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  1. 3/31: Team Practice

    I am trying to be less of an embarrassment to middle distance swimmers everywhere.

    Warm Up
    - 400 free
    - 200 kick IM order no fins w/board
    - 400 back
    - 2x100 IM drill
    Transition
    - 50 fly
    - 150 free
    - 50 back
    - 150 free
    - 50 breast
    - 150 free
    Main Set
    - 10x100* on 1:15 (11s and 12s, last one was 13).
    - 100 back kick no fins
    - 6x50** on 1:00 w/ fins fly/back/back/free/free/free (27/26/26 on the free)
    Cool down
    - 200 free

    * The main set was supposed to be 6x150 on 2:00, and I changed it to 10x100 on 1:15.

    ** Fast free with fins changes my stroke too much. Doing more of those sets will probably resolve that.

    On faster free sets, I am thinking about a faster turnover with a more relaxed pull, if that makes sense.

    150s on 1:50 would be a good stepping stone toward 100s on 1:10. Need to pick up the pace on my 1:15s before attempting 1:10s.

    We shipped a large bag of luggage ahead and it is currently in Hong Kong. That is pretty cool, since it was shipped Monday afternoon.
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  2. Starting to hurt a little - a good thing

    by , March 31st, 2010 at 08:14 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Tomorrow will be a recovery day but even today was only a moderate day

    500@8:00 Free
    400@6:15 Free
    300@4:45 Free
    200@3:15 Free
    100@1:30 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    5x100@1:40 Fly kick on back last lap fast
    10x50@1:00 Breast pull w/fins
    6x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy
    4x50 from dive breakouts
    200 free easy

    total 4000 yards
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  3. Trainer Session

    by , March 30th, 2010 at 07:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Was fabulous! And so great for the ego ... Now I feel weak, completely unfit and inflexible. Sheesh!

    First, he (Ron DeAngelo) put me through a battery of functional movement tests and put me on the True Flex machine. My hips, shoulders and legs are relatively flexible. My lower to middle back not so much. I don't think going to yoga 1x a week is going to help. I have to do it more often or stretch more.

    Then we did some balance testing. I'm not much good at that either -- despite thinking I was improving through yoga. He assigned a 6 position single leg squat exercise to help fix this issue. I was pretty good at some of the more yoga like positions he had me try. In addition to the one legged squats for balance, he is a fan of the one legged squat hold and the bulgarian squat (one legged squat, down on a 4 count, hold for a 2 count, then back up quickly -- with weights)

    Because I was interested in improving core strength and explosive strength for swimming, he recommended that I incorporate 6 holds, which are aka "isometric holds at extreme angles." They are:

    Holds:

    1. squat hold: Just get down in a very deep squat and hold, really tightening the glute and hamstring muscles. The idea is to work up from 1:00 to 5:00 on all these exercises. 3:00 is "the minimum." Happily, I could do this one for 3 mintues without too much problem. (I think he was somewhat surprised.) When you can advance to 5 minutes than you add weights. He has a sprinter girl client (100 dash specialist) who holds a 100 lb bar for 5:00 in the squat position.

    2. pull up hold: you hang from the pull up bar. but instead of hanging straight down, you put your shoulders down and squeeze your shoulder blades together. You can rest your toes on something if you need too.

    3. push up hold: get 2 boxes or steps about 5 inches off the ground. place your hands on the boxes and lower your body, contracting your back and core. Then you add weight on top of your back once you can do this for 5 minutes.

    4. bicep hold: this can be done on a yoga ball with your arms fairly straight, tightening and pressing your triceps against the ball while holding the DBs out.

    5. lunge hold: hold into a deep lunge squeezing hammies and glutes, place hands in a runner type position, squeeze and hold against sides. This is apparnetly the hardest of the holds. I only did it for a minute as we were trying to get through the exercises, but I can see that ... Nothing adorable or darling about this exercise.

    6. good morning darling hold: standing up, hands up by your ears, bend at the waist contracting ab muscles until your looking under between your legs. hold the contraction.

    No wonder Mr. Fort was complaining that this guy was so tough!

