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  1. Wed May 13th, 2009

    by , May 13th, 2009 at 09:58 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed May 13th, 2009

    weighed 217

    The questions I'm asking myself are:
    1) What's next?
    2) What can I do to swim faster faster?

    NEXT MEETS

    June 11 - 14, 2009
    Senior Circuit #3
    Austin, TX

    July 18 - 19 2009
    USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
    Woodlands, TX

    woke up late at 5:50


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    LCM & SCY
    6:30 - 8:00
    whitney Coached
    TSC main pool & diving well
    swam with todd, larry, & russell
    beside jon
    dove in at 6:42

    warm up
    LCM
    300

    moved to diving well
    150 easy

    main set
    50 DROP DOWN SET kicking
    start at 60
    drop interval by 1 second
    60 - 50 kicked breastroke
    49 - 37 kicked fly from
    kicked every other till russell stopped at 29
    (everyone wore fins, I didn't)

    025 fl 10 sec rest after each part
    050 bk
    075 br
    100 fr
    125 fl
    150 bk
    175 br
    200 fr

    16 x 75 on 1:15
    1 - 4 25 1 breath, 25 2 breaths, 25 3 breaths
    5 - 8 fl bk br
    9 - 12 breathe every 5
    13 - 16 bk br fr went 46 on #16
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  2. Wednesday 5/13 - Distance Got To Love IT!

    by , May 13th, 2009 at 07:33 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This was my distance day. After being up part of the night with a computer system going haywire, I dragged myself to the pool just to wake up. My swims were not particularly fast today infact they were slow.

    5x100 @ 1:45 Free just barely made this
    5x100 @ 1:45 Free kick with fins

    2x500 @ 9:00 Free w/paddles & bouy went 8:07 and 7:52

    600 kick w/fins alternate by 100 fly on back, back, free on side
    400 IM in 8:02

    4x50 @ 1:00 free paddle on rt hand 4 kicks on the paddle hand
    4x50 @ 1:00 free paddle on lt hand 4 kicks on the paddle hand
    4x100 @ 2:00 alternate Free and back
    200 Free EZ

    Total 4000 meters
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  3. Monday and Tuesday :)

    by , May 12th, 2009 at 11:06 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    MONDAY we finally escaped the rainforestesque weather conditions and enjoyed a perfect, sunny indiana spring weather. I opted to run for 50:00 on River Road Trail and the golf course adjacent to it. It felt refreshing and uplifting to be outside in the fresh air!

    Tuesday: Nasti's are still swimming at Fisher's High school due to a broken pool at Noblesville. Here is my workout-50 Meter Long Course pool-
    1) 400 Freestyle Warm-up Swim
    _________1st set___________________________
    2) 200 (100 drill swim/100 free swim)
    3) 200 (100 Kick on back/100 free swim)
    4) 300 pull freestyle with paddles (20 sec. rest)
    5) 300 freestyle swim
    ---------------2nd set-----------------------------------------------
    6) 300 freestyle w/ paddles (20 sec rest)
    7) 300 freestyle swim
    8) 4 X 150 on 3:00
    ----------------------3rd set------------------------------------------
    9) 4 X 50 on 1:10 freestyle
    10) 4 X 50 on 1:05 freestyle
    11) 4 X 50 on 1:00 freestyle
    ------------------cool downe-------------------------------------
    12) 200 Backstroke cool down
    3,400 meters

    I keep saying I am going to start some type of strength program. Everytime I manage to fit a night in I get tired, and I don't have time to fulfill the obligations I have outside of work. I finally came to the realization that maybe if I didn't spend so much time on the USMS site I might be able to fit it in! U'd have to find a gym that opened around 11:00 pm though.
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  4. Tuesday Cardio

    by , May 12th, 2009 at 09:23 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    40 mins on elliptical...sweated like a pig!

