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  1. Sat Feb 19th, 2011

    by , February 19th, 2011 at 04:15 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Feb 19th, 2011

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    Whitney Coached
    Dick Nichols pool SCY
    7:00 to 8:30 dove in around 7:10ish
    trained with Tyler "the Miler", todd the breastroke god, James fike, and marcio
    beside larry, paul, pat evoe and guy
    wore FS PRO jammers, getting kinda worn out

    swam easy till she stopped us round 7:15

    Main SET:

    4 x ??? on 2:00
    did 175's

    200 easy

    4 x ??? on 2:40
    did 225's

    200 easy

    4 x ??? on 1:20
    did a 500 fr fast cruise
    went 5:19

    8 x 100k
    started out on 1:20
    but was kinda tired so switched to 1:40 and cruised under 1:15's

    did a few 25 easy speeds and SDKs from a dive

    whitney timed my last one
    went 10.29
    roll off blocks in dick nichols pool

    met Beth my wife at world Gym
    lifted weights and did yoga class with beth
    I suck at yoga and imagine i'm gonna be sore tomorrow

    Next meets are:

    Fri Apr 1 - Sun 3, 2011
    South Central Zone SCY Championships
    Josh Davis Natatorium, San Antonio, TX
    Days Till

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    Days till

    Updated February 22nd, 2011 at 10:24 AM by ande

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  2. Quiet Saturday at the Y pool

    by , February 19th, 2011 at 04:14 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Most of the kids did not come today. It was nice to just have 2 swimmers to work with. Hot water as usual.

    One of my former swimmers was there too, as thin as ever. She is looking more and more anorexic every time I see her.

    10x100@1:45 Free
    500 Free kick w/fins just seeing if my toe could handle being in the fins
    5x100@1:45 Fly w/fins as 25 rt arm/25 lt arm/25 kick/25 swim
    5x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy went 2:52, 2:45, 2:45, 2:45, 2:39

    the rest of this was with the kids
    500 Free broken 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1
    20x25 Fly drills

    Total 4000 yards
  3. It sucks gettin old workout

    by , February 19th, 2011 at 03:56 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    My bday is tomorrow so this is what Coach Kelsey had me do.

    SCY with Carrie and Daryl.

    Warm up
    300 Free

    B-day Set:
    59 x 50's on 1:00
    Alternated rounds with free and back. No breast or fly except # 59 was 50 fly "fast" (±40).
    Took an extra minute rest after every 10
    #1 50 smooth
    - free ave. 40, back 45
    #2 50 build
    - free ave. 38, back 43
    #3 1st and last 12.5 yards blastin' fast
    - free ave. 37, back 43
    #4 50 oh man...all blastin' fast!
    -free ave. 34, back 39
    #5 50 easy

    59 x 25's Kick/30 consistent pace
    - Did 20 flutter w/fins & board; 20 flutter on back, no fins; 19 dolphin on back w/fins. Essentially a continuous kick except to change equipment.

    swim 25 ez
    (out of time)

    Warm down
    200 easy back and free

    Total: 4950 yards
  4. Saturday Workout

    by , February 19th, 2011 at 10:02 AM (Pete's swim blog)

    500 Warm up

    3x50 IM Drill down swim back
    3 x 200 Free
    4 x 75 IM no free
    3 x 200 Free

    300 Kick
    200 Pull
    3 x 100 Kick
    200 Free

    100 IM
    200 Pull
    200 Free
    100 IM
    200 Pull
    2 x 100 Free
    100 IM
    200 Pull
    4 x 50 Free

    4 x 25 IM
    4 x 25 Free
    4 x 25 IM
    4 x 25 Free

    100 Cool down

    (5150 Total)

    Visited my friends at HSA today. Kind of a long workout. I'm seeing some big improvement on my breast stroke thanks to Allen's tips. Need to keep working on getting the kick narrower. It gets wider the more tired I get.
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  5. Friday recovery wo...Feb 18

    by , February 19th, 2011 at 12:12 AM (Keepin Track 2010)
    450 WU
    6x75pull on 1:10
    S 4x75 (25 p, 25k, 25s) IM order
    S 4x75asabove
  6. I needed a cap-mounted foghorn

