 3:00
    6x50 @ :50 smooth
    4x25 IMO

    100 no splash
    50 fast
    100 no splash
    50 fast

    100 warm down

    3800 total

    I gave myself some longer intervals than I've been doing lately, and it felt good. With that extra rest, I was able to concentrate on early arm engagement, keeping my head down, and streamlining off the walls. I easily held the 100's at 1:25.

    Still feeling no significant pain from yesterday's run, although the soles of my feet were a little tender, and my calves felt wicked tight, mostly noticeable while going down stairs.

    After work I went to the gym, we worked on more classic lifts:

    Bench press - 70 lbs
    Squats - 70 lbs
    Deadlift - 65 lbs

    plus we've got an isometric routine started, taken from that Men's health article which has inspired the classic lift routine:

    Leg lifts - 30 on each side
    shoulders - 40 on each side
    upper back - 30, twice
    plank - 40 seconds

    Still got some work to do there.

    Feeling good! I'm taking tomorrow off from working out, unless you count bowling night with the BF. Can one FLOG bowling, I wonder?
  9. Thurs 4/20 - sloggin' through some aerobic stuff

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 06:34 PM (Dan's hobby/obsession)
    Well, my arms felt a little better today. I didn't swim yesterday & just went for an 8 mile run. The sun finally came out for a while so I got to scrape a layer of winter grime off the car and get the lawn mowed.

    I thought about taking another day off from swimming, but I need to do some sort of exercise each day and the weather was back to rainy & 40 degrees this morning. Not pleasant running or cycling weather, so I grabbed my bag and headed to the pool for some easy yards.

    I kind of made up this workout. I knew I wanted a decent number of yards, but I wasn't in the mood for pushing hard.

    500 swim - every 4th length backstroke
    500 kick w/ fins, alt. fly & flutter by 50's
    500 pull alt. fr/ba/fr/br by 25
    10x100 @ 1:30 odds free (1:15 - 1:18's), evens back (1:20 - 1:22)
    5x300 pull @ 4:00 (3:45 - 3:50)
    200 IM drill
    8x25 @ :30 IM order (felt sssloooowwww)
    200 cool down

    75 minutes

    About halfway through the 100's I started feeling OK and decided to do some 300's instead of the 200's I'd been thinking about. Pretty much garbage yards anyway, but I don't have any meets scheduled for quite a while, so I figured I might as well go back to low-intensity aerobic training.
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  10. Thursday, April 21, 2011 5:15am

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 02:27 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Enough of this taper garbage...I'm ready to race already!!

    I haven't gone over 1700 yards in the last week, which is supposed to be a good thing. The problem is that my knee is killing me now, and that is due to the crap I have to do at work. There's always some variable out there that you have no control over.

    100 Free
    200 Pull
    100 Fly Drill EZ
    100 Free EZ

    6 x 100 Free Pull
    1 @ each interval - 1:30, 1:25, 1:20, 1:15, 1:10, 1:05.
    I started off with easy with the first 3 at 1:05/:06ish, #4 @ 1:04, #5 & 6 at 1:02s.
    I was happy with this.

    400 Yards of swimming EZ
    1500 Yards

    Didn't do too much kick as the inside of my right knee hurts. It's the part directly to the inside/left of the kneecap. I could just amputate it, that would stop the pain, but it wouldn't help me with other things in life.

    Plane leaves in 8 days for Phoenix. Getting excited.

    Sat. 200 Fly, 100 Back, 200 Free
    Sun. 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM
  11. A whopping 700 yards this morning

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 01:37 PM (Life in the (not so) fast lane)
    Our pool opens at 6 a.m. and that's when I usually go. Mrs. Jethro gets up at around 6:15 to wake the kids up for school. When I wake up around 5:30 and try to slip out the door quietly, apparently I'm never quite quiet enough. Every day I wake her up 45 minutes early, and that's not enough time for her to fall asleep again knowing the alarm will go off soon.

    I'm all about compromising when necessary, so we tried something different this morning. I woke up at 4:30 instead, then went downstairs for a while before heading to the pool at the usual time. That way, if I happened to be noisy, there was plenty of time for her to go back to sleep.

    That part worked great. She didn't hear me at all this morning.

    Anyway, I showed up at the pool a few minutes before 6 o'clock, and it was as crowded as I have ever seen it. Totally jam packed. Even worse, the only lane that had any space available is one against the wall, where the wall runs halfway down the lane before opening up into the diving pool. In that particular lane, the corner of the wall (before the diving pool begins) sticks about two or three inches in from the lane rope, so if you tend to hug the lane rope when sharing (as I do), you tend to have close encounters with the corner of that wall (as I have).

