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  1. Overheated at the gym

    by , January 19th, 2010 at 07:37 PM (My Passion)
    Got to gym at 5 am and it felt warm, but I went to my locker and put my stuff up, saw my workout buddy come in as I started out to the floor. Started stairmill at level 7 (in the past I have done level 10 for 45 minutes) for 35 minutes. My buddy got there as I was setting it up and we have been agreeing on 35 minutes lately,

    We were climbing and talking and it was hot. I kept drinking, but started to feel nauseous, At 15 minutes in, I lowered the level to 4 (way low for me). I was still feeling bad, but kept going. My friend said she could see the beads of sweat on my legs and I had wiped my face several times.

    I got off right at 35 minutes (I usually climb real slow to cool down) and sat down on another machine. After a while, I got up and wiped down my machine, told my friend I was just going to stretch and walked slowly to my favorite stretch area. A guy I sometimes work out with was stretching there and I talked to him as I stretched. I started feeling much better after about 20 minutes. To think I got that overheated in the middle of winter!

    This week we have been in the high 60's and low 70's, but to get that overheated in an indoor gym, No Fun! Glad tomorrow is a swimming day!
  2. Happy Tuesday Morning Workout

    This morning I worked out with my team. It was a good practice—enough people to be lively, yet not so many that we felt like sardines in the pool. The practice was tough but doable, and there was lots of banter between sets. It was a good reminder about what’s great about my swimming life in NYC.

    Here’s what we did (scy):

    600 warmup

    1 x 100 @ 1:25
    2 x 25 @ :25
    2 x 100 @ 1:25
    2 x 25 @ :30
    3 x 100 @ 1:25
    2 x 25 @ :35
    4 x 100 @ 1:25
    2 x 25 @ :40
    5 x 100 @ 1:25
    2 x 25 @ :45
    6 x 100 @ 1:25
    [On each set of 100s I did the odds FR, the evens 50FR/50BK]

    100 easy upside-down IM

    6 x 100 IM @ 1:35 (1,4=reg. order; 2,5=rev IM; 3,6=MR order)

    12 x 75 (25 K/50 S): odds=FR @ 1:20; evens = ST @ 1:30

    200 warmdown

    I have 2 swim events coming up over the next two weekends. This Sunday I’m swimming in the Eisenhower Park meet. Heat sheets are up; I’m entered in all 3 IMs and the 500 FR. On 1/31 I’m doing Team New York’s One Hour Swim.

    I’m not tapering or doing much specific prep for either event—they’re both low-key, show-up-and-see-what-I-can-do affairs. I’m looking forward to seeing lots of familiar faces at both events. One of the joys of perusing heat sheets is anticipating seeing friends you haven’t run into for a while!
  3. Indentured Servant Available for Immediate Joblock

    by , January 19th, 2010 at 04:12 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    With the senatorial election going on today in Massachusetts, my bankruptcy on the installment plan seems to be accelerating.

    This is the time of the year when law-abiders such as myself put together our financial inventory of the previous year to give to our accountants so they can figure out how much more we owe.

    A few of the highlights of 2009:

    Accounting fees: $3250
    Property and school taxes: $20,588
    Health Insurance premiums: $20,221
    Food, federal and state taxes, college, etc.: it doesn't really matter at this point because there is hardly anything left

    It has been said that people are more willing to discuss their sex lives than their incomes, and so it is with me.

    Let me just say that I truly wish I were allowed to sell Thornton Bonds to China, because this represents my only hope of continuing with the deficit spending lifestyle that puts food-like substances on the pile of wood we call a "table."

    In examining my various extravagances, it looks to me like the $500 deductible, 80/20 coverage health insurance plan is going to have to go, sooner or later.

    In March, BC/BS of MN will announce this year's annual increase of rates that we in this particular death spiral will be expected to shoulder. Last year, it went up nearly $200 a month; this year, I expect at least as much. With Obamacare once on the horizon, I had figured I could slowly sell off possessions (though the market for old swimming suits, I've found, is not exactly robust on eBay or Craigslist) until 2014, then cut some slightly better deal when I turn 61; at which point, I figured I could continue limping till finally, at age 65, I could start to take my rightful place at the teat of Medicare, sucking as rapaciously as my weakened-to-frailty suck musculature no doubt will have become by then.

    Alas, now the "slight improvement at age 61" looks increasingly unlikely.

    In 90 minutes, I am going on my scooter to the opthamological practice of my friend, teammate, and eye doctor, "Uncle" Danny Nadler. Ordinarily, I never go to doctors unless it involves the possibility of sexual leprosy (which I am still somewhat suspicious I carry inside my body, though the best diagnostic techniques have thus far failed to catch the Guinea Worm when it surfaces for air.)

    The reason I am going to Uncle Danny's is because my identical twin brother John was just recently diagnosed with mild glaucoma in his right eye, and now has to take nightly prostaglandin drops to prevent (what John is convinced but I am dubious) blindness.