    Today I swam the PCB Masters LC morning practice. After gushing in yesterday’s blog about how I loved swimming at sunrise/moonset, this morning I got neither—it was so very foggy that you could scarcely see 15 meters down the pool. We did an easy recovery workout—here’s how it went:

    1000 lcm warmup (200s, 200k, 200 IM drill, 200p, 200s)

    8 x 50 (25 easy/25 build) @ 1:00, odds FR, evens ST

    4 x 400 (100p / 200s / 100p) @ :30 rest [did the pull all FR, swim on odds IM, swim on evens FR/BK by 50]

    200 IM drill

    8 x 25 fast kick @ :10-:15 rest

    400 warmdown
  7. Friday, Feb. 18

    by , February 18th, 2011 at 04:07 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY @ OakMarr w/Speedo:

    Warm up:

    900-1000 various

    Main Sets:

    10 x 50 moderate @ 1:00

    10 x 25 @ whatever interval Speedo was doing
    8 burst
    2 fast shooters

    300 EZ

    Total: 2050



    For a person of at least moderately sporadic intelligent, I had an off day yesterday. Trying to be efficient, I scheduled my somewhat anemic body for blood work (lots of vials) and PRP (more blood draws) on the same day. I made it worse by forgetting to take iron and having some wine last night. Result: woke up completely flattened with no energy. So, as Speedo notes in his blog, I was NOT ready for any timed efforts. I kind of slogged through this workout next to Mr. Flutter Kick and Jazz Cullen Jones. Hopefully, I can show up next week to give Pete some competition.

    The PRP is going reasonably well given the diagnosis (tenosynovitis + arthritis). After the second treatment, there was some noticeable improvement/less pain on the outer part of my big toe. So this time the doc really focused on the inner part. It always takes a few days to ramp up the swimming after PRP. I was doing one foot push offs today, so the 25s suited me just fine.

    I'm hoping I feel up to going to my team practice tomorrow to get in some basic aerobic work while my foot calms down.

    Still need to sign up for the Warrenton meet, but I can't decide what to swim. I wish 100 fly were later in the morning.
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  8. A bit of sprinting today

    by , February 18th, 2011 at 01:10 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Friday, 2/18/11
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up
    400 swim as 200 free/200 back
    6 x 50 desc 3: 3/50, 3/55 all free
    8 x 25/30 Strong IM order

    Swim Set #1:
    1 x 100 free/3:00 smooth
    2 x 50/1:00 AFAP
    - free off blocks, 31±
    1 x 100 free/3:00 smooth
    4 x 25/45 AFAP
    - 2 back, 2 free, odds off blocks no times
    1 x 100 free/3:00 smooth
    8 x 12.5/30 AFAP
    odds back (spin drill), evens free; times 7-8

    Swim Set #2
    2 x
    Round 1 back, Round 2 free
    50 drill
    Dive 25 fast - 25 easy
    25 blast kick - 25 drill
    Dive 37 1/2 fast - 12 1/2 easy
    50 breath 7's or 9's
    Dive 50 fast
    -back was under 33, free was 32

    Swim Set #3:
    3 x 100/2:00
    #1 50 1-arm back/50 back swim
    #2 backstroke
    #3 reverse IM
    (was supposed to do 3 rounds of this but ran out of time.

    Cool down
    100 easy free

    Total: 2500 yards
  9. FAST Fri Feb 18th, 2011, 50's & 500's

    by , February 18th, 2011 at 11:54 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri Feb 18th, 2011

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    This Fri & Sat is the 2011 Texas 4A & 5A High School State Swimming and Diving Championships
    2011 Class 5A State HS Championships Heat Sheet & Results
    2011 Class 4A State HS Championships Heat Sheet & Results

    The 2011 Missouri Grand Prix started today & goes through Monday

    Whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center, SCY, DIVNG WELL, which was way warm
    5:30 to 7:00 dove in around 5:35
    trained with Mike Varrozza and Tyler "the Miler"
    beside Guest & former UT Swimmer Chris Archer who's now in NYC, James Fike, Todd Bartee, Ned, Larry and Max
    wore FS PRO jammer

    swim till 5:45

    Main SET:


