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  1. E-gads! Doubles - Day 2

    by , February 15th, 2011 at 07:26 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    So, I decided to do another double today. That was after a neat and tidy 4200 yards this morning. Dare I say that the 4200 yards left me gasping for breath, aching in my legs, and wondering (perhaps hoping?) if my arms would actually come off? What could better follow that but another double?!

    I took it easy on the double today (yeah, right!). While I did wear fins for most of the second swim, I also worked on fly and back for the 1600 main set I did. With a 400 warm-up and 200 cool-down, my daily total of 6400 total yards in one day is by far and away the most I have ever swam in a day. Of course, it helps to be able to come home after the second swim, do a few chores around the house and then lay down for a while. And, bedtime will come very, VERY early tonight.... In fact, it's sounding pretty good right now.

    A few morsels for dinner and the repacking of my swim bag.... I'll be in bed right after the Jeopardy Watson Day 2 adventure...
  2. Tuesday, Feb. 15

    by , February 15th, 2011 at 06:16 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Med ball slams on racquetball court, 15-20 minutes
    -- floor slams, overhead slams, backward rotational slams, start slams, reverse scoops
    -- I added a new one today: backward overhead throws.

    backward rotational slams: (though I stand much further away from the wall and throw it a lot harder than shown here)
    overhead backwards throw:
    [nomedia=""]YouTube - Overhead backwards med ball throw[/nomedia]

    broomstick twists
    overhead dislocations with broomstick & twisting dislocations:
    -- A trainer showed me how to do the twisting variation.
    decline reverse crunches, 25
    long arm crunches, 50
    overhead squats w/45 lb bar, 15
    squat swings w/25 lb plate, 15
    tricep press negatives, 50 x 2 x 10
    bicep curl, 40 x 2 x 15
    HS iso lateral hi row, 180 x 1 x 5 (spaced out and forgot to do further sets of this exercise)
    standing broad jumps, 10
    extreme angle lunge step ups, 2 x 10 each leg

    RC Work, 15 minutes

    Bike, 20 minutes

    Massage, 60 minutes

    Had very tight quads and hamstrings from the lack of yoga. Scapular area was the usual mess.



    Glad I got this in as I had a terrible night's sleep. Mini failed to set her alarm and I had to get up and drive her to school. (Fort Son left early.) Not cool. My new year's resolution was to attempt to get to sleep earlier, but thus far I have abjectly failed. My body seems hardwired to want to fall asleep very late and get up late. And, apart from my corporate law firm + early rising with young kids life, that's how I've always been. Throughout most of college and law school, I tried never to take courses before 10:00 am and I have never exercised in the early morning. My doc suggested that my sleep travails of the last few years may be due, in part (so many factors of course), to the reversal of stimulation. My day is now relatively quiet and my afternoon/nights are full of kids, driving, errands, etc. I'm fine if I can just sleep in (and ignore my family). Interestingly, the entire Health & Science section of the Washington Post was devoted to the topic of sleep. And there was an article on mediation that I'm including for Bobinator:

    Checking my calendar, I see I have PRP on Thursday. That is probably better for my off day, though I always feel sluggish swimming the day after a deep tissue massage.

    Got a chuckle out of this. Mini Fort is leaving Thursday for States. For the county to approve the travel trip, I must be advised and acknowledge in writing that she is participating in a water based activity with the risk of drowning and death.

