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  1. June 20, 2011

    by , June 20th, 2011 at 11:14 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    Swam amazingly well today, considering my insides were churning and still sick after a slight bout of (presuming) food poisoning on Friday night.

    600 back/free
    3 x 200 pull w/30 sec rest between each, breathing every 3rd
    3 x 200 reverse IM w/30 sec rest between each (I so totally hate reverse IM's!!)
    100 easy
    6 x 100 kick on the 2:15 - which was amazing!! I kept the interval better than I EVER have before!! I got 20 sec rest on two of them - and mind you, this is without fins or zoomers - something I was practically addicted to before joining ATAC
    100 easy
    2 x 800 free, theoretically descending 1-2, on the 12:00. Kept the interval, did NOT go faster on #2!!
    100 easy
    And had to get out here. I sooooo wish I could stay longer - like at least until 7:30!! Maybe I will try this on Wednesday? I know I can make it to work on time - but exactly how "pretty" I will look, I'm not sure. . . I could just go with a bag on my head?

    Total: 4300LCM
  2. Father's day, soccer and Monday aches and pains

    by , June 20th, 2011 at 10:15 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Had a great Father's day. The kids got me an acoustic guitar which is good because I'm too lazy to plug in my electric guitar. Plans worked out so that I got to play soccer last night. I'm not terribly good at soccer but I love playing the game. The problem with soccer is injuries. At some point, my heel got injured and I played on it for too long. Didn't affect my swimming much but I got a painful reminder of last night every time I took a breast stroke kick or pushed off a wall.

    A man from a local television station showed up this morning with a camera. I have no idea what it was for but he took a lot of footage of our lane. I suppose I might end up on the local news tonight.


    200 Free
    200 Kick
    400 Free

    4 x 100 Free
    4 x 100 Kick (No fins)
    4 x 100 Pull

    4 Times through:
    * 100 Free down/Stroke drill back (IM Order)
    * 50 Stroke (IM Order)

    2 Times through:
    * 200 IM
    * 200 Free
    * 4 x 50 IM Order
    * 200 Free
    * 200 IM
    * 4 x 50 Free

    200 cool down

    (5200m total)
    Swim Workouts
  3. Miserable Meet but the kids did well

    by , June 20th, 2011 at 08:44 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I just hurt for this meet. It was not good. My best swim was being off on my 100 Free by 2 seconds. My 50 was off by 4 seconds???? I just got worse this time. My 200 back stunk and my 100 back did not even beat my split time for the 200 back????

    I enjoyed watching my kids drop LOTS of time!!!! That was the shining light of the meet.

    10x100@2:00 Free
    200 Back kick
    6x50@1:15 Back held 50's
    200 Free kick w/snorkle
    6x50@1:00 Free held 45's
    500 Free kick with fins moderate to fast
    500 Free pull w/bouy only last 200 easy

    Total 3000 meters
  4. MIMS relay report, conclusion

    Before I got in for my second leg I reviewed where we were on the course with Rondi—she pulled up a map on her phone and showed me the little bend at the top of the Harlem River I would be going through before the turn into the Hudson, and gave me some landmarks to look for. We pulled up beside John and I jumped in and made the exchange. I think I went under 3 bridges quickly—they’re spaced pretty close together in the Harlem—then made the turn into the Hudson. There was more current there than we were expecting, and my kayaker guided me out towards the middle of the river to catch as much of it as we could. I could see the George Washington Bridge up ahead in the distance.

    I could see a swimmer coming up on my right seeking the same fast-moving water we were, and I suspected it was Evan. He pulled even with me, and I tried to keep up with him for as long as I could, which wasn’t long. It was nice to see another swimmer I knew near me, and I was glad to see he looked strong. The water had just gentle rolls here, and I had a nice stretch of just stroking along and enjoying the river. I was feeding every 30 minutes on this leg, and was glad to have those breaks to mark the passing of time. My arms were definitely feeling fatigued by this point, but it was mesmerizing just to keep turning them over and watch the river go by.

    The rest of this leg went by pretty uneventfully. I could see several swimmers in closer to shore, but they seemed pretty far away from us (the river is very wide at this point.) As we approached Riverbank State Park the water started getting choppier, and the going a bit tougher, but by then I was almost done. I was glad to see John up on deck getting ready to make his second splash, and happy to hand over the rest of the swim to him.

