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  1. Still a rock but still swam

    by , April 5th, 2011 at 07:43 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    If I had been at the Y I would have been kicked out due to the storms but thankfully I was at the Aquatic Center in Savannah and we were allowed to continue swimming despite the lightning.

    My back was bad again today but now after I am done.

    500 Free
    10x100@1:45 Free managed to hold 1:30's
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 moderate
    5x100@2:00 Fly w/fins as 25 rt arm/25 lt arm/25 kick/25 swim
    300 Free w/bouy
    200 Free as 25 drill/25 swim

    Total 3000 yards
  2. Monday, April 4, 2011 6:45pm @ Y (2nd swim)

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 11:31 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Daily double again No taper yet for me.
    Swam solo at the Y
    83 degrees
    Wore some kind of Speedo jammer w/ a Size 40 drag suit over the top.
    Coached by myself
    Swam next to some lady 2 lanes over

    300 Alt. 100 Free/50 Back
    100 Kick
    200 Free Pull
    200 IM Drill

    10 x 100 Free
    4 @ 1:20 (held 1:06's)
    3 @ 1:15 (1:06's)
    2 @ 1:10 (1:06 & 1:07)
    1 @ 1:05 (1:04)

    200 EZ

    Took off the drag suit for:
    2 x 100 Fly AFAP @ 1:20
    #1 went 1:01
    #2 went 1:04

    200 EZ

    1 x 100 Free AFAP
    went :55 mid or so

    100 EZ
    2600 Yards + 2500 from the A.M. = 5100 Yards for the day
  3. Since Mr. Wolf isn't around ...

    to come up with the impossible, I have had a lot of boring, unmotivated workouts.

    Until Jazz came along.

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    I would be very impressed if any male swimmer here (other than funkyfish) could do two sets of ten deadlifts at 200 pounds. Something about a barbell on the ground seems to scare people.
    Today's weight workout?
    Deadlifts 200x10x2

    I will be sore tomorrow, but not stumble around difficult to walk sore. Just sore like I have not done a deadlift since August of last year, DOMS sore.

    Fort could probably do 200x10x2 and there are at least a couple bloggers I think could do it today and probably many with a little ramp up time.


    I got nothin'.

    Future challenges: I am not going to just do anything That Guy comes up with, but it is fun to let performance determine a disagreement like this.

    * 200lbs was possible today because I know where my 2.5lb weights are
  4. Monday, 4/3/11

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 05:27 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up
    300 Swim - 150 free/150 back
    200 Kick - 100 flutter w/board/100 back
    300 drill/swim - IM drill
    200 pull - free w/big paddles and buoy

    2 x (200 on 4:00 - 100 on 1:55 - 50 on :55)
    changed intervals to fit swim times
    - 1st time w/board and snorkel:
    - 200 - 3:50/4:15, 100 -1:55/2:10, 50 -55
    2nd time on back:
    - 200 - 3:50/4:00, 100 - 1:50/2:00, 50 - 53

    Drill (Back)
    4 x 50 on 1:15: 2 - 1 arm drill, 2 - rifle drill

    Pull (Back)
    4 x 100/1:45 neg split
    buoy only, no paddles. all were around 1:30

    Swim (Back/Free)
    2x: back 1st time on specified interval, free 2nd time, reduced intervals to 1:30 base.

    1 x 200/3:15 neg split
    - back - 2:58, free- 2:45
    1 x 150 on 2:30 build by 50's
    - back - 2:14, free- 2:05
    1 x 100/1:45 neg split
    - back - 1:28, free- 1:22
    1 x 50/50 build to a fast finish
    - back - 41, free - 37

    Cool down
    200 easy choice

    Total: 3500 yards
  5. Monday, April 4

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 04:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    More Drylands:

    Since it is absolutely gorgeous today, I decided to play around with my TRX. It's hanging from the garage rafters, and I opened the garage doors and blasted my iphone. (I'm not sure this is on Q's flow chart ... perhaps implicitly.)

    hamstring curl, 2 x 10
    alternating single leg pistol squat jump, 2 x 10
    body saw/pike ups, 2 x 10
    row, 2 x 15
    high row + W delt fly + superfly combo, 10
    knee tucks, 10
    tricep extension, 15
    back extension, 15
    sprinter start hop, 2 x 10 each leg
    core lay out, 15
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 15

    I seem to have misplaced my TRX starter manual, so had to do some googling. Really liked the exercises in this link: I did 1, 2, 3, 8 and 12. Tried 12, but I must be doing something wrong ... Sprinter start hop is at: If anyone else has any others to suggest, please do!

