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  1. Wednesday, 4/21/10

    by , April 21st, 2010 at 11:14 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, with Carrie
    A bit of pace work today with a few sprints thrown in.

    500 swim free
    300 IM drill
    200 kick rev IM

    6 x 50 on 1:00 alt. drill/build by 25: odds free, evens choice
    (went fly-back-breast on non-free)

    swim 8 x 50 free on :50 at a comfortable pace
    (39-40 on these holding 16 spl)
    100 easy

    repeat 2x on 4:00
    swim 50 free FAST off the blocks
    100 easy
    (went 29 on both)

    swim 8 x 50 back on 1:00, best average
    (held 41± w/16-17 spl)
    100 easy

    swim 50 fly FAST off the blocks
    (went 32)
    50 easy

    pull 4 x 75 free smooth on 1:30
    (14 spl)
    Total: 3000 yards

    Updated April 21st, 2010 at 12:21 PM by poolraat

  2. Added the fins back but only in moderation

    by , April 21st, 2010 at 07:33 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This workout was alittle tougher than usual when I put the effort into it. No leg issues today, I have to thank ART and massage to the healing process.

    400 Free pull w/board
    9x50@1:15 1/2 pull 1/2 kick Fl/Bk; Bk/Br; Br/Fr
    4x25@:45 Fly w/fins
    100 Fly w/fins for time 1:13
    250 Free easy
    400, 300, 200, 100@:30R Free w/paddles & bouy
    200 Fly w/fins for time 2:51
    500 Back w/paddles & board
    4x25@:45 Fly w/fins went 17,16,15,15
    2x100@:15R Free EASY

    Total 3300 yards
  3. Tuesday, 4/20/10

    by , April 20th, 2010 at 11:03 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo
    Another split session workout, one at noon and the rest after work tonight.

    200 swim free
    200 kick choice
    200 pull alt. 100 free/100 back
    200 drill, free and back
    swim 4 x 50 free descend 1-4 to fast on 1:00
    (went from around 37->34)
    100 easy

    swim 10 x 75 on 1:40: odds 25 fly fast, 50 easy free; evens 50 easy free, 25 back fast; the fast 25s are all out.

    (not sure of the 25 times here but the time for the 75's was right around 1:00 for the whole set)

    200 easy choice

    kick 4 x 50 on 1:05 choice

    100 easy swim down

    200 swim free & back
    200 drill free and back
    200 pull free and back
    8 x 25 free on 30, as 12.5 fast/12.5 easy, 12.5 easy/12.5 fast
    100 easy

    Speed set
    25 back all out from blocks/25 easy on 2:00
    50 back all out from blocks/50 easy on 4:00
    75 back all out from blocks/75 easy on 6:00
    100 back all out from blocks/100 easy on 8:00
    (25-:16; 50-:34; 75-:54; 100-1:13)

    300 easy free and back


    Total for today: 4150 yards
  4. Tuesday, April 20

    by , April 20th, 2010 at 08:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    800 various

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 twirling shooters

    8 x (25 variety + 25 EZ)
    1-2 = EZ speed fly
    3-4 = fast evil pull
    5-6 = fast doggie paddle drill
    7-8 = free @ 80%

    150 EZ

    Total: 1600

    Massage, 60 minutes



    Another grueling workout ... Actually I don't mind it this week as I was worn out. I feel slow and clunky in the water though, as might be expected at this juncture. I think the massage helped my hammies, which are still sore. Don't want them to be too sore for my gridge with Stud.

    And it's official. I will be wearing red at Nats. This suit looks even smaller than the last one .... I will be bribing Mini Fort to do the first try on. Or use swimsuit addict's scarecrow trick.

    After checking out the psych sheets, I was slightly bummed about not being in the 50 free. But my teammates have agreed that I can lead off the mixed 200 free relay to get a tapered 50 free time. Thanks!

    I also have an extra B70 if anyone is interested. Or I will use it for all my OW races. Is it legal to wear them under a wetsuit?

    Finally getting psyched for the weekend. Jimi and Chicken of the Sea are staying at the abode. And there is a post meet birthday bash on Saturday. If I can get away, I think I will head to the pool on Friday to watch the distance events and count for Jimi.

    For caffeine addicts:

    Updated April 20th, 2010 at 09:49 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Tuesday noontime swim

    I swam the lunchtime workout today—here’s what we did:

    600 scy warmup

    7 x 50 (odds kick IM order on back, evens FR drill 25 right arm, 25 left arm) @ :20 rest

    5 x 400/300 (odds = 400 FRs, desc., evens = 3 x 25 sprint kick ST/25 ez FR/25 sprint ST/25 easy FR) @ :30 rest [went 1:25-1:30 pace on 1st 400, then 5:18 and 5:08 on last 2]

    250 warmdown

    That was it! More swimming tomorrow.

    It has been so pretty here that I’ve gotten antsy to do some open water swimming. Maybe this weekend, if the weather stays nice.

    Tags: noon
  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/21/10

    by , April 20th, 2010 at 04:06 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    3 X 250 4:00
    3 X 100 1:30
    6 X 50 :50

    1 X 400 free 6:00
    4 X 100 free 1:30
    1 X 300 IM 5:15
    3 X 100 stroke 2:00
    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    2 X 100 kick 2:15

    9 X 100 free 1:40
    Descend 1-3, 4-6, 7-9

    1 X 800 pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  7. Bike + Swim

    by , April 20th, 2010 at 03:20 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Could not resist the perfect weather today, so headed out for a bike ride. Conditons were absolutely perfect with temps at 67, humidity at 66%, and no wind (max 6 mph).

    I think it has been well over a year since I have ridden my bike. I nearly had an asthma attack getting the dust off of it. Then came pumping the tires. I was dripping sweat by the time I got the tires pumped up from their dead flat state.

    Rode 14 miles at an easy pace of 17.5 mph. Didn't want to go too hard because I wanted to check to be sure that there were no new dogs out on the route. I saw only one dog, but he was content to play with his ball in his front yard rather than chase me.

    I did want to check to see how I was power-wise compared to last year, so I waited for my usual straight-away spot in the road, and got it up to 31 mph. This was very encouraging as last year when I first started out, I couldn't get it up over 29.5 mph. Maybe what little I did on the leg press this year has helped.

    May swim this afternoon, but not sure yet. If I do, I'll update today's post later.


    I swam late this afternoon. Pool was hot. My legs were not happy between the heat and being tired. Felt like I was about to get a bad cramp any minute. Came in late for the kids workout and did some of it with them. Did cut a little bit out on one set (the 8 x 125 I.M. was actually assigned as 12 x 125 I.M.) because I had to rehydrate to avoid cramps. At least one good thing that came out of this is that I know that my endurance is not too bad. I was able to go pretty easy through the sets and make the intervals. Had next to nothing in my legs, so the upper body handled most of this one.

    12 x 150 free on 2:15 - did first 8 regular free and last 4 with pull buoy and paddles.

    100 easy

    8 x 125 I.M. add on extra 25 to stroke in IMO - on 2:10

    100 easy

    2 x 100 free on 1:20

    1 minute rest

    2 x 100 free with paddles on 1:15

    1 minute rest

    2 x 100 free with paddles and fins on 1:10

    200 easy

    3800 SCY

    Updated April 20th, 2010 at 08:13 PM by elise526

  8. Monday April 19, 2010

    Ah a week of taper ... just what I need.

    I did NO dryland ... EEK!

    400 free
    4 x 50 Indy IM on 1:15
    2 x 50 kick on 1:20
    4 x 100 free ez on 1:40

    1 x 100 free broken @ 50 for :15 and 75 for :10
    1 x 50 fly broken @ 25 for :15


    I did the taper workout my teammates are doing for state. My legs are still totally fried. Even just on those 2 x 50 kick they were hurtin'. I'm anxious to see how I swim this weekend. My left arm pull is way off on free. I have a major knot going on in my left shoulder blade - MASSAGE TOMORROW!!!

    I have very little expectations for speed right now, but I'm hopeful. My turnover just isn't there. Hopefully I find it in the next couple of weeks.
  9. YMCA Nationals

    Just got back from YMCA Nationals in Ft. Lauderdale. I went way faster then I thought I would. I'm very happy with 4 out of 5 of my swims!

    I did 17:44 in the 1650, 10:32 in the 1000, and 5:01 in the 500. All 3 were good enough for first place finishes in my age group. The 1650 and the 1000 were only a few hours apart, and the 500 was on the last day of the meet (I was very tired at that point), so I'm especially happy with these times.

    I also did a 2:05 in the 200 back, a 5 second drop from Boston 3 or 4 weeks ago. It didn't feel very good, and I even messed up a turn, and still dropped 5 seconds somehow. Seems like I'm swimming very fast right now (for me). Good timing, Colonies are this weekend. I'm definitely doing the 200 back at Colonies. I don't think a 2:04 or 2:03 is out of the question.

    I'm not real happy with my 400 IM, but this was the day after doing both the 1650 and the 1000 (I woke up feeling like I'd been hit by a truck after those two monstrous races). And I did drop 10 seconds from my Boston 400 IM; I try to take something positive from every swim, no matter how bad it feels! At least I know my 400 IM still has a lot of room for improvement.

    Rowdy Gaines didn't make an appearance, but it was still nice to be at the Hall of Fame Pool again. I took a lot of pictures of the pool and the Hall of Fame Museum. Plus it was just nice to be in a tropical paradise for a few days, even if it was a working vacation. I tried to find an underwater disposable camera to take some cool pics in the pool itself, but nobody was selling them. I stopped at like 5 stores, and nobody had an underwater disposable. I'm such a tourist.

    Special thanks go to Chris Dana for counting for me in the 1650, the 1000 and the 500. That's a LOT of counting! Thanks Chris! And thanks also for the UMLY cap. He also helped coordinate our Y Nationals entries with Glen Neufeld, UMLY National coach. Apparently everyone from the same YMCA has to enter Nationals as a group, rather than individually. This process can be like herding cats, but Chris was able to guide me through it and stay in contact with Glenn till the job was done. Cheers Chris! (Addendum: Glen Neufeld was later named YMCA National Coach of the Year for his efforts at the Age-Group level. Congrats Glen!)

    I pulled out of the 200 breast, 200 IM and 50 back. I wasn't as well seeded in those races, and I wanted to save some strength for the 500.

    In all, this was a great meet for me. I promised myself that I would justify all the time spent swimming as an adult by winning at least one race at Nationals; I won three. I'm also patting myself on the back for gutting out the 1000 after doing the 1650. Originally, I was only going to do one of them, and pull out of the other, but when I went more than a minute faster than my seed time in the 1650, I decided to go after the 1000 also. And it worked. As an adult swimmer, one of the things I wanted to improve was my courage, and keeping a positive outlook, so I'm happy that I can go after both the 1650 and the 1000 on the same day, and put a bad 400 IM behind me so I could focus on my remaining races. That's all I can ask for!

    Updated October 29th, 2014 at 11:20 AM by Undeniable

  10. Tue Apr 20th 2010

    by , April 20th, 2010 at 11:40 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Apr 20th 2010

    2010 Short Course National Championships
    Thu May 20 - Sun 23, 2010
    Nats are in 4 weeks & 3 days,
    31 DAYS away,
    time to get fast, strong, skinny, & rested
    Days Till Nats

    Psych Sheets

    Team Website

    Campus Map

    Team Roster i.e. my team longhorn aquatics is TXLA

    2010 SCY South Central Zones Results are up:
    Here's my 1650 splits

    2 Rasmussen, Anders M 46 TXLA 17:50.88 7
    00:29.37 01:00.55
    01:31.86 02:03.65
    02:35.74 03:07.59
    03:39.78 04:12.46
    04:45.22 05:18.19

    05:50.69 06:23.16
    06:55.99 07:28.77
    08:01.97 08:34.89
    09:07.88 09:40.72
    10:13.52 10:46.60

    11:19.62 11:52.31
    12:26.03 12:58.68
    13:31.74 14:04.59
    14:37.26 15:10.13
    15:42.80 16:15.36

    16:47.87 17:20.39


    Swim Center
    scy diving well
    Chris coached,
    6:30 - 7:30
    dove in at 6:40ish
    swam with Mike, Nate, Tenille & Kelly
    beside Lovato, Marcio, & Todd
    wore B70 legs



    10 x 50 on 40 done 25 fl 25 fr

    assigned 4 x 125 done 100 fr 25 fly
    did 4 x (50 fr easy, 50 skip, 25 fl)

    8 x 50 on 40 done 25 bk 25 fr

    assigned 4 x 100 done 75 fr 25 bk
    did 4 x (25 fr easy, 50 skip, 25 bk)

    6 x 50 on 45 done 25 br 25 fr

    assigned 4 x 75 done 50 fr 25 br
    did 4 x 25 br

    4 x 50 fr on 31
    made it

    50 easy

    2010 MEETS:

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

    Updated April 20th, 2010 at 02:21 PM by ande

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  11. Monday, 4/20/10

    by , April 20th, 2010 at 10:44 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    My workout today got messed up. I was almost finished with the warmup when I had to get out because of a problem at work. So I went back later and after a short warmup, finished the workout.

    600 swim alt. 100 free/100 back
    500 pull alt. 75 free/50 back
    400 kick w/Zoomers: as 200 on back, no board and 200 with board

    had to get out here

    Went back after work and did:

    200 free
    200 kick
    300 IM drill
    Swim 8 x 50 build on 1:00: odds free, evens no free
    (on free, :35 with spl at 16-17; on back, :39 with spl at 17)

    8x around on 3:00
    25 all out choice: focus on long, fast underwaters off the walls
    (went 2x (fly-back-free), back free)
    30 seconds rest
    75 smooth free, hold stroke count consistent
    (kept spl at 16 and swam these around 1:00-1:05)
    Swim down 200
    Total: 3600 yards
  12. Adding the legs back slowly

    by , April 20th, 2010 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Chose a backstroke workout today

    2x5t00@8:00 Free
    5x100@200 Back w/paddles & board
    10x25@1:00 back kick arms perpendicular
    5x100@2:00 back hold 1:40 or better went 1:35, 1:35, 1:35, 1:34, 1:31
    10x25@:45 Free kick
    500 Free w/paddles & board every 3rd lap back
    10x50@:50 Free easy

    Total 3500 yards

    Just a little twinge in the hamstring but I can get that worked out with a tennis ball this morning and some stretching.
  13. Monday Apr 19, 2010

    by , April 19th, 2010 at 09:56 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    swam Saturday

    did not swim sunday

    Monday Apr 19

    Nats Psych Sheet

    Lifted weights

    swam with mike, nate, max, ritchie, & tenille
    beside michael, todd, marcio, doug & ned

    5 x 200 fr on 3:00
    desc 1 -3 hold 4 & 5

    3 x 50

    4 x 25

    5 x 150 on 2:15
    desc 1 - 3 hold 4 & 5

    3 x 50

    4 x 25

    5 x 100 on 1:45
    desc 1 - 3 hold 4 & 5

    3 x 50

    4 x 25
  14. Weights

    by , April 19th, 2010 at 08:46 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Could not decide whether I wanted to swim today or lift. Ended up going to the weight room. After discussing matters with the weight-lifting guru, he strongly encouraged me to punt the sets with less than 5 reps. He also told me to go to 2 sets of 6 to 8 rather than 10-8-6. He said the point now was to maintain strength and not be trying to get stronger. I'm too close in to the meet.

    So, this will be my plan for the next 16 days. After 16 days, I'll drop the weights completely and may do one or two sessions of push-ups and core work. Within 10 days of Nationals, I will drop the push-ups and core work. May do it sooner depending on how I feel.

    Speaking of Nationals, as I figured, the events I entered are ultra-competitive. I will be very surprised if I get a 10th place finish or better. Really, guess I should be happy to finish in the top 20 places there.

    Here is today's workout:

    Bench press: bar x 5, 65 x 5, 2 sets of 95 x 6

    Lat hi row: 90 x 5, 2 sets of 110 x 6

    Military press: 30 x 5, 2 sets of 45 x 6

    Leg curls: 30 x 5, 2 sets of 50 x 6

    Leg/knee raises: 2 sets of 20

    Short on time, so missed my usual other core work. Fortunately, I did a small set yesterday as follows:

    1 set of 100 bicycles

    1 set of 25 sit-ups

    1 set of 20 heel-to-toe sit-ups

    Updated April 19th, 2010 at 09:15 PM by elise526

  15. Monday, April 19

    by , April 19th, 2010 at 08:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    750 various

    Main "Sets":

    4 x (25 shooter on back + 25 EZ)
    4 x (25 long evil pullout + 25 EZ)*

    * A man stopped me to say my evil underwaters were "beautiful."

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 free build + 25 EZ)
    3 x (25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ)

    2 x (25 @ 90% + 50 EZ)

    100 EZ

    Total: 1700



    Well, I'm not so sure that bikram was the correct choice of yoga yesterday, though I think it's the best overall for stretching. My hamstrings were pretty sore today. I think if I did bikram more often, this effect would go away. I believe it's from all the "lock the knee" position, and I hope I'm not hyper-extending my knee. Bikram is supposed to loosen up the hamstrings,, and I'm decent at the exercises mentioned in this. It's just hard to go more often. Or perhaps I'm negligent in not stretching more on my own. In any event, I'm sure the soreness will ebb this week while I'm doing very little, basically just paddling about. Though all the driving around I do doesn't help the poor hammies.

    Speaking of which, I checked the psych sheets for Nationals. This will definitely be the fastest masters meet I've swum in! My age group is killer with OT trialists and former AR holders. Backstroke is so deep that it's ridiculous! There are 4 women in the 50 back who have gone under 28. I'm seeded higher in the 100 IM than the 100 back ... It should be a very exciting meet. Really glad we get to swim all 6 events! And I didn't even get a wall lane. hehe. Though everyone says it doesn't matter much at first rate pools.

    Now, I need to get psyched for Zones this weekend. Keep the trash talk coming, Stud. I'm not riled up enough yet.

    Oh, and it completely ticks me off when I'm just as hungry when I'm doing virtually nothing as when I'm training hard.

    Updated April 19th, 2010 at 10:03 PM by The Fortress

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  16. Monday blast off 4/19/10

    by , April 19th, 2010 at 08:28 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Picked a workout with some speed in again today. I rewrote a Jacki Hirsty one for my own intervals and got it done in good time, as the swim team are now back on the schedule for Long Course.
    Warm Up
    300 Swim

    Set 1
    200 Pull 3:15
    150 Kick 3:30
    100 Swim Build

    Set 2

    6 x 75 FAST 1:15
    1 x 50 EZ 1:10
    4 x 75 FASTER 1:10
    1 x 50 EZ 1:10
    2 x 75 VERY FAST 1:05
    1 x 50 EZ 1:10
    4 x 75 AS BEFORE 1:10
    1 x 50 EZ 1:10
    6 x 75 AS BEFORE 1:15
    Tough but fun set. I held 1:05 on the 1:15, about 1:02 on the 1:10 and about 1:00 on the 1:05. I didn't go for sprint but fast as I could control and execute with discipline.

    Set 3
    6 x 100 Pull 1:35
    6 x 50 Kick 1:15
    6 x 25 :30 Alternate EZ and Hard

    Cool Down
    350 Fin kick Moderate
    200 Easy.

    4200 in about 75 minutes.
    Lifted after at about 90% of normal weight and intensity...just a little backing down before the trip to Virginia.
  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -04/20/10

    by , April 19th, 2010 at 04:21 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    The 5:30 group will be swimming SC M-W-F and LC on T-T-T


    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 2:45
    4 X 100 1:45

    8 X 100 free 1:40
    Build the second 50

    6 X 100 kick 2:30

    8 X 100 2:00
    50 stroke/50 free

    6 X 200 Free 3:20
    1-3: long and smooth
    4-6: descend

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  18. Distance focus today for the most part no legs

    by , April 19th, 2010 at 07:35 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Started with a distance workout because there was no kick in the workout. Hip is feeling better but still don't want to hurt it again this close to Nationals.

    20x50@:55 Free held :46's
    1000 Free w/paddles & bouy for time 13:16
    20x50@1:00 Free every 3rd FAST went :36, :36, :35, :36, :35, :32 on the sprints held :46's on the others legs were ok on this
    8x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy
    200 Free EASY

    Total 4000 yards
  19. Sunday April 18, 2010

    Did one of Fort's speed workouts today. I think she poached it from Rich A.

    1000 W/U:
    300 FR swim
    200 IM drill
    4 x 50 kick/drill
    150 fly drill
    2 x 25 fly 1 build 1 fast
    50 back drill
    50 ez

    Main Set:
    4 x 100 (50 on 1:00, 25 on :30, 25)
    I did the last 25 swim on the odds and kick on the evens.

    Went fr, bk, fl, fr - not real sure on times since the pace clock I was using was at the far end of where I started which made the 50 split and 2nd 25 splits hard to get.

    300 c/d

    Liked the main set. Felt better than I thought I would on the fly. I think my fly splits were close to :31, :15, :15.

    Even with just two days off of the legs they are feeling a tad better. They are definitely still shot but it's a bit better.

    I'm ready for taper but I'm also getting exciting to run outside more. This always seems to happen to me. Taper kicks in and all I want to do is run. Oh well. I'm stoked for state next weekend and anxious to see how I swim.
  20. Tampa bay recap

    Tampa Bay Marathon Swim Recap

    The day was perfect… sunny with periods of overcast; a welcome relief from the otherwise “tanning index” of >10. Water temperature; between 68 and 72 degrees, though I was hoping forecasts from earlier in the week would prove correct and the water would be closer to the mid 60’s.

    I slept well Friday night but woke up rather early for the 7AM start… around 3AM. I tried to get myself sorted out without waking Clare from her slumber, as I would need her to be awake enough to handle my (what turned out to be) 32 feedings.

    The Feed Program
    With the guidance of Steve Munatones, I constructed a fabulous telescoping feed stick with two (one black and one white) double swiveling cup holders. I searched far and wide to find some wide mouth stainless steel, flip top containers that would hold about 12 oz each and fit nicely into said b&w cup holders… but to no avail. I had to settle for Rubbermaid plastic substitutes. Though these containers have slightly raised graduations depicting volume, I marked them off with blue electrical tape at 4 oz and white electrical tape at 9 oz. Each container holds 20 oz so having them less than half-full keeps the weight at the bottom and reduces the chance of having them tip out. I am embarrassed to say that I left my glorious feed stick in the back of my Yaris at JFK International Airport and so Clare had to resort to the old string and caribiner standby to get the feeds to yours truly. For each feed (40 minutes from the starting bell and then every 20 minutes) Clare would toss me 2 bottles tethered together… one containing my nutritional concoction and the other containing good old H2O so that I could pick and choose whichever combination my body required at that moment.

    Race Day Nutrition
    While back in NY, I filled all my bottles with the various powdered mixes that the days efforts would require. They included:
    Pre-Race – 3 scoops of Hammer Nutrition Sustained Energy, 1 scoop of 1st Endurance Pre-Race, 4 1st Endurance Optigen Capsules, 3 1st Endurance Multi-Vitimin Tissue Rejuvenator capsules. This was mixed with 16 oz of water and consumed 2.5 hours before starting time. I drank another 12 oz of water 30 minutes to the start.

    Swim Mix and Schedule
    I did a long (30,000yds) pool swim in February, in part to experiment with caloric intake during a sustained effort. The results were mixed, but I did learn that having the option between high calorie and just plain water for each feed would give me the opportunity to fine tune things. I am happy to say that I successfully employed this during my TB swim:

    My feed consisted of about 285 calories/hour… this was achieved with 3 scoops of 1st Endurance lemon-lime EFS in 27 oz water broken into 20 minute servings of 1 scoop in 9oz water. At each feed, Clare would toss me two bottles; one containing “the mix” (marked with blue electrical tape) and the other containing water. For most of my feeds, I drank the mix only, but when elimination seemed to take more effort, I took some water as well. Two feeds (around 7 and 8 hours) I took water only.
    At hours 4, 6, and 8, I also took 1 Hammer Tissue Rejuvenator (but no NSAIDS). Three feeds were also supplemented with special treats… 2x rice pudding; mashed up and liquid to render it drinkable and 1x cinnamon brown sugar oatmeal given the same treatment. I also had 3 feeds where “the mix” was replaced by gels… 2x Hammer Gel Huckelberry and 1x 1st Endurance EFS vanilla.

    Post Swim
    2 scoops of 1st Endurance Optigen in 12 oz…. the most delicious thing I ever tasted in my whole life and 4 Hammer Tissue Rejuvenator capsules…
    and a Sierra Nevada draught Pale Ale.

    2 generous full-body applications of SPF 30 Banana Boat Sport.
    A slathering of my very own special “channel grease” mix (consisting of 3oz anhydrous lanolin, 3oz vasaline, and 1.5oz zinc oxide),
    liberally applied to any and all areas that might be subject to chaffing from the very abrasive nature of salt water including… groin, butt crack, arm pits, neck, shoulders and jaw line… every single hotel towel employed to remove the excess from my hands.
    Black Finis polyester brief… size 32.
    Blue 70 Vision goggles with amber lenses…. These fit perfectly and didn’t require a single adjustment the entire 10hr 49mn swim, though I must confess; I did trim my eyelashes to keep them from brushing against the lenses.
    Speedo earplugs.
    White silicon Total Immersion swim cap.
    ……. Nothing to add….. all performed well; zero wardrobe malfunctions.

    Oh yeah…. THE SWIM!
    I am not sure why this swim isn’t more enthusiastically attended.
    -It is well organized. Ron Collins and company put on a serious event in a casual environment. All this year’s solo male entrants have EC bookings for the 2010 season and consider TB to be a good measure of training (yes… I know there are many differences between TB and the EC)
    -The male and female course records are held by world class swimmers, Chris Derks and Penny Palfrey. I would think that this would attract lots of big guns to see how they might measure up.
    -Entry is easy… no lottery, no need to book years in advance.
    -Relays can a fun way to break into marathon swimming; not sure if you want to swim the whole 24 miles? Grab a relay partner or 2 and swim as much as you want. Last year I swam +/- 18 of the 24 miles (my relay partner, Patty was generous enough to grant me the lion’s share).
    -There are worse places to be than St. Pete in April. Most of the watering holes up north just aren’t warm enough to get more than a quick dip in… so get your “brine fix” here!

    I started the swim at a pace that I thought I could sustain for 10 hours… stroke rate in the mid 60’s, and by my third feed, the field was spreading out. I didn’t express any kind of “race plan” to Clare, and our communication was limited regarding the other swimmers. At about 5 hours, I looked forward, didn’t see any boats, inquired: where is everybody?.... you’re out in front. (cool) I never saw another boat until near the second bridge… I asked: Whose boat is that? Clare replied, “don’t worry about it, its a relay team”. The wind picked up and there was a pretty good chop now so I settled into a slower stroke rate of 60SPM… no reason to get sloppy now with just a couple of miles to go. As I walked up to the beach I was surprised to see Craig Lenning sitting there already… I wonder when he passed me? It would have been a welcome diversion to have someone to swim with after 7, 8, 9 hours alone out there. Perhaps we will have the opportunity during MIMS on June 12!

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    Updated April 19th, 2010 at 08:21 PM by chaos