I could barely move today in the pool. Just felt yuck. My first 4 sprints were soooo sloooow.
8x25 from block alt fly/free
500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd 25 fast
5x100@1:45 Free kick w/fins got slower each time
200 Free EASY w/bouy
400 Free for time 6:23 not good
200 Free EASY
Total 3000 meters
2x100FR, 200IM drill, 100BK
20x25K w/board (10FR, 5BR, 5Fly) on :40
10x75 FR on 1:05
BR Pull (450/2250)
8x50 BR pull/FR drill (fists) on 1:15
5x100IM on 1:45
2x100 SDK back w/mono-fin
(skipped the 6x75 Fly/FR/Fly due to both calf's cramping)
Coach Steve said that I can break the one minute barrier at the next upcoming meet, if I can hold 31's on :50 (8x50).
Coach Janine has been keeping me on the 75's with the same intent!
Catalina Channel Part 2
The clock started at 10 minutes past midnight, July 20th. The water temperature was a comfortable cool 64 degrees. There was no evidence of the ¾ moon as the cloud cover presented us with a low ceiling…. I thought it was always sunny in LA. To my right was kayaker Peter Phillips. His kayak lit up with a few green glow sticks. To my left was Tobey Ann Saracino… to her left was the mighty Outrider; a 50’ fishing charter boat and one of 2 certified escorts for the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation (CCSF). The cabin was well lit up, and they had a light shining on us also. It was hard to identify the people watching us from the side, as they were back-lit by the boat’s lighting but silhouettes were always visible. I could see Tobey better through the water than above, likewise the kayak to my right. I felt good; breathing every 3 strokes and though I was looking for sea life, there was little to be seen except for a few jellyfish and some chains of phytoplankton. Tobey and I were getting stung frequently, but I assumed that there were lots of renegade tentacles floating around… nothing like the lion’s-mane-wrap-around stings like we’ve been hit with back east, and the discomfort of these little “hits” would fade quickly.
Twenty minutes passes and its time for the first feed. The strobe that I hoped would be a clear signal proved to be useless with the bright lights behind, and a chorus of “FEED!... FEED!... FEED! “ would become the standard communication between all aboard the Outrider and yours truly for the foreseeable future.
Tobey dropped back; I made my way to the boat; bottles dropped; glug…glug… glug; swim onward. Repeat. The only variation being that on every hour, the flavor of my feed would change from EFS fruit punch to ginger tea sweetened with agave nectar. Tobey exited the water on my 5th feed… 1hour 40minutes of swimming. Any night time anxiety I may have had was gone, I was feeling good, and told myself that I was almost 20% through with my swim. Soon the sun would be rising.
Some time went by and John Humenik took the plunge to join me for a bit. John is a super-lean swimming machine and I was a bit concerned that he would catch a chill swimming at my pace. If he did, he kept it well hidden from me, and also kept his exposure to 20 minutes.
Somewhere between 4 and 6 hours, we had a kayak switch. The outrider pulled ahead to let Beth Barnes enter the water and as we made our way toward the boat, the change over was made. Daybreak was upon us now. The lights came on so gradually that it was hard to notice, and the heavy overcast added to this effect. The air was heavy with the smell of bacon and it made me happy to know that the crew would soon be enjoying breakfast. This was Beth’s first crossing and I have to say she was extremely focused and held a straight line and consistent distance the whole time…. Still, on the one occasion when I had to hurl, I was careful to do it while facing the other way.
I had warned everyone that I would not be conversing much during the swim, and indeed the only communications I had with the boat were to confirm that I was eliminating the surplus of my feeds regularly… a learned skill, and I think I am somewhat of an expert.
A quick thumbs up in response to “are you peeing?” …. No need for words.
There were a few other quick communications: once when my feed came to me too hot, and once when Jim requested that I consume some water as he thought the electrolyte content of my feeds was extremely high. He may be right. I cut my hourly intake by 1/3 for this swim and will probably cut it further for the English Channel.
About half way, there was a noticeable drop in temperature… down to 62 degree. With a long way still to go, I thought this would be a problem as I fully expected the temperature to keep dropping as we approached the mainland. This I believe is the norm, but not today. 62 would be the low, and it only lasted for a couple of hours.