    So between sharing a lane with a noodler, immersed in 85 degree water, and being in constant peril of smacking a wall, I was not exactly motivated to do much this morning. So I didn't. After doing a 400 swim and 300 pull as part of my warmup, I said screw it and left. Yes, I could have asked to switch sides, but I decided not to. Meh.

    Fortunately, it's been a pretty slow day at work, so around 11 I went back and did another 2,800 yards. The pool was STILL packed, so rather than do the fly-heavy workout I had planned for today, I improvised a bit, changing up full stroke to kicking and drills. I guess I just picked the wrong day to swim, but it was better than not swimming at all.

    Tomorrow will be better.
  12. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -04/22/11

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 01:31 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:10
    2 X 200 3:20
    1 X 150 2:15
    2 X 100 1:30

    5 X 100 free 1:30
    5 X 100 kick 2:15
    5 X 100 IM or stroke 2:00

    4 X 50 1:00
    1 X 100 easy 2:30
    Three rounds. Round 1 50's fly, 2 back, 3 breast.

    1 X 200 free 3:00
    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    Twice through

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  13. "Fly"ing High...

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 12:49 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    One thing that I learned at Y Nationals is that I die in the last 25 of a 100 Fly race (as does everyone else). So, one of my new goals is to do longer fly sets (swims and drills) in practice to try to improve my 100 fly time. I also want to begin racing the 200 IM, which will clearly require more work on my back and breast strokes. So... with no coach in today, I heavily modified the workout to cater to both of those new goals. Here's what I was supposed to do:

    400 Warm-Up
    2 sets:
    - 1 x 100 Drill/Swim/Drill/Swim by 25s IM order on 2:00
    - 1 x 100 Swim/Drill/Swim/Drill by 25s IM order on 2:00
    4 sets:
    - 1 x 150 on 2:45 1st 50 FAST/100 moderate Free
    - 1 x 150 on 2:45 50 moderate/50 fast/50 moderate Free
    - 1 x 150 on 2:45 100 moderate/50 fast Free
    - 1 x 150 on 2:45 all fast Free
    - :30 rest between sets
    8 x 50 Kick Reverse IM Order on 1:00
    Total Yards - 3600

    What I ended up doing on the first main set was to replace the drill with breaststroke and swim freestyle. Actually felt like I wasn't going backwards during my breaststroke kick, so maybe there is hope for me yet.

    Here's the really crazy part I did on the next main set.... I replaced the "Fast" with full stroke and the "Moderate" with drill. I put my fins on and did round #1 Fly, round #2 Fly/Back Mix, round #3 Back, and round #4 Fly/Back Mix. I don't think I have ever swam as much Fly in one workout (with or without fins) before in my life. I must say, my arms did feel like they wanted to fall off, but they didn't and my arms did clear the water for each fly stroke - even at the very end!

    To be honest, I need to thank my lane mate, Julie, today for simply being there. She swam the workout as written (with a little backstroke thrown in here and there due to boredom), but I had told her what I was planning to do. It helps so much to be accountable because I wanted to simply stop after the 2nd set. Then, because I didn't want to take off my fins, I made myself continue to do stroke instead of switching to free. All in all, a really hard practice for me - and one I am now proud of myself for getting through.

    After work, it's off to bake some cookies, then head over to the track to watch my daughter's team race. While it's cool today, at least it's not windy - that should improve her time over the last meet tremendously. The wind on Monday was insane!

    Happy swimming to you!
    Swim Workouts
  14. MATT Thursday Workout

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 10:50 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Storms again yesterday sabotaged practice. Did really well today. I don't pull but I made the first two 300's anyway. After the second one, I was going to put fins on since I was getting tired. Someone needed my lane so I swam behing Dave on the third one and made 3:35... no fins! Finished the last two at around 3:38.


    400 Warm up

    5 times through
    * 300 Pull - 3:45
    * 50 Easy - 1:15
    * 100 IM Kick - 2:00
    * 100 Stroke - 1:30
    * 50 Easy - 1:00
    * 100 IM Kick - 2:00

    200 Cool Down

    (4100 Total)
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  15. Mixing it up

    by , April 21st, 2011 at 07:33 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Yes the yardage is down but I am mixing it up more and reinvigorating my workouts. The biggest challenge is letting go of the mega yardage mentality.

