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  1. I have a new son!

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 02:54 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    Yesterday was long but worth it. The birth mother went through 24 hours of labor before having to do a c-section delivery. Hard to complain about lack of sleep... she had it much worse. Baby is healthy and peacefully sleeping while I type.

    Adoption has been a much different experience than with my three biological children. For us (adoptive parents), there is the same excitement with the constant fear of something going wrong as with our biological children. But we also see the sorrow and loss from the family of the mother giving her child away. It is harder to watch than I would have thought despite all the councelling and advice we have received. Overall, I know this is a positive thing for all involved but the next few days will be hard on everyone.

    I did manage to work in enough sleep to get up and swim this morning. Here's what we did:

    200 Free
    100 Drill
    200 Free

    200 IM Drill
    200 Free
    4 x 50 Kick
    200 Free
    200 IM Drill

    200 Kick negative split
    200 Free negative split
    4 x 50 IM Order

    200 Kick negative split
    4 x 50 IM Order
    2 x 100 Free negative split

    200 Pull Breathe Right
    200 Pull Breathe Left
    100 Pull Breathe Right
    100 Pull Breath Left

    2 x 200 Pull alternate breath
    2 x 100 Free alternate breath negative split
    4 x 50 worst stroke

    6 x 50 Choice Drill

    5 x 200 Breast/Free/Breast/Free/Breast

    200 Cool down

    (5600m total)
  2. Long Course... Seems Like It Gets Longer

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 12:58 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Arriving at the pool today, we were already switched over from scy to lcm! As a result, practice got started on time and was not interrupted because of lane lines. It was fabulous!

    At the start of practice, my coach moved me from the lane I routinely swim in (with the people who are much faster than me) to a lane with two guys that I didn't know. Turns out, they swim about the same speed as I do. It was a really good combo and we pushed each other well - at least I thought so.... Of course, it seemed like the longer the set went on and the more tired I became, the longer the 50 meters got. I could've sworn it was at least 65 meters across by the 4th round.

    Here's what we did:
    400 Warm-Up
    12 x 50 Free on 1:05, every 3rd fast
    1 x 300 Kick on 6:00
    4 sets:
    - 4 x 100 Free on 1:45
    - 2 x 50 Free on 1:30 (Faster than 50 split in 100s)
    200 Cool-Down
    Total Meters - 3500

    What made me the happiest at practice this morning was that I really pushed myself and did the entire practice as written - WITHOUT PUTTING ON FINS DURING THE FREE SET! In the other lane, I know I would have put on my fins when I got really, really tired. I was barely making the 100 interval by the end of the 4th round, but I pushed through it and finished! My right calf was threatening to cramp up, but I am feeling more and more confident in my abilities to do what's written and just push through. Of course that being said, I'm swapping tomorrow's breaststroke round for back. But... that's another issue entirely. Until then...

    Enjoy your swims today!
    Swim Workouts
  3. Thursday, 6/23/11

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 12:53 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    Warm – up (800)
    400 Mixer, did free & back
    4 x 100/1:50 free, build

    Swim Set:
    6 x 100/1:45 ds 3 – 3
    - free, went 1:37-1:32-1:28 both times through
    6 x 25/45 FAST
    - did free, not sure of times on all but the ones I saw clock on were around 17
    4 x 100/1:40 ds
    - free, went 1:35-1:32-1:30-1:25
    4 x 25/50 FAST
    - fly, was around 19-20

    Kick Set
    1 x 600 continuous!
    - with fins, did 300 flutter on belly w/board (5 min)/300 flutter on back (5 min)

    Warm down 50 easy

    Total: 2700 meters
  4. Four New Jimmy'z Jammerz and CremePuff's Debut

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 11:01 AM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Jimmy'z Jammerz is proud to announce potential advertising interest from the following Fortune 500 Companies, each of which might well, one can imagine, be hoping to capture the coveted 55-59 male demographic:

    • Burger King
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    • Kimberly-Clark
    • Eli Lilly

    Please add these suit cut-outs to your burgeoning collection.

