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  1. Cold Water Swim

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 10:31 AM (My non-workout blog and random thoughts)
    Darkness greets us as we shiver on the edge of the deck.

    The water is deep blue, placid and glassy. It looks cold and uncaring.

    Lane lines, red and white, parallel the black line markers under water and seem to beckon.

    The whistle blows and in one swift leap, the water embraces us, chills us and finally soothes us as our minds turn inward.

    Swirls of steam rise into the dark morning sky.
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  2. Thursday October 22 & Tuesday's Dryland Notes

    Was a tad late this morning. I woke-up VERY crabby and exhausted. I took a 3 minute nap in my car when I got to the pool. I was exhausted.

    I woke-up to my alarm with my contacts still on, make-up still on from yesterday, bag not packed, etc.

    I only got in the very first part of warm-up:
    150 kick
    150 swim

    Main set:


    2 x 150 breathe every 3 @ 75%
    4 x 75 build
    2 x 150 breathe every 3 @ 75%
    4 x 75 ?
    1 x 150 @ 70%
    4 x 75 @ 85%

    8 x 50 fast r:10 (didn't get to these)

    50 c/d

    Tuesday night I only ended up with about 25 minutes before coaching. I got on the treadmill cranked it up and ran hard.

    Tonight I have my pilates reformer class. I'm planning on getting back on the treadmill after class and running hard for about 3 miles.
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  3. Shouldn't have done it but felt so good

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 07:24 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Right shoulder is still rearing its ugly head but managed a great workout today somehow. Time now for ice/heat and Ibuprofen.

    500 Free alt 25 kick/25 pull/25 swim
    20x25@:45 5 of each stroke as 4 drill 1 swim my choice of drill
    10x100 Free w/paddles & bouy #1-3@1:35 #4-6@1:30 #7-9@1:25 #10@1:20 made them all with time to spare
    1000 kick w/fins as 250 of each stroke
    300 Free EZ

    Total 3300 yards
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  4. Genesis, part ii

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 12:49 AM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    “The superior man bends his attention to what is radical. That being established, all practical courses naturally grow up."
    -Confucius
    Origins of the Tropical Splash
    2003 Recollections


    WHAT
    Our Lee Rec Center did not have an automatic timing system, so manual stopwatch timing by volunteers was needed. We would run 8 lanes for competition, and leave the two lanes near the deep diving end for warmups. Lanes were standard width, water depth varied from about 9-feet to 4-feet.

    Although they were not yet crumbling, the county facilities were built decades ago and were managed and maintained without swim competitions in mind. With nearby George Mason University, Montgomery Aquatic Center, and University of Maryland pools hosting meets, we did not see our aging facilities as a big draw. We needed to rely on something else to attract meet entries.

    The super swimmers serious about their Top Ten times and national rankings were not going to flock to our minimum standards pool. So, the decision was made to pitch the meet to the new swimmer; the over-the-counter swimmer; the blue-collar swimmer. These are the everyday swimmers who slosh through their weekly workouts between kids' activities, work, spouses, and errands, but still keep on swimming. There were more of them than the elite swimmers, so there should be a bigger pool of possible entries. We were going after the swimmer who did not like to compete in meets.

    Now, does this sound really stupid or what? Raise money by hosting a meet for people that did not go to meets.

    Why didn't they like meets - we asked around our team. The answers came back as: Emphasis on competition; Not fun; Boring; Too much pressure. We decided to plan a meet where competition and pressure and boredom were eliminated, and a good time prevailed. We were going to plan a FUN meet! This is when our creativity (normally only released with illegal substance abuse) kicked in, and the Blue-Gray Meet was hatched.

    We were going to make competition fun. Being at Lee Rec Center (of General Robert E. Lee fame), we decided to host a meet where swimmers from DC, Maryland, and points north would swim for a Blue team, and swimmers from Virginia and points south would be the Gray team. We would award tchotchkes to all team members from the winning team. The regular individual awards would be custom blue and gray war medals. We would give a special souvenir tee shirt to swimmers making this their first meet. We would have a fun 'cannonball' relay where swimmers would swim with the plastic colored 'cannonballs' found in a basket at the kids end of the pool.

    The meet entry form was developed (click image) to submit with our sanction request form, complete with the proper wording of the release of liability found in the Rule Book. The pool manager was contacted to review times and procedures for the meet, and then the bomb . . .
    [2b continued]

    BOOK OF WISDOM:
    Arrange and firm up the pool, procedures, rules, and rental before doing or planning anything.