    Yoga ball time
    kneeling plank 1:00
    squat thrusts/Vstands
    side dips
    lower back leg raise
    hyper extensions

    twice through
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  5. The Eggplant that Ate Chicago

    by , May 12th, 2009 at 07:51 PM (Chicken's Nuggets)
    May 12th 2009.

    With less than 4 weeks until the big swim, I'm running out of time to re-acclimatise myself to the cold.

    Sick of sitting in a cold bath with only my hives for company, I ventured into Ohio St Beach, Chicago, for a quick immersion in Lake Michigan. My friend Liz went with me, though she vowed she wasn't coming in to rescue me should the need arise. Hmmmm. I was also accompanied by my good friend Stanley, and Pepe, my newly acquired Epipen (in case of apopleptic shock).

    What a beautiful day! Sunny, outside air temperature in the high 60's and smooth, blue waters.

    Water temperature supposedly in the high 40's
    http://www.coastwatch.msu.edu/michigan/m54.html

    My thermometer read 51-52, and I'm going with that!

    I set a modest goal of 20 minutes, as I wanted the day to be a success. Longer swims can come later.

    25 minutes later I emerged feeling great! Shivery of course, but not too bad
    I was red all over, like a sunburn, but not a hive in sight





    Lunch in the sun at Bubba Gump's defrosted me and we headed home.

    Determined to insulate myself as much as possible, I stopped by the Haagen Daaz store on the way to the carpark.

    Me: "I'll have the dulce Sunday please"

    Haagen Daaz girl: "ok"

    Me: "how much will that be?"

    HD Girl: "that'll be $8.50"

    Me: "$8.50?"

    HD Girl: "$8.50."

    Me: "$8.50?"

    HD Girl: "$8.50."

    Me: (discreetly looking for a price list) "$8.50?"

    Thinking I'd heard wrong (people talk funny in Chicago) I handed her a $20. $11.50 came back to me accompanied by a delicious treat. oh well!

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  6. Tuesday, May 12

    by , May 12th, 2009 at 05:50 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Weights:

    dead lift, 110 x 2 x 10
    narrow grip row, 110 x 2 x 10
    standing lat pulldown, 150 x 2 x 10
    alternating hammers, 25 x 2 x 20
    goblet squats, 40 x 2 x 15
    chin ups, 1 x 10 (I need to do these before the very end of my workout.)
    external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each side

    hanging reverse ab crunches w/sling, 2 x 25
    elevated crunches w/med ball, 2 x 25
    russian twists w/med ball, 2 x 25
    twisting cable w/yoga ball, 40 x 3 x 15, both sides
    hip hinges, 10 DBs x 2 x 10, each leg
    forward lunges w/med ball twist, 2 x 20
    incline crunches w/med ball above head, 2 x 25

    10 minutes stretching

    15 minute break to drive to pool while eating a balance bar and ...

    Swim/Solo/SCY:

    Warm up:

    700 variety warm up

    Aerobic Sets:

    The Quicksilver set:
    10 x 100 backstroke
    1-3 @ 1:25
    4-6 @ 1:20
    7-9 @ 1:15
    10 easy

    (Started off slower than last time, much slower actually, with a 1:14. I think I hovered around this time the whole set until the last couple. Much slower than last time. Still feel sluggish.)

    50 EZ

    8 x 50 dolphin kick w/board @ 1:00
    more rest on these intentionally
    went 27, 27, 28, 28, 28, 28, 29, 28

    50 EZ

    8 x 50 dolphin kick on back @ 1:00
    went 25, 25, 26, 25, 25, 25, 24, 23

    100 EZ

    Speed Work:

    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    25 easy speed fly + 25 EZ
    1 minute rest
    4 x 50 @ 1:15
    25 AFAP free + 25 EZ
    1 minute rest
    4 x 50 @ 1:15
    25 fast doggie paddle drill + 25 EZ

    200 C/D

    Total: 3500

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

    Still don't feel great. But then I guess in this early part of the season being broken down some is normal. I wonder if it's the aerobic work? Or it could just it may take awhile to get back after the illness/taper/time off around Zones and I should be more patient.