    It really
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    As this handsome line of Jimmy'z Senescent Swimmyz shows, swim diapers aren't just for the wee ones anymore!

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  5. Distance workout

    by , June 23rd, 2011 at 08:45 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This is the first time in a long time that I have been able to do a distance workout. It was not as fast as I would have liked but I have a few weeks still.

    The elbow was ok thru all of this, only twinges here and there that I could adjust and push thru.

    400 Free
    300 Free w/bouy
    200 Free kick
    100 Free
    15x100@1:45 Free w/paddles & bouy held 1:35's would like to get back down to 1:30's but 1:35 was a good first time back
    200 Free kick w/snorkle
    300 Free kick w/fins
    200 Free w/fins easy

    Total 3200 meters
  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/23/11

    by , June 22nd, 2011 at 05:51 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 400 7:00 6:40
    4 X 100 2:00 1:40
    Two times. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    3 X 100 kick-last 25 fast- 2:30
    1 X 100 easy swim

    2 X 400 free 6:15
    2 X 300 4:45
    2 X 200 3:10
    2 x 100 1:30


    1 X 300 IM 5:30
    1 X 200 IM 3:40
    1 X 100 IM 2:00
    Three rounds

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  7. Wednesday, 6/22/11

    by , June 22nd, 2011 at 05:09 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    Warm up (1000)
    1000 continuous swim - freestyle - no equipment
    - was around 16 min on this, neg split it

    Pull Set (400)
    4 x 100 (25 back/50 scull/25 free)/10sr

    Back (800)
    16 x 50/1:00
    Strong Tempo
    - was around 46-48 on all

    Kicks: Fly (dolphin) (350)
    2 x 25 DEEP Underwater
    50 w/Bd - face in H2O
    50 on back
    50 Right side
    50 Left side
    2 x 25's/5 sr - 10 Wall Kick - 10sr
    2 x 25 Fly Swim/40

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total: 2650 meters
  8. Confusion... Then Sprints

    by , June 22nd, 2011 at 01:15 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    We got off to late start because of changing from scy to lcm again. At least we did the lanes at the beginning of practice instead of in the middle of a set. Still, it's pretty annoying to have to change these. There has been no time allotted for the change and many of our swimmers are getting short-changed on their workouts. A nice solution needs to be found during the summer session of school. They keep switching it back (apparently) so the kids during the school day can play water basketball - at least that's what I've heard. Oh well, I got in an extra 100m or so from in changing lines..... Here's what we did:

    300 Warm-Up
    8 x 50 Kick on 1:10

    2 x 100 Drill/Swim/Drill/Swim by 25 on 2:00

    12 x 25 on :40 Odd: Sprint (2 fly, 2 back, 2 free); Even: EZ Free
    7 times:
    - 1 x 50 Free ALL OUT (held :38-:40) on 1:00

    - 1 x 50 Free Recovery (added meters as follows: 1-2 50; 3-4 25) on 2:00

    1 x 200 Kick on 4:00

    1 x 200 Free w/ fins on 4:00

    200 Cool-Down
    Total Meters - 2275

    I'm never quite sure during sprint practices early into my year's lcm whether my sprint times are where they should be or not. But... being that my sprinting has been pretty terrible lately - and I had been getting :35-:36s scy, I'm taking :38-:40s lcm right now. Hopefully, I'll be able to find my sprinting gear before the All American on July 2nd. I signed up for the 50 Fly, 50 Back (ugh!), 50 Free, and 100 Free. Last year, I did the 200 Free, which is the first event, and completely blew up during the race. Needless to say, it shouldn't be hard to top my LCM times from last year in the 50 and 100 Free. I guess time will tell...