    TRX Suspension Training:

    He says this is "fabulous" for swimming. I tried some suspended planks (you can do them straight arm or on your forearms). Much harder than on the ground. Then I tried the plank moving forward and backward suspended -- very hard. Then I tried some side planks, even harder! Once you can do these you can do the side planks with the other arm scooping under. The upper body exercises you can do with TRX also seem pretty good. There are many TRX videos on youtube. Here's one that shows tons of exercises. I think it looks pretty fun. [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxzQjbJLLJk&gclid=CKWIrsmx46ACFQ5qswodEFZY Cw"]YouTube- Why TRX Suspension Training?[/ame]

    I also did the core stabilization exercise with him watching. This is the one where you are in a straight arm plank position with two DBs under your chest and you row them one at a time to your chest. I was moving somewhat on these, which is a big no no. To keep your body absolutely still while doing these you need to really squeeze you abs, back and glutes.

    I told him I had been doing box jumps and he encouraged me to continue those. But he also wanted me to do "altitude drops" where you jump down from the box, land in a perfect squat and hold. He had 2, 4 & 6 feet boxes from which to do altitude jumps. Yikes. Like the other exercises, you can add weights to these when you become expert.

    I described some of the other core exercises I was doing, which he said were "fine" (very glowing, no? lol). But the above exercises are superior for core and explosive strength. The holds can be done as an add on or in lieu of your strength training, but preferably both. He definitely seemed to think I should keep doing upper body work to keep the shoulders healthy and strong as well. Of course, he's a big fan of pull ups and chins ups.

    He is a fan of overhead squats as well. I did some for him. He said I was shifting slightly to the right, which typically means you're shifting away from pain. Could have been my very sore left knee I was favoring. I also occasionally get a little twinge in my left lower back.

    I got home and wanted to do some more of these exercises, but my left kneecap is absolutely killing me and causing me to limp somewhat when I walk. I hope it's better soon. I started icing.

    Hoping to hit the gym and swim with Jimi tomorrow.

    Breakfast!:

    http://www.usatriathlon.org/pages/9083

    Chocolate:

    http://ow.ly/1sDdd

    Updated March 31st, 2010 at 12:24 PM by The Fortress

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  4. Tue Mar 30th 2010

    by , March 30th, 2010 at 04:09 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Mar 30th 2010

    9 Days till the 2010 South Central SCY Zone Championships. I'm resting and getting ready to race. but will continue to lift through zones

    I've entered a lot of events and reserve the right to drop a few. Going after some zone records & might do a few relays

    FRI
    02 1650 yard Freestyle 17:55.99

    SAT
    04 400 yard Individual Medley NT
    06 50 yard Butterfly NT
    08 200 yard Freestyle 1:51.99
    12 100 yard Backstroke 54.9
    Relay/s

    SUN
    28 100 yard Individual Medley 54.99
    32 200 yard Backstroke 2:29.99
    34 100 yard Butterfly 52.99
    40 200 yard Individual Medley NT
    Relay/s

    SOUTH CENTRAL MENS SCY RECORDS

    SOUTH CENTRAL ZONES WOMEN'S SCY RECORDS

    Tonight the UT Tower turns ORANGE to honor the UT Men's 2010 Swimming & Diving Championship

    LIFTED WEIGHTS TODAY


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy, main pool
    Whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam with Larry and Jon with the Zone Taper Group
    beside Mike, Marcio, Nate,
    dove in on time
    wore B70 Jammers

    warm up:
    assigned 400 100 / 300 100 / 200 100 / 100 100
    did 4 x 50, 100, 3 x 50, 100, 2 x 50, 100, 100

    assigned 4 x 250 do 2 fast 25's in each
    did 4 x ( 3 x 50, 1) easy rest 50, 2) 25 fast stroke, 25 easy, 3) 25 easy 25 fast SDK)
    felt good fl 12, bk 13, br 15, fr 11

    50 choice fast for time
    bk
    roll start
    whitney timed
    went 23.3 (SDKed too far)
    which is my best ever 50 bk time in a jammer
    SDKed a bit too far on first 25


    150 easy

    50 br fast
    roll start
    went 29.6
    left inner thigh hurts a bit


    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:


    April 9 -11 The Woodlands, TX Countdown
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    INFO


    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Order of Events
  5. Asia Itinerary

    No swimming this morning. I have been having trouble catching up on sleep since I came down with the cold last week, so I slept in this morning. Turns out that was a great decision, LW said the pool was drained at Lifetime, and it wouldn't be filled and back up to temperature for a few days.

    April 7th Leave DFW for Singapore. The flights connect in San Francisco and Hong Kong on the way. The flight from San Francisco to Hong Kong is over 14 hours.
    April 8th around midnight, arrive in Singapore.