    Updated November 10th, 2009 at 07:04 AM by Rnovitske

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  5. Balancing the advantages and disadvantages

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 10:22 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Ran 5k today. Had hoped to go at a faster pace, but just haven't felt good since the end of last week. I know that POTs thing is still kind of kicked up and the bottom line is that running is not the ideal thing for it.

    The way I felt today, I contemplated just giving running up. I think it is really wearing me out, particularly when the POTs is kicked up. At the same time, some running does actually seem to help keep it from acting up too much. It is also good for bone density, good HDL counts, slimming up, etc.

    I'm struggling though with the idea of not being very competitive anymore. There are a few local 5ks where I would love to beat a few people. Have to confess I used to love nothing more than to beat people who trained twice the mileage, especially those who were rumored to say, "All she can do is swim."

    Although I felt great a couple of weeks ago, I feel like I have now gone backwards. Not sure if this is because of the POTS or if because I've simply gotten out of shape on my running somehow. Maybe doing both running and swimming is wearing me out. Still, I don't think I'm doing either running or swimming that much to get so worn down.

    Surely that 75 butterfly set I did yesterday didn't take that much out of me! If so, I'm hurtin'!

    Updated October 21st, 2009 at 10:28 PM by elise526

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  6. Wednesday Solo

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 10:18 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I spent all day at school trying to import our school roster from classxp to the fitnessgram program. It wouldn't work! My principal, the tech guy, and the techiest teacher at my school couldn't figure it out either. What a waste of resources. I think I have finally figured the problem out. I will find out if I'm right monday morning. Anyway I didn't get anything measurable done today....I hate that!

    I swam solo at LA Fitness today. The water was pleasantly cool and I had a lane to myself the whole workout.
    *500 Free Warm-up Swim
    *4 X 150 on 2:30 interval
    rest 1 minute
    *4 X 125 on 2:10 interval
    rest :45 seconds
    *5 X 100 start on 1:55 and descend 5 seconds each repition.
    rest :30 seconds
    *4 X (100 IM/4 X 50 IM order of strokes) IM rest :30 seconds/stroke on 1:00 except breastroke on 1:10.
    *4 X 25 fly with short fins as fast as possible with 10 sdk's before surfacing on :45 interval.
    *easy 100 backstroke cool-down
    3,500 scy

    Yipee, 2 vacation days+ the week-end! I'm going to chill!
    I hope this mini-vacation clears out all the flu bugs/H1N1 Bugs out of our school building.
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  7. Wednesday, Oct. 21

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 05:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands Lite:

    long arm crunches, 1 x 50
    good morning darlings, 1 x 50
    straight leg lift + hip lift on bench, 2 x 15
    broomstick twists, 1 x 25

    med ball start plyo, 1 x 10
    (For Patrick -- use 2 6 lb med balls. place fingers under ball in front. bend knees and get into position as if doing a start. then explosively push back with arms and hands and throw balls against back wall as hard and fast as possible. we have a 15 foot room adjacent to the weight room. I stood a couple feet or more in front of it. The balls flew in the air and bounced right before the wall.)

    HS hi row, 90 x 3 x 10 fast
    bench press, 60 x 3 x 10 fast
    alternating hammers, 15 x 2 x 20 fast

    external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15 each arm


    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Swam in my hot shallow gym pool. Thankfully, it wasn't quite as hot as usual b/c it had just been filled.

    Warm up:

    750 variety

    Speed Work:

    4 x (4 x 25)
    #1 = easy speed fly
    #2 = EZ
    #3 = AFAP (2 free, 2 evil)
    #4 = EZ

    50 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 150 EZ)
    #1 = backstroke (mid 27ish)
    #2 = evil (33ish)
    (had never done a timed evil with fins before. but if it's good enough for Allen Stark, it's good enough for me.

    4 x 25 SDK shooter on back, cruised them

    1 x 100 front scull

    50 EZ

    Total: 1850 meters

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    Rambling Thoughts:

    Like Geek, I had a lot of thoughts rambling through my head today whilst swimming:

    1. How long can a person who likes aerobic work stay on the CDVB plan without going crazy?

    2. Should I stick to my weights/plyo+sprint+hot yoga plan through NE Champs? Or wimp out and go back to my tried and true weights+heavy on the sprint swimming + cardio?

    3. It may have been really dunce like to adopt this plan in the fall when the running weather is at it's best. It was gorgeous here today, and I was inside.

    4. Plyo anecdote: Mini Fort (who has only been swimming 1-2 x week max) says her legs feel stronger, she's actually been kicking and her practice times aren't too bad. (She didn't kick much for the last 2 years b/c of bad knees/tendonitis.) She attributes this to volleyball. I was thinking about this and, as an outside hitter, she does a fair amount of jumping, which = plyo. She also mentioned that one of her friends dropped her 100 evil time from 1:10 to 1:05 last year while playing club volleyball 2x a week instead of doing excessive swimming. Food for thought.