    Throughout our lives, everything dire that John has had, I have had worse.

    I do not believe drops will be enough for me. I am imagining some kind of in-home fire hose which will irrigate both eyeballs for several hours each night.

    As if all my current medical catastrophes (taking statin drugs for once high cholesterol, and antidepressants to keep the Black Dog's episodic return for treats a bit less frequent), the prospect of adding glaucoma to my list makes the possibility of being underwritten by any cherry-picking, lemon-dropping Health Insurance Company, for-profit or non-profit, not only unlikely, but 100 percent absolutely impossible.

    Which brings me to today's request.

    From what I understand, people with "real" jobs, as defined by not working for themselves, who instead receive a pay check from a company big enough to haggle with insurers over group rates, and for whom the Insurance Industry is barred by law from medical underwriting of individuals, could conceivably provide a somewhat better deal than what I now have.

    An example I have used in the past: an obese, five-pack-a-day smoker who was incensed recently when his company began to charge him $50 a month for health insurance.

    My new plan: before the teat of Medicare bares itself to my thin cruel lips, might I affix my rasper organ on the teat of Industry?

    I don't smoke. I am not obese. And I am willing to pay $55 a month for health insurance!

    Actually, here is what I am offering, no joke:

    If anyone out there in USMS land is the owner/decision maker of a large enough company to provide even the most meager of catastrophic healthcare coverage to his/her employees, would I be able to pay you to hire me?

    Figure out exactly what me and my family's participation in your group health insurance company would cost you. Say it is $1200 a month.

    You can then pay me minimum wage for the minimum number of hours I need to work to qualify for your health insurance plan. Say this minimum is 40 hours at $7.25 an hour, or $290 a week. This translates to roughly $1250 a month.

    Total expenditure for you: $1200 insurance premiums + $1250 minimum wage = $2450 per month. You can write this off your corporate taxes, saving a bit more.

    But that's not all!

    You then can turn around and charge me $2450 per month for something believable, like maybe a corporate uniform you insist I wear at work. You can say, as one of the terms of my employment, that I must buy a new $2450 uniform from you every month.

    My proposal for such a garment: a bright orange jump suit with your company's name prominently displayed on the front and back, along with the line:

    Jim Thornton, Indentured Servant for Life to {your company name and logo.}

    At this point, you have not actually spent a single dime because everything has been surreptitiously rebated back to you via the uniform cost. I will even make the uniform myself and handle the billing for you! In fact, you are already ahead of the game because of whatever tax savings you're able to glean from writing my salary and benefits off as a business expense.

    But it doesn't stop here!

    I will also provide free advertising on my vlog and generally extol the virtues of your enterprise 24/7.

    And another thing I believe will be of inestimable value to the right kind of executive mindset.

    We all know that slavery and indentured servitude are technically illegal. If you accept my proposal, however, I will make no bones about my status. I will tell everyone I meet that I am, in fact, your indentured servant.

    Think how much hay you can make with this at the Club?

    You are probably wondering why I would prefer to give you $2450 per month PLUS all these other added enticements when my current premiums are only $1711.50 a month (though admittedly certain to climb soon).

    The reason: I hate my insurance company so much that to be able to say **** You to them would be worth far more than $738.50 per month.

    And when my new plan rescinds my new policy for some new reason that is impossible for us little guy indentured servants to ever predict, and the inhospitable hospital wheels me to the curb for pickup by Waste Mangagement, by then a wholely owned subsidiary of American $$$ Health Amalgamated, I will be able to go gently into the black hole that has been sucking me down for as long as I can remember!
  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -01/20/10

    by , January 19th, 2010 at 03:03 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 free 1:40
    3 X 100 kick 2:20
    2 X 100 IM 1:50
    Two times through

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    1 X 50 fast 1:30
    Choice. Four times through.

    4 X 100 2:30
    #1 moderate
    #2-3-4 @ race pace, broken :10 at the 50.

    8 X 75 1:20

    8 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks, sprint 20

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  5. Pull, pull, pull....

    by , January 19th, 2010 at 12:42 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Tuesday, 1/19/10

    (Should just write "refer to Flyqueen's blog" since our workouts were the same today.)

    SCY with Carrie

    300 swim free
    kick 6x75 choice w/10 sec. rest
    pull 2x150 w/15 sec. rest
    swim 8 x 50 on 1:00, descend 1-4 free, 5-8 back

    pull 4 x 150 free on 2:30 @75%, breathe every 3
    2 x 50 easy choice on 1:15
    pull 4 x 100 free on 1:40 @75%, breathe every 5
    2 x 50 easy choice on 1:15
    pull 4 x 50 free on 50 @80%, breathe every 5

    swim down 2 x 50 easy choice

    Total: 2950 yards

    Afternoon run
    35 minutes including warmup and cool down.
    3.1 miles at 30 minutes then jog/walk to cool off

    Started strength training with a trainer today. We will meet twice weekly for about an hour each time from now until I begin my taper for SCY Nationals.