    Bikram Yoga, 90 minutes

    Heat is still getting me, but I feel great after.



    Beautiful spring day here!

    Every one in the household is happy. Well, except FortSon who is still stroking the heavyweight boat instead of a lightweight boat. Hasn't punched anyone yet, but the 4 senior lightweight rowers being forced to row with 3 heavyweights (and anther lightweight) in an 8 may all quit the team since it appears this situation may not change. I may punch out the coach next time I see him. The other parents and I really can't complain any more than we have to the crew board. I feel really bad for Fort Son since their lightweight 4 would likely do well at Nationals and their heavyweight 8 is mediocre with 5 lightweight rowers on it. No idea why a coach would boat rowers this way ... Crew council meets April 12.

    Talked to my chiro about further PRP last week. He agrees that I should put if off until after CN. If I didn't have a meet in April, maybe. But the recovery is difficult enough that I'm going to postpone it.

    Updated April 4th, 2011 at 09:05 PM by The Fortress

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Yoga
  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -04/05/11

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 03:56 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    Taper/Rest Workout
    WARM UP:
    3 X 200 3:20
    2 X 150 2:20

    1 X 150 swim 2:30
    1 X 100 kick 2:15
    Five times through.

    6 X 50 1:15
    Choice. Descend 1-3/4-6

    6 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks, sprint 20 yards

    1 X 125 easy


    1 X 100 from the blocks

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  7. Preparing for SCY Nats

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 03:45 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    The 2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals at the Kino Aquatic Complex, in Mesa, AZ are not very far away. Days till
    I'm racing:

    Fri Apr 29, 2011
    400 IM 6th Event,
    50 FL

    Sat Apr 30, 2011
    100 IM,
    50 Br
    Maybe 200 Freestyle Relay

    Sun May 1, 2011
    500 Fr,
    Maybe 200 Medley Relay
    200 IM

    Now is a great time to ask:

    "What do I need to do to swim faster?"

    1) faster in the pool,
    2) stronger in the weight room,
    3) lighter on the scale, &
    4) thinner in the mirror.

    It's time to shift training to speed, racing, & strength. Then add a layer of rest near the meet. this close to meets dates can sneak up on you so to figure out your training plan, I recommend you pull out or create a calendar and ask:
    How should I train a day before the meet?
    2 days? 3 days? & plan each day till you get to tomorrow.

    M 04 27 L12
    T 05 26
    W 06 25 L11
    T. 07 23
    F 08 22 L10
    S 09 21
    S.10 20 L09

    M 11 19
    T 12 18 L08
    W 13 17
    T 14 16 L07
    F 15 15
    S 16 14 L06
    S 17 13

    M 18 12
    T 19 11 L05
    W 20 10
    T 21 09 L04
    F 22 08 Good Friday
    S 23 07 L03
    S 24 06 EASTER

    M 25 05 L02
    T 26 03
    W 27 02 L01
    T 28 01 TRAVEL to AZ

    F 29 Meet
    S 30 Meet
    S 01 Meet

    Updated April 4th, 2011 at 05:18 PM by ande

  8. Friday and Saturday, 4/1-2/11

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 01:24 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Came down with a cold Thursday, so Friday and Saturday swims were easy ones.

    Friday Solo

    1 x 400 - Choice
    1 x 400 IM Drill
    1 x 400 IM Kick
    4 x 100/1:45 build
    8 x 50/1:00 back
    4 x 50/1:30 15 fast - 20 smooth - 15 fast

    Cool down
    200 easy

    Friday Total: 2400 yards

    Saturday in Boise with team

    500 choice
    4 x 100/1:45
    4 x 50/50 build

    500 swim free, lomg and smooth
    5 x 100/1:45 build
    10 x 25/30 fast

    Cool down
    150 easy

    Saturday Total: 2500 yards
  9. Taper Day 6 for Y Nationals

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 12:10 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    This week's practices should be interesting as the two main people I swim with are vacationing in Florida for our school district's spring break. It does mean, however, that I get some one-on-one coaching, which is kind of cool. Of course, it does mean that there is no dogging it when I'm the only one.