Though I wasn’t keeping track of time, I knew that my hopeful goal between 9 and 10 hours had come and gone and still the mainland was nowhere in site, but I felt like I could keep on going so I never asked “how much longer?”, “where are we?”, or any other questions that I really didn’t want to know the answer to. Harris was keeping my FB page updated and told me later that he thought I should be a bit more conversational….. nonsense. There really isn’t much I want to say.
There were several wildlife viewing opportunities for those aboard the Outrider that included dozens of dolphins, a handful of sea lions, and a 10’ blue shark. I saw none of these, but knew of their presence. The dolphins were swimming close to me and I could hear their chattering squeaks and whistles. I saw Beth turn quickly to her right; it startled me and she said there was a sea lion, but the kayak was between it and me. The entire gang rushed to the back of the boat and there was pointing and they were looking with binoculars… Tobey was in the water with me on her second shift; and she noticed this as well though there were no words exchanged between us. My pre-swim address to my crew included a few “please, do nots”…. Please, do not let me see you eating/drinking/puking/shivering/praying/fishing/sleeping/crying/etc, but I failed to mention: Please do not all run to the back of the boat at once like there is a big shark following us. Though seriously, I was never worried and in the dark moment of self doubt I even thought that a nosey shark might be just the thing I need to be able to resign from this seemingly endless swim with dignity.
I was certainly feeling the burn in my mouth, sinus and throat now but was otherwise pain free. I had stopped trying to keep track of the time in my head, but knew I was somewhere between 11 and 13 hours. The currents were quite strong, I was covering less than a quarter mile between feeds, and when I stopped to feed, I was being swept to the back of the boat in those few seconds. As John retrieved my bottles, I asked (looking for some affirmation) “I’m not really going forward… am I?” John’s response was over the top and hysterical… “DON’T BE A PUSSY!” …. I nearly puked from laughing… 20 minutes to the next feed became my mantra.
------- to be continued---------
Bike, 30 minutes
Failure of any real exercise. Just no time. I spent hours driving back from Pittsburgh (why is driving so very exhausting?!?!) while Mr. Fort stayed for some work. Then I hopped on the bike only briefly and had to run off to our last Monday night meet. Only one meet left on Saturday, Divisional Champs and then "I'm free, free at last." We're skipping All Stars this year for the beach.
And happily, it appears that the complaints and hubbub that ensued when the Aquatic Center abruptly and inexplicably terminated our masters program (and proposed a workout blog with a "life fitness" coach) have resulted in an about face. They have "re-hired" Cheryl after advertising the position. Our proposed new practice hours are slightly different (a late morning practice on Sat. after the pool officially opens at 10:30) and a Friday open make up day for weekends when the pool is closed for meets. The 4:45 am practices are still not on the schedule, but that too is under discussion. I know many are bummed about the Saturday practice, but I may actually attend it more, though it is distance free day. I could use it as distance kick day.
The whole incident was preposterous and political. What was really irksome is that one got the feeling the pool staff thought they were running a retirement community where everyone had to take what is offered ... The suggestion of a "life fitness" coach to a team with many competitors on a regional, national and international basis was just ludicrous. I'm at least glad that my kids will grow up not thinking that adults are virtual invalids.
I plan to go to bikram yoga and my evening practice tomorrow.
On other news, Mr. Fort is agitating to do the Reston century ride on Aug. 22 with his new bike. http://www.restonbikeclub.org/restoncentury/. This conflicts with Zones, but Fort Son is in charge of my youngest, which means that he will do nothing other than keep her alive.
Updated July 27th, 2010 at 10:05 AM by The Fortress
On Saturday, took a 12.5 mile bike ride with seven 45 second surges.
Sunday, did a 2 mile easy run at a 9:30 per mile pace.
I swam with the Sharks this morning SCY
I swam by myself after work. SCY
Coach Alex w/sharks
400 Warmup 50 free/50 back
8 x 75 K/D/Swim Choice :10r
8 x 100 Even Pace (I held pace for 6 then descended) :10-15r
4 x 200 Pace again (I descended from pace)
2 x 400 (We only did one)
I think the crazy fast guys did both and then some..
100 Warm Down
Then after work
2 x 100 Kick
10 x 50 desc by sets of 2
6 x 100 Even Free, Odd's back
200 pull (Tried pull buoy again, didn't like it this time)
3 x 100 Even ez pace. warmed down on the last one
I did 5350 Today, The after work was just relaxing.