    Updated January 20th, 2010 at 02:37 PM by poolraat

  6. Tue Jan 19th, 2010

    by , January 19th, 2010 at 10:43 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Jan 19th, 2010

    weighed 222

    Right middle FINGER hurts from smashing it into the wall in backstroke finals

    Next meet is Austin Grand Prix

    Just finished the 2010 New Years Classic, here's how it went:
    50 BK 25.15
    50 FL 24.3
    200 IM 2:06.0
    100 FR 51.8
    50 FR 22.48
    100 BK P 55.35 F 54.9

    Weights at world gym in san marcos
    5:30 - 5:50
    lat press
    lat pull
    bench press
    leg press


    scy, main pool
    Whitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam with Erin, Mike, & Amy
    beside Tyler, Marcio, Larry, Jon, Nate, & Max
    dove in on time

    wore b70 legs

    Warm Up
    800 done 150 fr 50 k

    Main Set

    2 x 200 fr on 2:30

    4 x 100 fr on 1:15

    8 x 050 done 25 fl 25 fr on 45 do 4 or more SDKs on fl

    4 x 25 FAST on 40 from a dive

    2 x 200 fr on 2:30

    4 x 100 fr on 1:15

    8 x 050 done 25 bk 25 fr on 45 whitney said to do 6 or more SDKs on bk

    got out to make a meeting

    2010 MEETS:

    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down 43 days away

    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX
    Countdown 79 days away

    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    COUNTDOWN 120 days away

    Updated January 20th, 2010 at 11:11 AM by ande

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  7. Monday January 18th and Tuesday January 19th (and meet)

    Saturday - Barrington Meet
    I swam the 50 fly/back/free and 100/200 free
    I continue to swim the 200 from time to time despite my utter inability to swim it well. Oh sure, I've had a race now and then that aren't piss poor but for the most part they all suck. I never got into a groove on my 200 and it never felt good ... this is why I sprint ... oh well.

    50 free was good. Got a good turn over FINALLY and actually felt like I was moving. It's a good inseason time for me. I tend to drop time like crazy during taper.

    50 back was a PR. Not sure where it came from but seeing as I swim it about once a year it's not surprising. It was the first time I felt good on my turn AND finish. Not bad. Definitely swimming this at nats. (until I have a few bad races and curse it again at least)

    50 fly was good. I want to be under :30 in season and I was just about a tenth off. Should happen later in the season when I actually begin to train fly again.

    100 free was hard, too. I had about 5 minutes after the 50 back so I never got the speed I wanted. Not a bad time but not stellar.

    Another meet on Sunday. Swimming 50 free/fly/back and 100 free. Hoping for a better 100 free since it's the first event I swim.


    4 x 25 ez free on :30
    4 x 50 drill IM order
    4 x 75 Kick on 1:30
    4 x 100 pull on 1:30
    4 x 150 (kick/drill/swim by 50) IM order r:20
    4 x 200 free on 3:00
    4 x 150 (kick/drill/swim by 50) IM order r:20
    4 x 100 pull on 1:30
    4 x 75 kick on 1:30
    4 x 50 drill IM order 1:00
    4 x 25 fast IM order :45
    100 ez

    4,100 yards


    300 swim
    6 x 75 kick
    2 x 150 pull
    8 x 50 1-4 free 5-8 choice desc. (didn't do the last 4)

    4 x 150 pull on 2:20
    2 x 50 ez
    4 x 100 pull on 1:30
    2 x 50 ez
    4 x 50 pull on :45
    50 ez

    2,700 yards

    As for the tech suit ruling .. not sure where the smiley face is that cries a river and floats away but that's what I need. I'm having a memorial service for my B70. It's going to be an Irish wake where we try just to recall the good times. The burial will take place prior to said wake. Details to follow.

    Updated January 19th, 2010 at 02:20 PM by FlyQueen (Added meet info)

  8. Low Key Tuesday

    by , January 19th, 2010 at 08:41 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just did not feel like working hard today and did not have a clock initially.

