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  1. Short and sweet

    Today I just had time for a quick swim before heading up for an overnight in Alabama. Here’s what I did:

    1000 warmup

    Then I decided to have another go at my FR ->BK pacman set from yesterday’s workout. Today I gave myself a more generous interval (1:40 instead of 1:30) and was able to descend the swims nicely:

    5 x 100 @ 1:40, done as 100 FR, 75 FR/25 BK, 50FR/50BK, 25FR/75BK, 100 BK [1:27, 1:24, 1:22, 1:20, 1:16]

    200 warmdown
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  2. Stroke Day

    by , January 13th, 2010 at 02:33 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Wednesday, 1/113/10

    SCY, Solo

    This workout went well, even the breaststroke which I despise!

    800 mix strokes
    (mostly free & back, a little bit of fly & breast)
    8 x 50 w/5 sec. rest: 2 of each stroke, IM order, alt. kick/drill by 25

    swim 4x around:
    {4 x 50 IM order, 4 x 25 IM order}
    round 1 on 55/30,
    round 2 on 1:00/30,
    round 3 on 1:05/35,
    round 4 on 1:10/35
    Make the interval on the first set, and then try to go faster as you get more rest.
    (Round 3 was my fastest round, fly - :38, back - :42, - breast - :48, free - :40.not sure of times on 25s.)

    pull 6 x 75 on 1:20 breathe 7/5/3 by 25
    (swam these around 1:00, held breathing pattern)

    50 easy
    --
    Total: 2900 yards
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  3. Wednesday 1/13/10 and Tuesday 1/12/10 night

    I got on the treadmill last night with every intention of taking it easy. I'll just walk and do inclines I told myself. I'm just going to get nice and loosey-goosey. Well that lasted 5 minutes. Oh, I can just run at a nice easy 10 min/mile pace I thought. That also lasted a few minutes. Before long I was alternating between a 7:30 mile pace an 8:30 mile pace ... I started to do a nice long cool down and realized I was supposed to be coaching already!?!

    This morning in the pre dawn hours my alarm went off ... I felt and desperately wanted to However, I finally convinced myself to get up to take it easy at practice which I more or less did.

    I was VERY late
    w/u:
    800 mix-up strokes
    8 x 50 kick/build IM order (didn't do these)

    4 x (4 x 50 4 x 25) IM
    Round 1 50s on :50/ 25s on :20
    Round 2 50s on :55/25s on :25
    Round 3 50s on 1:00/25s on :30
    Round 4 50s on 1:05/25s on :35

    I joined in on round 3 after trying to warm-up and actually missed the first 50 of fly ...

    I tried not to push these too hard.

    6 x 75 on 1:10 most everyone used a pull bouy and paddles. I'm sure that was the direction. I just swam them super easy. There was also a breathing pattern which went right out of my head on the first one. It was 7/5/3 by 25 oh well.

    Tonight I am sitting on my couch eating, watching tv and going to bed by 9.

    Tomorrow am: swimming
    Tomorrow pm: trainer appointment and pilates provided my muscles have not up and quit out of rebellion.

    All aside ... I have not felt this sore in a LONG, LONG time. It feels very good to know I am starting off the season right. Hopefully I'll stay motivated and healthy and actually feel in shape and ready come Atlanta. Fingers crossed!!!
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  4. 1/13: Kick It

    by , January 13th, 2010 at 12:07 PM (Random Nonsense)
    You gotta fight for your right to swim
    because one more day on the stationary bike, there ain't no way!

    1850 kick non stop done (no fins)
    - 1000 flutter on back, one arm stream line ~1:30 pace/50
    - 850 flutter with board ~1:15-1:20 pace/50

    Yes slow.

    My ribs ached when I got out, but they weren't too much worse than after riding the bike for 90 minutes. Coach Dave said it would take about 6 to 8 weeks to heal, and knowing him, he has had this same injury about 8 times. He also said he trained with a guy who kicked for 8 months (thanks for that thought), and when he finally came back he was blazing fast. If I have to kick for 8 months, I will be a very fast cyclist

    Elbow is not completely covered with fresh pink skin and the most rib pain I have experienced in a week was when I sneezed after practice, before any ibuprofen.

