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  1. A fun and quick little story:

    So last weekend I swam at the Badger State Games in Appleton Wisconsin. It was my first LCM Meet where I did sprints. You all have seen the times from my previous post Where the @#*& is the @#$8#@$* Wall?!?! So we all know - they weren't really that good.

    So because there was no one else in my age group for any race except the 50 free and my relay won, I was able to achieve 3 gold medals and 1 silver medal for the meet.

    So the other day I get an email saying "results are up from the badger state games!"

    Naturally - I'm excited so I check the link: Results and even as of 9:20 AM on July 2nd, they most certainly are not!

    However I was playing around the website and I see this:
    Did you win a medal at The Badger State Winter or Summer Games?
    If so, you may qualify for the State Games Of America!

    In order to qualify for the State Games of America, participants must have won a gold, silver or bronze medal in a SGA sport in their local State Games in a qualifying year (2009 or 2010 Summer, 2010 or 2011 Winter). The State Games of America will take place in San Diego, August , 2011. For a complete listing of sports and more information visit
    So following a few links I found this:
    California State Games/State Games of America

    So August 5th-7th in 2011, I guess I'll be swimming in San Diego! Hopefully by then I'll be a much better swimmer - maybe I'll even be able to give [ame=""]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame] a run for her money in the breast stroke!

    Does anyone know anywhere in Illinois where I can consistently train in LCM?
  2. Not too bad today felt strong

    by , July 2nd, 2010 at 08:53 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Felt really strong on everything including warmup. Normally warmup is SLOW. Not today.

    5x200@3:30 Free was holding 3:12 normally I do these on 3:45 because I tend to hold 3:30
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 FAST
    10x100@2:00 Fly as 25 rt arm/25 lt arm/25 kick/25 sprint w/fins
    500 Free w/snorkle, paddles & bouy
    5x100@:10R Free drill EASY

    Total 3500 meters
  3. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout - 07/02/10

    by , July 1st, 2010 at 09:06 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    4 X 200
    2 on 4:00
    2 on 3:30

    4 X 100 kick 2:30
    4 x 50 kick 1:15

    6 X 150 3:00
    stroke/free/stroke by 50

    8 X 100 2:00
    odd: easy
    even: fast

    8 X 50 1:15
    odd: Blocks, sprint 20/easy in
    even: Push, build to race finish.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
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  4. Thursday, 6/1/10

    by , July 1st, 2010 at 08:12 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM with Carrie

    Today was another distance workout. I don't do too well with long swims. I'm too ADD.

    400 swim
    200 kick
    3 x 50/1:00 desc.
    3 x 50/50 strong

    Main Set
    1000 free - goal pace - 1:40
    (went 16:05, just under 8:00 at 500 1:36.5/100 average)
    10 x 100/1:50, goal time same as above pace
    (most were about the same as above. a few were faster)

    Cool down
    200 easy swim/kick

    Total: 3100 meters
  5. Sweet summertime noon workout

    For the third day in a row I headed over at lunchtime for the noon AGUA workout. The weather has been so lovely here, itís just a joy walking through the park to get to practice, and puts me in such a mellow mood by the time I get there. Since this is summer in NYC, I know these cool bright days wonít last forever, so Iíve been out enjoying them while I can. The only thing that could be nicer would be if our pool were outdoors. It isn't, but the city's public pools open July 6 for morning lap swimming, so I'll at least be able to swim on my own outside soon.

    It was breaststroke day (hurrayóI had some things Iíve been meaning to work on in breaststroke ever since the meet, and was really glad to get a chance to do so). Hereís the workout we did:

    500 warmup plus bobbing and sinking

    7 x 50 BR (25 kick, 25 2 kicks / 1 stroke) @ third swimmer in [My lanemate and I didnít actually have a third swimmer for the first part of this set, so we created an imaginary one. We were to the point of naming her when a real third swimmer showed up. If you can imagine it, you can make it happen!]

    Breaststroke technique chalk talk

    Breaststroke drill: swimming breaststroke upside down underwater [of course I liked this, especially after I found my nose clip in the bottom of my bag]

    7 x 200 (150 FR, 50 fast BR) @ 3:30 [I ended up doing these as 100 FR / 50 BK / 50 BR. Iím working on making my BR kick narrower, and sometimes it works and I can feel good power from it. Sometimes it still seems to create confusion in my timing, though, so I still have some work to do.]