    April 9th explore Singapore on our own. Singapore is a very modern country, English is the primary language and is known for its high quality cheap street food. A day of eating and shopping.

    April 10th spend the morning exploring Singapore, then get on the boat after lunch. We are taking a cruise from Singapore to Hong Kong on a “western” cruise line. English speaking staff and familiar food. The ship only holds 208 passengers, so it is pretty small.

    April 11th and 12th cruising to Thailand. This is where we plan to catch up on sleep lost from flying to Singapore.

    April 13th Arrive in Bangkok Thailand. Today’s agenda include watching Thai kick boxing at one of the large kick boxing stadiums, shopping and eating.

    April 14th Time to get some culture. Today will be spent touring temples. Thailand is predominately Buddhist.

    April 15th Beach party on an island off the coast of Thailand. I will be swimming off the beach before enjoying whatever is being barbecued on the beach.

    April 16th Cruise to Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam.

    April 17th Ho Chi Minch City dinner at a previous governors mansion.

    April 18th A trip of the Mekong to see the floating markets. I will have bug spray.

    April 19th Cruise to Da Nang Vietnam.

    April 20th Da Nang – Nothing planned.

    April 21st Cruise to Hanoi We don’t dock until 6pm, so probably nothing today

    April 22nd Kayaking Halong Bay. Halong Bay is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

    April 23rd Cruise to Hong Kong

    April 24th Leave the safety of the ship and tour Hong Kong.

    April 25th Fly home, Hong Kong to Tokyo, Tokyo to LA, LA to Dallas. We leave at 8am and arrive home at 8pm by the magic of the international dateline, but we will be in a plane for about 20 hours.
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  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -03/31/10

    by , March 30th, 2010 at 01:16 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:00
    2 X 200 3:00
    4 X 50 faster 1;00

    4 X 100 free 1:45
    #1 moderate
    #2 75 mod/25 fast
    #3 50 mod/50 fast
    #4 25 mod/75 fast

    4 X 75 kick 1:50

    RACE PACE SET:

    4 X 25 :45 1st 25 of 100 pace
    1 X 100 2:30 Swim down
    2 X 50 1:30 2nd 50 of 100 pace
    1 X 100 2:30 Swim down
    1 X 100 2:30 Race pace
    1 X 100 - Swim down
    Swim the set twice, break in between.

    5 X 50
    From the blocks, 25 sprint,good turn and breakout. Easy in.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    3450Y
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  7. It's sprint day!

    by , March 30th, 2010 at 11:48 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    March 30, 2010

    SCY, solo

    300 swim free (hold stroke count
    (Held 15-16 spl)
    200 kick choice
    (on back with 6-8 sdk off walls)
    4 x 50 on 1:00 alt. drill/swim by 25, 1 of each stroke IM order
    300 pull alt. 75 free/25 back

    swim 8 x 25 on 45: odds 1/2 under, 1/2 over; evens all out
    (do 2 of each stroke, IM order on those)
    (on fly did 1-arm on drill, then 16; on back 1-arm and 17; breast pull w/dolphin and 22; free fist drill and 15)
    kick 3 x 50 free on 1:10 w/board: descend 1-3 to about 85%
    (went 55-51-46)
    50 easy

    swim 8 x 25 free on 25: hold 17s
    (held 17s with spl @ 16 on 1-5, 17 on 6-8)
    kick 3 x 50 back on 1:10: descend 1-3 to about 90%
    (went 55-52-49 no fins)
    50 easy

    swim 4 x 25 back on 45, all fast: try to go 15-16 on these
    (was seeing 16-17 on clock after touch and roll over)
    kick 3 x 50 choice on 1:10: descend 1-3 to all out
    (went 58-58-50)
    50 easy

    pull 8 x 50 free on 1:00 descend 1-4, 5-8: on 1-4, breathe every 5; on 5-8, breathe as much/little as you want, and try to go faster on 5-8
    (on 1-4 held breathing and went 39-37-35-33, on 5-8 breathe on 3 went 40-36-35-34)

    swim down 200

    --
    Total: 2700 yards
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  8. Swim @ Sewickley, March

    by , March 30th, 2010 at 11:01 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim SCY @ Sewickley Masters:

    Coached by Bill White

    I goofed and thought practice started at 6:00 instead of 6:30. So I arrived early, which was a good thing, as I got an actual warm up. They only have 1 hour of alloted practice time so really hit the ground running in their practices.