    500 Free every 3rd lap back
    5x100@1:45 Free long & loose
    5x100@1:45 Free kick on side w/fins
    5x100@2:00 as 25 fly skull drill/25 fly under water recovery/50 fly kick on back w/fins
    5x100@1:30 free to back 4fr, 3fr/1bk, 2fr/2bk, 1fr/3bk, 4bk w/paddles & bouy made 1st 3 on interval
    10x50@1:00 Free w/snorkle focus on pull and head position
    200 Free Easy

    Total 3200 yards
  9. Aerobic/sprint workouts in one

    by , January 19th, 2010 at 12:43 AM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    I like to try to get one longer workout in a week (more than 2000 to 2500 yards), so opted to swim part of the older kids workout today. Worked better for my schedule because son was out of school when I normally swim on my own, so just decided to swim with older kids while he was training in other part of pool. As always, between talking to coach and taking care of administrative things, slid in late. Had to use the first round of the main set as a warm-up:

    3 rounds of 3 x 250 on 4:00 and easy 50 on 1:00

    1st round was 100 easy, 5 seconds rest, 2 x 50 power (work DPS) with 5 seconds rest between each, 5 seconds rest, 50 sprint

    2nd round was 100 easy, 5 seconds rest, 50 power, 5 seconds rest, 2 x 50 sprint with 5 seconds rest between each

    3rd round was straight 250s (I opted to do these with paddles.)
    4 x 100 (no fins) 50 dolphin on back and 50 free kick on side on 2:00 - Found out my back dolphin rocks as compared to the kids and my kick on side stinks.

    8 x 50 non-free on 1:00. Did all back

    2 rounds of the following:

    2 x 75 build on 1:20 - did free
    4 x 25 IMO pull on :40 (amazing how slow I go without my kick)
    2 x 100 on 1:45 - Did first free and second back with paddles
    4 x 25 IMO swim on :40

    100 easy


    Went to chiro today. Tight again on left side. Still trying to work through it. It is better than a week ago, so hopefully I can get it out of the way by Auburn.

    Ordered my FS Pro Kneeskin over the weekend. This is the same suit I used last year at Auburn for all but one of my events. As my seed times, I'm going to use the times I did at the meet last year. Hopefully, I'll be healthy and back/hip will cooperate so that I can try to swim faster than I did last year.
  10. swam finals improved my time 54.

    by , January 19th, 2010 at 12:22 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    swam finals, here's how it went,
    improved my time from prelims

    Event 34 Boys 15 & Over 100 Yard Backstroke

    6 Rasmussen, Ande 46 TXLA-ST
    54.92 26.30 28.62
    SDKs 10 10 8 6

    took it out a half second faster
    SDKs 10 10 8 6 (really hurting that last length)
    jammed right middle finger on finish

    Updated January 19th, 2010 at 02:54 PM by ande

    USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  11. monday MLK Day

    by , January 18th, 2010 at 10:52 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Today was a crowded solo swim at Carmel Aquatic Center. There were 2 private high school teams, 1 age group team, 2 lanes of kiddee swim lessons, and 4 lanes for lap swimming during my attempt at an unofficial 1 hour swim today. I ended up having to circle swim with 3 other people. It worked out okay with only 3 or 4 delays because of bottlenecking and not being able to pass. I ended up going 3675. After the hour I did 5 X 50 Backstroke on a minute to work my arms opposite. I would have done more but the aquatic center was closing. Total 3925 scy

    I resolved to "read" more books in 2010. With my recent entry into empty-nestism I should have plenty of opportunity to sit down and read.
    This week-end in my free time I read: "Handle With Care" Jodi Picoult, "How to Win Friends and Influence People" Dale Carnegie, "Is It You, Me, Or Adult ADHD?" by Gina Parrot, and recently started "Twenties Girl" Sophie Kinsella.
    I didn't go to the library or bookstore, I just found these books lying around the house. I wish I had a Kindle. I may put that on my next birthday list. It would be like having a library in your "girl cave!"

    CHIROPRACTOR: I got an adjustment from Marty's Chiro today. I have a low grade lingering neck stiffness probably caused by an over-abundance of left sided freestyle breathing. I've never been very keen on Chiropractic treatment. It never helped me with any of my running issues "back in the day."
    I went in right after my 1 hour swim today so I was as loose as I could probably be. The Chiro had no problems adjusting and cracking me in all positions. I'll admit it felt pretty good. The chiro said my spine was as resilient and springy as a 20 year old's. (I'm not sure what she meant by that?)
    I scheduled 12 more appointments; another on Friday then 1 per week for 10 more weeks. I figured it's worth a try and most importantly my insurance covers it!

    I am going to try to informally organize 3 training sessions leading up to the Morse 10K National Championship ow swim. I am stealing the idea from the Orland Park Master's team. February will be 100 X 50 probably on a 1 minute interval, March will be 100 X 75 on 1:30 interval, and May will be the "Big Kahuna" 100 X 100's on some agreed upon interval. Since nasti's have the pool for exactly 60 minutes we will be unable to do these at a regular practice. I figure we can go to Fisher's or Carmel HS aquatic center on a Saturday lap swimming session. I am hoping to find a couple Nasti team mates to do this with. I'll be advertising on FB. I'm even going to supply the Gu, Power Bars, and Water!
  12. Pants on the ground! 1/18/10

    by , January 18th, 2010 at 09:14 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Nothing to do with my swim really...just a good blog title to annoy Paul Smith

    This is a Jacki Hirsty workout. I found it in my stack and took another tour.