    Here's what I did today:

    400 Warm-Up
    8 x 50 Free on 1:00 w/ mid-pool start (working turns)
    3 sets:
    - 2 x 25 Sprint on :30 (did 1st fly, 2nd free for each set)
    - 1 x 50 Free Easy on 1:00
    2 sets:
    - 1 x 200 FAST on 5:00, broken for :10 every 50 (put my fins on and went IM for these)
    - 1 x 50 Free Easy on 1:00
    1 x 400 Drill/Swim IM Order (no fins) on 8:00
    Total Yards - 2000

    Today was a hard day for me in the water. From the warm-up, I just felt pretty sluggish. Not hurting, just not having that get-up-and-go gear to move to. Of course, doing mid-pool starts is never my favorite thing either (partly because I'm short and getting started is always a slow venture - at least I can touch at this pool... ). The mid-pool 50's went decently and I did put a concerted effort into working my turns - going in fast (read: not slowing up for the turn) and sdk-ing off the wall. Even my coach was impressed by how much my turns are improving - got past the flags before breaking out every time. Of course, then... I was a bit winded.

    The sprints went pretty well. I was generally getting the 25s done in :15-:17, depending on stroke. Not too shabby.

    By the time I got to the Broken 200s though, I was feeling it. I decided to put my fins on and swim IM partly because I'm swimming the 100IM at nationals and partly because I was just getting tired of doing so much freestyle. The 200 IM at race-pace will be a while in coming, but all in all, not a bad effort. I also did get my breaststroke work (arms) in on the 200IM and took my fins off for the Drill/Swim (aka Cool-down) so I could focus a few lengths on actual breaststroke. It's still by far my worst stroke. But... that means it can only get better....

    Happy swims to you and GO BUTLER BULLDOGS!
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  10. Mon Apr 4th, 2011

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 11:40 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Apr 4th, 2011

    27 days til Nats
    working on:
    losing weight,
    getting stronger in the weight room &
    faster in the pool.

    had a great time at the
    2011 South Central Zone Championships in
    San Antonio, TX. The Josh Davis Natatorium is a FAST pool. I was happy with my swims and enjoyed seeing many swimming friends.

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    Weights: Lifted this morning
    did 1 warm up set & 2 training sets
    Lat Press, Lat Pull, Bench Press & leg press

    Whitney Coached
    UT, scy main pool
    6:30 - 8:00
    dove in around 6:50, walked in late and visited with Eddie for a bit.
    trained with Mike and Nate,
    beside Ritchie, Todd, Tyler, & Pat Evoe
    wore FS 1 Jammer

    missed it

    Main SET:

    assigned 12 x 100 free on 1:15
    did: missed a few, probably did 8 or 9
    swam easy behind Nate who swam behind Mike

    500 done 100 K, 25 no breath

    10 x 100 on 1:12
    made it

    assigned: 500
    did: 25's kick odds easy on :40 evens fast on :20
    not sure how many rounds 5, 6 or 7

    8 x 100 fr odds on 1:05 evens on 1:10
    arms were cramping, so on #4 I skipped a 50

    100 easy

    whitney said it was 7:50 am
    so I did 4 rounds of
    75 fr easy
    rest 30 to 45 seconds
    25 fr fast from a dive off the side,
    didn't time them

    as I was walking to the locker room, a lane was clear eddie

    25 FR fast
    roll start off blocks
    Mike Varrozza timed
    went 9.6

    Next meets are:

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    Days till
    Fri Apr 29, 2011 400 IM 6th Event, 50 FL
    Sat Apr 30, 2011 100 IM, 50 Br
    Sun May 1, 2011 500 Fr, 200 IM

    2011 LCM Season

    will probably do
    2011 South Central Zone LCM Championships
    Sat July 23 & Sun 24

    Talking about
    2011 USMS Summer Nationals
    at Auburn University, Auburn, AL
    August 3 - 6, 2011

    Not sure about 2011 SCM meets yet


    2012 USMS Spring SCY Nationals
    April 26 - 29, 2012
    Greensboro Aquatic Center, Greensboro, NC

    Really looking forward to:
    2012 USMS Summer LCM Nationals
    July 5 - 8, 2012
    Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
  11. Timed FISH Practice

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 11:33 AM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Lifeguarding is boring and I miss swimming with my team while our coach is away. So I've had to amuse myself with creative FISH workouts. My goal today was to get the fast swimmers and the not-as-fast swimmers doing the same thing at the same time, to stop worrying about getting in the yardage, and to start thinking about good form and quality practice.

    I can't even tell you how much fun it was to watch all 23 of them vertical kick at one time...