    5. Mini Fort was checking out my biceps last night and said I was more "jacked" than some boys on the freshman football team. So, good news, this means I can now beat up high school kids. Awhile ago, I asked on my blog how much/often I could lift without becoming too buff. Jazz said "find out." I may have reached my limit, it seems.

    6. I'm pondering whether to swim the 50 back at the Nov. Open the weekend of Nov. 7-8. The meet is in the afternoon and features 50s for all us 13 & Over folks.

    7. Still pondering the 30 day abstinence period for alcohol. If Geek does it, I'll be shamed into doing it. But I think he's still pondering too.

    8. I need to look at last year's results from the NE SCM meet to figure out my seed times. I usually do this in an effort to stay out of lanes 1 & 8, and this often backfires. I seem to end up in those lanes in champ meets where women swim separately b/c the speedy 25 year olds grab the middle lanes. But I will nonetheless undertake what is apparently a largely futile effort. Or, I can pull a Stud and just seed myself faster than my actual times. :-P

    9. I stepped on the scale today for the first time since my checkup in July. (No scale in the house.) I've gained couple pounds. Don't know whether this is due to the sleep med combo I'm on (both known to have weight gain as a side effect) or to being stronger/more muscle. Or it could just be random variation -- e.g., weighing in the am vs. pm. I may have to go on a diet like Bobinator. Of course, cutting alcohol would probably do the trick. But, despite this, I have made progress in the ass department, and I think Q could bounce a quarter off it.

    10. No #10. I feel no need to have a round number of thoughts.

    11. Forgot one. I am thinking of ignoring Maglischio and only taking 1 breath in the 50 free on Sunday. I guess the best place would be after the flags off the turn?

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    Thrive Longer, Lift Weights:

    Here's an article from the Washington Post that supports the fact that weight lifting is an affirmatively good thing.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...01.html?sub=AR

    I should have focused more on this issue while writing my little point-counterpoint with Jimby!

    Updated October 21st, 2009 at 06:22 PM by The Fortress

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  8. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -10/22/09 -SCY

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 05:15 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 free 4:45
    2 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 100 IM 2:00
    Swim it three times.

    12 X 125 IM 2:20
    1-4: 75 fly/50 back
    5-8: 75 back/50 breast
    9-12: 75 breast/50 free

    1 X 300 free 4:30
    4 X 50 :45
    1 X 200 2:50
    4 X 50 :40
    1 X 100 1:20
    4 X 50 :35 or :40

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4700Y
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  9. Obsession de-escalates: Progress?

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 04:33 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Today is one of the last fair weather days we Pittsburghers are likely to see till June.

    Since I live in a sort of woodsy setting, with only one neighbor nearby, and that nearby neighbor apparently out for the day, I took the opportunity to subject my lesion to a new self-help cure attempt.

    Before describing this one-two-three therapy I am attempting, let me briefly describe the theoretical basis for this intervention.

    A one-time frequent poster to these forums, the Mayo Clinic's very own Dr. Tom Jaeger, AKA, Jaegermeister, opined to me through a private message (which I had earnestly and somewhat shamelessly solicted) that:
    A) my pictures of the lesion made him chuckle (what an enormous relief! I know Tom to be the most honorable of all doctors, and surely chuckling at a patient's terminal condition is something he would never, ever do on purpose; thus, from his reaction, I intuited the likelihood that I will live)
    B) that he could not diagnose the condition long-distance, but judging from appearances, he had a "hunch" it was fungal (you will recall that our favorite beloved fake doctor, that is to say, me, came to the very same conclusion last week)
    Armed thusly with this new insight from Minnesota, and inspired by the virtually unheard of appearance of the sun in our parts, I began Sherlocke Holmsing some possibilities.

    Ille: Fungus. Hmm. What do we know about fungus?

    Hic: Well, a mushroom is a fungus.

    Ille: Yes, yes. It is, isn't it? And where do mushrooms prosper?

    Hic: I am fairly certain that mushrooms, like vicious gossip about the size of Jim Thornton's manhood, prosper in the dark.

    Ille: Yes, the dark! And what else?

    Hic: Mushrooms like moisture, as well. Dark, moist, dare I say dank chambers! Like a basement in the Delta Delta Delta sorority house.

    Ille: Yes, they do like such places. Again, the same venue as where vicious gossip prospers, too. So, what do you think we should do about making the mushrooms in Jim's lesion uncomfortable?

    Hic: That is elementary, my dear Ille! Sunburn and dessication therapy!

    Ille: Exactement!