    A take on the Ian Thorpe comeback:

    Updated February 15th, 2011 at 09:23 PM by The Fortress

    Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Spinning
  3. Tue Feb 15th, 2011

    by , February 15th, 2011 at 02:21 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Feb 15th, 2011

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    whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center, main pool, north end
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in around 6:35
    trained with Marcio & Tyler Ritchie & Ned
    beside Larry, Mike Varrozza, & Jim
    wore FS PRO jammer

    assigned: 800,
    did: around 600, kicked a 200 in 2:27

    Main SET:

    2 x 250 on 20 rest desc
    done 25 fl 50 bk 75 br 100 fr

    200 fr breathe every 2

    2 x 250 on 20 rest desc
    done 50 fl 25 bk 50 br 75 fr

    300 fr breathe every 3

    2 x 250 on 20 rest desc
    done 75 fl 100 bk 25 br 50 fr

    400 fr breathe every 4

    2 x 250 on 20 rest desc
    done 100 fl 75 bk 50 br 25fr

    500 fr breathe every 5

    8 x 125
    odds 100 k 25 fast
    evens 25 k 100 strong

    200 fly kick on side from a dive no board
    went 2:18

    50 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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  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -02/16/11

    by , February 15th, 2011 at 02:02 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:15
    5 X 100 1:30
    1 X 500 negative split

    1 X 200 kick
    1 X 50 easy swim

    16 X 25 :30

    2 X 100 kick 2:00
    8 X 25 sprint kick :45

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    1 X 200 fast 4:30
    1 X 50 easy 1:00

    4 X 300 4:15
    negative split

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  5. Morning swims

    The pool heater has been fixed, and the morning LC lap swim hours restored. Hurray! Both yesterday and today I had blissy post-sunrise morning swims. Hereís was yesterdayís post-meet stretch-out:

    1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200 rev. IM drill/swim by 25)

    4x thru
    4 x 50 desc. @ 1:00
    3 x 100 desc. @ 1:55
    [I did the first round pull, round two swim, round three kick w/ fins, and round four pull again.]

    200 warmdown + play

    I liked how my pulling felt yesterday, so today I did the following workout:

    1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200 rev. IM)

    (Costume change)

    4 x 150 k/d/s, rev. IM order

    16 x 50 pull, 1-4 @ 1:00, 5-12 @ :55, 13-16 @ :50, desc. within each set of 4
    [Something is finally clicking with my pulling. It used to be far slower than my swimming, but today I was hitting 36-39s on the fast 50s, without feeling like I was working too hard. I hope the work Iíve done on cadence is finally seeping more naturally into my stroke.]

    100 easy

    4 x 200 @ :20 rest, moderate intensity [I did these swim, kick, pull, swim]

    300 warmdown + sculling + play

    There is team practice this evening that Iíll probably go to as well. Plus the gulf is looking very inviting, and is warming up nicely!
  6. Tuesday, 2/15/11

    by , February 15th, 2011 at 12:01 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up (1100)
    400 Swim
    - as 100 free/100 back, repeat
    3 x 100/1:40 build
    - did free-back-free
    200 Kick
    - 100 flutter w/board, 100 on back
    4 x 50/1:00 drill/swim by 25's
    - did fist drill free and back

    Set #1: Back With Fins (500)
    1 x 200/3:30 Build - 2:50
    1 x 150/2:30 Stronger Build - 2:05
    1 x 100/1:35 Very strong build - 1:22
    1 x 50/1:30 FAST - 39

    I didn't get times for the rest of the workout, just swam through it.

    Set #2 : Fly (600)
    12 x 50/1:10 50 kick build - 50 scull drill - 50 (25 Fly FAST - 25 Choice smooth)

    Set #3: Kicks (650)
    2 x 100/20sr Build - choice
    1 x 150/20sr Dolphin kick (work on long underwater streamlines - both front and back)
    1 x 100/20sr Strong - choice
    1 x 100/20sr Dolphin kick (same as above)
    1 x 50/20sr Fast - choice
    1 x 50/20sr Dolphin kick (same as above)

    Warm down
    150 ez free and back

    Total: 3000 yards
  7. Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 5:00am

    by , February 15th, 2011 at 11:21 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Back to the grindstone again. Build it up again quickly for 3 days with a 1 day dropoff on Friday for Meet #3 in 3 weekends (next Sunday).
    I didn't get to swim yesterday in Portland before my drive back home. We went to the pool to swim in the morning, and between 8-10am they had water exercise/noodle huggers class taking up the entire two pools, so I just took off for my long drive home.