    Yes, I failed all classes that required rhyming and creativity.
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  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -01/14/10 -SCY

    by , January 13th, 2010 at 11:59 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    1 X 150 2:50
    1 X 100 1:40
    Four times through.

    5 X 200 pull 3:20

    4 X 100 kick 2:30

    SCY

    2 X 200 4:00
    Alternate by 25:
    25 yards kick, fast flutter, no board. No Fins.
    25 yards swim.

    4 X 50 1:00
    1 X 400 IM 7:00
    4 X 50 1:00
    1 X 300 IM 5:15
    4 X 50 1:00
    1 X 200 IM -
    50's: Build each 50, 1 of each stroke, IM order.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4500Y/M
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  6. Slow and Sluggish today

    by , January 13th, 2010 at 07:20 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just had nothing today. Tried to sprint but it did not feel good. Not really sure how the meet this weekend will go.

    100,200,300,400@:15R Free
    500 kick w/fins every 3rd fast alternate by 100 free/fly
    5x100 kick drills w/fins by 100 free,back,fly,back,free
    10x50 from a dive 15 meter breakouts Fast rest is easy free
    5x100@1:40 Free w/paddles & bouy long & loose

    Total 3000 yards
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  7. Nerves of Steel

    by , January 12th, 2010 at 10:11 PM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    "One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important.”
    -Bertrand Russell
    The meet director is getting nervous after today's mail.

    We are now up to 47 bona fide entries. At this time last year, there were 25, with an eventual total of 172 swimmers. If current rate continues, we may end up with TOO MANY swimmers! Sardines on the pool deck and sardines behind the starting blocks don't go with tropical fish.

    If the meet attracts so many swimmers, maybe a move to another pool with better capacity is in store for next year. But, no other pool is closed on Sunday mornings like this one is, (meaning we put on the boxing gloves and go a round with the county park authority and lap swimmers to get another pool to close for us.)

    Past experience has been that 80 entires flood in at the last week. With about 3-5 entires arriving per day now, we could end up with about 190 swimmers.

    To be finished on time and to keep the meet from degrading into a slow burn, entires in the 500 free are limited. In bygone years, swimmers were turned away about 3 weeks before the deadline. To 'service the membership,' this year we added another heat to the 500, bringing the limit up to 28. At this date, there are 24 swimmers in the event, leaving 4 slots left. I expect these to fill up after my daily pilgrimage to the almighty post office box tomorrow morning.

    When too many entries chase the last remaining slots, how should we decide? Should he stay or should she go? I developed a tie-breaker system to decide who gets in over who does not on the last day:
    1. Entires that are complete get in - signed form, proper payment, card attached. Then,
    2. Entries with earliest postmark gets in. Then,
    3. Alexandria Masters and Potomac Valley swimmers get in. Then,
    4. Swimmers who have attended our meet in the past get in. And finally,
    5. The oldest swimmer(s) get in.

    If there is a fairer system, I want to hear it. In past years, the ties were decided in step #2. Last year for the first time, I needed step #5 to decide which 2 of 4 swimmers got in. One swimmer left out was let in on meet day to swim 500 after someone scratched. He was happy. He entered the 500 again this year, earlier.

    I'm still chasing down those lap counter cards. I called an online supplier today and inquired if I could purchase some (as a backup in case they did not arrive at our local swim shop in time.) I got a familiar answer: they are out of stock and not expected in before January 20. What happened to all the lap counter cards in the country?
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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -01/13/10 -SCY

    by , January 12th, 2010 at 07:49 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 2:45
    4 X 100 1:45
    8 X 50 1:00
    50's: 25 mod/25 fast