I need to start every week like this.
Two weeks until Summer Nationals
2 X 250 4:30
2 X 150 2:45
2 X 100 1:45
4 X 150 3:30
100 kick/50 swim
5 X 100 choice
stroke: 2:15 or stroke/free
Perfect technique swim
4 X 50
odds: blocks, sprint 20 and easy finish
evens: build to race finish
RACE PACE SET
3 X 200 broken @ race pace 6:00
Broken :10 at each 50
3 X 100 broken @ race pace 6:00
broken :10 at the 50
WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00
Mon Jul 26th 2010
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swam Wed Jul 21st
did around 1500
6:30 TO 8:00
Austin UT Swim Center main pool
swam with tyler, mike, ritchie, ned doug, & paul
dove in at 6:50ish
20 x 50
5 on 55
5 on 50
5 on 45
5 on 40
20 x 100
5 on 1:35
5 on 1:30
5 on 1:25
5 on 1:20
did a few easy 50's
went 26 or 7
Started raining while I was swimming. Was nice.
1 x 400 - alternate 100 swim - 50 kick - 50 drill
(1st 200 free, 2nd 200 back all continuous)
4 x 100/1:50
(1-2 free, 3-4 back)
Swim with dives
8 x 50/1:10 25 Fast - 25 smooth
(no blocks so did these from a push
all free times around 40-42)
4 x 100/1:55
3 x 100/1:45
2 x 100/1:35
1 x 100/1:25
(started these at around 1:28, by #10 was at 1:35.)
4 x 100/1:50
2 x 100/1:45
100 easy back
Total: 2900 meters
(150 free/150 back)
(100 free/100 back)
6 x 50/1:00 ds 3
(1-3 free, 44->38; 4-6 back, 48->42)
8 x 25/30 Strong
(did odds IM order, evens free)
1 x 500/20sr smooth (7:50)
4 x 125/2:15 build each (1:50-1:55)
1 x 400/20sr smooth (6:25)
4 x 100/1:45 ds (1:35±)
1 x 300/20sr smooth (did back on this – 5:00)
4 x 75/1:25 Strong (did back on these, 1:15±)
1 x 200/20sr smooth (3:15)
4 x 50/1:00 Stronger (42-43)
1 x 100/20sr smooth (did back on this – 1:40)
4 x 25/40 FAST (did back on these, :20±)
4 x 50/1:00 smooth
Kick - No board or fins
1 x 200 IM/20sr easy
2 x 50 Flutter side to side/15sr moderate
2 x 50 Dolphin on back/10sr strong
4 x 25 Flutter on back/5sr FAST
1 x 200 Flutter with board and fins/AFAP (went 2:55, new fins!)
100 ez free and back
Total: 5000 meters
Updated July 26th, 2010 at 06:41 PM by poolraat
No energy today at all. My sprints or rather attempts at sprints were dismal at best. then again I am doing longer races not sprints at Nationals, except relays.
500 Free broken as 50-100-150-200@:10R
500 Free kick w/fins broken as 200-150-100-50@:10R
8x25@1:00 Fly w/fins SPRINT held about 18-19
300 Back kick w/fins
5x100@2:00 Free 35 meters easy 30 meters Sprint (into & out of wall) 35 meters easy
500 Free broken as 50-100-150-200 @:10R w/snorkle
500 Free easy
Total 3000 meters
07/23/10 - 07/25/10
2010 South Central Long Course
breathed air on first stroke after turn
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swam Wed Jul 21st
did around 1500
5:30 TO 7:00
Austin UT Swim Center div well
swam with tyler, larry, mike, chris, ned
wore a brief
dove in at 7:05
assigned: 4 x 200 fr desc
did 100 fr, skip, skip,
100 fr easy speed
assigned: 4 x 150 fr desc
did 50, 50, 50
150 fr done 125 easy speed 25 mod
assigned: 4 x 100
did 100 easy
100 easy speed went 62
assigned 4 x 50
did 50 easy 50 easy speed
Well, I swam in meet yesterday and have come to the conclusion that it really sucks to race long course when I do not even train in a long course pool. Basically the meet turned into a long course workout for me. My times were frustrating to me and know Im much faster than what I did in the pool yesterday.