    In any event, I'm going to make sure I'm doing some speed work at every practice. Didn't feel like I had any speed at all.

    Got a few comments from some athletes I totally respect opining that yes, indeed, it is difficult to combine sprint swim training with running. But it seems like some aerobic running shouldn't hurt that much.

    Updated May 13th, 2009 at 04:14 PM by The Fortress

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  7. Nationals, Saturday and Sunday

    by , May 12th, 2009 at 01:27 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    I'm home now and have some time to blog the final 2 days of SCY Nationals.

    Saturday: My events were the 200 backstroke followed by the 50 free.

    200 Back: Went 2:37.44, about a half second slower than I did at Zones a month ago. On this one I had no legs after the 1st 100 and struggled to finish.
    Splits were 36.27-38.83-41.10-41.24.
    placed 12/13

    50 Free: Went 26.82, again about a half sec off my best. Swim felt good, had a fair start and okay turn. Was 25/32.

    With warm up and cool down swims about 2800 yards total

    Sunday: My events were the 100 free and 50 back.

    100 free: 1:00.33, split 29.48-30.85. This one was a disaster. I totally blew the 1st turn and the 3rd turn wasn't much better. Finished 25/29.
    Sometimes it seems that I'll never again see a 59 or faster on the clock at my finish.

    50 back: Went 31.73 about 1.2 sec off my best but good enough to grab a medal for 9th place. Had one of my best starts and turns but goot too close to the lane line at about 37 yards and hit it with my hand. This cost me time and possibly a better place in the standings. Was 9/14.

    With Warmup and cool down about 2000 yards total.

    All in all a good meet. I'm hoping that the LCM Nationals goes better but after looking at the order of events, I have back to back events on 2 of the 3 days I'll swim. Hopefully there will be sufficient time between for recovery.
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  8. 12May09 - UMHS & Gym

    by , May 12th, 2009 at 01:05 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    0530am -0700am UMHS/YMCA Solo
    A portion of Patrick Cantrells Workout;
    [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=13963"]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    Warm 500FR + 5x100 IM Stk Drills
    12x25 Fly Fly Drill/ Fly on :45
    500FR, 200IM, 100 K (~7:30, 3:00, 2:00)
    12x25 BK (10-12 SDK's ) 1:00
    400FR, 200IM, 100K
    12x25 BR
    200 W/D

    3600 SCY

    Stark improvement on my fly, my usual time moderate effort is about :20 secs/25, today I was doing :13-:15/25.

    Lords Gym
    http://www.lordsgymedc.com/

    Lower routine/Cable Cross/dryland
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  9. Tue May 12th, 2009

    by , May 12th, 2009 at 12:47 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue May 12th, 2009

    weighed 218

    The questions I'm asking myself are:
    1) What's next?
    2) What can I do to swim faster faster?

    NEXT MEETS

    June 11 - 14, 2009
    Senior Circuit #3
    Austin, TX


    July 18 - 19 2009
    USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
    Woodlands, TX




    weights at world gym

    lat press 6 x 40 6 x 45 6 x 50

    lat pull 6 x 165 6 x 205

    bench 6 x 135 6 x 185

    leg press 10 x 180 8 x 270


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    LCM & SCY
    6:30 - 8:00
    whitney Coached
    TSC main pool & diving well
    swam with todd, chris, ned, doug, amy brandon, nate, & matt.

    warm up
    LCM
    300
    50
    50 k
    200
    50
    50 k
    100
    50
    50 k

    moved to diving well
    5 x 200 scy on 2:25
    held under 2:15

    moved back to LCM
    500

    5 x 100 fr on 1:25

    500

    assigned 5 x 200 on 2:45
    did 200, 100, 150, 150, 200

    10 x 25
  10. Tuesday 5/12 - A Back Breaker

    by , May 12th, 2009 at 07:41 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    The muscles in my back got a great workout and I can really feel it now. Started getting tired on the last set of 200's but just muscled my way thru. Wish I had the ankle flexability fo Chris Stevenson. Oh well at my age that won't happen but I can get better than I am.