    Warm up:

    500 various

    3 x (3 x 50) evil drills @ 1:00-1:10
    #1 = drill with alternating PLD breast and regular breast
    #2 = breast pull with pull buoy
    #3 = breast kick, no board

    6 x 25 shooters, no fins

    Main Set:

    A Jimicentric set .... I did all back or backstroke kick w/fins as noted below.

    6 x 100 @ 1:30
    1:00 rest
    6 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    1:00 rest
    6 x 100 pull @ 1:30
    1:00 rest
    6 x 100 @ 1:20
    right into 1 x 50 kick fast
    1:00 rest
    5 x 100 @ 1:15
    right into 1 x 50 kick fast
    2:00 rest
    4 x 100 @ 1:10
    (I did 4 x 50 breast fast)
    right into 1 x 50 kick fast

    I did the 6 x 100s mostly 3 back swim + 3 back kick. Big Noodler has a theory that her age group program is so successfully b/c of the plethora of kick-swim sets they do. I intuitively think the reverse makes more sense -- to do swim-kicks. I held mostly around 1:10 with a couple faster ones thrown in there. Bill was puzzled that my backstroke kicks were as fast as my swims. lol Since I hadn't read the set beforehand, I thought that there were 6 of all the hundreds. So I decided to bail on what I thought were 6 x 100 @ 1:10. This seemed like a trick to get me to an actual 5-600 free. Had I known there were only 4, I probably could have made them with maybe a couple seconds rest.

    100 EZ

    Total: 4250

    10 minutes in the best steamroom ever

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Commentary:

    Pretty fun workout -- and one which I would never do on my own. I led the lane since I was "cheating" with fins, and Bill and Jim shamelessly drafted off me.

    My 9 year old was there and took some pictures and videos with her flip. She got one of Jim looking like a drowned selkie. I am typing on an ancient computer, and am not sure how to download them. This may have to await my return to NOVA. Jim attempted to give an interview about why he stands with his hands on his moobs. This confused her. lol

    I'm hoping to swim with Sewickley Masters again on Wed IF they'll let me in the darn Y. There is apparently a policy that says that you can only go to a Y 3x a year as a guest without buying a membership. This seems odd. I've bought weekly memberships elsewhere.

    In other news:

    1. I glutened myself yesterday by having black bean soup at Panera (forgetting that there was probably flour in the soup).

    2. I experimented for a week with putting coconut oil in my smoothies. Alas, I don't think it agrees with me judging from the sound effects. So Quick may be right about coconut. I'm off it this week and I'll see if it makes a difference.

    3. Klutz factor: I feel asleep last night reading on the couch after watching The Blind Side with Mr. Fort (a well written book -- The Reliable Wife.) When I woke up to head to bed, I tripped on a blanket and fell forward smacking both knees on hardwood floor. They are sore and bruised today.

    4. I am joining Speedo, Geek, Patrick, Q in going on the wagon until Nats. (Though I doubt Q is abstaining during his trip?) Yesterday was day 1. No idea if it will mkae any difference. I don't work out early, so that won't matter. I have other friends who swear it helps them lose weight, though I recall Patrick didn't see that effect. But then he is scrawny like Geekity.

    5. Today, at 2:00, I'm meeting with pro trainer Ron DeAngelo. I've only met with a trainer once during my entire masters career and always feel like I'm winging it. So I'm hoping this will be beneficial and I can learn some TRX.

    Ron DeAngelo's Biography:

    Ron DeAngelo, director of sports performance training at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center(UPMC) Center for Sports Medicine, is nationally known for training many notable sports stars, including several National Football League (NFL) All-Pro players and National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Stars, as well as tennis and golf professionals.DeAngelo has worked in the sports medicine field for more than 20 years as a certified athletic trainer. He is an American College of Sports Medicine-certified health/fitness instructor, and has certification as a strength and conditioning specialist from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, where he also is the chairman of the basketball special interest group. DeAngelo is certified as a performance enhancement specialist from the National Academy of Sports Medicine and is a club coach with the United States Weightlifting Federation.


    6. There is a possibility that we may join one of Mr. Fort's business colleagues on a trip to Northern Europe (I've travelled many places, but not there.) It's totally up in the air right now. But if we go, we'll leave June 23 for 2 weeks. That would definitely blow my LC season. But I wasn't that psyched about it anyway after the recent suit fiascos.

    Now it's off to brunch at Pamelas, to meet with the trainer and then see How To Train My Pet Dragon.