    Once again, John immediately began making up ground on swimmers ahead of us in a big way. I enjoyed sitting in the boat, eating my sandwich, talking with Rondi, and just relaxing as I watched the rest of the race unfold. We could still see Evan in the distance, but we weren’t gaining on him. He looked like he was swimming really strong down the Hudson, and maybe even catching up to the race leaders. We passed another swimmer from our wave, Sarah Thomas, whom we had traded places with several times during the day, and then went by another (I think Spanish swimmer Miguel Suner.) As we approached the cruise ship terminals we could see a vessel powering up to pull out of port. We were hoping swimmers would not need to be pulled to accommodate their schedule. It was a bit before 4pm, and the two ships I had seen arrive that morning were scheduled to leave that afternoon at 4 and 5. (If there are swimmers in the ships’ path, the boat captains take GPS readings, get the swimmers out of the water, then return them to the same position once it’s safe to do so. Rondi explained to me that even swimmers who were not anywhere near the ships would have to get out then get back in if orders to do this came through.)

    We saw the first ship pull out while we were north of the terminal, and then we were able to make it past the terminal before the second was slated to depart. From what we could make out of the race ahead of us, it looked like Erica was in the lead, John van Wisse a bit further back in second, and Evan and Ollie close together in a battle for third. Meanwhile, Sarah Thomas was swimming very strongly—she had never fallen far back once we passed her—and was coming up beside us. She looked great, and it was really inspiring to see her swimming so strong after 7+ hours in the water. I cheered as she went by. She seemed to be making up ground on the swimmers ahead of us as well, but it looked like she would run out of river before catching them.

    As we neared the end of the race all swimmers were given instructions to move in closer to shore. The second cruise ship was able to pull out and go to the outside of swimmers without disrupting the race. We cheered on John as he made his way to South Cove, where the race begins and ends. We got as close as boats were allowed, watched as the three swimmers nearest us finished, then saw John reach the ladder that marks the official end. Our boat captain blew his air horn in salute, then we had to head back upriver towards North Cove to unload the boat while John got out, retrieved his checked bag, and got a massage and snack while waiting for us to walk down to the finish.

    Docking and unloading took a while, so I was really glad once we got we found John and I could give him a big hug and high-five. We hung around in the finish area for awhile, and I was able to congratulate swimmers who were done and cheer for others as they came in. I also got to finally meet Amanda (Chicken of the Sea)—she had been the race observer on Erica’s boat. We had cupcakes left from the day, so I iced and sprinkled the remaining ones and gave them out to anyone who looked hungry (yes, they were a hit!). Finally I headed over to the post-race dinner with John, Rondi, and Dave, who had been zooming around the course all day as a safety-boat race observer. My husband came and joined us, and it was nice to just sit with friends and relax as we waited around for awards.

    We were the top relay, with a finish time of 7:36:34. That put us about 7 minutes behind race-winner Erica Rose, who had a comfortable 4-minute lead over John van Wisse. Evan used his strong swim down the Hudson to finish in 3rd, just 10 seconds ahead of Ollie. Sarah was fifth overall and second woman—she finished 14 seconds ahead of us. Full results are here. It was a great day on the water, with everyone who started the race finishing. There were a lot of triumphant and exhausted people at the dinner! NYCSwim did a great job with the swim, and the more I learn about what all is involved in putting it on, the more I’m impressed and amazed by how smoothly everything went.

    Many people asked me right afterwards if I have plans to do this race solo next year. That’s something I don’t yet know. On the one hand, the idea of being able to swim for 8+ hours seems more imaginable than it did before. On the other, I now have a healthy appreciation of how tired I am after just swimming 4! It’s also hard to imagine how swimming it solo would be an even better experience than I had swimming it with John—it was really fun to switch out being in the water and on the boat with Rondi throughout the day. If nothing else, this experience has given me some more insight into the kind of longer swims that might appeal to me in the future.

    I followed up the race with a very mellow day on the beach Sunday with the CIBBOWS gang plus out-of-town visitors. I got to chat a bit with Evan and hear his perspective on the day, then talked about some other ow races and swims that he’s done or is intrigued by. (All weekend I asked the many experienced OW swimmers I met about what really beautiful swims they had done, and got a nice array of answers—there’s a lot of wonderful places to swim in this world!). I swam with Amanda, did some ocean IMs, then a bit of beach synchro with her and a couple of CIBBOWS buddies. My arms and upper back were a little sore, but nothing hurt, and it felt really good to swim and wiggle around in the clear cool water and loosen up. On the train ride home I felt blissy and peaceful, and really really happy with my weekend of swimming.
  5. MIMS relay report, part 2

    The very first part of the around-Manhattan swim is always against a current, as swimmers round the southern tip of the island before finding north-flowing water in the East River. I wasn’t sure how hard this part would be, or how long it would take—some MIMS veterans told me they hardly noticed a current here, while others thought it had been pretty rough swimming, and these perceptions were not always correlated with swimmer speed. When the horn for my heat sounded, many of the faster swimmers quickly got a ways ahead of me, but I thought I recognized Victoria and Michael swimming right with me in the first few hundred yards. With only 10 swimmers in our heat who were rapidly spreading out, our kayakers were able to pick us up quickly—Sergio was beside me after about 100 meters, and I could see him from the very start working his way over to me.