    3 X 100 kick 2:30
    6 X 50 kick 1:15
    50's: 25 fast/25 easy

    SCY

    1 X 300 4:30
    6 X 50 1:00
    1 X 200 3:00
    6 X 50 1:00
    1 X 100 1:30
    6 X 50 1:00
    All 50's: Descend 1-3/4-6

    1 X 300 IM
    Transition swim

    16 X 25 :40
    4 of each.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4400 Y/M
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  9. Looking at the pool through rose-colored goggles

    Today I tried out my mirrored red goggles. They made everything look so incredibly blue and wonderful—what started as a workout ended up turning into a long dreamy swim . Here’s how it evolved:

    1000 warmup

    5 x 100 FR pull w/ paddles desc. @ 1:30 [descended from 1:25 to 1:10]

    3 x 100 FL w/fins (25K/25 rt arm/25 left arm/25 swim] @ 1:45
    4 x 50 FL (25 drill/25swim) @ :45

    10 x 50 FR—1 each on 60, 55, 50, 45, 40, 35, 30, 40, 50, 60 [didn’t quite make the 30]

    5 x 100 FR->BK pacman set (100 FR, 75 FR/25 BK, 50FR/50BK, 25FR/75BK, 100 BK) @ 1:30 [I meant for the BK to be fast on these and the FR moderate, so that the set of 5 descended, but I wasn't very focused and they ended up all being about 1:25.]

    Then a 30-minute easy swim mixing FR and BK [Here I just felt like staying in the pool and admiring the water without working hard, so that’s what I did. I’m feeling a little melancholy about leaving this wonderful outdoor facility behind and returning to NYC’s basement pools this week, so this was my way of savoring swimming in the sunshine while I still can. I didn’t even count my laps, which is very unusual for me—I usually can’t turn off that part of my brain even if I want to.]

    That was it! I like these red goggles (but I’m not sure why they make things look blue rather than pink) and will wear them some more.
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  10. Monday/Tuesday Mind-Bytes

    by , January 12th, 2010 at 06:56 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Monday by the end of the school day I was dragging but still motivated to swim. I ended up going to LA Fitness. The pool was crowded with "Noodle People" and "Aqua Joggers" who run their laps in nasty little slip-on shoes,
    Even though this is supposed to be an "adult only" facility the pool and spa has turned into a drop-off for loud and rowdy tweens whose parents want to workout and leave the kids elsewhere. I have a hard time NOT supervising tweens who need to be supervised by someone!
    I felt nauseated and weak the moment I started swimming. I forced myself to keep going but finally ended the torture 800 yards short of the full workout.
    I'm glad I am quitting this club. The pool is not friendly to folks who are trying to get a good workout.
    It feel like the destiny of my workout is at the mercy of whomever happens to jump in my lane.
    Well enough of the negative _itching!

    Tuesday I woke up still feeling YUK! I started my classes at 8:00 a.m. and by 10:00 a.m. started feeling great as normal! I was planning to swim with the NASTI's tonight but in the meantime my son Rob asked me to go with him to his favorite resturant.
    I'm really not hungry but since he goes back to Chicago for school tomorrow I guess I'll skip swimming and go with him and a couple of his friends. to Yen Ching. This empty nester thing is negatively affecting my swimming frequency. I guess I'll get up at 5 a.m. tomorrow and swim at Monon; I may possibly have a buddy to workout with at that time.

    Sorry for the complainer blog; tomorrow I will be a happier bobinator!
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  11. Lil Mermaid, Tuesday, Jan. 12

    by , January 12th, 2010 at 05:08 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Still feeling pooped out today, so I did another recovery/drill workout, the structure of which I stole and modified from a recent Tall Paul workout.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 variety
    200 fly drills

    Main Set #1:

    4 x 25 shooters, no fins @ :45
    1 x 200 back, negative split, smooth
    4 x 100 kick w/MF @ 1:45, focus on streamlining

    Main Set #2:

    6 x 25 shooters, no fins @ :45
    1 x 200 back, negative split, smooth
    6 x 100 @ 2:00 done as 50 chest press fly + 50 PLD breast
    50 EZ

    Main Set #3:

    8 x 25 shooters, no fins, @ :45
    1 x 200 back, negative split, smooth
    8 x 50 @ 1:00, done as 25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ DAB

    100 EZ

    Total: 3200

    Drylands:

    30-40 minutes of RC and stretching while watching American Idol with the girls.