    Updated March 30th, 2010 at 11:15 AM by The Fortress

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  9. A little easier today but good

    by , March 30th, 2010 at 07:33 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I am not surprised that it takes me so long to warm up especially on backstroke. Has an awesome set at the end that decended unintentionally. I have also been known to swinm 50 back and come back 2 heats later to lead off a relay and drop the time I had just done.

    10x100@1:40 Free
    500 Fly kick w/fins alt 100 streamline on back and 100 rt side/lt side
    500 Back kick w/fins as 100 streamline, 100 arms perpendicular, 100 fashion model, 100 partial recovery, 100 on side one arm perpendicular
    5x200@3:15 w/paddles & bouy as 100 fr/100 bk
    5x100@2:00 Back descended unitentionally went 1:41, 1:40, 1:39, 1:38, 1:32

    Total 3500 yards
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  10. Gettin back ta work 3/29/10

    by , March 29th, 2010 at 07:14 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well I still feel a bit tired after the meet and all but I dragged my butt to the pool and got busy. I thought that today I should do a bit of drill work so that I don't over tax my system so this is what I came up with:

    Warm up

    2 x 300 FR 5:00 swim, drill kick. I did the first one then realised that kick, drill, swim made more sense!
    4 x 100 snorkel swim on 1:45 held 1:30s

    Tech Set
    I did this whole set in clips of 4 x 50; 2 drill and 2 swim with focus on what the drill was for.
    Side kick
    6 kick switch
    3 n glide
    Catch up
    Tap behind
    Finished with a straight 4 x 50 on :50 trying to put it all together.

    Kick Set
    10 x 50 Kick 1:20 Holding 1:05's got under 1:00 on the last one...not bad after a long meet.
    4 x 50 FR EZ 1:00

    Fly Set
    10 x 50 Fly drill/swim by 25's. The first few of these swims felt really light and easy...so I hope that will reflect in my meet swims.
    4 x 50 FR :50 EZ plus

    Kick Set 2
    400 fin kick with board...I should have done the 4 x 50 after this as cool but I had to lift anyhow.

    4000 in about 80-90

    After this I went and lifted for about 45 minutes...I felt strong on the pull up sand chins...the time off last week probably let the muscles repair fully.

    Updated March 30th, 2010 at 07:45 AM by SwimStud

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  11. Monday, 3/29/10

    by , March 29th, 2010 at 04:28 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    400 swim free (hold stroke count)
    (swam this real easy holding 15-16 spl)
    300 IM drill as follows:
    fly: 3 right/3 left single arm (keep your feet underwater on the kick)
    back: 2 right/2 left single arm (work on a deep catch and rotation)
    breast: 3 kicks/1 pull (work on gliding as long as possible)
    free: fist drill
    200 kick on side alt. 50 fly/50 free
    100 swim back choice

    swim 8 x 50 on 1:10: odds free, evens back: build each 50 to 80-85%
    (free around 38 and 16 spl, back around 42 and 15-16 spl)
    100 easy choice

    swim 8 x 25 choice on 45: odds first 12.5 fast (work on legs and breakouts), easy to wall; evens easy first 12.5, fast finish into the wall.
    (did 2 ea. free-back-fly-free)
    200 easy choice

    kick 4x75 w/20 sec. rest: descend effort by 25 on each 75; last 25 should be no faster than about 80%
    (2 with board, 2 on back without)

    100 easy free

    Total: 2300 yards
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  12. Mon Mar 29th 2010

    by , March 29th, 2010 at 04:02 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Mar 29th 2010

    south central zones is right around the bend, time to start resting and getting ready to race.

    How about the Men's NCAAs?
    Way to go Horns!


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy, main pool
    (swim center just hosted the synchronized swimming championships, there's lots of glitter and many bobby pins on the bottom of the pool)
    Whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam with Tyler and Brad
    beside Mike, Marcio, Nate, Dede, Amy (who just won Iron Man China) Todd & Paul
    dove in around 6:40
    wore brief

    warm up:
    assigned 300 300 300 100
    did 3 (3 x 50) & a 100 K

    assigned 3 x 300 desc
    did 3 x (100, 50 skip, 100, 50 skip)

    4 x 25 fl 4th fast

    assigned 3 x 200 desc
    did 3 x (100, 50 skip, 100)