    Today's swim was good to get in the water and stretch out, but the water was so damn hot. Must have been 85-86 degrees. Way to hot to try to swim hard in, but we made an effort anyway.

    300 Free
    400 Free Pull
    200 Back
    100 Kick

    20 x 100 Free
    4 @ 1:30
    4 @ 1:25
    4 @ 1:20
    4 @ 1:15
    4 @ 1:15 (supposed to be 1:10) but with the water the way it was it was tough enough on 1:15.

    8 x 50 Kick @ 1:00

    600 Pull (200 Free/200 Back/200 Free)

    8 x 25 Fly Fast @ :40
    4200 Yards
  8. Had to give up the fins for today

    by , February 15th, 2011 at 07:35 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I tried using them but my big toe which has a split nail hurt way too much to use them today so I had to change the workout mid stream.

    500 Free broken 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1
    500 IM broken 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1 1's fly, 2's back, 3's breast, 4's free
    200 Back kick w/fins
    200 Breast Kick
    6x50@1:00 Free w/paddles 25 rt arm/25 lt arm
    6x50@1:00 Back w/paddles 25 ft arm/25 lt arm
    5x100@1:45 Free held 1:25's long and loose
    500 Free w/snorkle every 3rd lap breast skull

    Strange thing I noticed about my one arm swims, my backstroke was faster than my freestyle. Go figure.

    Total 3000 yards
  9. Happy Valentines Day!

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 09:53 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Tonight was a solo swim at the Monon Center.
    **600 warm-up swim
    **10 X 50 Drill/Swim @ 1:00 (Fist/ Catch-up/ Finger Drag/ 6 and Roll/ 3-6-3)
    **3 X 200 Free @ 3:30 interval descend each swim (3:03- 3:01-2:54)
    **6 X 100 @ 1:50 interval
    **12 X 50 done in sets of 4 descending interval (1:00/ 55:00/ 50:00/ 45:00)
    **4 X 75 IM Roll @ 1:30 cool-down


    Home for meditation
  10. Double Monday

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 08:37 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    Well... today was a double-day. After morning practice, which was 3800 yards, I decided that I needed to do an afternoon practice in order to get my total monthly yards up - for the February Fitness challenge goal. Since I swam 106,000 yards last year, I upped my goal this year to 107,000. Of course, last year I didn't have an ice storm to contend with the first few days of the month - or any racing (did the IU meet this year). Part of me thinks I'm crazy to be going after this goal - part of me really wants to do this.... I guess we'll see how this week goes. This is the only week in which I'll be able to do doubles - as the girls come back from visiting their father next week. So, it'll be interesting to see how determined I am to keep doing doubles after a few days....

    Today was 6050 yards total. More than I've ever done in a day. Whew! Tomorrow's workout is slated for 4400 yards. Double after that? Time will tell....
  11. Monday, Feb. 14

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 06:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    5 x 150 free @ 2:30
    -- Concentrated on kicking on my back off the flip turns. Not sure if this is a good strategy for the 50 free as it takes a few tenths to make the 180 degree turn to the stomach. But this may work for the 100 free (which I might swim later this year!)

    10 x "25s" done in 12 foot depth as:
    dolphin kick to bottom of pool, squat jump off bottom dolphin kicking as fast and high as possible. 10 seconds rest at wall.

    4 x 50s w/fins, done as:
    10 second speed kick at the wall right into fast 25 fly w/1 breath + 25 EZ + 15 seconds rest

    50 EZ

    4 x 150 backstroke @ 2:30
    -- Concentrated on 6 beat kicking. I'm concerned I may be 4 beat kicking on my 100s backs, so am focusing on this.