    This is what they did:

    6:00-6:15 Warm-up (S, K, P, Choice x200’s)

    6:15-6:30 100 breathe on your bad side @ 1:20

    50 sprint @ :40
    100 drill
    – catch-up, fingertip drag, fist @ 1:30
    50 sprint @ :40
    50 recovery @ 1:00

    (repeat until 6:30)

    25 stroke drill,
    25 kick, no board, 25 scull each 75 @ 1:30
    (repeat until 6:35)

    6:35-6:45 each 200 @ 3:15

    25 SDK / 25 dolphin dive
    25 SDK / 25 fly
    25 SDK / 25 back or breast
    25 SDK / 25 scull

    on each SDK of the set, go further than the time before.
    (repeat until 6:45)

    6:45-6:50 fly or breast kick while holding a pull buoy by 25’s

    6:50-7:00 50’s from the black line – IMO @ r :05

    7:00-7:10 deep end vertical kicks, 30 sec. kick, 15 sec rest

    -hands over head
    -breast stroke kick
    -dolphin kick

    7:10-7:15 starts & warm down

    The intervals were for the benefit of the faster lanes, who appreciate a workout with a good interval. The rest of the team just did as much as they could in the time allotted. Some of them have never worked on underwaters, and most of them had never done kicking while holding a pull buoy, which I just learned for the first time at a stroke clinic a few weeks ago. It really helped me achieve the motion of getting my hips up on the breast stroke kick. And from deck, it is really, really fun to watch.
  12. Fly-Centric Juggernaut Day

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 10:23 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    OK I had a week off with a sinus infection...didn't do anything...but it has been a busy few weeks any how so it was good to rest. Back to it today:

    Warm Up
    600 Fr
    100 Fly
    2 x 50 Fly 1:30 the last one was tough and I went vertical so I swam FR the last 5 yards.
    100 EZ

    10 x 100 FR 1:45 5 SDK each wall...this is a Tall Paul 100 Fly training set.
    100 EZ
    10 x 50 K w/fins 25 SDK UW/25 on back
    400 Pull
    500 Fin Kick

    200 EZ

    Updated April 4th, 2011 at 10:42 PM by SwimStud

  13. Monday, April 4, 2011 5:15am

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 09:36 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    5 days left till the NW Zone meet!
    Swimming: 400 IM, 50 Breast, 200 Fly (in the 200 Free event), 200 Back, 100 IM
    All on Saturday

    300 Free
    200 Free Pull
    100 Kick
    200 IM Drill

    5 x 150 Pull @ 1:50 (held 1:35s) felt really strong on these

    3 x 100 Free @ 1:20
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:15
    3 x 100 Free @ 1:10

    50 EZ
    2500 Yards
  14. MATT Monday Workout

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 08:43 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    The two breaths per 25 were an absolute menace in the first set. Its so hard to keep going when I'm oxygen deprived but I made it through the set anyway. The 1000 was fun. I proclaimed that I wouldn't get lapped twice this time. To which Roger replied "there's blood in the water now." Sure enough he was bearing down on me for the second pass at the end of my third 200. In a last ditch effort, I threw on my fins and tried to hang on. Managed to keep up for 150 yards but it was all over after that.


    600 Warm up (fins today)

    3 times through:

    * 2 times through:
    ** 25 Kick - :30 (float your pulling gear down with you)
    ** 50 Free - 1:00 two breaths per 25
    ** 75 Pull - 1:00
    ** 125 IM - 2:00

    * 1:00 Break
    * 100 Breast - 2:00

    100 Easy

    1000 Pull - Open turns each 200 Descend

    100 Cool down

    (3750 Total)
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  15. Swam like a ROCK

    by , April 4th, 2011 at 07:43 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just could not seem to move today. Still feeling the massage from Friday but then again I have not been good about drinking my water.

    This is week 2 of taper where I feel like I can't move anyway to good.