    50 fr fast in heats
    went 23.9

    150 easy

    500 fr strong on 12:00
    desc by rounds
    went 5:22

    150 easy

    50 fr fast in heats
    went 22 high

    150 easy

    500 fr strong on 12:00
    desc by rounds
    went 5:14

    150 easy

    50 br easy speed
    (3 strokes down, 4 strokes back)
    went 33

    150 easy

    Assigned 500 fr strong on 12:00
    Did: 200 easy speed

    150 easy

    changed into old B70 legskin

    skipped the fast 50 fr

    skipped the easy 150

    500 fr fast
    from a dive
    went 5:08

    should have been tougher on the last 100,
    just swam with a 2 beat kick instead of doing a 6 beat kick sprint, felt pretty strong & didn't die

    100 fr easy

    the old me would have prioritized the 50's and swam the 500's smooth, today I worked the 500's & cruised the 50's
    no NOON Practice today because of the meet

    went to breakfast and found a $20 bill on the ground in the parking lot by my car as I returned to it

    Next meets are:

    Fri Apr 1 - Sun 3, 2011
    South Central Zone SCY Championships
    Josh Davis Natatorium, San Antonio, TX
    Days Till

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    Days till

    Updated February 18th, 2011 at 12:07 PM by ande

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  10. Friday, Feb. 18, 2011 5:00am

    by , February 18th, 2011 at 11:08 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I didn't do a whole lot of swimming this morning...just mostly a last minute splash before the meet on Sunday.
    Meet director sent me an email saying they couldn't take out the 2nd 30 minute warmup after the 400IMs, which is too bad. Looks like we'll be stuck at the meet later than needed. 11:00am has a 1-hour warmup. At 12:00pm, Approx 2 heats of 400 IMs, then another 30 minute warmup???!! Timeline shows the meet ending around 6:30pm or later I've got about a 2 1/2 hour drive home over the pass too, which sucks, but it'll get done.

    500 warmup

    5 x 100 @ 1:30 holding as close to my 500 pace as possible
    --went 1:01, 1:02, 1:02, 1:01, 1:01
    **I really wasn't that tired doing these, which could be a good sign, or maybe because I actually had almost 30 seconds of rest to recover on each one.

    After this I just went back an forth working on speedplay in different strokes, turns, did a few starts. Feeling really good. Watch out I come!!!
  11. MATT Friday Workout

    by , February 18th, 2011 at 09:47 AM (Pete's swim blog)

    400 Warm up

    8x50 - :50 2 Easy/2 Hard
    100 Stroke - 2:00
    8x50 Kick - :50
    100 Stroke - 2:00
    200 IM - 3:00

    8x50 - :50 2 Easy/2 Hard
    100 Stroke - 2:00
    200 IM - 3:00
    300 Free - 4:00

    8x50 Drill - :50
    100 Stroke - 2:00
    200 IM - 3:00
    300 Free - 4:00
    2:00 Break
    400 Free - 5:00

    200 Cool down

    (3400 total)

    Weight is dropping fast since I've had a cold. Problem is I've run out of gas the last two days. I think it may be my body getting used to the daily grind again. I lasted through the final 300 free but had to pull up with 60 yards left to go on the 400. Felt really sick all of a sudden.

    Thanks to Allen, Arthur and Redbird (hopefully I didn't forget anyone) on the backstoke/breaststroke help. I'm already mixing some of the tips in and it is helping.
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  12. LCM Disappointment

    by , February 18th, 2011 at 09:31 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I was expecting LCM but got SCY this morning. Managed to salvage with a distance workout.

    10x100@1:45 Free
    5x100@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy desc 1-5 went 2:51, 2:49, 2:45, 2:39, 2:35
    1000 Free broken after each 100 for :10 time minus rest was 14:01
    200 Back
    200 Free
    200 IM drill
    200 Free
    200 Free easy

    Total 4000 yards
  13. Lake Washington Meet, Sunday 2/20 FAST TIMES :)

    by , February 17th, 2011 at 11:29 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Get ready for some fireworks. This one's gonna be a fun one!!! There are some really fast swimmers in most of the events, making the final heats some real showdowns. I'm really looking forward to the 200 IM heat. In the top 6, Kirk, That Guy, myself, and a couple others are going to have a race. The 500 free is another good showdown with Kirk at the end of the meet.
    I'm in 200 fly, 200 IM, 100 back, 100 breast, & 500 Free
    Here's a copy of the psych sheet for all to view. Enjoy.

    Updated February 18th, 2011 at 12:44 AM by jaadams1

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  14. Nasti Thursday

    by , February 17th, 2011 at 11:10 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    An easy workout tonight with Nasti's. I had a new lane-mate. Nice guy!

    skipped warm-up due to talking.
    **4 X 150 Free @ 2:30
    **4 X 125 @ 2:30 (50 stroke IMO followed by reg IM order)
    **8 X 50 @ 1:00 IMO
    **2 X 200 (25 stroke/25 Free in IMO) @ 4:00
    **4 X 75 (25 stroke/50 free) @ 1:20
    **4 X 50 Free descend @ 1:00
    **4 X 25 kick

    2,500 scy

    I am off to meditate before bed. I tried to do it earlier but aborted due to phone call, cats, and finally just giving up!

    PS--I recently received a color "Nook" from Barnes and Nobles for a gift. Does anyone have one of these readers? Do you like it? I'm not sure if I should keep it or trade it for a Kindle. I really don't know anything about either of them.

    Updated February 17th, 2011 at 11:20 PM by Bobinator

  15. Kicking in the moonlight

    This evening I swam the evening workout with the Panama City masters. Here’s how it went:

    150 scy easy swim
    8 x 75 k/d/s @ 1:30, odds FR, evens rIMo

    8 x 25 kick @ :30, 2 x (easy/build/easy/fast)

    20 x 25, every 4th sprint, alternating 4 FR @ :25 and 4 BK @ :30

    5 x 100 kick (50 easy/50 fast) @ 2:00

    15 x 50 @ :50, 5 easy, 5 moderate, 5 fast [goal was to keep last 5 under :35, and I did]

    5 x 100 kick desc. @ 2:00 [1:57 1:50, 1:47, 1:44, 1:40]

    5x thru
    100 FR fast @ 1:30 [1:08, 1:07, 1:07, 1:07, 1:05. Goal was to keep these under 1:10)
    100 easy @ 2:30

    200 warmdown

    It was a clear and warm night, and for the first time at this winter there were non-swimteam kids just playing in the pool during our workout time. During my set of 25s two small girls a couple of lanes over were having a lengthy discussion about whether to be fairies or mermaids—it was very sweet. The sun set and full moon rose during the course of the workout, and I did most of my kick without a board so I could watch them. I’ll be back for more tomorrow morning, and it made me happy to think that they will be too, just with their places swapped in the morning sky. It’s really cool that workout times this time of year coincide with the prettiest times of day.

    I’ve ventured into the gulf for increasingly longer times the last few days. Today I was in for about half an hour, mostly swimming back and forth in front of the place where I’m staying. I got a water temp reading on my thermometer of 62, although the newspaper still claims it’s 56. I think on sunny days the shallow water near shore has warmed up considerably by the time I venture out in the afternoon. If conditions are good this weekend (and they’re supposed to be) I’m hoping to go for a longer parallel-to-shore swim I’ve measured on google maps.
  16. Thursday Feb 17

    by , February 17th, 2011 at 09:47 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    600 WU
    2x50 BA drill
    4x50 BA swim
    2x25 Fly dril
    4x25 fly swim (swim fly first 4 strokes then free)

    200 KICK with flips alt stomach and back by 25

    2x100 SPEC on 3' 1:17, 1:16
    2x100 FR on 3' 1:02, 1:02
    easy 100 BA no interval
    3x50 SPEC on 2' :34 :34 :34
    3x50 FR on 2' :26 :26 :27
    easy 50 BA no interval
    Broken 300 IM by 25 on :45
    easy 50

    300 IM Kick with flips

    3x (50, 2x25)
    1st set pull
    2nd set kick
    3rd set swim

  17. Tuesday Feb 15

    by , February 17th, 2011 at 09:46 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    600 wu
    4x50 kick descend
    4x50 drill BA
    4x50 drill BR


    Easy 100

    S3x50k, 50s spec

    breakouts and finishes x4 each.
  18. DOUBLE Thu Feb 17th, 2011

    by , February 17th, 2011 at 05:19 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    DOUBLE Thu Feb 17th, 2011

    kinda modified this practice to be more like a fast friday practice incase I miss tomorrow morning.