    10 x "25s" same as above

    4 x 50 w/fins, done as:
    10 second speed kick at wall right into fast 25 backstroke shooter + 25 EZ + 15 seconds rest

    50 EZ

    3 x 150 russian breast drill w/fins @ 2:45
    -- Concentrating on EVF on pull.

    10 x "25s" same as above

    4 x 50s w/fins, done as:
    10 second speed kick at wall right into fast 25 shooter on belly + 25 EZ + 15 seconds rest

    100 EZ

    Total: 4050



    I seem to be ever so gradually getting better. Felt really tired when I first got in the water so I tried to jazz up the workout with some fun sprinty type things interspersed with aerobic work. I really hope getting a cold now somehow correlates to being healthy in March when I have a couple meets.

    Though today should have been my rest day, it works better for my schedule for that to happen on Wednesday, so I'm going to hit the gym tomorrow. I also have a massage booked for tomorrow, which I think my legs will appreciate. Though I did make it through today's workout without cramping!
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  12. Auburn meet report

    Saturday I drove up to Auburn for their 2011 SCY Valentine's Weekend Meet. It was a great meetówell run, beautiful facility, very friendly, and a nice density of people my speed to race with. Hereís how my events went:

    Saturday 2/12

    100 IM: 1:08.41 (32.26, 36.15) Swim Rating = 88.2
    This was the first event of the meet, and I decided to think of it as the end of my warmup, so I was in the water until the heat before mine. That approach must have workedóI was expecting to go around 1:10, and was surprised by my time, which is the fastest Iíve swum in quite a while. Everything about this race felt goodóstart, turns, strokes. Coach Chuck thought I should kick more on my free at the endóI do tend to think about generating speed with my arms rather than my legs, will work on this more in the next couple of weeks.

    100 BR: 1:18.11 (36.81, 41.30) SR = 86.1
    Three weeks ago I swam 1:19.5 (38.3, 41.2), and thought afterwards that I waited too late in the race (the last 25) to accelerate and ended up with too much left. This time around, I wanted to push the pace from the start, but really be aggressive on the 3rd 25. Thatís what I did, and ended up going out 1+ seconds faster and coming back in nearly the same time. Chuck said (and I felt) that my rhythm was a little off on the first 50óI was trying to glide before my hands reached streamlineóbut that that actually got better as the race went on. I was happy with this time, but motivated to swim the event again this season if I can.

    200 FR: 2:13.38 (31.42, 33.90, 34.19, 33.87) SR = 87.1
    This was another race I swam three weeks earlieróthen I went 2:13.55 (32.1, 33.8, 34.1, 33.4). My plan this time around was to (a) push the second 50 a bit harder, and (b) do better turns. My turns were good this time aroundóI thought about accelerating into the walls rather than gliding into them. But I wasnít quite able to tweak my pacing the way I wanted to. I ended up going faster on the first 50, then a bit slower on each of the last 3, to swim just a slightly better time. Iíll probably put off swimming this again until I feel like Iíve made some more progress in my training.

    400 IM: 5:27.05 (1:15.97, 1:24.71, 1:34,56, 1:11.81) SR = 86.4
    I wasnít sure whether I wanted to swim or scratch this last event. (I should remind myself not to sign up for end-of-the-day 4IMs in the future!) I decided to go ahead with it, but approach it as an exercise in negative splitting each 100, since Iíd worked on that recently in practice. Chuck approved and told me that would be a fun way to swim it, and he was right. I went 37.0/38.9 for FL (which I think counts as negative splitting with the dive), 42.9/41.8 on the BK, 48.2/46.4 on the BR, and 37.9/33.9 on the FR. I ended up happy with the time and more confident in my pacing ability.