    5x100@:10 Free pull to kick
    5x100@1:30 Free a bit ambitious for me this early in a workout but still made them
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
    5x100@1:40 kick w/fins on back odds fly, evens back
    5x100@1:45 Free build to fast could not seem to move here
    4x50 from dive sprint 20's 30 easy
    200 Free w/snorkle
    100 Free easy

    Total 3000 yards
  16. Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 South Central Zones Day 3

    by , April 3rd, 2011 at 10:35 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun Apr 3rd, 2011 South Central Zones Day 3

    25 days til Nats

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    Sun 1000 fr, 50 fr, 200 IM, 50 fl

    I wanted to have a good 200 IM & sprints so yesterday I scratched the 1000 free

    50 fr
    Went 22.23
    Really good swim I'm happy with it
    went 22.2 last year in a full b70

    200 im
    Went 1:59.81
    0.81 25.85 31.37 34.54 28.05
    last year I was 2:00.5 at this meet in a full B70

    I selected events to get as much rest as possible, but the 200 IM and 50 fly were back to back. I entered the IM with NT & got 3 heats of rest, so I was done warming down when heat 4 finished had a little time to rest for the ...

    50 fl
    screwed up and swam in wrong heat
    wrote heat 8 lane 5 on the back of my hand
    Heat 7 was up, no one was in my lane
    I asked the timer how many heats are there,
    she said 7 so i hoped up, put on my cap and raced
    went 23.91
    [nomedia=""]YouTube - Ande Rasmussen 50 butterfly Lane 5 2011 South Central SCY c[/nomedia]

    4 x 50 medley relay 1:41.09
    Longhorn Masters 45 plus men
    Bk 24.94 Ande Rasmussen happy with
    Br 27.98 52.92 David Guthrie
    Fl 25.29 1:18.21 Jim Sauer
    Fr 22.88 1:41.09 Max Stinchcombe
    [nomedia=""]YouTube - 2011 longhorn masters medley relay[/nomedia]

    Next meets are:

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    Days till

    Fri Apr 29, 2011 400 IM 6th Event, 50 FL
    Sat Apr 30, 2011 100 IM, 50 Br
    Sun May 1, 2011 500 Fr, 200 IM
  17. A little redemption

    by , April 3rd, 2011 at 07:31 PM (Life in the (not so) fast lane)
    So we had our state meet today. My goal was mainly to make up for the disappointment I had on the last meet.

    I did the exact same events as last time: 50/100/200 free, 50 breast, and 100 IM. Despite feeling completely out of it today (and even false starting on one event), I think I did alright overall. I dropped time in every event compared to last time, and I finally went under 29 in the 50 free (28.69).
  18. Sunday breast stroke workout

    by , April 3rd, 2011 at 06:59 PM (Pete's swim blog)
    This is a shortened version of the 5K I did last week. Far more manageable on the knees.


    Warm Up
    1 x 400 Coice
    1 x 100 3x-6x SDK/Breast

    6 x 50 1:00
    #1-2 Alternate kick (Kick right, kick left, kick both)
    #2-3 2 pull/1 kick
    #4-5 2 Kick/1 pull

    Main Set (all done on 3:00 interval)
    200 Timed Breast (2:53)
    100 Convert 2 pull/1 kick to 1 pull/2 kicks
    2 x 100 Timed Breast (1:25, 1:23)
    100 Breast Double Pull-outs
    50 Breast Timed (:38)
    50 Easy

    Fin Set
    12 x 25 :40
    Odds flutter kick w/ fins; evens fly kick w/fins
    #1-6 down underwater pulldowns
    #7-12 br pull

    5 x 100 BR 1:40
    Start with easy to make stroke count. Decrease one stroke each 100. I started with 8 and went down to 4.

    Cool Down
    1 x 200 Choice

    (2500 total)
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  19. Sunday, April 3

    by , April 3rd, 2011 at 05:40 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    RC exercises
    V ups with broomstick, 2 x 15
    hanging straight leg raise, 15
    back extensions w/DB, 20
    lower back machine, 130 x 2 x 10
    extreme angle step ups w/20 lb DBs, 10
    extreme angle isometric squat w/10 lb DB, 5:00
    explosive leg press, 230 x 2 x 10
    box jumps, 10
    depth drops, 10
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    handstand isometric, 1:00
    handstands, 10
    twisting med ball slams. 15
    overhead med ball slams, 15


    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    20 x 50 @ 1:00-1:10
    1-4 = fly drill
    5-8 = back drill (false lift)
    9-12 = breast drill
    13-16 = free with paddles
    17-20 = shooters (15 under on left side & 15 under on right side)

    50 EZ

    10 x 25 twirling shooters w/fins

    50 EZ

    10 x 25 torque drill
    4 with paddles, 6 without
    -- great speed drill

    100 EZ

    Total: 2550 meters



    Had a lovely day yesterday. Sat in the cold through rain and hail at a regatta and then sat for a couple hours in an oppressively hot and humid pool. And after all that I slept like crap last night. Hmm ...