    300 Swim with Snorkel

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

    Set 2
    6 x 75 1:15
    1 x 50 recovery
    4 x 75 1:10 Faster (10 rest)
    1 x 50 recovery
    2 x 75 1:05 Very Fast (5 rest)
    1 x 50 recovery
    4 x 75 1:10 Faster (10 rest)
    1 x 50 recovery
    6 x 75 1:15

    I used a 1:30 recovery time on the 50's

    Set 3
    6 x 100 Pull
    6 x 50 Kick
    6 x 25 EZ-Hard by 25

    4 x 50

    It was a good swim, I came down with another cold on Saturday. Added to that is a glorious case of urticaria likely from a reaction to cold medicines...I have a beautiful picture of it on Facebook. Neither of these maladies prevented me from getting my yards in I feel proud of myself for "batting on" (that's a cricket term for the unenlightened).

    After this I did my usual weights routine. I was a little off of the pace from Friday but I'm obviously run down.

    Had my usual accelerade during swim-time and Muscle Milk for the recovery.

    Updated January 18th, 2010 at 10:13 PM by SwimStud

  13. Sunday Recap and Monday workout

    by , January 18th, 2010 at 08:52 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Sunday's meet was no different than Saturday. The 100 Back actually was the best event with a time of 1:18.74, then came the 50 Free in 29.19 way off. Finished up with the 1000 Free, I have to admit I was not in the mood to swim it so I just kept is long and loose and finished in 13:16.37. Total yardage 2500 yards.

    Today I went to the Y to swim and they had issues with the chemicals. I could tell after the warmup that the bromaline levels were excesively high. I made a comment to the guard and she said "How do you know?" I told her when you swim as much as I do you learn these things. By the time I cam back this afternoon to coach the kids they had closed the pool.

    Here is what I got done:
    1000 as 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
    500 free kick w/fins every 3rd fast
    5x100@2:00 Fly drill/kick w/fins as 25 skull, 25 under water recovery, 50 kick on back
    20x50@1:00 IM order w/fins
    5x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy went 1:20, 1:20, 1:18, 1:19, 1:18
    500 free every 3rd 25 drill of non free stroke

    Total 4000 yards
  14. Drylands, Monday, Jan. 18

    by , January 18th, 2010 at 06:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    5 minute warm up on evil stairmaster machine

    squat swings, 25 x 2 x 15
    Russian twists on incline bench w/25 lb plate, 2 x 25
    deadlift, 95 x 2 x 15
    goblet squats, 55 x 2 x 15
    squat swings w/20 lb kettleball, 2 x 25
    back extensions w/25 lb plate, 2 x 15
    standing lat pulldown, 70 x 2 x 10 (this machine seemed ridiculously harder than the machine at my gym)
    rear delt fly, 50 x 2 x 15
    hip hinges w/ 15 lb DBs, 2 x 15
    push ups, 1x 25 (forgot other set; FortSon was rushing me)
    hanging knee ups, 1x 15 (forgot other set)
    external and internal rotators, 10 x 2 x 15, each arm

    10 minutes stretching



    I wanted to do aerobic work today as well, but it didn't fit into the schedule. I should be able to work out a lot the next couple days with my youngest still out of town.

    Had a fabulous dinner with my swim friends last night. . FlyQueen picked a great Mexican spot. I can't wait to see them and everyone else in Atlanta. I've heard a rumor that tech suits may well be legal through the SCY season. I think that would be fair and fun. I've been too busy to properly mourn the loss of tech suits. But it would be nice to finish out the season in them.

    I'm blogging from the airport about to fly home (Please forgive typos). Very easy trip, logistics wise, for mid-January.

    On a funny note, my sister is now in posession of a set of P90X videos she got from a patient. She's about to try them. (She's very fit, so should be able to do them fairly easily.) I just found it funny that all of us siblings got them indepenently.

    Added note: On the red head front, I've definitely had some major fading, but I think that would have happened whether or not I was swimming. It simply takes awhile for the color to stick, and the first week is the worst. It'll be interesting to assess again in 4 months or so. I'm going in again on Tuesday for the second ginger transformation.

    Updated January 31st, 2010 at 06:07 PM by The Fortress

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  15. Conquest of Happiness through Swim Math

    by , January 18th, 2010 at 04:59 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    "The time you enjoy wasting is not wasted time."

    "There is much pleasure to be gained from useless knowledge."

    "One of the symptoms of an approaching nervous breakdown is the belief that one's work is terribly important."

    Bertrand Russell
    British author, mathematician, & philosopher (1872 - 1970)

    The great mathematician-philosopher Bertrand Russell said a good many wise things, very few of which I have read. However, a friend in college once told me that in his famous book, The Conquest of Happiness, Bertrand argued that the key to contentment, even joy in life, is to lose oneself in the search for solutions to arcane mathematical formulae.