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    Ack. I am ridiculously tired after a workout where I did nothing fast ... I guess on my typical 4 weeks on, 1 week recovery schedule, I may have to do most of this week as recovery. Not sure if it's the training, or the reduced sleep compared to the holidays or the involuntary low carb diet. Probably the training.

    On another front, I took the plunge today and have no buyer's remorse. The hair is now red! Mini Fort announced it was really auburn and it needed more red (though she did volunteer it made me look younger), FortSon said it was orange and Lil lil Fort said it was red. It looks fairly bright in the sunshine, not as bright inside. I will have to go for a color adjustment next week. It apparently fades very fast the first week and take 3-4 colorings before the color really "sticks." So maybe I'll post a new pic next week when it's been further adjusted ... I'll put a starter pic on my profile pic. Love it though! It will be interesting to see if I "bleed" into the pool.

    Article on "Caveman" Nutrition from NYT:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/fa...10caveman.html

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    2010 Meets:

    Albatross Open
    Bethesda, MD
    March 20
    https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1409&smid=1992

    Colonies Zones
    Fairfax, VA
    April 24-25
    http://www.patriotmasters.org/Coloni...2010.Entry.pdf

    USMS Nationals
    Atlanta, GA
    May 20-23
    http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats10/

    Updated January 12th, 2010 at 09:56 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Catching up ...

    I've been a bad little blogger lately! Fortunately though I've actually started real training again ... I think!

    1/5/10 was only about 1,000 yards since I left my phone at work and had to go back which cost me a solid 45 minutes I could have used in the pool. Oh well.

    1/6 I swam about 1,800 and ran about 3 miles

    1/10 had a meet did okay considering the utter lack of training. Definitely sore for actually sprinting.

    1/11 Did 2,700 couldn't remember the workout for all the tea in China. Was VERY sore. Lifted that night. Good idea in the long term bad idea for the next morning.

    1/12 (this morning)
    SUPER SORE

    W/U:
    400 swim
    6 x 75 kick (4-6 build)
    2 x 200 pull
    8 x 50 1-4 descend free 5-8 descend stroke


    Main-Set

    3 x (2 x 125 pn 1:50, 4 x 50 perfect stroke on :50, 6 x 25 2 & 5 fast on :30)

    First of all I'm an idiot because I thought the 25s were either 6 on :30 OR 2 fast. Couldn't read the board right so I did 2 fast OBVIOUSLY.

    Round 1 was free
    Round 2 was IM
    Round 3 was stroke (which I didn't get to)

    I am sore, tired and dragging. I caved in and got Starbucks this morning, the first time in weeks!

    I also scheduled an appointment with a personal trainer on Thursday. He's worked with some of my teammates and they do very athletic based stuff. I told him I'm a drop dead sprinter and need to work on explosive type stuff. I clued him in on my nagging little injuries and I'm actually really pumped. He actually commented that he's seen me workout and it seems I know what I'm doing.

    I've sworn that I'd never use a trainer BUT I want to do the dynamic, explosive stuff and while I can think of things I want someone to run me through the paces. I can lift, run, swim, etc on my own. This type of training I want/need more guidance. Now I also am guaranteed one day of hard dryland a week. YEAH!

    Tonight I'm going to do a bit of cardio. Due to my inability to move with out pain my intense run has been down graded ... not sure to what yet, but I'm not killing myself.

    Rest of the week:
    Swimming Wednesday and Thursday am. If I do I think it'll be my first time actually making all 4 days during the week.

    Thursday night: trainer and pilates

    Friday: NOTHING!!!!

    Saturday: Meet (thinking 50/100/200 free 50 fly and 50 back - have to register tomorrow)

    Sunday: Maybe a run

    Looking forward to tomorrow's evening off and sleeping in Sunday!!!