    Sunday 2/13

    200 BR: 2:52.10 (39.08, 43.60, 43.81, 45.61) SR = 85.2
    I asked for a race strategy on this one, since I couldnít remember the last time I swam a 200y BR. I was instructed to keep it long on the first 100 (fast hands and feet, but long glides), really push the turnover on the 3rd 50, and then let the last 50 be what it would be. I felt like I executed that pretty well. (For the record, that last 50 was pretty excruciating.) I was pleased with the timeóI had put in a 3:01 seed time, hoped to break 3, and thought breaking 2:55 was a long shot. Chuck suggested that the key to swimming this faster wouldnít be to try splitting it differently, but to work more on breaststroke in practice so that I could keep my stroke together when fatigued. Thatís good advice, and it made me realize that I probably too often think I simply need to pace races differently when they donít work out as I want them to, rather than using my race performances as indicators of what I need to do differently in my training to improve my ability to race well.

    50 BK: 31.99 SR = 87.2
    I was pleased with this time. This race was less than 20 minutes after the 2BR, and I spent all that time in the warmdown pool recovering, then doing a few half-pool sprints. My turn was bad (I somehow tried to push off the wall before my feet hit it, then just had a foot-push left when I actually got to the wall), but the rest of the race was good. Auburn has very excellent touchpads for backstroke starts.

    200 BK 2:33.14 (36.90, 39.43, 39.20, 37.61) SR = 85.0
    200 IM 2:33.09 (34.27, 39.23, 45.14, 34.45) SR = 86.2
    These were both pretty tired races, and my legs felt fatigued from the getgo on each. I hung in and managed ok splits and decent times but nothing to brag about on either one. The main drama for me was whether BK would beat IM, or vice versa. IM won by a smidge.

    A few observations:

    Since Iím GTDing, I paid attention to the total yardage I swam each day more than Iíve done at past meets, and was surprised at how high it was. I did 4400 on Day 1 and 5900 on Day 2. That seems like a lot, and I wonder if it was contributing to the fatigue I felt by the last two races. On the other hand, there was that 2BR that I could blame, and maybe swimming 8 fairly hard races over 2 days (it was actually 1 afternoon then 1 morning) is just going to feel hard by the end. Iím not sure if I should look for ways to cut down on my warmup/warmdown yardage or not.

    Related to the above, one of the really luxurious things about this meet was that they devoted the whole 50+ meter competition pool to the event. Since the 8-lane competition course only took up one end, there were tons of lanes plus a diving well open for warmup the entire meet. With just 200+ swimmers, that meant plenty of room for everyoneóI generally had my own lane or just shared with another swimmer, plus got to float around and do flips in the diving well to my heartís content whenever I wanted to bliss out between events. I liked this aspect so much that it makes me want to go to smaller travel meets held in nice facilities rather than to mega events like nats or NEM champs.

    I really loved Auburnís facility, and look forward to swimming there again. I hope Iíll be able to do LC nats this summer, although it conflicts with a 5K race out at Coney Island that Iíd also like to swim. I donít know why two national championship events got put on the same weekend!

    It was fun watching some of the fast postcollegiate swimmers from Auburn who swam the meet. One thing I noticed about the really fast freestylers is that they flip way nearer the wall than I and most other masters swimmers do, despite the fact that theyíre going way faster. It looked like they were actually initiating their turn later, not just that their momentum is carrying them close into the wall. I think this is something Iíll ask my coach to work on with me.

    One charming aspect of the meet was the squad of cute friendly student timers. It turns out that they were from the Auburn Splashers, a student club (made up entirely of women, it seems) who time for all the varsity meets and otherwise support the swimming program. Do all varsity swim programs have attached clubs like this, or is Auburn special? Their website makes it sound as if being named a Splasher is highly competitive, involving several rounds of interviews and a test of oneís poster-making abilities.

    One of the real joys of this meet was watching my two Panama City Masters teammates swim their events. Theyíre both relatively new to masters swimming and are really having a blast with it, and with the great coaching down here they are improving fast. Itís great to be around folks for whom the whole masters swim meet thing is new and exciting, and maybe even greater to see workout mates whose hard work youíve witnessed amaze themselves with what they can do at meets.