    4 x 25 bk 4th fast

    assigned 3 x 100 desc
    did 50, 50, 100 strong went 56

    4 x 25 br

    3 x 50

    4 x 25 fr

    assigned 8 x 50 with fins done 25 k 25 sw
    did 8 x 25 SDK on 1:00

    50 easy


    2010 MEETS:


    April 9 -11 The Woodlands, TX Countdown
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    INFO


    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Order of Events
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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -03/30/10

    by , March 29th, 2010 at 03:24 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:20
    2 X 150 2:20
    2 X 100 1:40
    2 X 50 faster 1:00

    9 X 100 free 1:40
    Descend in sets of 3, descend only to 80%

    6 X 50 kick 1:15

    8 X 100 2:00
    odd: stroke @ 85/90%
    even: easy free

    6 X 50 1:15
    Choice
    Swim at 85/90%

    1 X 75 easy
    1 X 50 blocks @ 100%
    1 X 75 easy

    WARM DOWN: 3 X 50 easy 1:00

    3750Y
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  14. 3/29: Team Practice

    Warm Up
    - 300 free
    - 50 dolphin kick with board no fins

    - 300 back
    - 2x100 back/free kick with fins
    - 100 drill
    - 50 breast kick with board
    Transition
    - 10x25 work streamline and first six strokes
    - 2x50 ez

    Main Set
    - 2x50 on :40
    - 4x100 on 1:15 (held <1:10)
    Main Set 2 on 1:40 base
    - 50 back
    - 100 IM
    - 150 back
    - 200 IM
    - 200 IM
    - 150 back
    - 100 IM
    - 50 back
    Warm down
    - 200 ez

    Mostly a aerobic workout. The 2x50+4x100 was supposed to be 10x50, and I decided that was a waste of time. I was pretty happy holding 1:15s and need to push myself more to do 1:15 and 1:10 sets.

    Asia: If Asia is interesting to some of you I will post about it more, otherwise I will probably post about the trip once after it is over. I will post about anything swimming I manage to do while in Asia.
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  15. Gentle workout on a rainy Monday morning

    Today I swam morning workout with the AG masters. I started the workout feeling a little sad because I left one of my favorite umbrellas in the taxi I took to practice. I realized it about 15 seconds after I got out, but the taxi was already gone. Oh well—I am sure someone will appreciate finding a bonus umbrella today, so maybe it will find a good home.

    Here’s the workout I did:

    750 scy warmup (400 FR, 300 IM, 50 kick)

    10 x 50, odds 25 K on side/ 25 thumb-drag drill, evens bilat breathing, @ 1:00

    7 x 200 @ 3:10-3:15 [I did odds FR and evens FR/BK halfsies, and brought them all in around 2:45-2:50. I got to practice some of the FR tips I had gotten on Saturday here.]

    10 x 50 choice stroke, easy between flags, fast anywhere near walls [Bingo! I’d been wanting to practice my back-to-breast transition turns, so I did all of these 25 BK/ 25 BR.]

    300 warmdown

    Thoughts on my back-to-breast transition turns: I do these as open turns, and have had trouble when my strokes work out so that I touch with my left hand. I figured out today that the reason the left hand feels awkward is that I don’t rotate as much to my side when touching with that hand—I’m still largely on my back, and always feel a bit surprised by the wall and not in a good position to turn. I worked on getting more rotation when touching with the left hand, and that felt quicker and more natural.

    BUT: I also discovered that the reason the turn w/ the right hand feels so easy is that I tend to give myself quite a bit of time to fully rotate to my side by gliding into the wall. So I need to think about gliding less, and rotating quicker, on both hands.

    I also experimented during the warmdown with a flippy transition turn [nomedia="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Iqowr4TlYY&feature=PlayList&p=F933C433F83 ED218&index=19"]YouTube- IM - Back-breast-turn2[/nomedia]rather than an open one. (Mine does NOT look like the one in the video yet). I think I need to get a coach to watch all my turn variations and give me some advice. I really should have asked today, but I was feeling shy as I didn’t know the coach well. I’ll have to be braver on Wednesday.

    By the time I left I felt tranquil and ready to face the rain even without my dear departed umbrella. But the rain had mostly stopped, and the commute back across town was easy, with plenty of seats for everyone on the bus. It looks like a good day after all.
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  16. Cranking it up again

    by , March 29th, 2010 at 07:37 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Got to get my head back in the game so today was a distance day. I still need to be able to swim the 1650 at Nat's.