    Currently debating my scy nationals events. I KNOW I am swimming 50/100/200 free, 50 Fly and 100 IM. I don't generally like the 100 IM but I want a race before the 50 free on the last day. The debate is between 50 back and 100 fly. If I can work my underwaters enough I think the 50 back will be a decent event for me. The 100 fly depends largely on my back health AND whether or not I feel like I can do it without being utterly mental.


    Okay that was a ton of catching up ... off to finish up some work so I can actually make it to the gym and beat myself up some more ...
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  13. Pieces of IMs

    Monday I swam solo. I had the entire pool to myself during the mid-afternoon (although only 5 lanes were uncovered). Here’s what I did:

    1000 warmup

    4 x {3 x 50 w/ fins @ 1:00 (1st 25 FL with extended underwaters, descending 1-3, 2nd 25 of all easy BK} [This set confirmed my suspicion that fins are an alien species out to conquer Earth by attaching themselves to us and sucking all the oxygen out of our bodies. Even though this set had generous intervals and included only 4 25s done all out, I had trouble recovering between them.]

    3 x {3 x 75 (50 BK/25 BR) @ 1:30, 1:20, 1:10} [Goal was to do #s 3,6, and 9 under 1:00, made it but barely]

    25 easy

    6 x 100 (50 BR, 50 FR) @ 200, odds K, evens Swim [I focused on working my turns on these]

    400 pull w/ paddles

    400 IM w/ fins, alt. K/S by 50 [did FL kick instead of BR kick]

    200 warmdown
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  14. Tuesday, 1/12/10

    by , January 12th, 2010 at 11:49 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo
    After feeling so sluggish yesterday today I felt pretty good.

    400 swim free
    8 x 50 w/5 sec. rest kick/drill/25
    (did these as 2x IM order)
    2 x 200 pull w/15 sec. rest, breathe 3/5 by 50
    kick 4 x 100 (no fins) w/20 sec. rest, build by 25
    (alternated odds with board and evens on back without)

    swim 4x around w/30 sec rest (odd rounds free, even rounds choice)
    {
    75 build w/15 sec. rest
    25 FAST
    (free on odds, actual swim time around 1:15
    Back on evens, actual swim time around 1:25)
    }

    swim 16 x 25 choice on 30:
    (odds in IM order fast, evens easy free)

    100 back
    --
    Total: 2500 yards

    Evening run on treadmill at gym.
    walk 0.1 mi to warmup
    run 3 mi starting at 10 min/mi and increasing speed every 1/4 mi to 8 min mi at finish.
    jog/walk .25 mi to cool

    Updated January 13th, 2010 at 02:34 PM by poolraat

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  15. Happy New Year

    My first blog... it had to happen, eventually!

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  16. Tuesday Jan 11th 2010

    by , January 12th, 2010 at 09:59 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tuesday Jan 11th 2010

    blogging to you from Nashville near Opryland
    took Sunday off

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Tracy Caulkins pool on 25th where they 1991 USMS SCY nats were
    trained with NAC SR 1 group
    Brad Kale coached
    6:30 - 7:30
    swam in my own lane
    arrived on time

    wore briefs

    600 warm up

    200 on 3:00
    4 x 50 k on 40
    4 x 100 on 1:20 desc

    200 on 3:00
    4 x 50 k on 40
    3 x 100 on 1:20 desc

    200 on 3:00
    200 k went 2:29
    2 x 100 on 1:20 desc

    200 on 3:00
    4 x 50 k on 40
    100 fr fast went 53

    100 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX
    Entered
    Rasmussen, Ande M (46)
    FRI
    # 2D Men 15 & Over 50 Back 24.64Y
    # 6D Men 15 & Over 50 Fly 24.22Y
    SAT
    # 10D Men 15 & Over 200 IM 1:58.39Y
    # 12D Men 15 & Over 100 Free 48.92Y
    SUN
    # 22D Men 15 & Over 50 Free 21.99Y
    # 25D Men 15 & Over 100 Fly 51.80Y
    MON
    # 32D Men 15 & Over 200 Free 1:50.70Y
    # 34D Men 15 & Over 100 Back 53.32Y