My first event was the 200fly and felt fine for the first 150 meters. However, I then totally lost my legs and was swimming a verticle fly for the last 50. Im sure it did not look pretty because then I could barely get my arms outta the water. Granted maybe lifting day before probably not good idea but it is what it is. Long course is just a different beast and for me anyways, I cant race smart if I dont train in long course.
I was thinking of doing long course meet next weekend as my mini taper meet but now have decided to bag the idea. I would rather continue to train hard in my little ole 25yard pool and keep doing my P90x and stuff.
Sometimes I think I am a better at practice than at meets. Also, kinda weird, but for some reason I even feel faster in my drag suit than my jammers I wore at the 2 long course meets. I think it might have to do with something about feeling the water on the thighs in my drag suit, who knows, maybe its mental!
Anyways, I took today off, played golf with my son then had a air soft war with him. Then tossed around football with him. Football starts for him tomorrow, always our favorite time of year!
Another warm swim today at Forest Park with the nasti's! Here's what I did:
**400 warm-up (100 swim/ 100 kick/ 100 pull/ 100 swim)
**Super 1,000 swim @ 1:00 per 50 interval base (50-100-50-150-50-200-50-150-50-100-50)
**6 X 50 Kick on 1:00 I used fins
**4 X through:
100 free on 2:00 interval
100 free on 2:00
50 stroke/50 free on 2:10
100 IM (I did free) on 2:10
100 stroke (I did free) on 2:10
**ez 100 cool-down
Although this was not a particularly challenging workout the stifling water temp waned motivation and most swimmers got out after the 2nd or 3rd round of 100's. I happened to know Greg was cooking egg/ham/cheese sandwiches after the workout so I used that as my motivation to do the entire set. I normally feel better the closer I get to the end so why not go for it!
Last night was "Rock the District" in downtown Carmel. This is one of those eating and drinking street festivals with 2 or 3 stages set-up with various bands and entertainment. I was surprised when the band from late 80's or early 90's "The Why Store" started playing! You just never know what you'll find for free these days!
Afterwards I stayed up till 2:00 a.m. watching season 1 of "Weeds". I am going to run out here in a moment and purchase season 2!
Only 2 weeks of summer vaca remain! I'm going to make the best of it!!
I officiated a summer league meet in the morning on one of the hottest days of the summer. Shockingly, I didn't DQ anyone. Almost 4 hours, dripping wet, took endurolytes after. Then I spent 5 hours driving to Pittsburgh, with my usual bad traffic luck. No workouts at all. Spent the evening trying a new suavignon blanc at a high school grad party.
Swim/SCY/Jimby & Solo @ Sewickley Y:
I have no idea what came over me, or possessed me. Perhaps it was the quiet and cool of the pool. Or perhaps I needed water therapy. But I set a masters PR with 2.25 hours of swimming and 6700+ yards. Whodathunk?
lol, arrived a bit late and Jimby and I went right into the Jimby set.
10 x through (I used fins):
100 free @ 1:30
2 x 50 @ :45
On the 50s, I alterated 2 kick and 2 stroke
Jimby left to attend a very important water volleyball tournament at a summer league pool.
(Combining a bit of technique, speed & endurance)
6 x (10 x 50) + 50 EZ between each set of 10
1-10 = breast pull w/buoy
(worked on lunging and DPS, 4 strokes per length)
11-20 = backstroke kick, no fins @ 1:00
25 fast + 25 easy
21-30 = easy speed fly + EZ
(my fly felt fantastic, really long and easy, first time in forever)
31-40 = dolphin kick w/board, no fins @ 1:0
25 fast + 25 easy
41-50 = breast pull w/buoy @ 1:00
(same as above)
51-60 = 25 shooter + 25 easy @ 1:00
alternate belly & back shooters
8 x through:
1 x 100 free w/paddles @ 1:30
1 x 50 easy kick w/paddles as kickboard @ 1:00
(went about 75%+ on #4, went 1:02; went about 80%+ on #8, went 1:00)
Halfway through this set, the backstroke flags were removed (so no back w/paddles) and the huge teenagers and adults started going off the diving board. It's unbelievable how much wake this produces in the adjacent lane.
I was rather amazed when I added up the yardage. Feel sort of like a distance swimmer. Haha. I am a bit tired now, but it was nice not to feel so frustrated swimming. Off to have dinner with friends. Not sure what I'll be able to squeeze in tomorrow, as I have to drive back to DC and get to our last Monday night summer league meet. Hopefully, I'll have time for something in between.