    Enjoy your afternoons!
    Swim Workouts
  9. Long night... Should be a good day

    by , June 22nd, 2011 at 10:39 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    The mother of the child we are adopting went into labor early this morning. Someone today I should be a dad...again. This is our first adoption. Its been an interesting process so far. Hopefully all will continue to go welll.

    Managed to sneak out for a swim this morning:


    400 free
    300 kick
    200 pull
    100 drill

    3x50 fly
    100 free
    3x50 back
    200 free
    3x 50 breast
    300 free
    3x50 free
    400 free

    3x100 kick
    300 free down/fly back
    3x100 pull
    3x100 kick
    300 back
    3x100 pull
    3x100 kick
    300 breast
    3x100 pull

    200 cool down

    (5500m total)
    Swim Workouts
  10. June 22, 2011

    by , June 22nd, 2011 at 09:14 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    My arms were tired this morning from all of yesterdays butterfly - now I know - I need to work on the old triceps to get better at fly. As well as everything else.
    500 back/free
    500 pull
    500 kick
    6 x 150 - I intended to do the IM set but after the first one, I realized, oh no! I needed fins! so I moved to the freestyle lane, where I still worked hard, but I could at least finish the laps!
    Not sure what the interval was, but it was plenty easy, I was catching the girl in front of me & still got about 20+ sec rest on each.
    100 easy
    800 free speed play by 100's - this was interesting because I swam behind Lydia - and couldn't figure out how to pass her - even though I should've passed her at the 200-250 mark - had to do a lot of open turns and breast stroke to keep from swimming up her behind.
    600 pull
    100 easy
    This is where I should have stayed an extra 20 minutes, but my arms were so tired, when he called 8 x 100 kick, I just thought, well, maybe another day!

    Total: 4000 LCM
  11. Just trying to stay in the water

    by , June 22nd, 2011 at 08:35 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    My massage is scheduled for FRIDAY!!!! Till then I will just hang on thru the workouts.

    Elbow is still hurting but my back pain has subsided some the last few days. I think the elbow issue is actually a neck and back muscle issue that is just radiating down. I wish I could afford a daily massage. A dream...

    500 Free
    500 Free alt 50 kick/50 swim w/snorkle
    10x100@:10R Free w/fins odds rotational kicking evens hip catchup drill
    5x100@:05R Free w/bouy
    500 Free light on the arms and 6 beat kick the kick felt good and strong

    Total 3000 meters

    Maybe my kick work is starting to pay off now.
  12. Jimmy'z Jammerz Home Modeling Kit

    by , June 21st, 2011 at 11:45 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    If perchance you are not one of the 486 viewers (and counting) who have read my most recent swimming-related vlog, "My god my output has been....", please do so now IMMEDIATELY by clicking on this link:

    Familiarize yourself with the details of my new start-up swim-suit-apparel-cum-advertising company,
    Jimmy's Jammerz.

    Then, if you are the skittish sort who has trouble making decisions on your own, talk it over with your financial adviser (if you must) as to just how whopping your initial investment should be.

    Many pick hugely whopping, though the best and the brightest minds have consistently opted for guargantuanly whopping.

    (I don't mean for this to seem like some cheap salesman's trick, but the truth is that the smart money interest to date has been overwhelming. Do not wait too long to divest your offspring of their college money! He or she who hesitates is, well, I'm sure you know all too well the opportunity costs of hesitation, fellow parents of highly indebted college students!)

    In today's installment of what is fast becoming the vlog equivalent of a prospectus, I now present to potential suit buyers and stock purchasers alike my user-friendly system for modeling the message you would like me to wear on my suit at the next competition, be this something recognized and/or sanctioned by USMS, or perhaps more likely, recognized and/or sanctioned by USMS and then, with nary an explanation, de-recognized and/or de-sanctioned after the fact. But this is a subject for a future vlog and probably does not warrant more than a passing mention at this point.