    Did random non-routine drylands today. Actually, there is some method to my madness. I'm trying to focus even more on explosive weights and lots of plyos. I spent the rest of the day at the oppressive pool, but my Lil Fort was happy to drop a lot of time in her 50 breast and 50 fly.

    Now I am forcing my teens to babysit while I go out to dinner with friends. Sweating in 110 degree heat and sipping coconut water tomorrow.
  20. My meet, in Burma-Shave

    This morning I swam the Asphalt Green scy meet. You know it’s really a small, local meet when you look at the heat sheet and are surprised to find someone you don’t know in one of your heats! About 50-60 swimmers turned out, and the meet took just 1½ hours—started at 8 (a little late), done by 9:30. Here’s how my day went:

    How NOT to swim
    100 fly:
    Go out fast
    Then slowly die.
    (This race was painful.)

    Okay, I meant to do this—kind of. I usually swim my 100s pretty conservatively. Today I decided I would try swimming the first 50 aggressively and seeing what I had left. In retrospect, fly was probably the wrong stroke to try that experiment on. On the upside, my first 80 yards felt really smooth, and I was able to maintain my new technique for that far under race conditions. My time was 1:09-high. I was very glad I did this as the initial split of the 4IM, and not the 200FL.

    200 backstroke—
    I swam fifty,
    Then cruised the rest.
    Split requests are nifty!
    (The time was so-so.)

    I went 32.06, which was .07 slower than my time at Auburn. Fairly happy to not be losing more speed given my recent training.

    200 breast
    Can be very long
    But I started easy
    And finished strong.
    Fun way to swim it!

    I swam a 2:52-high on this—a few tenths slower than my 2BR at Auburn in February. But this swim ranked much much higher on the comfort scale—I split 40.7, 45.1, 44.5, 42.7. Plus the dive for this race was probably the best thing I did all meet long—I finally hit one of those one-hole deals that I worked on down in Florida, and was amazed at how far down the pool I was when I surfaced from my pullout.

    Tired and sore,
    Not feeling fast,
    100 IM
    Was still a blast!
    (It's a fun event.)

    This race felt good, all my strokes felt smooth and connected. I got stuck on the wall a bit on the back-to-breast turn—somehow I forgot about the FINA touchpads (even though I had swum with them all meet), and felt around a bit for a gutter to grab before I remembered there wasn’t one. Oops. Still, I was happy with this swim—my 1:09.2 (32.3, 36.9) was a little slower than Auburn, but I was quite a bit tireder.

    An hour and change
    And we were done
    Time to go outdoors
    And enjoy the sun.

    This meet was fun!

    Overall, I was happy with the way my strokes felt, and with my ability to execute races like I wanted to, even if they didn’t all work out like I would have liked. It’s a little disconcerting to not see faster times as the season goes forward, but considering that I am now doing less meet-focused training and am less rested it’s actually pretty good that I’m close to my times from earlier in the season.

    After an early lunch I went out to Coney Island for a second meet warmdown, this time in 42-degree water. The day was brilliant and sunny, with just enough puffy clouds in the sky to make it interesting. The boardwalk is definitely showing signs of life again—the Wonder Wheel was up and running, and there were lots of people out strolling and playing. I was a little late for the CIBBOWS swim, so today I “dipped” with the Coney Island Polar Bears. It might seem odd that there are two different groups venturing into the absurdly cold water out at the same beach, but the Bears are more focused on immersion, and not so into swimming—there were just 4 of us today who swam, and I was told to just go back and forth between the two nearest jetties, or else there would be worried bears (not that there was much possibility of me swimming any great distance today anyway).

    Over a hundred bears paraded down to the beach—it was fun to be with such a large, fun-loving group. My swim cap (blue with a row of white flowers) was widely admired. There was an on-beach warming-up ritual involving jumping jacks and holding hands in a large circle. Then we all went in the water and made a circle of hands there as well. I don’t know what else happened after, because that’s when I did my “laps”—5 or so. It was great—the water was super-clear today, and the tide was really low. I had a moments of pure bliss when I was did backstroke and looked up at the blue sky and savored the icyness. Then I decided I had enough, and went back up to the boardwalk. I had a bit of shivering today, but not too much. Hurray for bears and beaches, and for short and sweet meets!

    Updated April 3rd, 2011 at 06:34 PM by swimsuit addict (results posted)