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
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    Entries: The entry period is February 7 - 21, 2010. Swimmers may enter a maximum of 3 individual events per day. Teams are limited to two relays per event. Enter all events, including bonus events, with previous best times achieved in short course yards. Do not convert times.
    We will be using USA Swimming's Online Meet Entry system for this meet. OME will provide qualifying time directly from the SWIMS database. Please note that this system is not an eligibility report; it is the coaches' responsibility to know which events their swimmers are qualified for.



    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX
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    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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  17. Monday Jan 10th 2010

    by , January 12th, 2010 at 09:48 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Jan 10th 2010

    blogging to you from Nashville near Opryland
    took Sunday off

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    Tracy Caulkins pool on 25th where they 1991 USMS SCY nats were
    trained with NAC SR 1 group
    Brad Kale coached
    6:30 - 7:30
    swam in my own lane
    arrived on time

    wore briefs

    600 warm up

    3 rounds of
    5 x 100
    100 fast
    100 easy




    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX
    Entered
    Rasmussen, Ande M (46)
    FRI
    # 2D Men 15 & Over 50 Back 24.64Y
    # 6D Men 15 & Over 50 Fly 24.22Y
    SAT
    # 10D Men 15 & Over 200 IM 1:58.39Y
    # 12D Men 15 & Over 100 Free 48.92Y
    SUN
    # 22D Men 15 & Over 50 Free 21.99Y
    # 25D Men 15 & Over 100 Fly 51.80Y
    MON
    # 32D Men 15 & Over 200 Free 1:50.70Y
    # 34D Men 15 & Over 100 Back 53.32Y


    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down
    Entries: The entry period is February 7 - 21, 2010. Swimmers may enter a maximum of 3 individual events per day. Teams are limited to two relays per event. Enter all events, including bonus events, with previous best times achieved in short course yards. Do not convert times.
    We will be using USA Swimming's Online Meet Entry system for this meet. OME will provide qualifying time directly from the SWIMS database. Please note that this system is not an eligibility report; it is the coaches' responsibility to know which events their swimmers are qualified for.



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


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

    by , January 12th, 2010 at 07:40 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Wow felt stronger than ever and my times with fins were 10 seconds faster than the last time I did 100 Fly with fins in practice.

    1000 as 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd sprint

    4x100@2:00 Fly w/fins as 25 rt arm, 25 lt arm, 50 full stroke
    100 fly w/fins for time 1:14
    4x100@1:45 Fly kick w/fins on back streamline
    100 fly w/fins for time 1:16

    4x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy long & loose
    200 Free EASY

    Total 3500 yards
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  19. Hit Parade

    by , January 11th, 2010 at 10:49 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Perhaps this is vanity, but I have occasionally been known to check the viewership of my various vlogs, in part to try to figure out what my readers most seem to want to read about.

    Then I can give them more of that, currying favor and otherwise sucking up, until I have achieved my lifelong goal of getting a friend somewhere before I die.

    Just joking. My identical twin brother John is definitely a friend, and he maintains he is not pretending to like me.

    I am off track.

    So anyhow, every once in a long while, I will post a vlog that takes on a life of its own. For example, last February 23rd, 2009, I posted a vlog entitled Who's Your Trinidaddian? about the 1650 meet at Carnegie Mellon University. It featured my friend and Pitt teammate, Meera Ramsooksingh, whose parents came to the US from Trinidad.

    For reasons that I still don't understand, this vlog has received more hits than any other I have written to date. The margin above and beyond all the others has, until recently, not only been inexplicable but ludicrous. I asked Meera if she had forwarded the link to her mother, who then might have forwarded it onwards to the entire Trinidaddian expatriate diaspora, but Meera claims this did not happen.

    She says, if anything, she has done her best to hide the existence of Who's Your Trinidaddian? from everyone she knows.