    5x100@1:30 Free a little fast for me for warmup
    5x100@1:30 Free kick w/fins
    15x100 Free w/paddles & bouy as
    5x100@1:35
    4X100@1:30
    3X100@1:25
    2X100@1:20
    1X100@1:15
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    5x100@1:40 Fly kick w/fins as 25 rt side, 25 lt side, 50 on back
    10x50@1:00 Fly w/fins held 42's on the last one cranked out a 34
    300 Free easy w/4 beat kick
    200 Free easy

    Total 4500 yards
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  17. The Backstroke Snorkel

    by , March 29th, 2010 at 01:25 AM (Chicken's Nuggets)
    As part of my training for MIMS, I did a long swim today (10 x 1650's). I did this workout a couple of weeks ago and a few people asked me how I could swim this long, as it would be far too boring for them. I have two answers to this question:

    1. Nothing is too boring for me; and

    2. How could I possibly be bored when my mind is aglow with whirling, transient nodes of thought careening through a cosmic vapour of invention.

    Behold the results of today's labours!! I submitted the following patent application to the Patent and Trademark Office and received the somewhat dubious serial number of 123,456,789. I'm sure this application will get through without any objections and I will receive a letters patent shortly.

    Please private message me with any licensing offers.

    US Patent Application Serial Number 123,456,789

    Title:
    BACKSTROKE SNORKEL

    Background of the Invention

    In recent years, snorkels have become a very popular training apparatus for swimmers. When worn, a snorkel allows the swimmer to concentrate on his or her head position without having to move their head to breathe.

    Traditional snorkels have proven ineffective when worn during backstroke, as the opening of the snorkel is submerged beneath the water, making breathing problematic.

    Description of the Invention:



    A traditional backstroke snorkel is shown in Figure 1. The tube (A) of the snorkel extends from the swimmer's mouth (B), over the swimmer's head (C) and then angles down, with the opening (D) resting underwater when the head is in the correct position for backstroke. This design has proven disastrous for some backstrokers, as it is nearly impossible to inhale anything other than water in this position.



    A first embodiment of the present invention is shown in Figure 2. In this embodiment, the tube (A) of the snorkel extends from the swimmer's mouth (B), around the side and underneath the swimmer's head (C), and up above the surface of the water on the other side of the head (C). This embodiment has the advantage of having the snorkel opening (D) in the air instead of underwater.

    This arrangement is advantageous in that the backstroker can keep their head in the optimal position during practice, while breathing enough air to remain alive.



    A second embodiment of the present invention is shown in Figure 3. In this embodiment, the snorkel further includes a mirror (E). The mirror (E) is attached to the snorkel tube (A) and allows the backstroker to see where they are going.



    A third embodiment of the present invention is shown in Figure 4. In this embodiment, a vase (F) is also attached to the tube (A). The vase (F) can contain a flower (G) or other foliage deemed attractive to the backstroker's coach or spectators. With this embodiment, it is recommended the backstroker perform open-turns rather than flip-turns. Other variations on this third embodiment include but are not limited to fishing tackle, video entertainment equipment, coffee-cup holders and ashtrays.

    Claims:

    What is claimed is:

    1. A backstroke training apparatus comprising an air tube connectable to a swimmer's mouth,
    said air tube comprising an opening which protrudes above the surface of the water in which said swimmer is backstroking.

    2. The backstroke training apparatus of claim 1, further comprising a mirror attached to said air tube

    3. The backstroke training apparatus of claim 2, wherein said mirror is attached to said air tube above the surface of the water while said swimmer is backstroking.

    4. The backstroke training apparatus of claim 1, 2 or 3, further comprising fishing tackle, a vase, video equipment, or an ashtray attached to said air tube.

    5. The backstroke training apparatus of claim 4, where in said vase, fishing tackle, video equipment or ashtray is above the surface of the water when said swimmer is backstroking.

    6. A backstroke training apparatus, substantially as described herein, with reference to the accompanying drawings.

    Updated March 29th, 2010 at 01:49 AM by Chicken of the Sea

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  18. NCAA suit lessons

    by , March 29th, 2010 at 12:30 AM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Prelimary Note: I have decided to establish the Thornton Cup for accuracy in modeling post-cheating suit time changes. It is open to any and all swimmers or non-swimming math aficionados. For more on this exhilarating new competition, please see the thread: [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=16432"]http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=16432[/ame]




    I took most of the free style events and compared the top 3 performances in men this year (sans high tech racing suits) with last year (when suits were still legal.)

