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  1. 10/11/10

    by , October 11th, 2010 at 04:06 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    600 Warm up
    3X 200 free 3:00
    100 kick 2:00

    10x50s fast free :50

    8 x 100 2:00 odds free, evens IM

    3X 200 free 3:00
    100 kick 2:00

    300 cool down
  2. Pacemakers and ICDs

    I had open heart surgery (quadruple by-pass) in 2004 and was given a pacemaker. I weghted 265 lbs. at the time. ( I weighted 305 lbs. in 1992). I started rehab and lost 35 lbs. I started swimming (no high school or college experience).

    My heart continued to get weaker and in 2006 they gave me an ICD (Implantable Cardio Difribullator).

    By 2008, I had dropped my weight to 195 lbs. and had learned all the strokes. I went to the Nationals in Austin that year and won 5 medals including the 50 yard butterfly. (I had disc surgery on my back in 1976.)

    The Yale Medical school is conducting a study on athletes from ages 10-60 who compete on a regular basis. (I am 69 and there is a runner 80.) After several years of recruiting, they currently have 300 athletes but only two (2) swimmers. They want 100 more athletes.

    I would like to here from any swimmers who compete with these devices or from anyone who might know of someone who competes with these devices. There are 100,000 ICDs implanted every year and almost all recipents chose to sit on their big fat sofas!

    I want to get the word out that this device is not a "death sentence".

    Jim Oster
    a/k/a - Mr. Pacemaker
  3. Mon Oct 11, 2010

    by , October 11th, 2010 at 12:14 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Oct 11, 2010

    did not swim on Saturday or Sunday

    Went to ACL Festival Sun Afternoon & evening

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    Whitney Coached
    7:30 to 9:00
    UT Swim Center main pool
    arrived 8:30 missed warm up
    swam with marcio and Mike
    beside larry, teneille jon max & ritchie



    400 fr

    100 k went 1:13

    300 fr

    100 k went 1;12

    200 fr

    100 easy

    8 x 25 no breather

    100 k pretty fast
    went 1:04
  4. 10/11 Practice

    by , October 11th, 2010 at 10:19 AM (Random Nonsense)
    Warm up
    - 2x150 swim/kick/swim
    - 4x50 drill swim
    - 200 pull
    - 100 kick
    (Time trial was supposed to be 100 bk, but we were not setup for competition and worse, no backstroke flags. No one time trialed).
    - 200 build (2:07) (I built from strong to all out)
    Main Set
    - 4x150 swim on 2:00
    - 4x150 pull w/paddles and buoy on 2:00
    - 100 kick w/ fins ez
    - 6x50 swim w/fins on 1:10 (29,28,27,28,27,27)
    - 100 kick w/fins ez
    - 4x50 swim w/fins on 1:05 (26,26,26,25)
    - 100 kick w/fins ez
    - 2x50 swim w/fins on 1:00 (25,25)
    - 100 kick w/fins ez
    Cool down
    - 200 ez

    The 50s were fast, faster and fastest. This doesn't seem like quite enough rest to be speed work, but I don't know what else to call it.

    I noticed my flip tuns seem to slam when I am wearing fins, aka I go into the wall with much more torque on the turn. This makes me think that I am depending on my arms to pull me over without using my legs to push me over during my flips. Lifetime is closed this week and I would like to play around and video tape my flip turn, but I might have to make a note to do this at the beginning of November.

    Not shaving for the Halloween meet.
  5. Monday, 10/11/10

    by , October 11th, 2010 at 09:57 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, in Boise with masters group

    2 x (100 swim-50 kick-50 drill)

    600 pull neg. split

    5 x 50 @ :50, :45, :50, :40, :50


    600 neg. split, 30 sr (8:17)

    3 x 200 neg. split, 20 sr (ave 2:45)

    6 x 100 strong 10 sr (ave 1:22)

    4 x 100 @ 2:15 25 back kick/25 back drills

    Cool down
    100 easy

    Total: 3550 yards
  6. To swim or not to swim on a holiday

    by , October 11th, 2010 at 07:26 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Our aquatic center has been closed on some strange holidays since the county took it over again. I expected to see it closed but did not remember any signs up so I took a chance and it was open! Even so I was late this morning by about 15 minutes.

    10x100@1:40 Free holding 1:30's
    500 Free kick w/fins every 3rd lap FAST

    next set was decending
    100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy in 1:25
    200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy in 2:50
    100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy in 1:20
    200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy in 2:40
    100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy in 1:17
    200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouy in 2:35
    100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy in 1:15

    300 Breast kick w/fins ouch my thighs still hurt from Saturday
    200 free as alternate 25 1 arm drill/25 swim

    Total 3000 yards
  7. Update, Oct. 10

    by , October 10th, 2010 at 10:02 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    No news is not good news is the blogging world, generally. I'm still struggling with bronchitis and asthma. Thought I was substantially better today. Then I left my house without my inhaler (stacked on the counter with other medication) and had an asthma problem. My chest and lungs are burning. Still, I feel like the illness has abated. So if I can just stop coughing, I will try to hit the pool tomorrow, though my kids are out of school. At this point, I doubt I'll swim the Sprint Classic on Oct. 24. I've been out of the water too long (10 days now) and don't feel like swimming completely unprepared or with creaky lungs. It will probably just be better to ramp it up slowly and aim for December. This has not been my year.