    I could see that I was making progress, but it seemed slow going. I quickly lost sight of most of the other swimmers. As I got to the Battery, I could see the big orange Staten Island ferry docked to my left. I tried to pick up the pace—I definitely didn’t want to get stuck waiting for it to pull out after the other swimmers in my wave had passed it. (The ferry doesn’t stop for the race, and its schedule is one reason the race starts and ends where it does, so that swimmers are still fairly clumped together as we go past it. If it’s pulling out or docking, you have to tread water and wait for it to get out of the way before continuing on.) Once past it, I saw the ferry terminal for Governors Island, and then Governors Island itself to my right. After some more stroking, I felt the water swirling around as we entered the East River. I looked up and saw the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges in front of me, and the river stretching out beyond them. It was a lovely sight

    We passed a busy heliport, and I turned over for a few strokes to see how close the helicopter I could hear was. Soon after, my boat came into view, and I saw John and Rondi onboard waving enthusiastically and giving me thumbs up. (Rondi was our crew for MIMS, and had been invaluable in the months leading up to the swim as a source of training advice and encouragement, and as regular workout buddy, and friend.) I waved back mid-stroke, the same way I do if I’m already in the pool at Riverbank when Rondi arrives on deck. It was good to see them, and now that I had my kayaker and my boat beside me, and had gotten into the current in the East River, all that was left to do was swim along for the rest of my 2-hour leg.

    I passed under the Brooklyn Bridge and the Manhattan Bridge in quick succession, and did 8 strokes of backstroke beneath each to enjoy the view. After a while my kayaker held up my feed bottle, which he had gotten from Rondi on the boat, and I turned over on my back and drank some juice-and-water mixture. I remember feeling a little disappointed that 40 minutes had already gone by (that’s how often I was feeding), because I was having so much fun and didn’t want the 2 hours to end! The water became choppy after the two bridges, and there was some big boat traffic that went by. The chop soon became really fun rolling waves that verged on body-surfable, and I had fun playing in them as I stroked along. There wasn’t much wind—I think the waves were mostly created by the wakes of other boat traffic, and their reflection off the seawall to my left.

    Sometimes my boat would drop behind me, or even disappear then reappear on the other side. I had learned during the Hudson River test swims I was part of not to worry too much about where the boat was—the first time I swam with one, I tried to keep it in sight the whole time, and wondered why it was moving to different areas in relation to me, and whether I should react in some way. But after swimming with a boat, and more importantly being on the boat when others were swimming, I learned that, like many things in life, the boat’s movements were often not about me, or at least were not some code that I should worry about deciphering. Boats go where they need to to protect swimmers from other river traffic, to pass things off to kayakers, to avoid smaller vessels or other swimmers, or even just because someone on board wants a better angle for a picture. My kayaker stayed mostly to my right, which is my preferred breathing side, and I relied on him to guide me to the best available currents during the swim.

    Somewhere in there I did a second feed, did backstroke under the 59th Street Bridge (feeling groovy!), and just mainly kept on stroking along. I didn’t see any other swimmers for quite a long stretch. I breathed to my left every now and again to keep track of the Manhattan landmarks that passing by. It seemed that I was going pretty fast (I later learned from Rondi, who was wearing her Garmin and tracking our pace, that the current helped me along to an 11+minute mile somewhere along this stretch!) I saw Roosevelt Island, where I had picnicked a few weeks earlier, pass by on my right, and I remembered the fisherman throwing fish heads back into the river there. Luckily I didn’t run into any! At one point the kayaker said something to me—I stopped and rolled over so I could make it out: 10 minutes left.

    Shortly before it was time to do a changeover I passed a kayaker I recognized—it was my friend Cristian from CIBBOWS. I knew that my friend Julie must be somewhere nearby, since he was kayaking for her. He waved and gave me a thumbs up. I could see John getting ready to jump off our boat. A few strokes later I looked behind me and he was approaching. He tagged my leg, we said “beginning” and “ending” per MIMS rules, then gave each other a high-five. I swam over and climbed up the boat ladder, and that ended my first leg.

    Once I got on the boat I gave Julie and Cristian a wave and thumbs up. I then looked ahead of us, and I was amazed to see a flotilla of boats, swimmers, and kayakers. It seems the three waves had all converged around the entrance to the Harlem River. The current there is pretty sluggish compared to the swift water of the East River, and it had compressed the field together right as swimmers from waves two and three were catching the wave one swimmers. The course also narrows at that point, so things got pretty congested—it almost looked like we were entering a marina with all the boats ahead of us. John was simply flying through this field, He passed wave one and two swimmers, then started passing folks from our wave who had gotten ahead of me. It was truly impressive to watch.

    Meanwhile, I put on a few clothes over my suit—no need to change completely since it was a warm day—and got some snacks and drinks. I had 2 hours before my next leg, and I spent it eating, relaxing, cheering, and waving to all the swimmers, kayakers, crew, and observers I knew as we went by. Many swimmers don’t like the Harlem River—the current is slightly against them at the start, the water is a bit more oily and tannic, the architecture and bridges are not as iconic and towering as those you see earlier and later in the race. But John really likes this section—it’s generally flatter and warmer than the rest of the course, and you can get into a good stroke rhythm and just power along. It definitely worked for him!

    On the boat we could see the race leaders in the distance. Rondi had written down the numbers of many swimmers, so we knew whom we were passing and who was still up ahead. In addition to being interested in where we were in the field, we wanted to know how the race to win the whole thing was shaping up. There were a lot of impressive swimmers doing MIMS this year, and much speculation going into the swim about who would come out on top. It seemed like Erica Rose was out in front at this point, with Aussies John van Wisse (a 3-time MIMS winner) and Ollie Wilkinson battling it out behind her. I had met them all, and wondered how it would turn out.

    As I watched John pass the wave 3 swimmers, I realized that many of them would probably pass me back again on my next leg—that’s how it goes when one relay swimmer is substantially faster than the other. I decided that I would try to stay ahead of as many of them as possible for as long as I could once I got in the water again.

    (to be continued . . .)

    MIMS Relay Report Conclusion

    Updated October 31st, 2014 at 08:55 PM by swimsuit addict

  6. My first attempt at OW swimming

    by , June 19th, 2011 at 10:33 PM (Life in the (not so) fast lane)
    A while back I decided I was going to try open water swimming for the first time, so I signed up to do the USMS 15K Relay National Championships in Noblesville, IN. Might as well make my first ever OW swim a 5K right?

    It actually went pretty well. It took me a while to get used to spotting and breathing in the choppy water at the start. I was struggling for a bit at first because every time I looked for the buoy, everything was a blur, so I just focused on following the swimmers in front of me. Once we spread out a bit and I settled down, things went fine and I had no problems.

    Except for the fact that I was unfamiliar with the course and unaccustomed to swimming that distance, so it seemed to go on forever.

    In all it was a good time and a nice change of pace from the pool. Not sure if I'll do another OW event anytime soon though.
  7. National Champs!

    by , June 19th, 2011 at 08:10 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)

    Yesterday I did a 5K ow swim as part of a mixed 4 person relay team at the 25K Open-Water National Championships at Morse Reservoir in Noblesville Indiana. Our team won the 55-60 AG and were declared National Champions. I believe there were actually 2 other teams in our division. I didn't realize relay's were championships; I though they were simply events that were contested to drive more competitors to the event. Either way I had a blast swimming with Byron, Greg, and Beth!
    The event was delayed 2 hours due to thunderstorms. By the time we took off the sky was overcast; the water was dark, murky, flat, and 74 degrees! When you're swimming in a reservoir in central Indiana it's best to have murky water cause you probably wouldn't want to see the crap you are swimming in.
    I had a delightfully unproblematic swim. The swimming time passed quickly and I felt strong and in control all the way through the finish line!
    Unfortunately the folks hired to time the event didn't know what they were doing and we didn't get accurate times.
    I would have been extremely angry if I'd done a 25K and told the results were lost! The top 3 finishers in the 25K were recognized due to the race director manually recording them. Victoria Rian from Swim Indy won in a convincing manner. She is amazing. I'm not sure who won the male division, I'll put it in my blog tomorrow.
    After the swim the food was the bountiful and nutritious!!!! I managed to gulp down a huge bowl of fresh blueberries and yogurt, half a Qudoba chicken burrito, a turkey subway, one apple, and a banana for dessert!
    The safety measures taken during this race were the best ever! There were at least 6 pontoon boats w/ officials, 8 speedboats with lifeguards, 8 more lifeguards in kayaks, and a kayaker for every solo 25K swimmer! I swear I was close to a boat every time I turned my head to breath.
    Before yesterday I felt like I was losing my enthusiasm for ow. I was feeling like perhaps 55 year olds shouldn't jump into lakes and race to exhaustion. Yesterday's experience erased my fears and left me motivated to sign-up for some more ow events and ENJOY!!!!!

    Updated June 20th, 2011 at 08:07 AM by Bobinator

  8. MIMS relay report, part 1

    I had such a wonderful day yesterday in and on the water as part of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim! The day got off to a good start, as Dave made things very easy for me and my relay partner John by driving us and our stuff to the starting areas. I had several bags (gear, clothes, feeds, food, cupcakes) that needed to end up on our escort boat, which was loading in a separate area from the actual start of the swim. John and Dave took care of that after dropping me off at the starting area, so I didn’t have to worry about wandering all over lower Manhattan before the race start. Very nice!

    That put me at the start well before check-in, and that extra early-morning hour relaxing on a bench overlooking the Hudson turned out to be a wonderful way to start the day. It was very calm and peaceful, with the nearly-full moon setting over the misty river. I watched a couple of huge cruise ships glide slowly upriver on their way to dock at the terminal about 2 miles to the north—it seemed somehow incongruous that boats that gargantuan could move along so silently. The tide was moving very swiftly south, and I knew that twelve-odd hours later a very similar current would be helping swimmers along to the race’s end.

    At one point I caught a glimpse of something leaping out of the water—not sure if it was a fish, or maybe just a piece of plank that got upended in an counter-current. Whatever it was, it definitely made a nice plopping sound as it landed. I watched that spot for a few minutes but didn’t see any more activity. I did see a fair lot of small branches and other pieces of wood floating by—that’s how I was able to gauge how fast the current was moving—and I was glad to know I’d have an escort kayaker during the swim to steer me away from anything too hazardous. Watching the early-morning activity on the river, I felt amazed and grateful that the event I was about to swim happens at all.

    Swimmers slowly trickled in and we waited around for check-in. I talked a bit with Ollie from Australia and Victoria from England, both of whom had swum the Channel and were telling me about their experiences there. (I think there were far more Channel swimmers than not among the 35 MIMS solo swimmers.) Lots of buddies from CIBBOWS were there, both as swimmers and as volunteers for the event. I got to see Evan (Evmo) as well as the other new swim buddies I had met out at Brighton on Thursday morning and the meeting Friday afternoon. The pre-race socializing was really nice—the international open-water community is a warm and welcoming bunch, and I got to meet pretty much everyone swimming the race, I think. One reason John thought I should be the lead-off swimmer for our relay team was that he had led off a relay last year, and figured I should have that experience of being at the start too. I’m glad I did.

    Finally check-in opened and we all got numbered. That left just an hour and a half before the actual race start. (While we were waiting, other necessary things were happening—escort boats were being checked in and loaded on the other side of the island, kayakers were checking in and being numbered, tides were shifting to our advantage--it’s a complicated event and there’s lots that has to coincide for the start.) I continued milling around, applied sunscreen, snacked, stretched, milled some more, snacked some more, and watched, discussed, and sometimes helped with others’ pre-race prep. (I think one reason that the start is so social here is that our crews are on the other side of the island, so swimmers rely on each other for sunscreen and lube application, and whatever else might need doing). I was glad that I had packed lots of snacks in my pre-race bag—I ate a Luna bar, a banana, and several graham crackers with peanut butter and honey while waiting around, plus some orange raspberry juice, Kayakers started streaming down from north cove and converged on the race start. I found my kayaker, Sergio, and waved and introduced myself.

    Then they announced that the first wave would be starting in 15 minutes. I finished undressing, applied lube to any places that might chafe, did my inhalers, dumped everything in my bag and left it at check-in, then walked down to the pier. The first 2 waves went off uneventfully while I watched. There was about 15 minutes between waves, and while waiting around I got to chat with Erica Rose, a former national and world open-water champion who was one of the favorites. A couple of tourists who had happened by asked us questions about the swim, and she fielded them graciously and well—she’s definitely a pro at this! After standing in the sun a bit I decided to seek some shade, where I found Aussie and fellow pale person Michael Gregory, whom I’d swum with at the beach Thursday. As the start neared swimmers wished each other a good day on the water and fist-bumped one last time (hugging wasn’t advisable at this point because many people had “Channel grease” smeared all over their bodies, and no one wanted to get greasy palms before donning their goggles.) We were all eager to get in the water and get started, and we finally did. There was a countdown—the whole crowd who had gathered at the pier to watch us start joined in—and then we were off!

    (to be continued . . .)

    MIMS Relay Report part 2

    Updated October 31st, 2014 at 08:52 PM by swimsuit addict

  9. Saturday, June 18, 2011 11:30am

    by , June 18th, 2011 at 05:48 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Well, I'm exhausted, but not from swimming. My body hasn't yet recovered from my marathon work schedule. Friday I worked from 6am till 4pm, then had a little break, then back at it from 5:45pm till 10:30pm. Cherry season is finally here. They needed all the maintinence people on the line from both shifts for the first run last night.
    Right to sleep afterwords and back to work again this morning to fix a bunch of stuff from 6am till 11am.
    Swimming after this was more or less just a stress relief for my body. I couldnt' put out any real effort today, but that's ok. The overtime $$$$ is good enough. I think I'm at 58 hours for the week, and I still have another 8-10 more on Sunday! Money!!

    500 Free really stretching out
    300 Free Pull
    200 IM

    10 x 100 Free Pull (5 @ 1:20, 5 @ 1:15)

    16 x 25 @ :25 (Alt. 2 Fly, 2 Free)

    100 EZ
    2500 Yards
  10. Good solid week

    by , June 18th, 2011 at 10:27 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Just under 32000 meters this week. That's about where I wanted to be. My weight is slowly coming down. I'm at 185 right now and would like to be 175 before I taper. Would have like to do a little better than 1:17 on the free but I did do a 50 br in just under :42. That's about where I want to be with no dive, a drag suit and no taper.


    300 Free
    200 Kick
    200 Free
    200 Kick

    100 Free
    3 x 50 IM Order
    200 Free
    3 x 50 IM Order
    300 Free
    3 x 50 IM Order
    400 Free
    3 x 50 IM Order

    100 Kick Fly on back
    100 Kick Free hard
    100 Kick back
    100 Kick Free hard
    100 Kick Fly on side down/Free on side back
    100 Kick free hard

    200 Pull
    400 Free
    4 x 50 Fly
    200 Pull
    300 Free
    4 x 50 Back
    200 Pull
    200 free
    4 x 50 Breast

    100 Easy
    100 Smooth down/Hard back (1:17)

    200 Cool down

    (5600m total)
    Swim Workouts
  11. We need a caption!

    by , June 17th, 2011 at 11:29 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!) Evelyn is the 11th poster down. We could possibly use Admiration if you like her better than Evelyn.

    I would like the "5K Holiday SwimGirls" to submit captions to go along with this picture on a tee shirt. Also send me your size.


    Updated June 17th, 2011 at 11:34 PM by Bobinator

  12. Playing those mind games

    by , June 17th, 2011 at 11:08 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I've felt crappy all week. I've attributed it to being on anti-biotics for 3 weeks. First 10 days for cat bit, and now the Dermatologist who froze my actinic kerasotes want me to take them preventively due to the 5K lake swim I'm doing tomorrow. I'm hoping this is why I'm slightly nauseous, messed up in the bowel department, and tired all the time. I did 2 short swims the week and slept during my spare time. I hope I can make it through the race.
    I helped for a while at packet pick-up by giving boat tours of the course for the swimmers. Boy, this course sure seems lots longer when you boat it than swimming it. I did notice several nice patios a swimmer could veer slightly off-course to very easily. I even noticed a bar with a keg-a-rator just 10 feet from the water. If things are going south I may bail at one of these fine venues!
    The water is right at 74 degrees! I love ow between 70-74. I'm hoping some of this sickness is in my head and I'll have a miraculous recovery upon completion of the swim!!
    I'm tired of worrying so now I will go to bed.
    Good luck to everyone in their competitions tomorrow!
  13. Friday, June 17

    by , June 17th, 2011 at 09:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    TRX rows, 25
    TRX face pulls, 20
    TRX sprinter starts, 20
    TRX chest press, 2 x 15
    TRX fly, 2 x 15
    TRX moving plank, 2 x 15
    Knee tuck jumps, 10
    Overhead med ball slams, 2 x 15

    Bike, 20 minutes



    Squeezed this little workout in in an extremely hectic day. Made it to Fort Sons graduation -- not too many tears. And my flight to London is on time. Hope the connection to Barclona is too. We're cutting it very tight, which is slightly nerve wracking.

    Hoping the wifi works on this trip!

  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -06/20/11

    by , June 17th, 2011 at 02:54 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 2:00 1:45
    6 X 50 1:00 :50
    Two times, round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 5:00
    1 X 100 kick 2:30
    6 X 50 kick 1:15
    odd: moderate even: build to fast
    1 X 100 easy swim

    3 X {3 X 100 free 1:50
    Descend 1-3; #3 @ 100%
    Break between rounds

    16 X 50 1:00
    Four of each stroke. Go 1:15 on the breast swims.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  15. Friday, 6/17/11

    by , June 17th, 2011 at 01:06 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    Warm up
    300 swim free
    10 x 50:
    2/1:00 build - 1/55 strong
    2/1:00 build - 1/50 very strong
    2/1:00 build - 1/45 Fast
    1 easy
    - was around 40 on the builds, went 35-33-31 on the strong, v. strong & fast

    Main Set
    1 x 600/30 sr, moderate, neg split
    - went 4:30 then 4:15 for each half
    4 x 150/15 sr desc
    - went 2:15-2:07-2:05-2:00
    8 x 75/1:15 strong build
    - averaged 1:00 on these

    Fly Sprint set
    12 x 25/40
    odds sprint fly with 12.5 underwater kick
    evens moderate free
    - was taking 12 kicks to breakout and real close to midpool each time. Times 18 - 20

    Cool down
    100 easy

    Total: 3000 yards

    Updated June 17th, 2011 at 02:41 PM by poolraat

  16. Friday, June 17, 2011 5:00am

    by , June 17th, 2011 at 11:38 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Only was able to swim for 30 minutes today, had to work early.

    300 Free
    200 Fly Drill

    6 x 100 Free @ 1:15

    4 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00

    12 x 25 Odds Fly @ :30, Evens Free @ :20

    100 EZ
    1700 Yards in 30 minutes
  17. Decent breakthrough today

    by , June 17th, 2011 at 09:57 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    I used to have no catch. Stiff straight wrist all the way through my stroke. Someone finally pointed it out to me yesterday. Sure makes a big difference. It also works a slightly different muscle group which is now very sore. I'm excited about developing this further. Gives me a lot of confidence going into Nationals.


    200 Free
    400 Kick down/Free back
    400 Free

    2 x 200 Kick
    2 x 200 Free
    2 x 200 Kick

    3 times through
    * 200 Stroke down/Free back
    * 4 x 50 Free down/Stroke back
    * 200 Pull

    400 IM Drill
    3 x 50 IM order
    100 Free Fast
    3 x 100 Free negative split
    3 x 50 choice stroke

    100 Cool Down

    (5200m Total)

    Updated June 17th, 2011 at 11:04 AM by pmccoy

    Swim Workouts
  18. Getting ready

    The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim is this Saturday, and I’m swimming a 2-person relay with my friend John Humenik. As the event gets closer I’m getting both excited and nervous—excited about the swim itself, nervous about all the logistics involved in getting me and my stuff to where they need to be on Saturday morning before the race starts. This afternoon we have a 3-hour(!) mandatory meeting to go over race details.

    Each MIMS swimmer and relay has a motor boat and a kayaker or two accompanying them around the island. Swimmers, kayakers, and boats all leave from slightly different places. On Saturday I will have to go to the boat loading area to drop off the gear I want onboard, say goodbye to my relay-mate and crew there so they can board the boat, walk over to the start area for individual and lead relay swimmers (about ˝ mile away),check in, find my kayaker in the nearby kayak start area and give him my first feed and emergency inhaler (just in case), then get myself back to the start area in time for final instructions and press conference. I think finally getting in the water and swimming will be a relief after all that!

    Our relay consists of alternating 2-hour legs. I’ll lead off, and will probably swim twice. The race start will be done in waves this year (there are 35 solo swimmers and 7 relays). We’ve been seeded into the 3rd and fastest wave, along with the 9 top solo swimmers. It will be pretty cool to get to start with the stars, but I expect to see them for all of about 2 minutes before they disappear from sight for the rest of the day! It should be an exciting race up front. My new swim buddy Ollie who swam with us at Brighton earlier this week is billed as one of the favorites to win the whole thing!

    There’s supposed to be some sort of GPS system set up to track swimmers—I think you can find a "track swimmer" link here. My team is the jH20s.
    Correction: Only a few swimmers can be tracked--we're not one of them.

    I did get in two very relaxing swims at Brighton over the past 2 days. I’m sort of tapering for this event mentally, simply focusing on doing whatever feels fun and happy-making rather than worrying about how much or how fast I’m swimming. Wednesday I swam the loop, and yesterday I went out to the pier and back. Both days the water was very clear, with easy swells that seemed to help me along gently in both directions. I hope the water is as kind to me on Saturday! Yesterday’s swim was part of a MIMS/CIBBOWS meet-and-greet-and-swim organized by Chaos (that phrase does sounds odd, I mean the swimmer/forumite, not the concept). I got to meet some more visiting swimmers from Australia, Colorado, and California, as well as see Evmo from Chicago again. It was a nice time.

    Oh, and an update about the most important preparations for this weekend: I decided to make both chocolate and gingerbread cupcakes! I haven’t made the icing yet, but I think I’ll stick to the cream-cheese with raspberries for both, with sprinkles of course!

    Updated June 17th, 2011 at 06:23 PM by swimsuit addict

  19. Good Workout despite all the aches and pains

    by , June 17th, 2011 at 09:16 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Getting old stinks! I am not even 50 yet I feel like I am 75 most mornings.

    Did manage a decent workout today.

    1000 Free broken 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1@:10R
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 50 fast rest moderate
    5x100@:10R Free w/fins catch up at hip drill
    500 Free kick w/fins rotational kicking
    8x50 from block 15 meter sprint then easy to next 15 meter mark then 15 meters back fast into wall and turn but don't push off.
    100 Free

    Total 3000 meters
  20. My god, my output has been...

    by , June 16th, 2011 at 08:26 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    ...pathetic this year.

    Only five vlogs posted in 2011, six if you include this one.

    The reason: the Dour Economy has finally caught up with your humble correspondent.

    In his novel,
    David Copperfield, Charles Dickens famously wrote:

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure nineteen six, result happiness.

    Annual income twenty pounds, annual expenditure twenty pound ought and six, result misery.

    I am not well versed in British currency, but in American dollars, I think the second half of the following translated quote more accurately reflects my own situation:

    Annual income $62,000, annual expenditure $61,000, result happiness.

    Annual income $62,000, annual expenditure $278,000, result suffocation.

    Author Dickens apparently coming up a twopence short himself on the happiness-misery spectrum.

    My friend Charlie H., who killed himself in the midst of the depression phase of his bipolar disorder, used to say the definition of "middle class" was when "expenses equal all income and every available penny of credit."

    For too long has this applied to your middle class sucker correspondent, one-time contributing "driver" of the US Economy by my consumer behavior!
    In retrospect, I can't believe how much money I squandered on ramen noodles, health insurance premiums, and...well, that's most of what I spent, but it was way too much. Why, oh why, did I think I deserved detached retina surgery when I so clearly had the other healthy eye! Spendthrift!

    In any event, I have been scrambling around for months now, trying to bring things into some semblance of balance, so far with mixed (at best) success.

    The frenzy and time consumption such has required of me has put something of a damper on my leisure time, i.e., those
    seemingly endless hours I once wiled away watching TV, sampling different types of bonbons, napping to the accompaniment of Power Lunch and/or golf tournaments, and deluding myself into believing things were all right.

    Such was the
    Golden Age of swim vlogging for me.

    But times have changed.

    Of late, I have become deeply immersed in the
    Merde Age.

    I suspect I am not entirely alone here, but we who at last come to recognize ourselves as Life's Failures invariably sweeten the excruciation of our situation by telling ourselves that we alone have been fools and numbskulls.

    In any event, this past weekend, I traveled to Philadelphia with my older son, Ben, who is a student at Temple, and helped him move stuff from his current apartment to his new apartment. We then went to my brother John's house in Ocean City, New Jersey. The next day, I swam the 5K Bridge-to-Bridge swim in Atlantic City.

    Two of my new 1776 teammates were there: Vibeke Swanson and Jack Martin. Hopefully, my brother will be able to put together a movie about the race in the foreseeable future.

    This event was increasingly typical of the kind of swimming competitions I can (barely) afford these days: cheap, drivable, and in a location where I can stay for free and eat free food.

    The Yiddish word for people like me is

    I am determined to turn my withered fortunes around!

    I want, for at least a few seconds before I die, to become whatever the Yiddish word is for mensch!

    It is on this note, and against the backdrop of this aspiration, that I am proud to announce the formation of a new company specializing in swimming jammers as an advertising vehicle.

    Based on a concept suggested by Thornton triplet, Michael P. McDonnell of Libertyville, Illinois, I thought I would briefly introduce the new venture in today's vlog, then expound upon it at much greater length in the near future.

    Ideator savant, Michael P. McDonnell, AKA bzaks1424
    [ame=""]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame] (Drop Michael a line of tremendous gratitude for his contribution to the evolution of swimming apparel.)

    For now, here is a visual to peak your
    interest and investment dollars:

    Investing money you have and/or could borrow in Jim's new suit apparel start-up, result happiness.

    Failure to invest money you have and/or could borrow in Jim's new suit apparel start-up, result misery.

    Updated June 17th, 2011 at 12:48 AM by jim thornton