    200 warmdown + sinking and bobbing

    The technique work Iíve been doing with my freestyle (Iíve been trying to put my face back into the water sooner after each breath) seems to be paying off. Today for the first time I noticed that I could see my left arm as it moved through the water after breathing to my right. Iíve never been able to do that before. (Hello armóitís good to see you!) This also helps me not drop my left elbow, since I can now see the shape of that arm during the stroke.

    On Monday I started seeing a chiropractor who does ART therapy for my neck. I was inspired to do so by Fortís comments about ART, and by SwimStudís decision to see someone about his back. My neck has long given me problems. Regular massages keep them at bay, but I decided it was time to see if I could do something about the underlying source. Heís working on getting more of a curve back into my neck with ART and Graston techniques (I winced when he said he wanted to use the latter, because Iíve read about Bobinatorís experiences with it in her blog, which I have by the way been missing lately). Today was my second session, and my range of motion has already increased a bit, plus things just feel looser in general, so so far so good.

    After last weekendís trip to Vermont, Iím looking forward to a nice long lazy weekend in the city. The Farmers Market had strawberry rhubarb pies todayóthatís definitely a great start to the holiday weekend!
  6. Firday's Swim

    by , July 1st, 2010 at 05:40 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    Coaching the Sharks SCY

    300 Choice

    Set 1
    8 x 50 Odd's Kick/Swim, Even Drill Swim :15r

    Set 2
    4 x 500 Each Broken as

    1) 200, 150, 100, 50 all :10r after each segment
    :60 r
    2) 200, 100, 100, 100
    :60 r
    3) 200, 100, 4x50

    Descend Effort each 500

    500 Pull DPS

    Set 2
    8 x 50 1-2 Fly/Back by 25
    3-4 Back/Breast by 25
    5-6 Breast/Free by 25
    7-8 Free
    All on :50 or :10r

    8 x 25 Odd Sprint, work the breakout / Even EZ
    all on :30

    Warm Down

    I really Should check my spelling in the Title.
    This was not supposed to be FIRDAY

    I tried to swim this after a meeting this morning.
    I made through the 2nd 500
    and the power kicked off at the pool and the guards
    claimed it was too dark for anyone to swim.
    I could see the bottom. Oh Well.. After a 10 min break the
    rest of the bldg had power but the pool light's were still out.
    I got impatient and left :-(

    Updated July 2nd, 2010 at 12:34 PM by Bo Martin (OOPS, This was Monday's workout.....)

  7. Another Pool-Mate Update

    by , July 1st, 2010 at 05:33 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    I emailed Pool-Mate.

    They got right back with me and told me that
    they have a new version of the software that
    displays the time of you last swim for 5 seconds then
    switches to pause mode.


    They said I can send them the watch and Upgrade for Free.

    As soon as I get a RMA it's off to get updated.
  8. Thu Jul 1st 2010

    by , July 1st, 2010 at 10:28 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Jul 1st 2010

    weighed 212

    Josh Davis & Matt Grevers were guests in this morning's UT mens practice
    They did a clinic last night near Austin

    June 2010 has to be the strongest month of masters training I've ever done.
    Trained every day but the 27th &
    did 10 doubles, on the
    4th, 9th, 11th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 21st, 23rd, 25th, & 28th.
    Plus I lost around 10 lbs.
    plan to do a double tomorrow, then I rest for TX Sen Cir Next Week

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    whitney Coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    Austin UT Swim Center main pool
    swam with tyler, ned, chris, larry, james, & Tenielle
    wore b 70 jammer
    dove in at 6:32

    5 x 200 done 150 fr, 50 RA, 150 fr 50 LA, 150 fr 50 k, 150 fr 50 k, 200 fr


    9 x 100 on 1:30
    hold mile pace
    held 73 - 75

    100 easy

    9 x 100 on 1:30
    hold 800 pace
    held 71 - 73

    100 easy

    9 x 100 on 1:30
    hold 400 pace
    held 69 - 71

    assigned 4 x 200
    did: kicked 2 x 100
    then got out to say hello to Josh

    2010 MEETS:

    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4 Meet Info
    Austin, TX
    8 50 Freestyle,
    20 100 Butterfly,
    22 50 backstroke,
    28 200 Individual Medley
    50 breastroke, &
    50 butterfly

    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Days till LCM ZONES
    Entered Zones yesterday & got my hotel

    Updated July 1st, 2010 at 10:49 AM by ande

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  9. Dug this up out of an old workout

    by , July 1st, 2010 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    For those days when you you just need something Long.