    500 Free keep it long and loose

    2x200 Back Kick w/fins
    100 Back w/fins under water recovery 50 rt arm/50 lt arm
    5x100 @ 2:00 Back with Paddles held 1:52's

    400 IM Drill
    100 Free EZ

    5x100 @ 2:00 kick w/fins held 1:40's

    5x200 @ 3:30 Free w/paddles and bouy #1,2,3 descend went 3:07, 3:06 and 2:59 #4&5 Recovery
    200 EZ Free Drill

    Total 3700 meters
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  11. 11May09 Aquasol

    by , May 12th, 2009 at 03:10 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Between Floswimmings coverage and USMS posted heat sheets I was able to follow a few forumites here at The Nats in Clovis. Very inspiring.

    Just a handfull of us, squeezed between the USA age-groupers and the disco water-hoppers...

    Warm - 350
    9x50 K (ez, med, sprint)x3 1:30
    9x50 FR (ez, med, sprint) x3 1:00
    500 FR Hypoxic (normal, every 3rd, 4th, 5th) x5
    6x50 sprint from blocks (25 all out turn, then ez)
    200 w/d

    Well one things for sure, on these blogs we have everything from top-of the-line National swimmers to regional slow pokes like me!
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  12. Mon May 11 2009 NATS Results

    by , May 11th, 2009 at 08:13 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Had a great time at nats


    Central California was hot and super sunny, many people had sunburns, it was important to stay in the shade, keep covered, cool, & hydrated. I wore a hat and a long sleeve Tshirt most of the time.

    Several of my teammates had great swims like,
    Tyler's 50.18 100 fl, Mike's 50.8 100 fl, Brad's 47.2 100 fr, Todd Bartee's 100 & 200 IM, Max's 100 fr, david Guthrie's 100 & 200 breast,

    got to visit with Ahelee, Rob Butcher, Rowdy, Roque, Matt, Nancy, Vlad, Chris, Keith, Jim M, Sean McGrath, Mike Ellison& many other excellent swimmers.

    The meet was well run, I wish they would have changed the relay submission deadline to 10 am on Friday. They did a great job with individual envelopes for awards

    Nice facility. My biggest nit with the facility were the walls opposite from the starting end, they were slick tile on the front and backside. I'm sure several swimmers had issues with their feet & hands slipping on turns.


    here's real time results
    http://www.usms.org/comp/scnats09/realtime/

    wore B70


    Friday May 8th 2009

    50 fly
    went 23.47
    got 2nd
    Scott Carpenter went 23.37
    http://www.floswimming.org/videos/co.../234996/177105


    100 back
    went 54.27
    got 2nd
    26.11 28.16
    best time this season is 53.3
    http://www.floswimming.org/videos/co.../234996/177168
    wore b70 legs
    had trouble swimming backstroke outdoors
    slipped on 3rd turn


    Sat May 09 2009


    50 free
    went 21.76
    got 1st
    http://www.floswimming.org/videos/co.../234996/177642


    100 fl
    went 52.79
    24.53 28.26
    went 51.80 earlier this season
    http://www.floswimming.org/videos/co.../234996/177956


    Event 31 Men 45+ 200 Yard Medley Relay
    1) Rasmussen, Anders M45 24.96
    2) Guthrie, David M48 51.27 (26.31)
    3) Stinchcombe, Maxwell M52 1:15.51 (24.24)
    4) Smiley, Jon M47 1:38.90 (23.39)
    got 1st



    Sun May 10th


    Event 37 Men 45-49 100 Yard IM
    went 53.84
    split it 24.57 29.27
    25 splits 10.63 13.7 15.76 13.23
    2 Fowler, Jamie 49 NOVA went split it 54.21 24.10 30.11
    http://www.floswimming.org/videos/co.../234996/178449

    Interview after IM


    Event 43 Men 45-49 50 Yard Backstroke
    went 25.01
    Jammed turn
    got 1st
    2nd Fowler, Jamie 49 NOVA 25.15
    http://www.floswimming.org/videos/co.../234996/178281



    Event 45 Mixed 45+ 200 Yard Freestyle Relay
    got 2nd
    went 1:37.07
    1) Rasmussen, Anders M45 22.46
    2) Hughes, Mary W50 48.72 26.26
    3) Plevich, Beth W47 1:14.96 26.24
    4) Stinchcombe, Maxwell M52 1:37.07 22.11

    Updated May 11th, 2009 at 11:22 PM by ande

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  13. Garbage Yards, Monday, May 11

    by , May 11th, 2009 at 05:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Woke up today and felt dreadful. Not sure if (1) I'm coming down with something, (2) I'm worn out from my 6 mile run in the bright sunshine yesterday, (3) stayed up waaaay too late, or (4) all of the above. Only did a recovery swim, which shouldn't be necessary after taking the weekend off swimming. It gives me some pause about trying to ramp up the running ... Over the winter, I wasn't running much -- just swimming and lifting (+occasional spin). I'm wonder if I can really fit much running in if I'm swimming (and doing more aerobic work) and still lifting heavy. I don't want my swims to become recovery for the runs. Well, just something to think about.

    I was chatting with Paul Smith about LC. He said he gets worn down if he swims LC more than 2x a week. I have been contemplating 2-3. More to mull over.

    Got this JMiller set in: It was total garbage yards aerobic work (though the set itself is good). I couldn't put in much of an effort today and even stopped early.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    700 variety warm up

    4 x 100 @ 1:30 backstroke kick w/fins, 10-8-8-8 SDKs off each wall
    6 x 50 @ 1:00 25 fly/25 back
    (tried to descend 1-3, 4-6, not much success)
    4 x 100 @ 1:30 dolphin kick w/board & MF
    6 x 50 BR @ 1:00
    4 x 100 @ 1:30 dolphin kick on back w/MF

    100 W/D

    Total: 2600

    Had my 8 year old with me. Swam another 500 or so with her, trying to teach her the evil kick. She liked doing backstroke starts a lot more!

    Edit: Did 40 minutes of RC exercises and stretching tonight.

    Updated May 11th, 2009 at 09:06 PM by The Fortress

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  14. Bathtub Workout!

    by , May 11th, 2009 at 02:34 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Water had to be 84 degrees today...disgusting!

    5 x 100 W/U

    12 x 25 K no fins :45 3xm, 1xf x 3

    5 x 200 3:45 progressive descend by 50
    3:00, 2:55, 2:55, 2:50, 2:45

    200 EZ

    Tried to do
    10 x 50 FLY 2:00
    Got 5 in thought my form was slipping too much and dolphin kicked with fins on my back for the next 5.
    3 x 100 backstroke kick.
    2 x 100 Snorkel
    2 x 50 Paddle
    2 x 50 Swim

    Weights:
    Leg press
    Bench press
    Chins (1:00) 10, 8, 6.
    Pulls (1:00) 5,5,5.
    Leg Extn
    Leg Curl
    Adduct/Abduct
    Seated Row
    Swim with weights incline/decline
    Curls
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  15. 5-11-2009 Fast Free

    by , May 11th, 2009 at 01:08 PM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    11:00 AM to Noon at the Jamerson YMCA (SCY) coached by Elisa "This is My Last Practice" Morton!

    Warmup:
    300 free
    100 scull
    8x50 on 1:00 - 12.5 shoulder tap drill/12.5 swim/12.5 shoulder tap/12.5 swim
    100 kick - 25 easy/25 fast
    8x50 free on :50 - descend 1-4 and 5-8

    Main Set:
    Twice through
    8x3/4 free fast on :40 - work a big kick and good breakouts
    100 all out free on 2:15 - I went 1:14 high and 1:15 high
    100 easy free on 2:00

    16x25 on :25 - try to relax and stay long - coach tried to get me to fix my left arm pull - she says it's too wide - I will have trouble with my wife as my coach even though I know she knows what she's talking about - we just communicate differently when I'm in the pool

    Warmdown:
    100 easy - 50 free/50 back

    2500 yards

    Notes: My 100 free time keeps slowly dropping in practice. Today's was my fastest yet and it was after we had already done some 3/4 sprints.
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  16. Karlyn Pipes-Neilsen's technique struck a bell with me...

    I am so glad I journeyed to Durham this past weekend to learn from one of the masters of Masters.
    DAMA (Durham Area Masters) invited me to join their workout Friday night before the seminar. Am I glad I did. Karlyn, in a lively colored suit was there in the pool with a group of swimmers working on relay drills the night before the actual seminar. It was the end of practice and they all looked like they were having fun. Then came the opportunity of a life time for me. She scooted into the empty lane I was in, gently took me by my shoulders and told me to lie flat in the water. She told me to pretend I was paddling a surfboard. Something about that rang so true to this beach blanket bingo baby. I imagined myself back as a teenager at the Jersey Shore paddling my boyfriend's board.
    She instructed me to paddle forward. I started to envision the waves coming at me that I had to get over. Woosh! I felt my upper body strength get into gear. I knew I had come to the right place to study swimming faster and with more ease.

    The next day was spent with a group doing drills feeling the difference between various stroke syles and learning what works. What can I say...I like her style!

    We worked on catch and release theory, and relaxed ankles instead of pointed toes.

    Now I plan on seeing if I can take what I learned and see improvement. Today in practice I was able to not fall back into my old habit...but it takes energy to learn something new. I was certainly not any slower...so does this mean I can only get faster as I get more comfortable? I am going to use the video she has. I really like this so far!

    Updated May 11th, 2009 at 12:17 PM by flippergirl

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  17. Monday 5/11 - Total DOMINATION!

    by , May 11th, 2009 at 07:46 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    It was nice being at the aquatics center in the cold pool today. And to top it off it was Long Course today!

    500 Free every 3rd lap back
    800 IM Kick w/fins did fly bk fr then br
    2x200 @ 4:00 IM
    10x50 @ 1:00 Fly w/fins this was on purpose to scare off some swimmers trying to get in my lane. Held 50's. Once Martha showed up she joined me and I can swim around her without hitting her.

    300 kick with fins EZ recovery
    5x100 @ 1:45 Free w/paddles & bouy went 1:32, 1:35, 1:33, 1:33, 1:35
    500 Free every 3rd lap back

    Total 3500 yards

    When these guys start looking at joining me I just put on the fins and fly. I love scaring them off! Most of them are just thrashing in the water any way.
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  18. Another Pleasant Valley Sunday!

    by , May 10th, 2009 at 10:58 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Finally, a sunny day in central Indiana!
    I bought more landscaping stuff and worked in the yard till noon, then off to Fishers HS for a workout!

    Only 5 NASTI'S in attendance today. Had a whole lane to myself. Here's the workout!

    1) 500 Free swim, bi-lateral breath
    2) 5 X 100 Free on 2:00
    3) 10 X 50 Free on 1:00 (sdk off wall)
    4) 100 pull Free w/buoy and paddles
    5) 200 pull Free w/buoy and paddles
    6) 300 pull Free w/buoy and paddles
    7) 400 pull Free w/buoy and paddles
    8) 50 Free moderate (10 sec rest)
    9) 100 free hard (15 sec rest)
    10) 150 free moderate (20 sec rest)
    11) 200 Free hard (30 sec rest)
    12) 150 Free moderate (20 sec rest)
    13) 200 free hard (30 sec rest)
    14) 150 Free moderate (20 sec rest)
    15) 100 Free hard (15 sec rest)
    16) 50 Free moderate
    17) 100 back cruise smooth
    18) 100 dolfin on back w/ arms up