    To make best use of this complimentary Jimmy's Jammerz Home Modeling Kit, all you will need to supply is:

    • a pair of sharpened scissors,
    • some Elmer's Glue-style paste (suitable for eating if you happen to be a disgusting girl named Mary Borie who was a classmate of mine at the Sewickley Academy Kindergarten in 1957),
    • a craft table,
    • a good source of overhead lighting,
    • a pair of archival-quality latex gloves of the sort used by professional philatists,
    • some acid-free sheathes of construction paper upon which to place my body and the shifting array of suits I will be presenting in coming vlogs.

    Here is my front view:

    Here is my hindquarter view:

    As mentioned in my last vlog, Michael P. McDonnell (AKA bzaks1424 on these forums) is the ideator savant who came up with the germ of this concept. In Michael's honor, I will now post his original suit proposal below.

    With your scissors, ever so gingerly cut the front and back views out and then use the tabs to see what this suit would actually look like on me, that is, a swimmer who (according to the Event Rankings section of USMS), posted the third fastest 1000 meter freestyle in the Nation in his age group, though this time, which is no longer there, would later be de-recognized, again, for reasons that make no real sense unless the infinite vagaries of spite and misanthropy somehow figure in!

    But again I become sidetracked and unglued!

    Fortunately, unlike my tenuous hold on records in the 2010 SCY Top 10 roster, the combinations of tabs and a nice shellacking by Elmer's should guarantee this grrrreeeaaatttt! inaugural suit will remain permanently affixed to both my front and rear nether regions!

    Note 1. As always, infinite thanks to my twin brother, John "RustyScupperton" Thornton, whose wizardry with art projects left me behind with the paste eaters in Kindergarten and never looked back.

    Note 2. Please visit my vlog again soon, and feel free to refer your business associates in this direction. I do not want to give too much away yet, but let us just say that interest from a large number of Fortune 500 companies has been robust.

    Not that I am in any way stuck up about "prestige" and "solvency" and other measures of the companies I represent in the pool.

    Honestly, I would feel just as honored to wear the Acme Grease Axel & Flange Co. corporate logo as Coco Chanel--if, that is, the price is right.

    And I am sure it will be!

    More suits soon to sweeten your growing collection!

    And speaking of sweetening, rumors of Kristina Ulveling joining the modeling staff are, in fact, more than just rumors. They are remote possibilities.

    That could happen.

    Barring restraining orders.

    Boy, I never noticed before how good glue smells.

  13. June 21, 2011 - something weird got into me today

    by , June 21st, 2011 at 08:26 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    I had planned on using T & Th for stroke/technique days, (I swim "solo" on T & Th) but thought I would actually do some freestyle using paddles & fins like I had last week, but then after my warmup, I saw the set Amanda had for the "masters" group & decided to modify it to a fly set! How weird is that? I avoid fly like the plague!

    600 Back/Free
    600 pull
    300 kick
    100 easy
    5 x 100 fly/free w/zoomers on 2:00

    200 pull free no paddles (mod)
    4 x 100 fly/free on 1:50
    200 pull free no paddles (mod)
    3 x 100 fly/free on 1:45
    200 pull free no paddles (mod)
    100 easy

    Total: 3500 LCM

    Commentary: The interesting thing is that the 100's, which were rather difficult, of course, were more of a mental thing than physical one. Yes, I was tired, but it was more of mind over matter. The other really interesting thing was that I seemed to actually be descending on the first 5 - I guess I got my rhythm going. The hardest two were #9 & #11. Can't say I'll jump to do this set again, but at least I'm not as afraid of fly as I was, my confidence has definitely risen a notch. It also is nice to know that Terry would have had the majority of the kids wear zoomers or fins for this set too. I was holding 1:30's most of the way - too weird to contemplate!!
  14. Tuesday, 6/21/11

    by , June 21st, 2011 at 06:53 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    Warm up
    200 swim - 200 kick - 200 pull