    Bertrand Russell conquering happiness--or possibly doing his famous imitation of a pileated woodpecker

    It is hard to be neurotic, in other words, about X (money, health, the future, the smell of your breath, the absence of good television shows tonight) when the entirety of your brain is focused instead on trying to come up with an elegant solution to the Four Color Map Theory, Fermat's Last Theorem, or some other recondite test of math.

    At the risk of jumping around a bit, and losing the non-mathematically inclined swim reader too prematurely here, I do not propose to accost my dear readers with anything complicated here.

    I was a middling math student myself, scoring only 782 on the math S.A.T.s back in the day, a full 18 points off flawlessness. If you are like me in such ineptitude, I definitely sympathize. There is much about the mathematical world that is simply beyond us.

    For example, Karl Friedrich Gauss could think in 17 dimensions and found formulae like this child's play:

    I have trouble thinking in as few as seven dimensions, and though I agree with Karl Friedrich that the above formula is playful, I only truly began to have fun with it after puberty.

    Karl Friedrich Gauss wool-gathering in the 13th dimension

    But enough.

    No, what I propose here is relatively simple stuff that any swimmer can apply. Much of it has already been covered in the forum threads, but for the sake of coherence and one-stop shopping, I will collate some of it here. Moreover, I will do so through concrete examples.

    But first, a break in the verbiage for some photographic distraction.

    Your narrator half-in and half-out of his B70 following completion of the 1-Hour Swim yesterday. This half-in/half-out suit status serves as a metaphor for the state of limbo that now characterizes speed suit legality for the remainder of the USMS SCY season. Add to this the topsy-turvy configuration in space of your narrator, and it's hard to imagine a better photographic emblem for Master's Swimming in Flux and Dubious Health.

    Okay, enough messing around. My vlog today, I see, is growing lengthy, and there is no doubt that what I am doing here is very, very important work!

    So without further preamble, let's get into it, shall we?

    Proposed mathematical proof: Based on the 1-Hour swim where Bill clearly beat Jim, I intend to show that Jim is better at swimming than Bill.

    Step 1. Data gathering

    Here are the results of yesterday's hour swim at Carnegie Mellon University. My best friend Bill completed 5037.5 yards. I (the "Jim" referred to throughout subsequent proofing) completed 4850 yards.

    Bill's time sheet above

    Jim's time sheet above

    Step 2. Data standardizing whack No. 1

    Numbers clearly have very little meaning by themselves. They need to be placed in meaningful context relative to other numbers. Of all the very important aspects of my critical work, let us not lose sight of how absolutely key this is. Numbers have meaning only in so far as meaning is assigned to them by a knowledgeable mathematician such as myself who has special insights that normal people don't!

    By use of a simple time-distance calculator that Bill himself designed on Excel, and which I would gladly post here for uploading by interested parties if I knew how to post it, Bill's 5037.25 yards in 60 minutes translates into a 100 yard pace of 1:11:47.

    My own 4850 yards in 60 minutes (actually, it was 59 minutes, 55 seconds, but I will not factor the unused 5 seconds into my analysis here) translates into a 100 yard pace of 1:14.23.

    Results after step 1:

    Bill's 100 pace = 1:11.47

    Jim's 100 pace = 1:14. 23

    Step 3. Age establishment

    At this point, we move to a crucial next step: age adjustment. To be fair, I shall slice, dice, and generally Cuisinart the data as evenhandedly as I can, applying not one, not two, but three separate additional formulae to our respective paces.

    To establish our ages (Bill 39; Jim 57), I do not expect you to take my word for it. I could be lying about how impossibly young Bill is. Or I could be lying about how ridiculously close to the limits of the human life span I am. Or I could be lying about both things.

    But I am not.

    You can find Bill's Top 10 listings here, where they clearly show he is 39:

    And you can find Jim's here, which just as clearly show that I am 57:

    Results after step 2:

    Bill's prime of life age: 39

    Jim's "why is he not using a walker" decrepitude: 57

    Step 4. Age adjustment

    A) the American and Finnish formulae can be found here:

    I will do it "both ways" here: with Bill as the reference swimmer, then with me as the reference swimmer.

    Bill's 39-year-old 1:11.47 100 yard freestyle (Finnish formula in parentheses) "aged" up to Jim's 57:

    39 1:11.47 ( 1:11.47) 40 1:11.68 ( 1:11.82) 41 1:11.91 ( 1:12.19) 42 1:12.16 ( 1:12.57) 43 1:12.42 ( 1:12.97) 44 1:12.71 ( 1:13.38) 45 1:13.01 ( 1:13.81) 46 1:13.34 ( 1:14.26) 47 1:13.68 ( 1:14.72) 48 1:14.06 ( 1:15.21) 49 1:14.46 ( 1:15.71) 50 1:14.89 ( 1:16.24) 51 1:15.35 ( 1:16.78) 52 1:15.85 ( 1:17.35) 53 1:16.38 ( 1:17.95) 54 1:16.95 ( 1:18.57) 55 1:17.56 ( 1:19.22) 56 1:18.22 ( 1:19.90) 57 1:18.92 ( 1:20.60)