    2x[5x50@:55 Free
    ....[5x100@:05Rest IM pull to kick
    20x25@:40 Fly w/paddles
    8x50@:55 Back every 3rd FAST
    6x50@1:00 Breast pull w/fins
    200 Free EASY

    Total 3000 yards
  16. Wed., April 20

    by , April 20th, 2011 at 11:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    700 various

    Main Sets:

    16 x 50 @ :55-1:00
    4 of each stroke, drill fly

    9 x 75 back kick w/fins @ 1:15
    1-3 shooter on 3rd length
    4-6 shooter on 2nd length
    7-9 shooter on 3rd length
    25 EZ

    50 EZ

    10 x jumps (200)
    odds = broad jump off pool + squat jump off bottom
    evens = grab start off side

    6 x 50
    25 EZ speed fly or belly shooter w/fins @ 100 pace + 25 EZ (felt dreadful)

    50 EZ

    Did not want to attempt speed work, but forced myself.

    2 x (50 fast w/fins + 100 EZ) @ 3:00
    breast, :31 (not bad)
    free, high 24 (bad turn)

    4 x (25 fast free /fins + 25 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 4100

    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes

    Didn't feel as dreadful as I usually do after a layoff. Still can't do standing head to knee for very long without a more consistent practice.



    I was lacking all motivation this morning. This seems to be a common occurrence when I get thrown out of my usual routine. David Guthrie suggested I start my 5 week taper. (Yes, he really does that.) Eney Jones suggested I just go robotic for a couple days. My very first masters coach told me to "do it OR ELSE." I opted for a combo of the last two. I actually feel better after the 2 workouts.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  17. Wednesday

    by , April 20th, 2011 at 09:34 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I haven't had time to blog since spring break! By the time my rear hits the seat at night I've been falling asleep with laptop in bed! I think driving non-stop to and back home from Tamp/St. Pete (15 hours each way) took its toll on me. I have been swimming pretty much daily and for that I am pleased!

    Here's tonight's workout:
    Solo @ Monon
    **400 IM warm-up( in 100 IM form non-stop and stretchy)
    **500 Free moderate
    4 X 125 @ 2:15 interval
    **400 Free pull
    4 X 100 @ 1:45 interval
    **300 Free hard
    4 X 75 free @ 1:20 interval
    **200 Free easy
    4 X 50 @ 1:00 interval
    **100 Free easy
    4 X 25 free hard @ :30 interval
    **4 X 25 Perfect Fly @ :40 interval

    3,500 scy

    I have a new "Student Teacher" who was a pitcher in College. I am picking his brain for good shoulder and rotator cuff exercises. I'll post anything news-worthy he shares!
  18. Shoeless me!

    by , April 20th, 2011 at 08:33 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    I just had my first barefoot run. Date night got canceled, so I decided to try out what I learned in "Born to Run."

    I grabbed a pair of ballet flat slippers and went to the freshly paved (and clean after the rain) rail trail to trot along the .6 mile stretch to see how it felt.

    Usually when I run I have to stop because of knee pain, hip pain, or ankle pain. Or because I can't breathe.

    Running the first half in slippers, I concentrated on keeping my torso smooth, having a short and quick cadence, and not flipping stepping on anything! The only thing that hurt were my lungs, so I slowed down to walk for bits. When I got to the end of the trail, I started to feel like my toes were a little constricted in the slippers. And knowing that I passed no broken glass or stones or anything really nasty, I took them off to run back to the car barefoot.

    The second half felt fantastic on my joints! That is, there was none of that familiar knee pain that always sets in after 10 minutes. However, my legs were burning a little, they're still sore from the squats on Monday night. I was going very, very slowly to pay attention to the ground in front of me, and I wonder if that was keeping me from having proper form. The wet pavement felt like running on a pumice stone, which started out feeling like massage to scratching and then burning by the last few yards. That's also about the time that my calves tightened up and for the first time I felt like stopping because of pain other than my breathing.

    I got home, washed my feet, gave thanks for the handy inhaler, and massaged my calves. Time will tell if I wake up with new sore parts, but the time I spent on the path was exhilarating, and I would do it again, or possibly invest in a pair of shoes that offer a barefoot feeling and protection. I don't think these ballet slippers will last more than a few outings.

    And tomorrow, it's back to the swimming!
  19. Jim: The CZ Pictorial

    by , April 20th, 2011 at 06:08 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    (Teaser shots to whet the appetite for more. With thanks to Allison Simpson Moore, my photographic Boswell at the recent Colonies Zones championships.)

    In preparation for the mixed 45+ 800 freestyle relay, Jim convinces Vibeke L Swanson to "Sampson" him by lending her locks. Here is Jim in the pre-Sampson coaxing phase.

    Jim with a gloriously full head of Vibeke hair. Get away from me, you harridan Delilahs! Ye shant shorn these locks before I have broken 2:00 yet again in the third of three 200 SCY freestyles in a row! (A relay, the individual 200, then this relay.)