    3000 w/paddles & bouy as 500 Free, 100 Back, 400 Free, 200 Back, 300 Free, 300 Back, 200 Free, 400 Back, 100 Free, 500 Back
    500 Free kick w/fins
    500 Free w/fins as drills EASY

    Total 4000 meters
  10. Wednesday, June 30

    by , July 1st, 2010 at 12:35 AM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Did a very easy 16 mile bike today at lunch. Just too hot to go fast, so I enjoyed taking in the scenery. Got chased briefly by a dog, but he was too fat to keep up. Plus, I gave him the old scolding sound that my friends say I should patent. Even makes squirrels run the other way. I've even gotten the chance to use it on bobcats and very young male bulls. Funny the things you contend with when you bike in a rural area.

    Updated July 1st, 2010 at 09:05 AM by elise526

  11. Wednesday, June 30, 2010

    by , July 1st, 2010 at 12:00 AM (Keepin Track 2010)
    Felt good this am outside LC. Swam up a lane with Pete and Brent 1:30 base

    600 mix
    4x50 R, L, K, S by 50

    S 4x100 FR, S 1x50 SPEC, K 1x50 SPEC
    S 3x100 FR, S 1x50 SPEC, K 1x50 SPEC
    S2x100 FR, S 1x50 SPEC, K 1x50 SPEC
    S1 x100 FR, S 1x50 SPEC, K 1x50 SPEC


  12. Happy Anniversary, USMS (July-August 2010)

    by , July 1st, 2010 at 12:00 AM (SWIMMER Editorials)
    The Georgia Tech Hotel and Convention Center was the scene for the 40th Anniversary celebration that functioned as this yearís meet social at the 2010 Short Course Nation al Championships in Atlanta. Longtime USMS members gathered with brand new members to celebrate 40 years of competition and camaraderie.

    The first national Masters swimming championships were held in Amarillo, Texas, in 1970, when Masters swimming was first being organized. Capt. Ransom J. Arthur, a Navy doctor who envisioned swimming as a way for adults to stay physically and mentally fit as they aged, collaborated with John Spannuth, then president of the American Swimming Coaches Association, to hold that first meet.

    The meet social developed as a tradition over the years. This year, more than 300 athletes and guests were treated not only to a delicious catered meal, but also an interesting history lesson. Robert Beach with St. Petersburg Aquatics presented a slideshow highlighting some of the early days of Masters swimming. Beach, 79, one of the original members of USMS, has amassed a sizeable collection of memorabilia and was happy to share his reminiscences.

    Beach is also the founder of the longest running short course Masters meet in the country, and quite possibly the world. After consulting with Ransom Arthur and Richard Rahe, another Navy doctor and early organizer of Masters Swimming in 1970, Beach organized what was originally called the Southern Short Course Championships, which later became the St. Petersburg Short Course Championships. The first meet in 1970 had 17 competitors, but these days the meet averages about 300.

    Swimmers who love pool meets owe a debt of gratitude to these pioneers of Masters swimming: Arthur, Spannuth, Rahe, and others like June Krauser, Hal Onusseit, and Buster Crabbe. And their supportersóthe early meet organizers, volunteers, and athletes, who showed up, swam, and worked to put down the foundation for the organization we enjoy today. Some of these athletes are still competing and were on hand to help celebrate in Atlanta, including Beach, Ted Haartz, Paul Hutinger, Jane Katz and Bumpy Jones. If you are fortunate to meet any of these members, be sure to thank them for their contributions to our great sport.

    Updated July 1st, 2014 at 10:54 AM by Editor

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  13. Tuesday June 29, 2010

    by , June 30th, 2010 at 11:58 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    600 mix
    2x50 BR drill
    2x50 BA drill
    200 K with flips (I chose wo-flutter)

    SWIM STRAIGHT 1x50FR, 2x25SPEC, 2x50FR, 2x25SPEC, 3x50FR, 3x25SPEC

    SWIM same as above but on interval. 1' for 50, 40" for 25

    Swim same as #2 with fins.

    P 200 FR hard
    8x25 descend 1-4 and 4-8

  14. Pool-Mate 2nd Review

    by , June 30th, 2010 at 08:30 PM (Adventures in Swimming)
    Coached the Sharks on Monday SCY

    I had to dig out a old workout from our folder at the pool.
    I hate when I leave things lying on my desk at home!!