    Today's picture reveals the lesion after:


    1. 10 minutes of full sunbathing on the front porch
    2. a shower with Ivory soap
    3. 15 minutes of high speed fan blown directly upon the lesion
    4. cotton balls to soak up the epithelial moisture

    After the above therapy, I quickly photographed the lesion for today's visual progress report then anointed the area with the second thin layer of antibiotic cream, packed wound with further layers of cotton balls and toilet paper, put on clean underwear to hold the packing in place, and began writing the vlog.

    Life, however, does not stop for a vloggist, but rather continues to crank out new elements to examine and suffer or be delighted by.

    As Epictetus himself so nicely put it:
    Time is a river, and a violent stream, and as soon as a thing is seen, another takes its place, and this too will be carried away.
    One of each of these species of distraction accosted me as I was preparing to upload today's picture.

    On the delightful side, the phone rang, and after a number of cautious inquiries by a female voice on the other hand, it was determined that I am me, at which point the lovely Anna Lea Matysek announced her own identity.

    She was calling to tell me that she is an expert on Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and that I am not a victim of it. Tragically, her father died from the condition a decade ago, most likely the result of taking and developing an allergic reaction to the sulfa drug Bactrim. He might have avoided the condition altogether except that his immune system was already compromised by chemo therapy for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

    I asked Anna Lea if it was possible that I had Johnson's-Steven Syndrome instead of Steven's Johnson Syndrome, at which point her husband and (web) master, Jim Matysek, could be heard opining in the background that I definitely appear to have some sort of Johnson syndrome.

    Perhaps not wishing to offend me, he quickly added, Maximus Johnson Syndrome, to which I had no choice but to come completely clean on such a front and add, "It is obvious he has never been in the basement of Delta Delta Delta."

    On the suffering side, our phone conversation was suddenly interrupted by the leaf blowing, lawn mowing sounds of heavy machinery outside my lady-bug-encrusted windows.

    The lawn guy had arrived with his arsenal of plant torturing devices.

    Linus!

    I realized that our beloved Linus, the family guinea pig, whom we will only eat in the absolutely most dire of protein-deficient circumstances , if even then, we love him so much, was outside grazing on the hydrangea and enjoying the freedom that comes from being a guinea pig owned by benevolent owners.

    Our two pugs, Lefty and Biscuit, were out guarding him from hawks. (We are pretty sure that Linus, who cannot see himself in a mirror, and thus has no idea what he looks like, has come to the conclusion that he is a pug. The three of them get along quite well and I am sure Lefty and Biscuit have no designs on making him into a meal, either.)

    Dragging Anna Lea via portable phone out into the cacophony of the afternoon, I ran up to the lawn guy and told him to not harvest Linus by mistake with his leaf blower.

    I wasn't able to find Linus--he may have taken refuge in a burrow. But I suspect he will come back home when it's time for his nightly carrot.
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    Okay, now, what I suspect you have all been waiting for: today's lesion update picture.

    Maybe I am deluding myself, but it does look to this fake doctor's eye that a wee, wee, wee bit of improvement is now discernible in the flayed skin.

    Or maybe it's just true that, with the exception of mushrooms, pretty much everything looks better with a tan.

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  10. Grrrrr!! Pool was too warm again.

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 02:05 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    The pool has been getting warmer each day this week. I'd bet it was near 88 this morning.

    SCY with Carrie

    400 swim
    (did 200 free and 200 back)
    300 IM drill
    200 pull choice
    (free w/buoy only)
    100 swim no free
    (kicked this)

    2x around: {
    3 x 200 fr. on 3:10
    (swam these at 2:50)
    4 x 75 fr descend 1-4 on 1:20: #4 is FAST
    (Rd 1 did free, 1:02->:56
    Rd 2 did back, 1:08->1:02)
    }

    swim down 100
    --
    Total: 2900 yards
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  11. Wed OCT 21th, 2009

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 09:13 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed OCT 21st, 2009

    shortcut to this blog is http://tr.im/andeblog

    jammed my right middle finger on a fast touch Monday, it's less swollen & hurts a bit

    Next MEET: 2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
    December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach
    http://www.spma.net/meetforms/2009/lbgscm.htm


    43 Days till Long Beach

    my kick count is FOUR OR MORE



    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    SCY no blocks
    5:30 - 6:30
    whitney coached
    UT Swim Center main pool
    Swam with todd, tyler, & marcio,
    beside brad nate & ned


    WORE brief

    warm up
    200 fr
    200 im dr
    200 fr

    MAIN SET

    assigned: 400
    did: 300

    300

    200

    100 IM went 1:07

    8 x 50 k
    4 on 45
    4 on 40

    assigned 100 fr pull on 1:05
    did 50 fr with 6 sdks
    went 30

    assigned 200 fr on 2:10
    did 2 x 50 with 6 sdks
    held 30's

    assigned 300 fr pull on 3:15
    did 3 x 50 fr with 6 sdks
    held 30's

    assigned 400 fr pull on 4:20
    did 4 x 50 fr with 6 sdks
    held 29's

    4 x 50 k on 40
    made it

    assigned 8 x 75 on 1:10
    did 8 x 25 SDK shooters on 1:10
    held 13's & 14's

    50 easy
    .