    I should add that there is a picture of Meera holding a sign that reads, "Will Swim for Polish Vodka."

    In any event, that vlog has received, as of the latest inventory, some 4807 views. Interested parties can read, or re-read, it here: http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?b=1689

    Until very recently, my second place vlog entry has been around 1600 hits, again, astounding, and I do not in any way believe this many people have actually read it. Still, I can't understand why web crawling internet search engine spiders would have focused on this one, either.

    However, there is a new vlog entry that is rising even more quickly and inexplicably than my salute to Triniddadians and their love for swimming and Polish vodka.

    Since Dec. 22nd's posting of Lost Person Behaviour--only 2 1/2 weeks ago!--this vlog on my tendency to late-night Ambienated scrofulousness has already garnered 3120 separate views. Last night, the figure was 2200, give or take--there threatens to be 1,000 views in a single day!

    What gives?

    I asked this same question on Facebook, along with a related query--i.e., how to encourage my fans to tithe.

    Dave "Chaos" Barra suggested there might be a virus.

    Amanda "Chicken of the Sea" Hunt thought that I was clicking on it myself in Ambienated amnesia.

    Eney Jones said that she reads it when she can't sleep, implying there might be a legion of insomniacs out there who turn to the words of Jim to lull them into stupor.

    Only my friend Bill (yes, Bill-- along with my twin brother John -- are friends, despite the earlier appeals/ploys for sympathy) came up with what might be the real answer: that the combination of Ambien, Zombies, and Tiger Woods, all of which are mentioned in Lost Person Behaviour, may have conspired to put my vlog y into some prominent position in the Google queue.

    Thus tonight's vlogging experiment.

    Here are some things that I have found myself thinking about today, in enumerated order:

    1. mark mcgwire 2. oinkernet 3. ruthie from 7th heaven 4. jejune 5. 8 parts of speech 6. nothing suits me like a suit 7. miep gies 8. brown coakley debate 9. teresa sullivan 10. under the milky way tonight 11. honey west 12. sam s club closing 13. monica malpass 14. the bachelor rozlyn 15. sarah palin fox news 16. jejune definition 17. katie mclaughlin 18. alcoa earnings 19. david gergen 20. ethan embry
    Let us see how many hits today's vlog,Hit Parade, generates, shall we?

    Jejune this experiment may indeed be; but I very much doubt you will find this kind of content on oinkernet, even if Sarah Palin does end up taking a job there when the Fox News thing fails to pan out and she joins Mark McGwire and, possibly, Teresa Sullivan, Monica Malpass, and the bachelor Rozlyn in the ranks of forgotten disgraces.

    If you don't believe me, ask David Gergen, Ethan Embry, or Ruthie from Seventh Heaven.

    Oh, I did a 53.35 in the 100 SCY free yesterday, in a Y pool where the shallow end was so shallow that Bill reported hitting his legs on 4 (count them, 4!) SDKs on every shallow-end pushoff in the 200 backstroke. More on swimming tomorrow, that is, if today's vlog does not lead to such an overflow of traffic that the USMS servers must temporarily shut down!

    Just in case none of the above triggers the right combination of search term Open Sesame attention, I should add one final item to my recent life. After noting on Facebook that my good friend Amanda Beard had befriended "Heather Hotness" and 29 others, I immediately sent a friend request to Heather Hotness myself.

    Heather accepted! I am friends with Hotness! And I think after she see this vlog get over 1 billion individual views, she will even answer my chat overtures. (I asked her "Are you real?" and she immediately logged off.)
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  20. Monday, January 11, 2010

    by , January 11th, 2010 at 09:26 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Swim workout today. Didn't feel great, but got it done. Hope rest of week will be more sprint work.

    500 easy warm-up

    400 free pull with paddles

    20 x 50 on :50 - Did 6 free, 4 dolphin on back with fins, 5 free, 5 dolphin on back

    100 easy

    10 x 50 free kick on 1:00

    100 easy

    2600 yards
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