Congrats to all those doing the OW swims in Vermont or surviving the DC cesspool which is Hains Point.
Swam with the sharks LCM
Made it up as we went.
300 Warm up
4 x 200 Descend on 3:30
6 x 50 Kick :10r
8 x 100 Odd's Descend, Even's Pace on 1:45
It started raining at the end of the 7th 100
Then it started pouring!!!!
It was kind of neat swimming during a rain like that.
We decided to call it after about 10 min's of solid rain.
The guard never left her chair.
She was looking for lightning in the distance.
As we were finishing up putting the lane lines back in we heard thunder.
Good time to clear the pool!!
I was excited to swim at the park today with Nasti's, it's been a while for me! With the outlandish temperatures being recorded in Indiana this week I knew the water would be uncomfortable. I arrived a bit late and missed a total set. I really didn't mind; I've been working hard this week and felt like an easy day was in order for me. Here's what I ended up doing:
**8 X 50 Free on 1:00
**4 X (200 moderate free on 4:00// 2 X 100 stroke on 2:00 // 200 Free w the 1st 100 time trial and 2nd easy)
Normally I would have kept going and finished up what I missed by myself but today my main goal was to socialize! I hopped out of the water and grabbed a cup'o'joe and spent the next hour or so on deck shooting the breeze with my Nasti friends!
Tomorrow I will work hard with the motivation of egg/sausage/cheese sandwiches on-deck after the swim!!
Got in a quick 1800 yard workout at the Y
2 x 300: 100 swim/100 kick/100 swim with 30 seconds rest
2 x 300 with fins: 100 kick/100 swim/100 kick with 30 seconds rest
2 x 300: 100 swim/100 kick/100 swim with 30 seconds rest
On Wednesday, took two walks of 1.25 miles. Thursday, I did absolutely nothing which seems to be typical of my summer mode these days.
Updated July 26th, 2010 at 08:57 PM by elise526
My 15 min. drive to the pool took 1.5 hours.
Nothing like closing down 3 lanes of 4 lane
highway for a weekend paving project.
Then closing the exit rams so I had to drive
5 miles past my normal exit.
I still got 45 min's of swimming in.
The team was doing a set of 15 or so 100's
So i swam about 500 warmup
6x100 Kick :10r
3 x (10 x 25 on :25)
Round 1 Work Breakout
Round 2 Work Finish
Round 3/2/1/0 Breaths by 25
4x75 k/dr/swim by 25 IM order :10r
Work on turns...
Alex really helped some swimmers with turns.
It's awesome seeing normal open turn swimmers
trying flip turns!!!
Great Job Coach!!!!
I went to the early-morning LCM workout at Asphalt Green. Once again, I saw tons and tons of people milling around near the park during my cab ride over. I have been wondering each of the last few weeks why so many folks are out on the street at 5:45 on a weekend morning, but I have finally solved the mystery: they are waiting in line to wait in line for free Shakespeare in the Park tickets. Apparently Central Park is officially closed until 6 am (who knew?!), at which point all these folks stream into the park to camp out and wait until tickets are distributed at 1 for that night’s performance. Mystery solved!
Here’s the workout I did this morning:
500 lcm warmup
8 x 50 FR (25 heads up / 25 dps)
8 x 50 BK w/ 15m uw kick off walls [I actually managed to get close to 15m underwater, and experimented with different angles off the wall]
Vertical kicking (flutter): :10 kick / :10 rest / :20 kick / :20 rest / :30 kick
200 reverse IM drill
400 FR pull, negative split
Vertical kicking (dolphin): :10 kick / :10 rest / :20 kick / :20 rest / :30 kick
200 reverse IM drill
400 FR pull
12 x 100 FR: 4 @ 1:50, 4 @ 1:45, 4 @ 1:40 [I did every 4th one FR/BK]
Warmdown: 8 x 50, 2 @ :55, 2 @ 1:00, 2 @ 1:05, 2 @ 1:10
I am feeling pretty tired and sore today, and more just did this workout rather than looking for specific opportunities to work on my individual goals. I did get in some good work on the 50s backstroke, and used the final 12 x 100 to think about my upcoming 2m OW race.