    Enough preliminary teasing...for now. Let us now begin the vlog proper.

    When Henri Matisse became too old to paint, he took a pair of scissors and began creating his famous cutouts. I, Jim Thornton, have become elderly myself, and my capacities have begun to fray. No longer able to type without irritation, I have recently purchased the Dragon Naturally Speaking 11 speech recognition software package, and I have begun to write my vlog by speaking rather than typing it.

    This particular blog is mainly a captioned pictorial recount of the high times experienced by me – and those lucky enough to be around me – during the recent Colonies Zone championships.

    A brief preamble: none of the pictures below actually show me swimming.

    Let's face it: we are all swimmers here, and although we pay lip service to the accomplishments of our lessers and our betters alike, we all mainly care about ourselves.

    What the pictures do depict is my attempt to come up with some way to subsidize the cost of my swimming meet schedule.

    Swimming is a rich man's sport. Those of us who toil away in the cloudy waters of the Amish mudhole community in western Pennsylvania must swim largely in antiquated pools in competitions that have no prayer of being recognized by USMS.

    Because of this, the only way we have a chance to qualify for the national, albeit meaningless, recognition of a potential Top 10 Time is to travel as far as we can afford the gasoline to get to. A certain degree of shameless begging is also a sine qua non for those of us nomadic swimmers wandering about in our junkers in search of a legal swimming venue.

    That is why I have talked the wonderful and altruistic Leslie "the Fortress" Livingston into giving me ownership of 14 percent of her house--as well as the equally wonderful and altruistic Bobinator into providing similar accommodation in her Compound Midwest in Carmel, Indiana.

    In any event, besides trying to swim my best at the meet, despite two weeks of uninterrupted sickness following the conclusion of our unrecognized Y championship meet, during which I did my best times since 2006 in both the 500 and 1000, I was preoccupied by financial worries.

    By the time my little Honda and I rolled into the Compound’s driveway, the automobile flashing its check engine light impotently, I sneezing and coughing and wracked with myalgia, I could not help but wonder: How might I hope to recoup the $49 in gas and $40 entry fees I had spent to get to this point?

    The next day, thanks to Leslie's kindly offer to lend me her Ugg boots, I had my answer.

    Many of these pictures that you shall see below might be construed as erotic. Rest assured: I have no intention of putting them on the market thusly.

    Instead, I have two alternative markets in mind for resale that do not require me to descend into the Hades of sex work.

    1. The Ugg Corporation itself, which I am confident is in need of an attractive model for its products.

    2. A future edition of AARP: the Magazine after its merger with Cosmopolitan--an inevitability, I feel, in today's dog-eat-dog magazine climate. As soon as this occurs, men like me and that septuagenarian Dr. Six-Pack guy who pedals HGH in Las Vegas will become a new kind of currency.

    Without further preamble, let me begin pasting in the pictures and appending captions as needed for clarity purposes.

    Note: in another vlog very soon, I hope to discourse more voluminously on swimming and justice. But for now, please simply enjoy these photos and feel free to forward them to any connections you might have within the supermodel industry. I suspect I could use a few connections to get my camel's toe into the tent, or whatever that cliche is.

    Swimming hard and financial stress has temporarily tuckered this little fella out!

    It's amazing how many young women at this meet keep asking me to tell them, in great detail, about my tick.

    Jim recaps poses he has seen other models of his caliber attempt in pictorial spreads. Not many of them have pulled it off quite so handsomely, though! Doesn't this just scream: Buy UGG Boots Now!!!

    Work with me, work with me! whispers photographer, Alison Simpson Moore.

    And Jim sure does!

    This is worth so much more than a thousand words!

    In this final classic shot from the series, Jim's fellow U. Michigan alumnus-swimmer, Carolyn Voorhees, lends him her iPhone cued up to play Nancy Sinatra's classic.

    In fact, why not click on this link below, and look at the pictures while listening to the perfect musical accompaniment to today's compendium of swimming wisdom?

    [nomedia=""]YouTube - Nancy Sinatra - These Boots Are Made For Walking (1966)[/nomedia]

    And on this note, it's time to cart my camel's toe off to the swimming practice tent, or whatever that expression is.

    Updated April 21st, 2011 at 08:53 AM by jim thornton

  20. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -04/21/11

    by , April 20th, 2011 at 02:14 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:45
    4 X 50 kick 1:15
    4 X 150 50 free/50 stroke/50 free 2:45
    4 X 100 kick 2:15

    1 X 300 free negative split 4:30
    3 X 100 IM 1:45
    3 X 100 free 1:30
    1 X 300 IM
    Two times through with a break

    10 X 50 1;00
    odd: moderate
    even: fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts