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  1. Gearing up

    by , March 2nd, 2010 at 09:38 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Back to real yardage today. Haven't done a workout this long since early January. I could tell I have almost gotten out of shape. Still, the taper for the meet and the rest afterward had to be good for the body. Hoping to feel back in the grove in another week.

    Used first set as a warm-up:

    10 x 150 pull on 2:15. Did first two swims with out equipment. For the rest of the set, used paddles and pull buoy.

    3 rounds of 4 x 125 I.M. on 2:00 (with fins, do flutter kick on br)
    #1 - 50 fly, 25 back, 25 br, 25 fr
    #2 - 25 fly, 50 back, 25 br, 25 fr
    #3 - 25 fly, 25 back, 50 br, 25 fr
    #4 - 25 fly, 25 back, 25 br, 25 fr

    1 minute rest between rounds

    4 x 100 free on 1:30

    1 minute rest

    4 x 100 free with paddles on 1:25

    1 minute rest

    4 x 100 free with paddles and fins on 1:15

    3 x 100 - 25 underwater/75 easy on 1:00 rest

    4500 SCY

    Will take tomorrow off. Adding the weights and running back in along with the increase in yardage is tiring me down a little. Will be back in the pool on Thursday.
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  2. Pulled a double today

    by , March 2nd, 2010 at 09:07 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Since it was just going to be McKaylin I would be coaching tonight I decided to keep her company. It was a humbling experience. Last year I could beat both her and Sandra. Not any more. I was exceedingly slow compared to her.

    500 Free
    10x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy was holding 1:18's on these
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fly
    10x50@1:00 Back
    4x200@3:15 Free last one EASY!

    Total 3300 yards
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  3. Tired, March 2

    by , March 2nd, 2010 at 05:33 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Commentary:

    Commentary first today. I've had the blahs for awhile, but I've been feeling wiped out since Sunday. I'm worried I'm overtrained. And it was probably inadvisable to start skipping my once a week rest day on Saturday. After about 1000 yards in the pool, I threw out my planned workout and did another low yardage recovery day. Had to take Mini to the gym, but didn't do much there either. I'm going to my chiro tomorrow and will just plan something else mellow again, I guess. It would also help if I had less kid drama and less pervasive gray gloom, I guess. And I certainly don't want to get ISH.

    And I still have loads to do tonight ... May have to take Chaos' advice and sell the kids, pet, house, etc.!

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 various

    4 x 100 breast pull w/MF @ 2:00

    50 EZ

    Hypoxic Sets:

    30 x 25 shooters w/MF @ :15 RI
    10 back, 10 side, 10 belly

    10 x 50 double shooters on back w/MF @ 1:00

    50 EZ

    Total: 2400


    Drylands:

    catch windmill w/15 DB, 1 x 15 each side
    box jumps, 1 x 10
    twisting lunges w/15 lb DB, 1 x 15 each leg
    flutter kick on bosu, 1 x 50
    Mr. Fort's hip/ham exercise w/40 lb BB, 1 x 15

    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each side
    prone scapular scrunches, 2 x 25
    seated straight arm dips, 2 x 25
    3 position arm extensions, 1 x 15 each position


    Post Article:

    There was an article in the Post today about the fact that quinine is ineffective in combating leg cramps. It was referring to nighttime leg cramps. This is consistent with the advice Gull gave on line long ago. I think magnesium may work better for me anyway.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...030102881.html

    Also on healthy diets: http://ow.ly/1drd3

    Updated March 2nd, 2010 at 05:49 PM by The Fortress

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  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -03/03/10

    by , March 2nd, 2010 at 01:14 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 4:30
    3 X 100 1:30
    1 X 300 4:30
    4 X 75 1:15
    1 X 300 4:30
    6 X 50 :50

    1 X 300 kick

    12 X 25 sprint kick :45

    8 X 125 IM 2:15
    Double up on your choice of stroke.

    6 X 250 pull 3:45
    Descend 1-3/4-6

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5100Y
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  5. Tuesday Mar 2nd 2010

    by , March 2nd, 2010 at 10:23 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tuesday Mar 2nd 2010

    Austin Grand Prix starts on Thursday
    resting a bit for it & plan to shave,
    huge meet, 1200 swimmers.
    RESULTS
    Psych Sheet
    schedule

    Whitney sent this schedule announcement yesterday

    Due to the Grand Prix meet with 1200 swimmers we will have limited practice time. Sorry for any inconveniences but some is better than none.

    Tuesday 3/2 normal morning and night
    Wednesday 3/3 normal morning and noon
    Thursday 3/4 5:30 - 6:30 am ONLY (no night)
    Friday 3/5 5:30 - 6:30 am ONLY (no noon)
    Saturday 3/6 none
    Sunday 3/7 12 - 1:15 pm


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy, main pool,
    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam with
    Mike, Nate, paul ritchie & Todd
    beside Ned,Tyler, jon, & larry
    wore B70 full
    dove in 6:35ish

    warm up:
    not sure what it was
    did around 300 fr

    assigned: 400 fr aerobic 75% effort
    did: 4 x 50

    rest 1:00

    100 IM fast
    dove
    went 57


    rest 1:00

    assigned: 400 fr aerobic 75% effort
    did: 4 x 50

    rest 1:00

    assigned: 200 IM fast
    did: 100 IM fast dove
    went 56


    rest 1:00

    assigned: 400 fr aerobic 75% effort
    did: 4 x 50

    rest 1:00

    assigned: 300 IM fast
    did: skipped

    rest 1:00

    assigned: 400 fr aerobic 75% effort
    did: 4 x 50

    rest 1:00

    assigned: 400 IM fast
    did: skipped

    rest 1:00

    100 IM FAST
    went 55



    50 flutter kick fast
    with jon's big yellow board
    roll start
    tyler timed
    went 28.2




    2010 MEETS:


    March 4 - 6, 2010 Austin, TX UT Swim Center Count Down
    Austin Grand Prix
    ENTERED
    # 5 Men Open 100 Fly 51.80Y
    # 14 Men Open 400 IM 4:25.33Y
    # 26 Men Open 100 Free 48.92Y


    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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  6. Late start and sprint, not much yardage

    by , March 2nd, 2010 at 07:31 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    The guard was late today so started 10 minutes late. Decided to try to sprint but felt like an incredible slug.

    500 Free as 25 kick/swim/pull
    32x25@:45 sprint #1-8 fly (:21's) #9-16 back (:21's) #17-24 breast (:26's) #25-32 free (:16's) just felt like I couldn't move on these
    200 Free easy
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fly
    8x100@1:30 w/paddles as 50 free/50 back
    200 Free easy

    Total 3000 yards
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  7. Yoga in the sauna

    by , March 2nd, 2010 at 12:12 AM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Did my own mini-version of hot yoga tonight, if you can even call it that. After my swim workout tonight, got in the sauna (dry heat) and did some basic yoga moves to stretch out my lower back. Amazing how much good it did. I'm taking Q's advice of trying to work in about 20 minutes of a yoga routine when and where I can. Seems to be working out so far.

    Earlier today, ran 25 minutes around the cotton fields with my dog, a large lab mix of about 115 pounds. He enjoys it as he gets to run ahead of me off the leash.

    Swam this evening. The short run took a little bit more out of me than expected, so I didn't feel quite as zippy as I usually do. Still enjoyed the workout as I did it with the masters group.

    Warm-up: 200 easy

    5 x 100 kick with fins (hard) on 2:00
    1, 3: dolphin on back
    2, 4: back kick
    5: front flutter with board

    100 easy

    4 x 100 breast pull with dolphin kick (wore fins) on 2:15

    100 easy

    3 x 100 - 3 rt/3 lt/3 full fly on 1:00 rest

    100 easy

    4 x 50: 25 no breather/25 easy on 30 seconds rest

    On odds, did underwater. Evens were no breather freestyle.

    100 easy

    2,000 SCY
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  8. Monday Morning at Carmel Aquatic's Center

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 08:33 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I got up at 4:45 a.m. to be @ CAC by 5:00 a.m. The pool was full! The far half was swarming with Carmel HS Team. The boys team won state this week-end. The girls won their 24th straight state title 2 wee-ends ago!
    My half of the pool (14 lanes) was full of members of the fairly new Carmel Master's Team. I should probably join this team instead of Nasti's but I'm fairly sure Nasti's social agenda is 100% better than the Carmel team. I can always swim harder and further, but friends are a precious and irreplaceable commodity! I'll stick with Team Nasti!
    Here's my solo workout (done in the midst of 25 or so swimmers doing the CAM workout:

    **600 Freestyle Warm-up Swim
    **200 Assorted Kicking, no fins
    **2 X 100 (backstroke/IM)
    **250 Freestyle on 4:30 interval
    **4 X 50 Free on :55
    **250 Freestyle w/ paddles and buoy on 4:20 interval
    **4 X 50 Free on :50
    **250 Freestyle hard on 4:15 interval
    **4 X 50 Free on :45 interval
    **200 Free rest :5 sec/ 150 Free rest :10 sec/ 100 free rest 15 sec/ 50 Free
    **200 Broken Free-Hold 50 pace and descend rest interval/:15 sec/ :10 sec/ :5 sec.
    **8 X 25 on :30 (Stroke alternating with free)

    3,250 scy

    I saw a couple of Sarah's old team mates! They all look so grown up!

    Reported home after work and cooked a delicious turkey breast, dressing (my fav), and sugar snap peas! Yum! I tend to cook better in the evening when I swim in the early morning before work. I think I am more patient at school after an early morning swim. My legs get really tired around 1:15 or so but I guess that happens even if I don't swim early!

    I have been feeling really great lately in my workouts! I haven't done any meets this winter and have been solidly swimming 5 days a week! i'm hoping for a good 1650 and 1,000 at state meet! I'm not sure about how to taper. The meet is the last week-end in March. I have been swimming 16-17,000 yards per week. Is that total high enough to taper down from?
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  9. Monday Morning at Carmel Aquatic's Center

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 08:33 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I got up at 4:45 a.m. to be @ CAC by 5:00 a.m. The pool was full! The far half was swarming with Carmel HS Team. The boys team won state this week-end. The girls won their 24th straight state title 2 wee-ends ago!
    My half of the pool (14 lanes) was full of members of the fairly new Carmel Master's Team. I should probably join this team instead of Nasti's but I'm fairly sure Nasti's social agenda is 100% better than the Carmel team. I can always swim harder and further, but friends are a precious and irreplaceable commodity! I'll stick with Team Nasti!
    Here's my solo workout (done in the midst of 25 or so swimmers doing the CAM workout:

    **600 Freestyle Warm-up Swim
    **200 Assorted Kicking, no fins
    **2 X 100 (backstroke/IM)
    **250 Freestyle on 4:30 interval
    **4 X 50 Free on :55
    **250 Freestyle w/ paddles and buoy on 4:20 interval
    **4 X 50 Free on :50
    **250 Freestyle hard on 4:15 interval
    **4 X 50 Free on :45 interval
    **200 Free rest :5 sec/ 150 Free rest :10 sec/ 100 free rest 15 sec/ 50 Free
    **200 Broken Free-Hold 50 pace and descend rest interval/:15 sec/ :10 sec/ :5 sec.
    **8 X 25 on :30 (Stroke alternating with free)

    3,250 scy

    I saw a couple of Sarah's old team mates! They all look so grown up!

    Reported home after work and cooked a delicious turkey breast, dressing (my fav), and sugar snap peas! Yum! I tend to cook better in the evening when I swim in the early morning before work. I think I am more patient at school after an early morning swim. My legs get really tired around 1:15 or so but I guess that happens even if I don't swim early!

    I have been feeling really great lately in my workouts! I haven't done any meets this winter and have been solidly swimming 5 days a week! i'm hoping for a good 1650 and 1,000 at state meet! I'm not sure about how to taper. The meet is the last week-end in March. I have been swimming 16-17,000 yards per week. Is that total high enough to taper down from?
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  10. A little stiff... 3/1/10

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 08:04 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well the back spasm has abated but now the muscles are sore and kinda of locked up a little out of alignment. However, I went to the pool to swim and knew I'd be ok.

    Warm Up

    200 Swim Snorkel
    200 Kick
    200 Pull

    Fly Set
    4 x 50 fly drills
    4 x 50 1 arm
    4 x 50 fly (2 x 25, 2 x 50 2 x 25)
    I was lane sharing with a less skilled swimmer. He did his best to stay out of the way, and I have to respect that he at least could see that I was training. However, he and my lower back tightness still caused me a few issues with fly. I guess 3 days after a spasm though I shouldn't expect to channel Cavic.

    Main Set
    4 x 50FR EZ
    10 x 100 1:40 It was meant to be a 1:30 test set, but with a stiff back and 2 days aftr my big swim...I wasn't up to it so I did 1:40 for aerobic work. I held 1:35 got the last one under 1:30...figured I'd get one good one in to finish.
    4 x 50FR EZ
    4 times through:
    50 K Hard 1:15 couldn't get under a minute today 1:02 the best.
    100 swim 1:45

    Kick Set

    500 Fin FR kick

    Cool Down
    6 x 50 EZ

    I'm reluctantly laying off of weights, running and core work until the back gets sorted out. I may try elliptical tomorrow.
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  11. Monday, March 1

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 05:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I'm apparently still feeling the effects of the conventional lifting with Mini Fort. I'm still sore and tired -- good reason not to do that again! lol Next time I take her, I'll just watch her form and stick to this season's dryland plan. Anyhoo, I just did a very slow swim. I'm not one of those masters who can't go slow when I'm supposed to! Thinking of Rich Abrahams' famous quote here.

    Swim/Solo/SCY:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Drill Sets:

    200 chest press fly
    200 hand lead caterpillar fly drill
    200 evil kick, no board
    200 scull
    200 glide drill on belly
    200 glide drill on back

    50 EZ

    Total: 1850

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

    Random Commentary:

    1. I was thinking today about my fatigue. (Though I feel much perkier this afternoon after that mellow swim than I did this am). I was wondering if trying to do intense dryland + yoga + swim is too much. Sort of like when I was trying to do weights + run + swim, and I have to give up running. Power yoga is somewhat tiring. Something to mull over.

    2. Every time I go to bikram yoga, there is a sign in the room, saying something to the effect "if you go to yoga every day for 30 days, it will change your body; if you go every day for 60 days, it will change your life." I've wondered about this. How would your body feel if you did it every day rather than just a couple x a week? Maybe one season, I'll give up drylands and just do yoga and swimming and see what happens.

    3. I'm not going to the Warrenton meet. Would like to, but it conflicts with Senior Champs on Sunday, and the weekend would just be too busy and hectic. So I may never do the 100 evil again! I wanted one more shot at it before retiring from evil.

    4. I'm going to look at my workouts from before the Albatross meet and replicate them this year for a nice comparison. I'm swimming different events this year. But I will have my once a year 100 meter fly that I did last year and will do this year.

    5. At the Albatross meet, I'm swimming (subject to scratching one of course) 100 fly, 50 back, 50 fly, 50 free.

    Pro Bodysuit times:

    100 fly, 1:12.1
    50 back, 33.2
    50 fly, 31.3
    50 free, 28.7

    B70 times:

    100 fly, 1:09.8
    50 back, 31.1
    50 fly, 29.6 (Jaked), 29.9 (B70)
    50 free, 28.2

    Will be interesting to see where my never before worn kneeskin times fall within this spectrum.

    6. New core exercise: Get the heaviest weight stretch cord you can find. Tie one end to a post about shoulder height. Grab the other end (if it has a handle that is best) and step sideways away from the post until the cord is good and taught. Now, with arms locked straight and legs slightly wider than shoulder width and also locked straight, rotate your body until your arms are directly in front of your chest. The resistance should be fairly difficult. Now hold for 45 seconds for each side and repeat. Great for deep core work and for spine stability.

    7. Exercises for Strong hips/hammies:
    (for Tim and anyone else)

    * one legged squats with one foot on bench and the other in lunge position. with DBs. go down slowly on a 4 count and back up fast. I believe these are called Bulgarian one legged squats.

    * one legged squats with one foot on bench and other in lunge position. with DBs. hold in one leg lunge position, working up to 3:00.

    * stand with knees slightly bent with a light barbell on shoulders. stick ass out and arch back. bend down very slowly until you're looking at the floor and then up very slowly. repeat.

    * hip hinges (I think I've explained this one before).

    8. I'm mulling over events for Zones. Right now, I'm leaning toward: Sat: 100 free for 50 split, 50 breast, and 100 fly, Sun: 100 IM, 5 fly, 100 back. I'm swimming relays, so don't want to load up too much on individual events. I hope to get a 50 back split leading off a relay to see where I'm at. I remember I was plastered last year after Zones. Not sure how much I'll rest for that meet. Suggestions? Seems to close to Nats for a double taper. Maybe just the 3-5 day rest.

    9. I heard gossip from the Texas World Champs meet that the Race Club may start having its elite swimmers do the med ball game!

    10. I may be up in the Pittsburgh area around the end of March. If so, I may make an appointment with Ron De Angelo for some strength/core training ideas. http://www.upmc.com/MEDIARELATIONS/E...px?expertid=60

    11. Garrett Weber-Gale on eating like an Olympian. http://garrettwebergale.blogspot.com/

    12. Haven't gotten my darn B70 replacement yet. Will start fretting in 2 days.

    13. One of the bad girlz from Team HotTub is doing P90X and loving it!

    Updated March 1st, 2010 at 08:09 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Monday Mar 1st 2010 Austin Gran Prix Thu

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 04:38 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Mar 1st 2010

    Austin Grand Prix starts on Thursday
    resting a bit for it
    for longhorn masters workouts
    I think I'll do all the warm up &
    half the main set
    will probably train through the meet &
    just swimming prelims
    RESULTS
    Psych Sheet
    schedule

    went to all sessions of the TX 5A & 4A
    2010 Texas High School Swimming & Diving State Championships
    shot photos of Sat Finals, they're on my facebook
    5A results
    4A results


    Saturday
    Swam 6:00 am - 7:15
    meat of the main set was
    16 x 50
    8 x 100
    4 x 200 on 2:15

    Sunday
    Lifted weights
    Skipped swimming


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Swim Center
    scy, main pool,
    Whitney coached
    5:30 - 7:00
    swam with
    Mike, Ned, Nate, Kelly & Todd
    beside Tyler, Doug, & Jon
    wore B70 legs
    dove in on time

    warm up:
    4 rounds of 125 fr, 25 k on bk, 50 IM

    Main Set

    Assigned:
    5 x 100 on 1:20 right into
    4 x 100 on 1:15 right into
    3 x 100 on 1:10 right into
    2 x 100 on 1:05 right into
    1 x 100 on 1:00

    did: easy speed 50's fr with 5 or 6 SDKs 29 - 31
    except did #100's on #13 & 15 went 59

    assigned: 1000
    did: 10 x 50 k

    Assigned:
    5 x 100 on 1:20 right into
    4 x 100 on 1:15 right into
    3 x 100 on 1:10 right into
    2 x 100 on 1:05 right into
    1 x 100 on 1:00

    did: easy speed 50's fr with 5 or 6 SDKs held 29's - 31
    except did #100's on #13 & 15 went 59

    Assigned 500
    skipped it

    25 SDK
    roll start
    todd timed
    went 11.00



    2010 MEETS:


    March 4 - 6, 2010 Austin, TX UT Swim Center Count Down
    Austin Grand Prix
    ENTERED
    # 5 Men Open 100 Fly 51.80Y
    # 14 Men Open 400 IM 4:25.33Y
    # 26 Men Open 100 Free 48.92Y


    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 1st, 2010 at 04:49 PM by ande

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  13. Monday, 3/1/10

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 02:24 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    300 swim choice
    300 kick w/board
    300 pull alt. 75 free/25 no free
    4 x 50 on :55 alt. drill/build by 25

    swim 2x around:
    {
    2 x 200 free on 3:15, make interval
    (Went 2:47-2:52 on these)
    2 x 100 IM on 2:00, make interval
    (Went 1:40± on these)
    30 sec. rest
    200 back on 3:30, descend effort by 50
    (Went 3:00, 3:05 on these)
    50 easy on 1:30
    }

    swim down 4x50 easy choice on 1:00
    --
    Total: 3000 yards


    Spinning - 40 minutes

    Updated March 1st, 2010 at 04:25 PM by poolraat

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  14. Saturday fun meet

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 01:30 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Went to Boise and swam in a fun meet with the Boise Sawtooth Masters and the Zen Masters club from Sun Valley

    SCY
    Warmup
    600 mix of swim kick drill
    200 free
    200 cool down
    200 back
    200 cool down
    100 back
    100 cool down
    100 IM
    400 cool down

    Total: 2100 yards
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  15. Friday's swim

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 01:25 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    2/26/10

    SCY, Solo

    400 swim choice
    300 IM drill
    200 kick choice
    100 drill choice

    swim 6 x 50 build on 1:15: odds free, evens choice
    100 easy

    swim 12 x 25 choice on :40
    3x around
    {
    1 fast/easy
    1 easy/fast
    1 build
    1 fast
    }

    swim down 300
    --
    Total: 2000 yards

    Strength training - One hour at gym
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  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -03/02/10

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 01:07 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    2 X 200 3:00
    4 X 100 1:30
    Twice through. Descend 100's 1-4 on round 2.

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    4 X 50 kick 1:15
    4 X 25 *sprint* kick :45
    Twice through.

    1 X 100 50 stroke/50 free 2:00
    2 X 50 stroke 1:00
    4 X 25 stroke*fast* :45
    Three times through.

    10 X 50
    odd: easy 1:30
    even: fast 1:00
    Choice.

    1 X 300 free/ moderate 5:00
    3 X 100 free/ fast 2:00
    Twice through

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5400Y
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  17. Lap swimming at the Y

    I had a nice swim at my local Y this morning. I had almost given up swimming here, even though it’s probably the most conveniently located pool I swim at. I had tended to go mid-morning or at noontime on days I didn’t practice with a team, and there always seemed to be a lot of cranky swimmers around who resisted circle swimming, got mad and defensive about being passed, and complained about any style/speed of swimming that created too many waves. (There used to even be signs up in the two fastest lanes that said “Crawl stroke only—no kicking.” Swimmers who wanted to kick or swim fly had to move over to the slowest lanes with the water joggers, where such activity was sure to cause major chaos and complaining.) I would be ultra-polite and cheerful in hopes that the positive energy would be contagious, but to no avail. Sometimes I would have my own lane, or find a cooperative lanemate or two, but too often not. I figured the early morning hours, before work, would be even more zoo-y, so I hadn’t even tried them in a long time.

    But this morning I showed up at around 6, and there was actually an empty lane. One of my open-water friends was there starting a workout (she’s training to swim around Manhattan this summer), and soon another swimmer I know showed up. I ended up doing my own workout, but with people who were of similar speed who were experienced circle swimmers. (The pool had filled up a bit by 6:30, and was hopping by 7, but these morning swimmers were by and large focused on getting in their workouts, and willing to cooperate in order to do so). So early morning seems a good time to use this pool—while more crowded than at off-hours, it’s actually easier to use. Here’s what I ended up doing:

    1000 warmup

    8 x 75 FR/BK/FR @ 1:10

    5 x 100 IM K -> Swim pacman set

    4 x 75 S/K/S @ 1:15

    4 x 100 FR/BK/BR/FR @ varied intervals

    2 x 50 (25 fast/25 easy)

    200 warmdown

    I’ve been rethinking what my workout schedule will look like this spring, and I’m glad to know that early-morning swimming at the Y is a good option—especially since this is where I do my weight workouts and stretching. It’s nice to consolidate everything in one place. And although the pool is only 4 (narrow) lanes, it’s consistently a good temperature. And it’s a pretty pool, featuring elaborate blue-and-yellow decorative tiling that was a gift from the King of Spain in 1929. Pretty counts for something when choosing a pool.

    There’s actually a second, smaller pool at the Y which is kept at about 90 degrees for kids lessons and water aerobics that has even more elaborate tilework and stained glass windows and dramatic arches—it looks like a temple to the water gods. (There’s actually a Neptune mosaic that is its central feature.) After doing my workout, I went to this pool to stretch out and bask a bit. It's not quite as great as swimming outdoors, but it's definitely something to look forward to at the end of my workout!


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  18. Two days off now back to work

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 07:18 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    The girls I coach did really well at States this weekend. I am tired after timing for the afternoon session yesterday.

    There was no clock this morning during the first 15 minutes so I did a long set.

    1000 as 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
    10x100@1:30 Free kick w/fins
    10X100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy holding 1:20 for 1-4 and 1:19 for 5-9 and 1:18 for last
    500 free w/snorkle
    500 alt 50 Back kick streamline/50 back swim

    Total 4000 yards
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  19. Spring Is in the Air (March-April 2010)

    by , March 1st, 2010 at 12:00 AM (SWIMMER Editorials)
    It is said that in spring, a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love; so wrote poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. I would posit that for USMS members, a young (and we are all young) swimmer’s fancy turns to competition. As Spring Nationals looms, we have included technique articles to help you prepare for Atlanta: Craig Keller at AGUA Masters has broken down relay transitions for us, Olympian Rada Owen gives us a quick tune-up on head position, and Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen reminds us of some critical training points.

    On many swimmers’ minds, however—the elephant seal in the living room—is the demise of the tech suit. Neros, LZRs, and the rest of the gang’s last hurrah is coming (at least for this year) and everyone has a different opinion. As I pondered what I might write on the subject, I remembered a thread on our Forums where members have posted their thoughts. Some are eulogies to their suits, others express good riddance, and some are creative haiku and poetry. There is even a full-length holiday song, “T’was the Night Before Zones.”

    With apologies to Lord Tennyson, enjoy in good humor.

    • “Tech suit you were so good to me. You helped me keep it together when I was falling apart. Despite the rips and wardrobe malfunctions, we had some pretty good times together and it’s sad to think you’re really gonna split …” –Ande
    • “I hate you tech suit. You hurt me. You were so sleek and pretty, full of promises. You made me look good. Together I thought we could go where we had never gone before. It was a lie. You are a liar. Maybe I share some blame. I thought that money would keep us happy, but you and your ilk weren’t satisfied … We weren’t a team, you owned me … I was addicted to you. I couldn’t be happy without you. It was wrong. I see you crumpled up in the corner like a lost soul. I hear you tempting me. I miss your snug embrace. I think we can still be friends.” –Stillwater
    • Dear LZR, It is said that death is life’s way of saying you’re fired. Well you’re fired. –Lefty
    • Tech suit, I am glad I never knew ye. –Couroboros
    • Ah FINA had to mess
      With the tech suits for the rest
      But for me, the big dipper
      They took away my zipper –Swimshark

    Updated July 1st, 2014 at 10:55 AM by Editor

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  20. Sunday Jeopardy

    by , February 28th, 2010 at 11:21 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Jim Thornton: I'd like the category Random Numbers for 500, Alex.

    Alex Trebeck: Random Numbers for 500 it is! 6:00, 19:34.18, 84, 117/72, and 1783.37.


    Jim Thornton: What is...the time I woke up this morning to go swim the 1650 at CMU?


    Ding Ding Ding Ding!


    Alex Trebeck: Correct. 6:00 a.m. is the time you woke up this morning!


    Jim Thornton: Okay...What is my time in the 1650?


    Ding Ding Ding Ding!

    Alex Trebeck: Correct, again! And a fine time for you it is, if I am not mistaken?


    Jim Thornton: Correct to you this time, Alex! (Canned laughter to supplement the few mild snickers from the live audience.) This was actually my best 1650 in several years, though I took it out too fast and suffered horrible hog-whimpering pain for much of the race.


    Alex Trebeck: Moving on to the next number...


    Jim Thornton: Okay, ah, what is the total quantity in minutes of my nap after the 1650 and while trying to watch the "USA, USA, USA" hockey loss against Canada, but unable to stay awake given that this is the most boring spectator sport in the history of the known string theory universe?


    Ding Ding Ding Ding!

    Alex Trebeck: Three down, and three to go!


    Jim Thornton: Okay, hmmm, I am trying to remember...Oh, I know! What was my blood pressure reading after I woke up from the nap?


    Ding Ding Ding Ding!

    Jim Thornton (fist pumping): Alex, I think I just figured out the answer to America's health care crisis! Make people watch hockey--they won't ever need to buy Ambien or blood pressure pills again! Imagine the savings! (Genuine laughter from the audience mixed with a few choking sobs.)


    Alex Trebeck: Just think! If you get one more right,you'll be able to buy at least three or four day's worth of Rx pills! (Riotous applause.)


    Jim Thornton: Gosh, Alex. Can I get you to repeat that last number? You did say 1783.37, right?


    Alex Trebeck: Yes, that is the number.


    Jim Thornton: (perplexed look becomes ever more exaggerated as nerve-wracking Jeopardy Muzak song begins to play:
    dum dum DUM dum dum dum dum! Dum dum dum dum DUM de dumdum...dum..dum...dum) Ah...

    Alex Trebeck: Sorry, but I do need your response now.


    Jim Thornton: (looking agonized in indecision) Er, ah, what...what is the amount in dollars that will be automatically deducted from my bank account each month for the next year to pay for my family's piss poor health insurance premium?


    Bzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!


    Alex Trebeck: Oh, so close! 1783.37 is actually the number of dollars that will be automatically deducted from your bank bank account
    next month. March is only the transition month. After that, Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Minnesota will be automatically deducting $1865.50 from your bank account each month, that is, till the company jacks up the rates again in 2011, or you run out, which ever happens first!

    Jim Thornton: (clutching his left arm as his carotid arteries begin to flex and writhe like electrocuted night crawlers) Alex, I need to go watch...some...hockey. Stat! (riotous laughter from studio audience, followed by cut to an advertisement for
    LATISSE® solution is a prescription treatment for hypotrichosis used to grow eyelashes, making them longer, thicker and darker. Eyelash hypotrichosis is another name for having inadequate or not enough eyelashes.)

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    Event 1 Men 55-59 1650 Yard Freestyle
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    Name Age Team Seed Finals Points
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    1 1-5 Thorton, Jim 57 TPIT-AM 19:50.00 19:34.18

    30.96 1:05.54 (34.58) 1:40.03 (34.49) 2:14.52 (34.49)
    2:49.55 (35.03) 3:24.78 (35.23) 3:59.96 (35.18) 4:34.94 (34.98)
    5:10.07 (35.13) 5:45.07 (35.00) 6:20.07 (35.00) 6:55.36 (35.29)
    7:30.52 (35.16) 8:06.58 (36.06) 8:42.46 (35.88) 9:18.37 (35.91)
    9:54.37 (36.00) 10:30.72 (36.35) 11:07.09 (36.37) 11:43.09 (36.00)
    12:20.04 (36.95) 12:57.12 (37.08) 13:33.82 (36.70) 14:10.80 (36.98)
    14:47.27 (36.47) 15:24.20 (36.93) 16:00.74 (36.54) 16:37.19 (36.45)
    17:13.84 (36.65) 17:50.36 (36.52) 18:26.61 (36.25) 19:02.29 (35.68)
    19:34.18 (31.89)

    Note 1: They spelled my name wrong. It's actually Thornton. All my life, people have been thinking my last name in Thorton. Whenever I go to distant cities, I check the telephone books. Never have I ever seen a Thorton listed.

    Note 2: Normally, I like to let my Friday vlog simmer over the weekend and continue to stew on Monday before posting another, believing that some readers turn off their computers during the weekend and only get back to full-throttle time wasting once they are back at the office.

    For those of you in this boat, who might have missed Friday's entry "Fry, Willy! Jim's Week in Review", I heartily encourage you to take a look and leave comments there (and here) as you see fit!

    Fry, Willy! -- Jim's Week in Review
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