    Set #1
    - did all free on this
    2x 50 drill/10sr
    - did fist drill
    1 x 50 steady build
    1 x 50 blast 1st and last 15 meters/1:00
    - from a push, time around 38

    Set #2
    400 w/fins/20 - 30sr smooth
    - free, 6:02
    2 x 200 w/fins and small paddles/10 - 20sr easy build
    - free, 2:50 for both
    4 x 100/2:00 ds no fins (backstroke)
    - went from 1:45 to 1:35

    Kick set:
    2 x 150 kick/3:00
    - flutter on belly with fins and board, went 2:30 on both
    2 x 100 kick/2:30
    - flutter on back, no fins, went 2:15,2:10

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total 2600 meters

    Updated June 21st, 2011 at 07:23 PM by poolraat

  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/22/11

    by , June 21st, 2011 at 03:51 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 5:30 5:15
    1 X 200 3:45 3:30
    1 X 100 2:00 1:45
    1 X 200 kick 5:00 -
    Two times. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    8 X 50 kick 1:15
    Even kicks: 25 fast/25 easy
    1 X 100 easy swim

    1 X 100 easy 2:10
    2 X 50 build 1:10
    1 X 150 fast 3:00
    Choice. Four rounds, descend the 150's 1-4.

    8 X 50 1:30
    25 sprint/25 easy

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  16. SCY to LCM... all in one practice

    by , June 21st, 2011 at 12:57 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Yesterday just got away from me and I didn't have time to blog the workout. The pool was set-up LCM. Here's what we did:

    400 Warm-Up
    12 x 100 Pull on 1:45
    8 x 50 Kick on 1:00
    2 sets (w/ fins):
    - 1 x 100 as 50 Fly/50 Back on 2:00
    - 1 x 100 as 25 Fly/50 Back/25 Breast on 2:00
    - 1 x 100 as 50 Back/50 Free on 2:00
    - 1 x 100 as 25 Back/25 Free/50 Fly on 2:00
    - 1 x 100 as 50 Free/50 Fly on 2:00
    400 Cool-Down
    Total 3,400 Meters

    Today, I was hoping for LCM again, but when I walked in, no luck. SCY - and width-wise so no backstroke flags. Nevertheless, I got in and started warming up. Of course, being slightly late, I only had time for a 300 warm-up. Here's how today's workout started:

    300 Warm-Up
    Round One (fly w/ fins):
    - 4 x 50 Drill/Swim on 1:00
    - 1 x 200 IM on 3:40
    - 4 x 50 Kick on 1:05
    - 1 x 400 IM (done as 2x200) on 7:20

    extra 50 yds & 50 meters moving lane lines to convert pool from scy to lcm - yep... you read that right... FULL STOP to convert the pool in the middle of our practice so the age groupers could swim their entire practice LCM.

    Then we continued:
    Rounds Two and Three (back, then fly w/ fins):
    - 4 x 50 Drill/Swim on 1:00
    - 1 x 200 IM on 3:40
    - 4 x 50 Kick on 1:05
    - 1 x 400 IM (done as 2x200) on 7:20
    200 Cool-Down
    Total - 1350 SCY + 2250 LCM

    Fortunately, our coach allowed those of us who could to stay late and finish the workout - and I did. Crazy...

    Actually, I was just happy to get through the workout and was surprised how good I felt considering that the night's sleep was very short and fitful. On Sunday, I drove my daughters to meet their father. They are with him in Minnesota for the next five weeks. Last night (yes, one day...), I got a phone call that my youngest (and most adventurous) daughter had fallen out of a tree and was on her way to the ER. Fortunately, no broken bones - just bad elbow and wrist sprains. Of course, I didn't know all of that until this morning -thus the bad night of "rest". Apparently, my daughter is a lot like I was at that age - and the tree just HAD to be climbed.

    Hopefully tonight I will rest a lot better because tomorrow is happy sprint day - and I haven't sprinted in quite a while. Until then...