    Updated October 22nd, 2009 at 10:47 AM by ande

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  12. Sprint attempt in progress

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 08:07 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I felt slow and sluggish but still tried to sprint some.

    10x100@2:00 Free 1/2 pull 1/2 kick

    Use fins on all of the main set
    100 Free for time 1:01
    200 Free kick EZ
    2x50@1:30 Free went :30 and :28
    200 Free kick EZ
    4x25@:45 Free went 14, 14, 13, 14
    200 Free kick EZ
    100 Free for time 1:02
    200 Free kick EZ
    2x50@1:30 Free went :29 and :29
    200 Free kick EZ

    no fins for the rest
    4x50 from dive 15 meter breakouts rest EZ
    300 warm down

    Total 3000 yards

    Updated October 21st, 2009 at 08:27 AM by Donna

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  13. Matrix Set (without Neo)

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 12:17 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    AQUM - Coach Janine.
    This is the first time Ive seem a workout that was literally written out in a matrix format.
    I don't remember the exact placement, however the numbers indicate laps (one length)
    Each cell is done on 5:00 with one minute rest between cells. Each line is continuous, done IM.

    Fly BK BR FR
    ______________
    1 2 3 4
    1 2 3 4
    ______________
    2 4 1 3
    2 4 1 3
    etc....
    So the workout translates to...
    1x25 Fly, 1x50 BK, 1x75 BR, 1x100FR
    1x25 Fly, 1x50 BK, 1x75 BR, 1x100FR
    1:00 rest
    1x50 Fly, 1x100 BK, 1x25 BR, 1x75 FR
    1x50 Fly, 1x100 BK, 1x25 BR, 1x75 FR
    1:00 rest
    1x75 Fly, 1x50 BK, 1x100 BR, 1x25 FR
    1x75 Fly, 1x50 BK, 1x100 BR, 1x25 FR
    1:00 rest
    1x100 Fly, 1x25 BK, 1x75 BR, 1x50 FR
    1x100 Fly, 1x25 BK, 1x75 BR, 1x50 FR
    Everyone left, so I continued with:
    Sprint
    6x25 FR
    Sprint FAST w/fins on 3:00 (held :11)
    By this time the seniors were cooling down and starting to pull the covers.
    100 cool

    Looking at my FLOG, I'm in a serious w/o deficit, my left shoulder has been hurting for a few weeks, especially before and during the last meet. So I haven't been working out as much, taking a few days off at a time. Its feeling better and its more muscle/ligament fatigue than joint pain.
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  14. Genesis, part i

    by , October 20th, 2009 at 11:45 PM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    “If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.”
    -Confucius
    Origins of the Tropical Splash
    2003 Recollections

    WHY
    In 2003, our team ended the fall-winter season with a $2800 budget deficit. We survived going into the spring and summer seasons by virtue of a loan, and by paying obligations with income from the next season. We made progress at chipping away the deficit, but we needed a fundraiser and a swim meet was one possibility.

    Over the summer, our county rec center pools were contacted to determine the rental cost for a meet. We chatted with officials and other meet directors during local meets. The USMS Rule Book was scrutinized, especially the sections about meet conduct and facilities.

    In looking at other meet programs, it was determined that swimmers enter an average of 3 events in a local meet. Prices we got for pool rental, officials, program printing, awards, etc were assembled into a spreadsheet blender, and voila! We could wipe out our remaining deficit with a swim meet. Ga-ching!

    It was believed that holding a meet brought a certain respect and prominence to our team, and might help with attracting more members. Well, some people thought that. I believed the 'vice-presidential selection theory' applied - a good meet would do no good, but a bad meet would be disastrous.

    WHEN
    We did not want to compete with another meet in our LMSC, and decided to stay away from the months where established meets existed, leaving 7 months to choose from. We were considering one of three SCY pools, so the LCM season was out, leaving 5 months. We did not want to compete with Nationals or Zones, leaving 3 months. We did not want the meet at the start of our Fall season, leaving 2 months - January and February. February had 2-day SCY meets in next door Virginia and Maryland LMSC's, leaving January as the only option.