    3,850 meters (strange workout I borrowed from gigi but I messed it up somehow and this is what I ended up with)

    My 3 kids cooked dinner down at Lindsay's house.
    Great food! Messed around there awhile then went home and walked the dog.
    I'm going to check out the real-time results for Nats today then turn it in!
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  19. Nadir's gravitational pull

    by , May 10th, 2009 at 10:55 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Today, I got up early (8:30 a.m.), drank coffee (3 cups), ate yogurt (two cartons of "whips"), and drove my Honda Metropolitan Scooter to the Y to play tennis for the first time of the season.

    Bill and I played against our long-time whipping-boy/nemeses, John and Rick.

    The were ahead the first set 5-1. We crawled back to 5-2, then 5-4, then they won 6-4.

    We won the second set 6-0.

    They won the third set 6-4, I think.

    I didn't have any Kleenex, so the twin faucets that are my swine-like nostrils leaked steadily throughout two hours of gusty 51 degree blasts of wind. I had to repeatedly use that utterly revolting maneuver wherein one, well, it's disgusting. But it was evidently not disgusting enough, at least in a distracting way, to throw our nemeses off their game.

    I had planned to go swimming afterward. The Y pool was not yet open, alas, after this season introductory match, so I went home, took a shower, turned on HBO's The Invasion, and slept.

    When I awoke, I had a sense even from sleeping through it that this movie was terrible, and not even Nicole Kidman's cupcake-like sweater stuffers were sufficient to maintain my conscious attention.

    I turned the TV to golf, watched Tiger Woods and that cancelled Czech guy tee off, then dozed back to sleep.

    I slept through most of the day and am now ready to take my sleeping pill and Nyquil and resume my bivouac in the bosom of nod.

    Lordy, the Nadir's suction is strong, and I am doing my best to extricate my fatty new corpus from its gravitational pull, but...

    Oh, I got word yesterday from the IRS.

    They say I owe about $6900 in tax and interest for 2006, the vast majority of it social security and medicare tax, as if I am not already contributing enough money to the medical industrial health care conglomerate complex.

    The accountant will then have to file an amended 2006 state return, amended returns of both state and federal tax for 2007, and then ditto for the still unfiled 2008.

    In an odd way, this might help my quest to escape torpor because very soon I will not have enough money to buy savory foodstuffs or cable TV but rather be forced into squirrelling and mushrooming in the woods surrounding my Appalachian estate.

    Bill S did good again--a 53.4? in the 100 free, and I am pretty sure another fantastic showing in the women's relay, if they had one.

    Okay, nuff said for tonight. Penury and privation and the easiest kind of diet of all begin tomorrow.

    I am a fatboy now, but thinning soon.
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  20. Run + Core

    by , May 10th, 2009 at 08:22 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Took advantage of the pampering by my husband and son today and opted to take a two hour nap. By the time I woke up, the gym was closed, so went out for a quick run in my neighborhood.

    Warmed up for 1 mile at 10:10, ran second mile in 7:07, and then jogged the last mile in 10:30. I turn 43 two weeks from this Tuesday, so I plan to challenge myself with a run of some distance that day to see where I am. I'm thinking of either doing a mile run at the track or a 3 mile all-out run.

    Followed the run by a core workout consisting of the following:

    1 x 25 crunches with 10 lb. med ball
    1 x 20 push-ups
    1 x 25 crunches with med ball
    1 x 15 push-ups
    1 x 25 crunches with med ball
    1 x 10 push-ups
    1 x 25 crunches with med ball
    1 x 5 push-ups

    2 x 50 bicycle crunches
    2 x 50 good morning darlings

    Updated May 12th, 2009 at 01:05 PM by elise526

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