    I swam this tuesday test out the Pool-Mate in a SCY pool.

    Here is what I swam and how the watch worked.

    300 Warmup
    The watch claimed that I only swam 11 laps.
    I think that is because I was warming up.
    My 1st lap on warmup is only about 5 strokes after a few dolphin kicks.
    So I can't blame the watch here. I tend to glide alot during warmup.
    And the Manual says it won't work during drills.

    Repeat 3x
    1x75 25 Kick/50 Drill :15r
    1x75 25 Drill/50 Swim :15r
    No watch here.

    Repeat 2x
    200 Pull :15r
    150 Pull :15r
    100 Swim :30r

    The watch was right on on laps.
    The stroke count was a little off.
    I've been counting strokes for years and out of habit I just do it.
    I averaged 12 strokes a lap, the watch said 10
    I also managed to get the efficiency to 25! (see my 1st review)
    But I know this was due to the reduced stroke count.

    4 x 100 1:30
    4 x 50 :45
    50 EZ

    3 x 100 1:25
    3 x 50 :50
    50 EZ

    2 x 100 1:20
    2 x 50 :55
    50 EZ

    1 x 100 1:15
    1 x 50
    50 EZ

    Watch worked just like the 1st set.
    Close on the stroke count, right on on laps.

    I still managed to keep the efficiency between
    25-28 on all swims.

    I missed starting it on a couple of swims because I try to start it
    as I am underwater ready to push off.

    The quick review is missing one thing...
    WHAT WAS MY TIME!!!!!!
    Sure I can see Laps, Strokes, Efficency but thats not
    what is really important at the end of a swim.
    I can see the time's when I review the logs.
    Maybe it's operator error. So I'll keep trying.

    I just look at the manual again.
    There is a chrono mode for recording time only.
    I'll try that tomorrow.

    You can see what time you swam in quick review.
    You just have to quit the set you are recording to do this.
    It still should display it during the set.
    More after I swim tomorrow.

    Updated June 30th, 2010 at 10:01 PM by Bo Martin

  15. Creating your own day spa at meet venues

    Today was gorgeous here, so I walked over to Asphalt Green for the noon workout again. I wanted to work on some stroke and some sprinting today, and ended up totally highjacking what was meant to be a freestyle aerobic set to get what I wanted out of it. Hereís how it went:

    500 warmup plus bobbing and sinking

    9 x 100 FR (3 kick, 3 drill, 3 swim) @ :20ish rest

    Freestyle set:
    10 x 75 @ 1:15 [I did 3 as 25 FR/ 25 ST / 25 FR, 3 as 25 ST / 25 FR / 25 ST, 3 as all ST (rotating through FL, BK, and BR for the ST on each of these sets of 3), then 1 as 25 FL / 25 BK / 25 BR]
    10 x 50 @ :45 [I did these all FR: 3 desc., then the rest concentrating on various pieces of sprinting: 1 working pushoff and breakout, 1 working turn, 1 working finish, 1 working breakout, 3 working turn]
    10 x 25 @ :30 [I did 3 1/3 x (2 easy, 1 sprint)]

    200 warmdown + sinking and bobbing

    I really hadnít done any much sprinting since nationalsóit felt really good today to go fast.

    The only bad thing about workout today is that I somehow lost a contact in the pool. That hadnít happened since I stopped playing polo, and I wasnít even sure when or how it happened today. Although extra contacts are on my bring-to-meets list, theyíre not something I always keep in my pool bag, so I had to get myself home with only one good eye. (Iím terribly nearsightedómy prescription is in the double digits.) It worked out ok, except that I had absolutely no depth perception, so stepping up and down off curbs was a little exciting. From here on Iím keeping an extra lens in my bag. (Of course, I could have just taken a taxi home, but it was really too pretty a day to be stuck in a cab in traffic.)

    My last two meet experiences have convinced me that more is more when it comes to stuff. Iíve decided to re-write my meet pack list to accurately reflect all the comfort items I like to surround myself with when Iím hanging out at long meets. In addition to all the usual things like extra caps and goggles and warm clothes, this includes:

    --a stretching mat (I like Kieferís stretching mat, which is cushier than yoga mats. Inflatable camping mats also work well too. I try to scout out the venue first thing to find a pretty, out-of-the-way spot to set up my stretching mat. I generally leave my swim bag and spend most of the meet sitting nearer the pool, with teammates or friends, but like having a little retreat set up away from the action.)