    I have not started more than a cursory inspection, but what strikes me is that the longer the race, the more the lack of speed suits hurt performance. There was only one case where someone who got a second place this year beat the person who got second place last year. All other top 3 performances were slower this year than last within their matched pairs.


    Here's the data. To make it easier to review, I am using red as a kind of skin tone of the heavily exercised swimmer, and since much of this ruddy skin tone is, indeed, revealed by jammers and skimpier suits, when you see red, think this year.


    Blue is the color of many of the high tech suits, certainly not all, but enough so that for heuristic purposes when you see numbers in blue, it means the race was done last year in a speed suit.


    Think of this as the rough data upon which new formulae can be calculated..


    50 2010/
    50 2009


    1 Schneider, Josh CINC 18.93P
    1 Adrian, Nathan California 18.71


    2 Adrian, Nathan CAL 19.02

    2 Feigen, James Texas 18.84


    3 Brown, Adam AUB 19.03
    3 Targett, Matt Auburn 18.87

    _______________________________________

    100 2010/
    100 2009


    1 Adrian, Nathan CAL 41.50

    1 Adrian, Nathan California 41.08


    2 Feigen, Jimmy TEX 41.91
    2 Feigen, James Texas
    41.3

    3 Louw, Gideon AUB 42.06

    3 Targett, Matt Auburn 41.64
    _______________________________________

    200 2010/
    200 2009

    1 Dwyer, Conor FLOR 1:32.31

    1 Fraser, Shaune Florida 1:31.70


    2 Fraser, Shaune FLOR 1:32.53

    2 Walters, Dave Texas 1:32.59


    3 Walters, Dave TEX 1:33.04
    3 Berens, Ricky Texas 1:32.74

    _______________________________________

    400 relay 2010/
    400 relay 2009

    1 California 'A' 2:48.78

    1 Auburn 2:46.67


    2 Texas 'A' 2:49.90

    2 Texas 2:47.02


    3 Stanford 'A' 2:51.27

    3 California 2:47.61


    _______________________________________


    500 2010/
    500 2009

    1 Dwyer, Conor FLOR 4:13.64P
    1 Basson, Jean Arizona 4:08.92


    2 Basson, Jean ARIZ 4:13.65P

    2 Klueh, Michael Texas 4:09.32


    3 Lefert, Clement USC 4:13.77
    3 McLean, Matt Virginia 4:10.41

    _______________________________________

    800 relay 2010/
    800 relay 2009

    1 TEX 6:12.77

    1 Texas 6:10.16


    2 FLOR 6:14.72

    2 Arizona 6:11.82


    3 ARIZ 6:18.33

    3 Stanford 6:16.71

    _______________________________________
    1650 2010/
    1650 2009

    1 La Tourette, Ch STAN
    14:42.87
    1 Prinsloo, Troy Georgia 14:30.91


    2 Grodzki, Martin UGA
    14:48.15
    2 La Tourette, Chad Stanford 14:33.55

    3 Wilcox, Jackson TEX
    14:49.47
    3 Spansail, Scott Washington 14:34.95

    Updated March 29th, 2010 at 12:11 PM by jim thornton (Adding notice of the Thornton Cup math challenge)

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  19. sun mar 28 2010

    by , March 28th, 2010 at 11:04 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun Mar 28th 2010

    2010 Dixie Zone Championships
    Fri: 1,650
    Sat: 200 IM, 50 bk, 100 IM
    Sun: 400 IM, 100 bk, 200 bk

    TODAYS MEET

    showed up to swim in the meet today
    decided to skip the 400 IM
    the meet director put a 10 min break after the 400 IM & another one after the 200 free so

    I decided to leave without racing and body surf Typhoon Lagoon


    2010 MEETS:


    April 9 -11 The Woodlands, TX Countdown
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    INFO


    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Order of Events
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  20. Sat Mar 27th 2010

    by , March 28th, 2010 at 10:42 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Mar 27th 2010

    2010 Dixie Zone Championships
    Fri: 1,650
    Sat: 200 IM, 50 bk, 100 IM
    Sun: 400 IM, 100 bk, 200 bk

    TODAYS MEET

    200 IM 2:02.33
    27 31 25 28

    50 bk
    25.09


    2010 MEETS:


    April 9 -11 The Woodlands, TX Countdown
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    INFO


    May 20 - 23, 2010 Atlanta, GA Georgia Tech Aquatic Center COUNTDOWN
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Order of Events

    Updated March 28th, 2010 at 10:54 PM by ande

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