    This meet seemed better seeded than many other masters meets Iíve been to (ie, seed times seemed more accurate). In almost all of my events there was someone in the pool I could see and race on the last 50 of my swims, and for 200s that can be very helpful. It was partly that there were plenty of swimmers of roughly my speed at the meet, but also that seed times were not wildly off.

    I really love the swimphone interface for results data.

    All in all, it was a really fun weekend. Iím glad I decided to go, happy to have seen the pool, and was really pleased with my two days of swimming. Iíve gotten my fill of racing 200s for awhile, but do feel more confident now in my ability to pace my races like I want to.
  13. Double Mon Feb 14th, 2011

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 03:53 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    DOUBLE Mon Feb 14th, 2011

    2010's Preliminary SCM rankings are out

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    whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center, main pool, north end
    noon - 1:15 dove in around on time
    trained with Brandon, Max & Steve
    beside tyler, Amy, larry, jim, Pat Evoe & bob
    wore FS PRO jammer

    assigned 800
    did 600

    Main SET: brandon lead

    4 x 150 on 2:00
    ave 1:40ish

    4 x 25 fl on 30 8 strokes fast

    5 x 150 on 1:55
    ave 1:35's

    5 x 25 bk on 30 8 strokes fast

    6 x 150 on 1:50
    ave 1:35ish

    6 x 25 br on 30

    assigned: 4 x 250 on 3:00 desc
    did: 1 & 2 skipped 3 & 4
    let my lane finish, put on FS pro legskin then did

    250 fast
    went 2:28
    whitney said my splits were
    26 30 31 32 29

    50 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
    Swim Workouts
  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -02/15/11

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 02:02 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    2 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 300 5:00 4:30
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, round 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    4 X 75 kick 1:30

    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    1 X 50 build to fast 1:15
    4 X 25 sprint :45
    Four times through. Choice.

    1 X 50 easy 1:30
    2 X 50 @ 100% 2:00
    1 X 50 easy

    1 X 400 free 5:40 5:20
    2 X 200 2:50 2:40
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.


    1 X 400 IM 7:00
    2 X 200 IM 3:30
    Twice through.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  15. Monday = Sprint Day

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 12:01 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    1 x 400
    - 200 fr/200 ba
    4 x 100/2:30 Drill Cycle
    - did 1 each stroke
    1 x 200/5:00 KICK moderate
    - 100 w/board, 100 on back
    8 x 25/30 h/e,e/h
    - 1-4 free, 5-8 back
    1 x 100 easy free

    Sprint Set (easy swimming after each sprint)
    - times are probably 1-2 sec slow, especially on back since I'm focusing on the finish before looking up
    1 x 25/1:30 Sprint Fast from Dive
    - free = ??, 25 easy
    1 x 50/3:00 Sprint Fast from Dive
    - free = 31, 50 easy
    1 x 75/4:30 Sprint Fast from Dive
    - free = 51, 75 easy
    1 x 100/6:00 Sprint Fast from Dive
    - free = 1:07, 100 easy
    1 x 100/6:00 Sprint Fast from Dive
    - back = 1:14, 100 easy
    1 x 75/4:30 Sprint Fast from Dive
    - back = 57, 75 easy
    1 x 50/3:00 Sprint Fast from Dive
    - back = 35, 50 easy
    1 x 25/1:30 Sprint Fast from Dive
    - back = ??, 25 easy

    10 x 50/1:00-05 easy
    1-5 free, 6-10 back

    Total: 2800 yards
  16. 2011 Auburn Masters SCY Meet (recap of my events)

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 11:26 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Lots of fun! Met a bunch of people. Met Elaine from the forums. Tried to meet more of my competitors this year. Found a few of them and even ended up helping one of my competitor's son make sure he was doing the lap counter correctly for his dad. Everyone I met was very friendly and we all had a great time talking about swimming and other things.