    Years before, we sent swimmers to a January SCY meet at Wilson High School in Washington DC. The meet was in a decrepit pool, had limited volunteers, and had dwindling participants each year. (As an aside, my 100 breast at the meet had 3 timers - with a 2-second spread among them. I think it was the 8-year old timer that threw off the results.) This meet was discontinued a year earlier, and some of us thought we could revive that date on the meet calendar and take its place. There were no other meets in January to compete with.

    WHERE
    Our club swims at three different Fairfax County rec centers. Upon evaluation, each facility had serious flaws for a local Masters swim meet. We settled on Lee District Rec Center, a 50-meter x 25-yard mama with ample lockers, parking, bleachers and deck space. It was always set up in the middle as a SCY course (no movable bulkheads). Its problems included the need for a floating platform for the starter, and a long walk around the deep end for officials working one side of the pool. The backstroke flags were 20-feet in the air, suspended from the rafters, and each was a slightly different distance from the wall.

    With the date and pool set and financial due diligence complete, we proudly started the planning . . .
    [2B continued]

    BOOK OF WISDOM
    • A realistic budget with real costs determines if the meet is financially viable.
    • Before selecting a date, know what your meet's competition is (more on this later).

    Updated November 10th, 2009 at 07:05 AM by Rnovitske

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  15. Photo-tuesday

    by , October 20th, 2009 at 11:01 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Shortly after I got home from work my youngest daughter caming blowing through and announced there would be a photo shoot in the house tonight!
    The shoot was to be a parody on photo's of a famous person, place, or thing. Sarah was doing a food-fest spread with a fake Angelina Jolie. An attractive (borderline anorexic) XC teammate agreed to play Angelina. My job was to locate the various platters, serving utensils, foods, and locations in my house that matched the 3 photo's she was going to parody.
    To make a long story short the shoot was a great success. It's amazing what heavy eye make-up, dark lipstick, and slicked-back hair can do to a young girl.
    The advanced photography class Sarah's taking has been amazing. I've spent a few Sunday afternoon's on shoots with her. She usually has some ideas in her mind and we drive around Indy looking for the concrete object to photograph. I doubt that she'll ever use her skills professionally, but she can do some cool things with the camera!
    The class has also taught her a new way to view her surroundings. She notices details, textures, light sources, and beauty in things usually not noticed by the average gaze. It makes me wish I could go back to high school. I would appreciate it lots more if I could do it again.

    I was 15 minutes late to our 1 hour practice. I ended up swimming 2,200 scy of random sets. I never did get the gist of the workout. I will do better tomorrow. (focus and full workout)

    Tomorrow = Teacher work day! No kids and a full day to work and get organized!
    Thursday and Friday = Fall Break! I'm going to hang around the house, work on some projects, socialize a bit, and swim every day.

    Two weeks till the Fall Classic meet at the IU Natatorium. This meet is the 1st leg of the 3 part TYR Master's Grand Prix Series. I'm signed up for: 1,500, 800, 400, 200, and 50 Freestyles, 200 IM, 100 IM, 50 Fly, 100 Fly, and 200 Back. (2 day meet) I'm not sure I want to swim all 10 events. I'll go down with the intent to do 'em all but I won't be upset if I bag one or two of them.
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  16. Obsession Escalates: Third Vlog Today

    by , October 20th, 2009 at 10:30 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)


    The doctor is in!


    I was just able to cajole the lovely death doctor, Heather Rietz, MD, a great swimmer and Facebook friend, who knows more about "icing on the cake" in corpses than all of us put together, to agree to a Q & A about my groin infection.

    This is what Dr. Reitz had to say:

    James

    heather, can you do me a huge favor?
    10:04pmHeather

    Depends (LOL).
    No I will not lick your wound.
    10:05pmJames

    can you go to my vlog and look at my lesion and offer me the benefit of your pathologist's thoughts?
    did you see today's pix?
    http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?b=5972
    10:05pmHeather

    It looks pretty nasty but it maybe looks better.
    10:05pmJames

    it is the weirdest thing
    10:06pmHeather

    Did you acquire this in the wilderness?
    10:06pmJames

    does it look like MRSA or Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis
    i am not sure where i got it.
    it showed up a week or so after the wilderness
    a very small little crack in the skin tha itched
    10:07pmHeather

    Could be. I guess. Hard to tell now that it has been treated. Did your doctor culture it?
    10:08pmJames

    not yet, he took blood tests to see if it was rocky mountain spotted fever
    i am so so so sick of it
    can't swim
    10:08pmHeather