    Whitney sent this scheduling Email a couple days ago
    Subject: [txla-masters] master's schedule
    There is NO Friday noon this week but we WILL have Thursday noon instead.
    Saturday 7-8:30 am at Dick Nichols
    Sunday 12-1:15 at UT; the marathon is on Sunday so traffic will be challenging plan accordingly.

    There are swim meets at UT (Conference & American Short Course) starting next Wednesday. Both of these big meets will impact our practice schedule. I will update you as soon as I know what they will be.

    ~ ~ ~ ~

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    Pool set up CENTER COURSE for Championship meets. This Fri & Sat is the
    2011 Texas 4A & 5A High School State Championships
    2011 Class 5A State Meet Psych Sheet
    2011 Class 4A State Meet Psych Sheet

    Tyler Coached
    UT Swim Center, SCY center course & side warm up areas
    noon to 1:15 dove in around 12:05
    trained with Bob & Sharon
    beside James Fike and Steve
    wore FS PRO legs

    swam easy for 5 minutes

    Main SET:

    we did this part of the main set in the main center course section and had BLOCKS
    assigned: 20 x 50 fr on 1:00 Fast, best average
    Did: 20 x 50 on 1:00 odds easy evens fast from a dive
    went 25 on #1, 25's on 2 - 9 & 23 on 10

    200 easy

    Moved to side warm up areas: NO BLOCKS
    assigned: 10 x 100 fr on 2:00 Fast best average
    Did: odds fast evens easy
    went 56, 55, 55, 55, 54

    100 easy

    [B]assigned 5 x 200 fr on 4:00 Fast best average
    DID: went in with the plan to swim 1, 3, & 5 fast, but I was hurting from doubling
    on 1 I dove in and felt weak and terrible so I stopped at the 150 in 1:32
    on 3 I felt bad again so I stopped at the 100
    in 59
    on 5 I decide to kick it
    felt pretty bad & stopped at the 150 went 1:41

    100 easy

    Next meets are:

    Fri Apr 1 - Sun 3, 2011
    South Central Zone SCY Championships
    Josh Davis Natatorium, San Antonio, TX
    Days Till

    Thu Apr 28 - Sun May 1, 2011
    2011 USMS SCY Spring Nationals
    Kino Aquatic Complex, Mesa, AZ
    Order of Events
    Days till
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  19. Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011 5:00am

    by , February 17th, 2011 at 04:26 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    200 Free
    100 Kick
    200 Pull

    Main Set: (6 times thru)
    2 x 50 Fly @ (:60, :55, :50, :45, :40, :35) interval by set
    2 x 100 Free @ 1:20
    1 x 75 Fast (sets #1-3 back, #4-5, breast, #6 fly ), then
    1 x 25 EZ
    :30 rest (or till the nearest :60 or :30 on the clock)

    2900 Yards

    The set looks pretty easy at first, but once you get into it a little ways, it gets "really fun", especially pushing the 75s stroke.
  20. Wednesday hail hat's

    by , February 17th, 2011 at 01:54 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)

    Warm 500, did 50Fr, 100Fr, 100Bk, 200IM Dr. 100 K (550)
    2x500 (suppose to get time)
    5x200 P on 3:00
    10x100 alt. IM & BK on 2:15/2:00
    6x100 K (did 4x100 w/monofin. alt Fly/BK)
    4x50 cool

    4050 scy
    A few weeks ago Coach Steve had me learn a couple of drill's to keep my elbows high and increase my rotation on my freestyle. The net result was a increased learning curve that has slowed my FR down. Im used to swinging my arms over with low elbows, and a 45 degree from center axis body rotation. A surfboard stroke. I was getting faster with it; 10x100 FR 1:09's on 1:30 intervals. Now, I'm coming in on 1:24. Having to rotate 90 degrees to the left and 90 degree's to the right, keeping my arm tucked in with my elbow high and trying to coordinating my kicking pattern has kept me busy. Sometimes I can feel it, but most of the time its a chore.
    I finally learned how to do a proper breaststroke kick a couple of month's ago, but learning it late in life has caused considerable pain to the ligaments in my knees.
    My BR has slowed while my knees painfully adjust. Both coaches understand what I'm going through, with the BR and the FR. "Just keep practicing".
    It hailed a few times during practice in our outdoor " nanatorium", in between sets I put a kick-board or paddle on my head, a "hail hat".
    It quickly spawned imitators!