    Jim's 57-year-old 1:14.23 100 yard freestyle (Finnish formula in parentheses) "youngered" down to Bill's 39:

    39 1:07.22 ( 1:05.82) 40 1:07.42 ( 1:06.14) 41 1:07.64 ( 1:06.48) 42 1:07.87 ( 1:06.83) 43 1:08.12 ( 1:07.20) 44 1:08.39 ( 1:07.58) 45 1:08.67 ( 1:07.97) 46 1:08.98 ( 1:08.38) 47 1:09.31 ( 1:08.81) 48 1:09.66 ( 1:09.26) 49 1:10.04 ( 1:09.72) 50 1:10.44 ( 1:10.21) 51 1:10.88 ( 1:10.71) 52 1:11.34 ( 1:11.24) 53 1:11.84 ( 1:11.79) 54 1:12.38 ( 1:12.36) 55 1:12.95 ( 1:12.96) 56 1:13.57 ( 1:13.58) 57 1:14.23 ( 1:14.23)

    Results: of Step 3 (A):

    If Bill's pace remains the same, for us to have done "equivalent" swims, Jim's pace should have been 1:18.92 (American formula) or 1:20.60 (Finnish formula.)

    If Jim's pace remains the same, for us to have done "equivalent" swims, Bill's pace should have been 1:07.22 (American formula) or 1:05.82 (Finnish formula.)

    B) the Chris Stevenson LMSC of Virginia Rating Calculator can be found here:

    Note: both our times are horrible for actual 100s, so I took the fastest continuous and easily extractable 1650 (the longest distance Chris's calculator rates) that I could find in our respective 1-hour swims.

    Bill said he felt fastest in the middle, so I am measuring his 1650 from the 2000 (24:37) to 3650 yard (43:56) marks, during which he did a 19:19.

    My fastest 1650 was probably the final one, i.e. from 3200 (40:01) to 4850 (59:55), during which I did a 19:54.

    Let us now enter the respective times and ages, shall we, and see what the calculator expectorates?

    Bill's 39 year old extracted 1650 time of 19:19 earns a rating of: 83.4

    Jim's 57 year old
    extracted 1650 time of19:54 earns a rating of: 87.1

    Step 5. Conclusion


    Jim is better than Bill

    Step 6. Even Bigger Conclusion

    Bertrand Russell was right. During the past half hour, during which I have thrown myself fully into this complex mathematical proof, I have not been neurotic for even a second. For 30 minutes, at least, I have indeed conquered happiness.

    Send me you age and time for any event, and provided it passes my initial screening, I may well be able to prove mathematically that I am better than you, too, in the process conquering even more happiness and eschewing (if this is the right word) even more neuroticism.

    --Coming soon: The Kristilynn Asymptote Exposed

  16. Mon Jan 18th, 2010 MEET 100 bk

    by , January 18th, 2010 at 03:22 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Jan 18th, 2010

    PRACTICE & Meet

    whitney coached
    scy main pool
    6 - 7:30
    swam with tyler, todd, amy, paul, max larry, Marcio, Nate, mary & Meghan
    dove in 6:10ish

    wore leg skins to take it easy

    warm up

    main set

    50 fast SDK
    went 24

    100 easy

    100 fr fast
    went 52

    200 easy

    200 fr fast
    went 1:56

    400 easy

    assigned 800
    did 8 x 50 with 5 or more SDKs

    assigned 600
    did 6 x 50 with 6 SDKs

    assigned 400
    did 4 x 50 with 6 sdks

    assigned 200
    did 2 x 50 with 6 sdks

    100 easy


    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic

    Meet Results

    entered in the 200 fr & 100 bk
    skipped the 200 fr to focus on the 100 bk

    100 bk
    went 55.35
    26.81 28.54
    made finals, didn't scratch, plan to it again tonight

    Updated January 18th, 2010 at 04:40 PM by ande

    Swim Workouts , USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  17. Monday, 1/18/10

    by , January 18th, 2010 at 03:20 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, with Carrie

    100 swim free
    200 kick choice
    300 IM drill
    400 pull breathe 3/5 by 50

    Do the following straight through freestyle (no rest in between items)
    swim 2 x 200 free on 3:00, make the interval
    swim 3 x 100 descend on 1:35
    swim 4 x 50 (evens fast) on :50
    swim 4 x 25 all out on :40

    400 kick choice smooth (fins/board optional)
    (did with zoomers, did 2x 100 fly, 100 free, 1st w/board, 2nd on back)
    pull 4 x 75 on 1:25 descend 1-4
    swim 12 x 25 choice on 30 in sets of 4:
    1. 15m underwater, swim to wall
    2. build
    3. easy
    4. FAST
    (did 1st time free, 2nd back, 3rd fly)

    did 100 of sculling to cool

    Total: 3100 yards
  18. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -01/19/10

    by , January 18th, 2010 at 01:46 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)