    Fought a cold thorugh the weekend. It was worse later on Sunday. Don't think it effected me much but the cold/warm cycles were starting to give me some nasty chills. Most of my problems are simple mistakes. I know what I'm supposed to do but when the gun goes off, I just go... I don't think too much. Bad practice habits take over and the mistakes start piling up. Still, it was a great meet and I set personal bests in almost everything I swam.

    Here's what I swam:

    Day 1

    200 Fly - Seed 3:00.00 / Time 2:41.94
    Had a lot of fun on this race. I expected a gruelling race where I just gutted it out to the finish. Went smooth and easy for 150 yds. Planned to just finish it easy but the guy next to me in lane 5 stayed with me the whole race and I just couldn't resist letting it loose for the final 50. Can't wait to do this one again.

    100 Breast - Seed 1:13.57 / Time 1:13.41
    Ended up in the final heat for this race which is new for me. I let that get to me a bit. Don't remember much from this one. I was a bit disappointed with my time but it is the fasted I've swum this event and I ended up winning the event in my age group.

    200 Free - Seed 2:14.64 / Time 2:11.14
    This was a frustrating swim. It started well. I planned a smooth fast 100 and then just go for it at the end. At 50 yards, I took a turn too close and pushed off at an angle. It was so bad I nearly ended up in the next lane. Did the same thing at the bulkhead and once more on the wall. I was really very frustrated with myself. Once I got my act together, I started chasing everyone down. Caught everyone in the heat except someone on the other side of the pool. Minor consolation for a race that could have been a lot better.

    400 IM - Seed 5:45.00 / Time 5:24.37
    Planned to take this one easy since I had a relay next. The guy next to me took off and swam a 4:56. Glad I chose to ignore him. Would have been more interesting on the other side of the pool where lanes 7 and 8 went 5:24.81 and 5:24.78. Despite my good decision not to chase, I had plenty of "moments" in this race. The most notable was my second backstroke turn when I started turning over on my belly before I realized I was still doing backstroke. Almost dq'd but apparently they decied I didn't go past 90 degrees. I was still shaken from the previous bad turns and was dreading the free. But all went well and I finished way ahead of the expected 5:45.

    200 Medley Relay - Time 1:53.88
    I swam the Breast stroke leg and set a personal best at 33.03. My foot came out of the water on one kick but otherwise, it went really well. Alas, we lost by .08 seconds. Would have been nice to get a full grab on that one kick. Our anchor guy swam an awesome 23.5 right after swimming in the 400 IM final to close a 2.5 second gap on the winning team. It's ok though... we got'em back later.

    Day 2

    500 Free - Seed 6:00.10 / Time 5:54.08
    I did a really good job of managing this race. I'm capable of going faster but I'm doing a lot better at swimming my own race and not chasing competitors. Started smooth and fast and just clicked it up a notch each 100. Had enough left to go very hard on the last 50. Probably had a bit too much but that's better than running out of gas. One final note of the 500. I got a little excited and started rocking on the block before the start and fell in when they asked us to stand back up. Embarrasing... and on a 500 of all races. At least someone else went with me .

    200 Breast - Seed 2:42.67 / Time 2:39.09
    Second finals heat I swam in and I did a lot better in this one. Had a good solid 100 and then set my sights on lane 7 who was about 1 second ahead. Caught and squeaked by him at the last second. It was really good to break that 2:40 barrier.

    200 Back - Seed 3:00.00 / Time 3:11.71
    I approaced the 200 backstroke as a warm-up for my 50 breast stroke. So, the time didn't matter but the officials botched this one. Video clearly shows me touching at about 2:50 but the pad didn't register and whatever backup they had failed also. As I was getting out, I heard someone say, "please hit the touch pad on lane 1". My backstroke is slow... but not that slow .