    --an actual towel (The synthetic ones work fine for drying off after events, but a real beach towel laid over the stretching mat makes it way more comfortable to lie on, plus it looks festive. In a pinch, a hotel towel will do.)

    --a pillow (I travel with a small pillow anyway, so carrying it back and forth from hotel to pool is no big deal)

    --an eye mask (to block out light, or signal to teammates that youíre enjoying a me moment)

    --a cooler packed with a sandwich, snacks, and iced tea (because you never know what food youíll find at meet sites, and nutrition is too important to leave to chance. I have a soft-sided cooler I can pack, or have sometimes bought a cheap hard-sided cooler for longer multi-day meets once I arrive)

    --a stretching rope

    --a self-massage tool (I travel with this mini one and work pressure points in my back with it)

    --ipod (I actually donít use this much at meets, but if I get nervous or down itís a sure-fire way to jolly myself back up)

    --a YA book (I find these are about the right reading level for masters meetsóeasy to slip into and out of, not too disturbing, and often quite funny. At Middlebury I plowed through one of the ďDiary of a Wimpy KidĒ sequels, which had me in stitches.)

    --toe socks to keep feet from getting chilled when wearing flipflops

    --a hat and scarf to ward off chills during downtime

    --I donít yet have but want to get a compact foam roller. One of my friends brings his to meets and lets me use it, but Iíd like one of my own.

    --and of course a rolling duffle bag to carry all this stuff, because you donít want to tire yourself out by toting it around yourself

    Did I leave anything out?
  16. Meet Prep for the IndySwimFit

    I'm currently stuck in training at work. Its about how to run some monitoring application. Honestly - my efforts are better spent in about 50,000 different places, but I'm stuck here for the rest of the week. I'm going to do some prep for this weekends meet.

    I will be swimming the following races:
    • 50 Back
    • 100 Back
    • 50 Free
    • 50 Breast
    • 100 free

    I also did some reading, and it appears I can sign up for at 1 relay. I know I'm going to be completely cashed by this point, but I'm totally signing up for another relay at this meet. I loved swimming it last weekend. It was fun meeting the new people as I swam it as well!

    50 Back
    I'd like to go at least a 50 in the 50 back this time. I did a 53 last weekend, and I think this time I'm going to be a little better prepared mentally for the race. I've also increased my backstroke during the week and kick to help push myself down the lane.
    100 Back
    I'm hoping I survive. No kidding. It's going to be a long race - and I'll swim it as hard as I can, but we'll have to see. I'm also hoping to have a good flip turn followed by a strong dolphin kick. I'm aiming for the flags off the wall!
    50 Free
    I'm working on my sprints this week. I'm hoping to be able to make it to the 49 meter mark before I'm totally starting to cash out this time! So that means I need to dolphin off the dive and extend my dive for a little longer than I did last weekend. I swam a 33ish in 50 SCY, and a 39 last week. With some improvements in form that I'm working on I think I can speed things up significantly. My goal is going to remain 35 (as last week)
    50 Breast
    Survive again. It would be nice to finish my 50 Breast in under a minute. Its my weakest stroke mostly because my kick is essentially useless. I'm working on it, I just need time and experience I think. However - specifically - I'm going to make sure that each lunge forward with my arms helps propel my body forward.
    100 free
    I'd like to see no goggle problems this time, a strong dolphin kick off the wall and pacing it right. Again - with some strong improvements in form that i'm working on - I think I can speed this up significantly by this race. Goal: 1:25

    My goal for every race
    Push through the O2 deprivation. I'll have at LEAST 2-3 minutes to catch my breath after every race - so O2 debt is not going to be a major concern. I can catch my breath later!

    Nutritionally - I'm going to play it a little differently. Last meet I did not come prepared to consume enough fast acting carbs so I felt that my recovery was not nearly as fast as it should have been. So this time - I'm going to prepare again with a healthy balanced breakfast around 6 AM. Warm up around 8 AM, have a banana around 9 AM, and be ready to destroy my old record (hahaha only record) at 9:30-9:45 when the 50 back comes up.