    Hmmm...are you systemically ill in any way?
    10:09pmJames

    when i first got back from idaho, i had a really bad cold that went away faster than any cold i had ever had (3-4 days). then i noticed this tiny little itchy area, tried to treat it with antifungals and cortisone cream, and it got much worse
    and has since lingered despite antibiotics and antibiotic cream
    10:10pmHeather

    It looks more bacterial to me. May just take more time.
    Isn't one of your 500 some friends a dermatologist?
    10:10pmJames

    i wish!
    i am an impatient sick person
    prone to catastrophizing
    10:11pmHeather

    I would be much better at helping you if you sliced off a piece, put it in formalin so I could make a slide!
    10:11pmJames

    can i buy that stuff at radio shack?
    10:12pmHeather

    I am impatient too. I would hate anything that kept me out of the pool. LOL!
    10:12pmJames

    oh, oh! it has been steadily "weeping" very slight amounts of pinkish fluid
    10:12pmHeather

    I think that you need to go to AZ and go to Kurt Dickson's ER!
    Does sound kind of blisterish!
    10:13pmJames

    the only strange symptom besides this is that the surround skin, as far back as the the first half of the left butt cheek, feels kind of almsot sunburned and sensitive
    sorry for the lack of humor here!
    major psychopathology taking hold
    10:13pmHeather

    Be more likely to find formalin at a place like McDonald's!
    10:14pmJames

    Okay., could I have a Big Mac and a Petri dish? And yes, I do want fries with that
    10:14pmHeather

    That's very odd. Not good to be a medical mystery!
    10:14pmJames

    the perfect storm for us nondelusional hypochondriacs
    10:14pmHeather

    I think that you would be much more ill if it was MRSA!
    10:15pmJames

    yes, probably. i wonder if it could be a spider bite?
    i'd hoped that land exercise wouldn't be bad for it, but the sweat didn't seem to help
    it's almost like a burn
    10:15pmHeather

    Could be. Brown recluse spider bites can be nasty like that.
    10:15pmJames

    i don't think they have them in Idaho
    10:15pmHeather

    Yes I would say that it has to be kept as dry as possible.
    I suppose other types of spiders could cause a similar reaction.
    I would say if it's not significantly better by Thursday GO BACK!
    10:17pmJames

    well, thanks for listening. I might try to postpone my daily pictures unless there is something noticeably changed
    10:17pmHeather

    Might need stronger drugs!
    10:17pmJames

    Okay. I doubt it will have changed much by then.
    Would cortisone be a mistake on top on the antibiotic ointment? I suppose you want inflammationfor healing
    right now, it just kind of burns
    10:18pmHeather

    I would just put the antibiotic ointment on it. Burning could mean it's healing!
    10:18pmJames

    thanks, heather. you can have my body to look at when i expire
    10:19pmHeather

    FANTASTIC! Hopefully I'll be retired by then.
    10:19pmJames

    i will be your advisor for affaires de la coeur. You can be mine for infections of the groin.
    pretty much the same thing, when it comes down to it
    10:19pmHeather

    Ha! Ha! Have a good night. Hope that you get back to the pool soon!
    10:20pmJames

    thanks. one last thing. have you ever heard of someone having a permanent groin infection that never goes away and just makes the person miserable for the rest of his hopeless life? and if so, is this common?
    10:21pmHeather

    I don't think so. It should heal. You should know that you're not supposed to keep "touching" yourself down there. It will make your tallywacker fall off and you will go blind!
    10:22pmJames

    Great advice. I only wish I had learned it 57 years earlier. I am going to copy and post this conversation on my vlog for the benefit of my fellow members in the Mysterious Groin Affliction Sufferers
    Support Group!
    TTYL
    10:22pmHeather

    Cool!
    10:23pmJames

    Ciao!



    The doctor is out.
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  17. Good swim with the kids

    by , October 20th, 2009 at 10:14 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Jumped in for an hour workout with the youngsters. Again, so great to be working out in a group. Wish I could have done the whole workout, but have to get out halfway through to take son to piano.

    Feeling good and strong in the water. Hope to hold my weight and body fat (got it checked the other day) where it is as I feel good right now.

    Anyway, here is the workout:

    Warm-up (long) - 1300 yards (did 500 free, 400 reverse I.M. kick/swim/drill/swim)

    4 x (75 all-out sprint, 300 easy)
    Did all the 75s fly - a big deal for me!

    100 easy

    2900 yards
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  18. A turn for the worse

    by , October 20th, 2009 at 07:12 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Maybe the watched buboe never heals.

    After 2.5 hours of tennis, during which I played like a leper, and the only thing that kept me awake was the leeching of sweat into my lesion, and the occasional jokes of my adversaries ("If you had gotten that in France, it would be a French foreign lesion"), I got back, removed the bandage, took a shower, and photographed what I must acknowledge--at the risk of biasing the viewer--represents a setback.