    WARM UP:
    4 X 75 1:15
    4 X 150 2:30
    4 X 50 :45
    4 X 100 1:30

    3 X 100 kick 2:15
    8 X 25 kick*fast, no board* :45

    8 X 100 IM 1:45

    6 X 150 3:00
    50 moderate/50 fast/50 easy

    8 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks/sprint 20

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4100 Y
    Swim Workouts
  19. Let The Music Play On

    by , January 17th, 2010 at 11:08 PM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    “Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without”

    It has been a busy weekend processing entries and planning for the meet. Tropical themed music is played during warmups and during the break in the middle of the meet. Trying to keep the meet fresh, new music is substituted in and out of our play list each year. There are the annual standards (Margaritaville, Limbo Rock, Jump In The Line), but there are always a few new ones thrown in. Because the song list is now large, we can retire a tune and bring it back in a few years so the play list always changes.

    This year, the new ones include Wipeout (surfing tune), Under The Sea (Little Mermaid), Luna Barranquillera (Columbian salsa), and the Macerena. I had to edit the last one down - my brain can only listen to about 2 minutes of it.

    The play list is not just thrown together. No, no, no! It is carefully assembled with thought and tested like a fine cabernet. The warmups begin slowly as swimmers are entering the pool, stretching, and getting their bearings. Reggae, and melodic Hawaiian tunes start out from the sound system to tease the palate. As warmups progress, the noise level increases, and sprint lanes are started, the rocking calypso and latin rhythms are belted out. Later the pool begins to clear and swimmers begin settling in - the mellow steel drum tunes then drift through the air. The playlist for this year is now set. I've always wanted to be a DJ.

    Problem entries to date:
    • With the online USMS registration, there have been no outdated registration cards submitted to date. However, three entries did arrive without registration cards. Emails were sent to all. The first swimmer eventually sent in a copy of her card, but unfortunately, it arrived after the 500 free that she entered was filled. I told her she would be placed on standby - if one of the Florida swimmers on hold (who entered the 500) decides not to come, she's in.
    • The second swimmer said she was registered, but had not yet received her card. I pointed her to the USMS web site to download a copy last week. Nothing yet - I think she just pulled an excuse out of . . .
    • The third was a bit of a problem. The guy sent the payment receipt for his registration attached to his entry. After contacting him by email, he said he would send me the card. Minutes later, I received yet another copy of his payment receipt. I wrote back explaining that the payment receipt does not indicate his team, age, USMS number, and is not his card. I attached a copy of my card as a sample. No reply to date.

    The baseball caps and maracas pens arrived on Friday for our new swimmer souvenirs and coconut relay prizes.

    Still no lap counter cards. The local high schools have their regional season end meet the day before our meet (not at this pool). That means Plan B - borrowing their lap counter cards - may not be possible - from any high school. This issue is turning into one big headache.

    More workers were recruited with another email and with personal pleas after Saturday's workout. Still some slots need filling.

    66 entries to date, and 2 pending
    Expecting a boatload of entries the day after Monday's holiday and after weekend

    Updated January 17th, 2010 at 11:22 PM by Rnovitske (grammar)

  20. Sunday

    by , January 17th, 2010 at 11:01 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Nasti Swim Practice Today:
    *600 Free Swim
    *200 Backstroke Swim (extra time)
    *3 X 300 on Freestyle on 4:30 interval
    *200 Kick alt flutter/dolphin
    *8 X 75 on 1:30 swimmer choice (I did alt. IM/Fly/Back/Free)
    *200 Free Pull w/Buoy
    *7 X 50 Free Sprint on 1:00 interval
    *ez 100 cool-down
    3150 scy

    I found an interesting event in Orland Park (Chicago Suburb)Illinois.
    You can go 100 X 100's, 100 X 75's, or 100 X 50's. The interval pace is 1:40. Swimmers will be grouped in lanes with swimmers doing the same distance.
    You can purchase an event tee-shirt during sign in! I'm thinking this would be a good practice leading up to the summer ow 10K I'm planning to swim. I guess I'd do the 75's. I don't think I could do 1:40 pace for 100-100's! (10 or 20 maybe, but not 100!) The 75's would give me a 7500 workout which would be the longest workout I've ever done. A 1:40 interval seems really slow but maybe after 70 or so I would appreciate the slower pace. I may put this on my calendar!

    Tomorrow (I have the day off for MLK day) I'm planning to do a solo 1 hour swim with my new watch! (Jimby's great 1 hour swim inspired me!) The watch counts laps and keeps splits.
    After the hour swim I'll do 10 X 100 set. I'm not sure of the pace or if it will be free or backstroke. I'll just wait and see what seems right at the moment.