    So I'm ready... going to train on my own tonight, practice tomorrow night, and I get on a train at 2:20 Friday to head to Chicago to catch the 5 PM to Indy from Chicago. I might even lift Friday morning before work. We'll see if I can sleep after practice.
  17. Wednesday, 6/30/10

    by , June 30th, 2010 at 12:20 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, with Carrie

    200 swim-200 kick-200 drill
    (did this was all free)
    100 swim-100 kick-100 drill
    (did this was all back)
    50 swim-50 kick-50 drill
    (did this was all fly)

    Main Set:
    May swim with fins! Repeat 3 times
    1 x 100/1:45 regular breath-strong
    (ave 1:25)
    1 x 75/1:15 breath on 5, more than strong
    (ave 1:02)
    1 x 50/1:00 breathe on 7 very strong
    (ave :39-40)
    1 x 25/1:00 NO Breath, Crazy Wild!
    (ave :17 did 1-2 with no breaths, took 1 breath on #3)

    Kick Set:
    10 x 75/2:00 very strong
    (alternated 2 free w/board, 2 on back with 6-8 sdk off each wall, times were 1:25-1:30 on free and 1:30-33 on back)

    Warm down 200
    Total: 2750 meters

    Updated July 4th, 2010 at 12:53 PM by poolraat

  18. Wed Jun 30th 2010

    by , June 30th, 2010 at 11:07 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Jun 30th 2010

    watched UT men train LCM for a bit after today's practice, they did 4 100's descend from a push, sprinters did 3, dist did 4 x 200
    1st on 4:00 go 10 apart
    2nd on 5:00 go 10 apart
    3rd on 6:00 go one at a time
    4th on 6:00 go one at a time
    Saw Fiegen push 52, Piersol went 55 on #3, klueh went 1:56 on #3
    didn't watch the 4th round

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    whitney Coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    Austin UT Swim Center main pool
    swam with tyler, marcio, doug, chris, mike, nate, Tenielle & Ritchie
    wore b 70 jammer
    dove in FIRST

    800 done 75 fr 25 k on bk


    2 rounds of
    4 x (25 fl, 50 bk, 75 br, 100 fr)
    8 x 50 on 40
    500 fr 1 breath every 4th length
    take a break & regroup

    10 x 75 on 1:10
    odds k
    evens 2nd 25 is FAST

    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    July 8 - 11, 2010
    Senior Circuit #4 Meet Info
    Austin, TX
    8 50 Freestyle,
    20 100 Butterfly,
    22 50 backstroke,
    28 200 Individual Medley
    50 breastroke, &
    50 butterfly

    07/23/10 - 07/25/10
    2010 South Central Long Course
    Southlake, Texas
    Days till LCM ZONES
    Entered Zones yesterday & got my hotel
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  19. Master of the House

    by , June 30th, 2010 at 09:13 AM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Yesterday I realized I wrote my whole blog post about Middlebury without the mention of someone really important: Coach Ron. There's one reason I've gone from a workout swimmer to a competitive swimmer, and it's because of his encouragement. And it's because of his coaching that I've been shaving crazy times off my swims.

    As someone who grew up participating in little to no sports (although I was in the marching band, in the color guard, which earned me a varsity letter, damnit!) I've never had the experience of working with a coach. There have been theatre directors, bosses, and other mentors, but I've never had someone who pushes and inspires me like Coach does. Whenever I pull myself out of the pool after an amazing swim, he's always right there in my face telling me that my elbows weren't high enough, or that I was dropping my hips, or not streamlining my turns. He never lets me get away with anything, but he still never fails to throw me a bone by presenting me with all my 3rd place ribbons. (And a couple of 2nd's!)

    We get a pretty good deal here, swimming in Poughkeepsie like we do, and I just wanted to publicly state how grateful I am. I also thanked him by playing the soundtrack to "Les Mis" on Tuesday morning, which I understand is one of his favorites, although a somewhat questionable choice for workout music. However, on Tuesday morning I was so tired after the meet and loss of sleep, I don't think I could have pulled off much more than the 1900 yards I muddled through, no matter what was playing over the speakers.

    Anyhoo, thanks Coach!

    Updated June 30th, 2010 at 09:22 AM by swimmerb212

  20. A good morning to swim

    by , June 30th, 2010 at 07:29 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Felt good this morning for workout

    400 Free
    300 Free w/paddles & bouy
    200 Free
    100 Free w/board kick
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 FAST
    5x100@:05R Back kick drills w/fins mix it up
    10x100@1:45 as 50 Free/50 Back w/paddles
    5x100@2:15 Free w/snorkle only as 25 kick streamline, 75 swim easy good stroke and rotation

    Total 3500 meters