    Does it look to you, as it does to me, that this is just the first step in a process by which my skin will begin to tear off my body in sheets?

    Perhaps I should document the lesion's progress, or lack thereof, or backsliding, as such is the case, on a somewhat less frequent basis.

    Here is the run down, from Sunday, to Monday, to today's post-tennis state:



    Sunday and still arguably the worst




    Monday--apparent improvement (though it probably has more to do with lighting than actual improvement)




    Today, post tennis--a likely step backwards.

    If any of you know a doctor willing to diagnose me by pictures alone, and who will then send me the magic healing elixir I so desperately crave, please refer my case as soon as you have finished your dinner of boeuf au jeu and red wine or whatever else goes well with this kind of vlog.
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  19. Going to Boston, Tues. Oct. 20

    by , October 20th, 2009 at 05:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Did some hypoxic work on my 5 day rest plan:

    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick, drill

    Hypoxic Kick Work:

    6 x 100 back w/fins @ 2:00, 10 kicks each 25
    (since I came up a couple yards before the flags, this was almost like 4 consecutive shooters)

    100 EZ

    Speed work:

    4 x 50 dolphin kick w/fins
    50 = 25 cruiser hypoxic kick + 25 AFAP shooter

    100 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP + 25 EZ)

    150 EZ

    Total: 2050


    Massage:

    Got a deep tissue massage today. Was totally mashed and feel rather beat up and tired. Probably take 2 days to recover. lol


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    Commentary:

    A 5 day "rest" is approximately what I did before the Albatross meet in March. I looked back and saw that I was doing around 2000+ with only fast 25s, a few fast 50s, hypoxic work and easy speed fly. So hopefully, I won't have leaden legs by Sunday.

    SCM Meet:

    Booked flight to Boston today. Weighed the pros and cons overnight. Chose Boston b/c: 50 back isn't the first event, better order of events, I can swim the 100 back, longer meet so more rest, 10:00 am start, the MIA Stud may go, and it's slightly cheaper. This is my third travel meet of the year, which is rather unusual for me (Auburn, Indy, Boston), but I really wanted to swim SCM. I think I'll be passing on a major SCY travel meet next year as a result to avoid undue marital discord. Plus, I may go somewhere fun and cool on Spring Break instead of planning life around spring meets! I may have to be creative in finding a SCY meet to taper for in the spring. There's always Zones, of course, and I definitely will swim that meet. But it could arrive shortly after not swimming for a week if I go away for spring break.

    Plan on swimming the following line up at NE Champs, reserving the right to scratch of course.


    Saturday:

    100 IM
    50 evil
    50 back
    50 free

    Sunday:

    50 fly
    100 back
    100 free
    (If I do 100 free, I may go for another 50 free split if my Saturday effort isn't the best.)

    This is the exact same line up I swam at the NE Champs in 2007. I see they left 200 fly until almost the last event of the meet, but that still does not tempt me!

    Jimby and I chatted about meets earlier today. He opined that it was perhaps merely "superstitious" that I would want actual rest between events to clear lactate and such. This is clearly mid-D speak!

    Food:

    Since I stopped blogging my food, I think I've gotten sloppier about eating. I still eat very healthy, but I think I've been eating more than I need to and too many slices of pie. I also had a conversation with She Puff the other day that caused me to wonder about calories from liquids. She mentioned she was dehydrated from the hot yoga. I suggested coconut water and she asked me how many calories it was. I didn't know. But I checked and it's 70. Between that, endurox, G2, and the smoothies I was addicted to all summer (and the chard), I may be swilling down too many drinkable calories. Have to ponder that.

    I also may consider a 30 day ban on alcohol ala Q and Patrick before NE Champs. But this is rather extreme. lol

    Updated October 20th, 2009 at 06:20 PM by The Fortress

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  20. 2 in a row!

    Was late - I know you are all shocked.

    250 Free
    2 x 125 Kick
    100 IM drill

    3 x (2 x 75 (50 drill/25 swim) 4 x 25 build, 2 x 75Kick)
    Only one round could be free, you had to do the same stroke the whole round.
    Round 1 Fly
    Round 2 Breast
    Round 3 Free

    Ran out of time or else I would have had

    8 x 75
    1-4 fly/back/breast
    5-8 back/breast/free

    Feeling better, antibiotics are kicking in. Meet Sunday will be interesting. DEFINITELY wearing my B70!!!

    Swimming
    400 Free
    100 Breast - if I'm under 2:00 it'll be a victory
    100 Free
    50 Back - If it resembles backstroke I'll be happy.
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