    50 Breast - Seed 33.15 / Time 33.31
    Can't seem to break 33. I really beat myself on this one. Dove too deep and was suprised to see 2 feet of water over me when I popped up my head to take my first breath. Had to glide a lot longer than I wanted in an un-streamlined position. Once I got on the water, I did well but the damage was already done.

    200 Free Relay - Time 1:46.87
    I led off with a 27.35. Bad swim for me. Anchor guy swam a sub 24 to close a half second defecit and win by a quarter second.

    Lots of fun, fast pool and great people. Can't wait for next year!
  17. Mon Feb 14th, 2011

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 11:12 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Feb 14th, 2011

    2010's Preliminary SCM rankings are out

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    whitney Coached
    UT Swim Center, main pool, north end
    5:15 - 6:30 dove in around 5:25 is
    trained with Marcio & Todd
    beside Richie, Nate, Mike Varrozza, Kelly, & James Fike
    wore FS PRO jammer

    assigned 800
    did 150

    Main SET:

    4 x 150 on 2:00
    ave 1:40ish

    4 x 25 fl on 30 8 strokes fast

    5 x 150 on 1:55
    ave 1:35's

    5 x 25 bk on 30 8 strokes fast

    6 x 150 on 1:50
    ave 1:34

    6 x 25 br on 30

    4 x 250 on 3:00 desc
    went 2:31 or 2 on #4

    50 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
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    Days till
    Swim Workouts
  18. MATT Monday Workout

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 08:49 AM (Pete's swim blog)

    400 Warmup

    6 x 100 Up/Down kick/Free - 1:40 (:10) Start w/ 50 Kick. Replace 25 fr with 25 kick if you make the interval (minus 10 seconds). Do opposite if you miss it.
    6 x 100 Up/Down Fly/Free - 1:30 (:05) Contiune Up/Down from where you are on the kick. Replace 25 fr with 25 fly if you make the interval (minus 5 seconds). Do opposite if you miss it.

    100 Easy

    4 times through
    * 50 Easy - 1:00
    * 50 Hard - 1:00 (target :35)
    * 100 Easy - 1:30
    * 100 Hard - 1:30 (target 1:10)

    50 Easy

    200 timed (2:22)

    100 Cool down

    (3150 Total)

    Short workout today. Swam solo. Everyone else took the day off after the meet. I really don't blame them and I probably should have also. With so many people sick around me, it was inevitable I'd get this also. I really don't like swimming w/ a cold but it is better than back pain. I got a solid day in at the meet Saturday and I don't think the cold really bothered my until later on Sunday.

    Despite the cold, I'm still tapered and it is fun to practice tapered. Swam a solid 2:22 on the 200. Everything seemed easier even w/ a drag suit on.
    Swim Workouts
  19. Back to the Grind

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 07:36 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Even after getting home so late I got up and headed to the pool. Still had some good speed today.

    5x100@3:30 Free holding 3:00
    5x100@1:30 Free kick w/fins held 1:23's
    200 Fly kick on back w/fins work the abs
    300 Breast kick w/brfins
    Burn legs burn they appeared to be missing from my swims this weekend
    5x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy went 1:24, 1:23, 1:21, 1:23, 1:20
    5x100@1:25 Free w/paddles & bouy went 1:21, 1:22, 1:20, 1:19, 1:17
    500 Free EASY every 3rd lap back

    Total 3500 yards
  20. Day 2 - got home to late to post

    by , February 14th, 2011 at 07:31 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Surprising day today started off very sore from doing the Brute Squad events on Saturday but got looser as the day progressed.

    100Fly was about normal but not great
    50 Back was ball park too
    200 Back was a season best with a 2:48
    200 IM was another season best with a 2:49
    50 Free lead off on the relay was a 29.8 better than Saturday.
    50 Back in the other relay was 38.46 better than my earlier time and I just got out of the water from the 50 free.

    Overall a good meet and I am motivated again thanks to my Georgia Masters Teammates!
    Total 1850 yards