    Enjoy your swims!
    Swim Workouts
  17. Not feeling it lately

    Work has really been kicking my butt these past few weeks and my swimming has really suffered. I just don't have any energy left at the end of the day. I have also had a hard time getting out of bed which has never been a problem in the past. Maybe my body is still getting use to the 100 degree days (not including the heat index). Maybe I am just getting old.

    My first LCM meet is this weekend. The nerves have kicked in a little this morning only because I have not been swimming fast at practice. I need to keep telling myself that it will all be fine. Looking forward to it though.

    300 Choice
    2 x through the following still warming up
    100 BA
    50 FR kick
    100 BR
    50 Fly

    400 pull cruise

    2 rounds of the following
    6 x 125 @ 2:00
    Odds stroke strong effort
    Evens EZ free
    2 x 200 pull @ 2:40
    6 x 75 @ 1:20
    Odds stroke strong effort

    Evens EZ free

    200 w/d

    Went back for round one of the main set and breast for round two.

    4700 scy

    Only a couple of more days to get my act together in the pool. After this meet I probably won't swim in another meet until the fall. That will give me some time to make some changes to my strokes and train hard since so far this summer has been hit or miss for me.
  18. Tuesday workout

    by , June 21st, 2011 at 09:52 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    No sign of the video taken of us yesterday. I guess we were bumped by more important local stories. Felt good today. Did some breast stroke sprints on the choice 50s. Not as fast as I'd like but I was under 45.


    200 Free
    6 x 100 (Catch up/Breathe Right/Catch up/Breathe Left/Catch up/Alternate)
    2 x 200 Free

    8 x 100 w/Fins - Odds kick/evens swim
    2 x 200 IM

    4 x 100 Free Negative Split
    4 x 50 IM Order
    400 Pull
    4 x 100 Down Free back IM
    4 x 50 Free
    400 Pull

    2 x 50 Choice Easy/Hard
    200 Pull
    2 x 50 Choice Easy/Hard
    200 Kick/no fins
    2 x 50 Choice Both Hard

    200 Cool Down

    (5300m Total)
    Swim Workouts
  19. Still dealing with the elbow

    by , June 21st, 2011 at 08:34 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    A friend of mine told me about a saying of a friend of hers "as we get old we get aches and pains, we finally think we have gotten rid of nit, we realize it has just moved somewhere else."

    1000 Free as 200 s/p/s/k/s
    10x50@1:00 Fly as 25 rt arm/25 lt arm w/fins
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 FAST
    200 Fly (angel arms drill) w/fins but didn't use them
    200 Fly kick w/fins
    200 Free w/bouy arm sprint from 15 meter mark to the wall and back out
    200 Free w/bouy
    200 Free EASY

    Total 3000 meters
  20. Monday, June 20, 2011 5:30pm at the Y

    by , June 20th, 2011 at 11:37 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Well, today was fun. 11 hours on the job, and it was quite fun (or not). It was the first day of running the day shift cherry line today, and you can imagine all the problems that happen with new people, etc. At least the day went by pretty quick. I didnt even realize it was lunch time until way too late, then next thing I looked up and it was 3:30. Still have another 2 hours to go though. All done for today though. Good news is I get to start tomorrow at 5:00am! Only good for the paycheck!

    Tonights swim was more of just a relaxer, and one of maybe two swims I might get to do all week.


    200 Free
    200 Free Pull
    100 Free
    100 Back
    4 x 50 Kick on back @ 1:00

    About this time of the workout the other 2 lanes got filled by the local community college girls basketball team doing a little cross training. They were in good shape, just not for swimming. It was hilarious to watch non-"swimmers" doing lap swim, and the swimsuits that most of them had definitely weren't made for lap swimming, but it did make me stick around to watch!
    8 x 50 Fly/Free by 25 @ :50

    1 x 300 Free Pull

    8 x 75 Free @ 1:00

    2 x 300 Free Pull @ :20 rest
    2700 Yards