    I also feel bad for my Savageman relay mate who was attempting to PR in the Chicago marathon today. He was on pace for a sub 3:00 marathon, but got shooting cramps in the hamstrings at the 25K mark and had to go to the medical tent.

    All is not easy in the world of sport. But, as masters, there are always plenty more chances.

    I did spend most of Saturday glued to the computer watching Kona, which was awesome and inspiring.
  8. Outdoors still! in WI

    by , October 10th, 2010 at 06:38 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    A beautiful morning in WI. 80 degrees expected for today. Though I would try for a few more outdoor workouts.

    700 WU (last 200 kick)

    4x (250 Pull FR, 4x25 execution style)

    250 = mod to easy concentrate on keeping low heart rate and maintaining good form

    4x25 2 sets FR 2 sets BR work on component of stroke well and build to fast holding that component.

    easy 100
  9. Hot cocoa and cool breezes

    The November 6th Veterans Day swim race I signed up for is less than a month away, and so I made the most of the lovely sunny weather we’ve had this weekend to get in as much OW swimming as possible. The water was a bit colder than last weekend, but at 64-66 degrees is still pretty comfortable.

    On Friday morning I went out to Brighton Beach with a couple of swim buddies and got in about 1.5 miles. We were different speeds, so since there were just the 3 of us in the water I would swim for a while then circle back so we never got too far apart. The day was warm and sunny, and it was comfortable just standing around on the beach when I got out. You don’t expect that here in October!

    On Saturday morning I swam with the CIBBOWS group, and ended up doing the whole 5K loop with a couple of other swimmers of similar speeds. The water was beautiful and clear, with just a few nonstinging jellies hanging around about 2 feet below the surface. At the far end of the loop, you swim by various Coney Island attractions, such as the Wonder Wheel (a big ferris wheel), the Cyclone, and the Parachute Drop. That’s definitely my favorite part of the swim—the scenery makes up for having to swim near the fishy-smelling pier, which always scares me a little.

    For today’s swim, I did an aquarium IM. I was inspired by reading this story about the swimmers who did a Golden Gate Bridge IM (one bridge span, or about a mile, of each stroke). I have always loved doing all 4 strokes in open water, and even once swam IM in an open-water race (the 2009 Liberty Island swim). But a mile of each stroke in water as cold as San Francisco’s is really impressive. It’s beyond what I can do now, but I would love to train and race for a swim like that!

    So this morning I did a mini version by swimming down to the New York Aquarium, which is enclosed by a long low wall (about 300m long if I got my Google Pedometer points right) that runs parallel to shore and is easily visible from the water. I then swam one length of the wall each stroke. Both my fly and breast lengths were swum into some rolling swells, and I developed a pretty good feel for gliding after each stroke until I was cresting the next wave, then popping out and breathing and diving back down into the water. It was totally fun. And swimming backstroke while looking up at the sunny blue sky is just wonderful. Luckily I didn’t run (literally) into any other swimmers while swimming on my back, although I think a few had to dodge me. There were a lot of us out bouncing around in the waves.

    Commuting out to the beach and back everyday has netted me a lot of subway time this weekend. The trip out takes just about an hour if the trains are running right. It’s actually pretty ride, or at least parts of it are. The train surfaces between Manhattan and Brooklyn to go across the Manhattan Bridge, with views of the Brooklyn Bridge and of Governors Island and the Statue of Liberty to the south. Seeing the water shining in the distance makes me feel excited and impatient to get out to the beach and swim in it myself. The train goes back underground on the Brooklyn side, but then resurfaces about half way to the beach, travelling through the sort of gracious neighborhoods with single family houses and tree-lined streets that it’s easy to forget exist when you live in Manhattan. I’m looking forward to watching the leaves change each week as I ride out for my open-water swims.

    The long subway ride also gave me plenty of time to read the sports page this morning, and it was full of good news. Yankees sweep the Twins, my Spartans trounce U. of M., Auburn wins, Bama loses. Plus, there was a sweet article about Joan Benoit—it turns out she does a bit of open water swimming off the coast of Maine after her runs. Maine! When I read that, I decided that whatever the water temp was today, I wouldn’t complain, because it has to be way warmer here than Maine, plus I am much better insulated than any sub-3hour marathoner could possibly be. (Joanie ran a 2:47 today in Chicago, at age 53. )

    So that’s three straight days of OW swimming, plus another planned for tomorrow. So far I haven’t had any problems with the cold, because there hasn’t been much. The only time I felt a bit chilled was when I stopped too long to chat and bask in the middle of Saturday’s 5K, and a few minutes of hard swimming fixed that.

    Even in these relatively mild conditions, I'm thankful for the thermos of hot cocoa I've been packing for the end of my swims. Wearing earplugs also seems to suit me well, and may have been one of the reasons I haven't been feeling cold after my swims. Mostly, I’m just happy to get in lots of comfortable swim time now, and store up memories of swimming while the sun is shining and the water is inviting, because I think those memories will help sustain me as the weather and water turn inevitably colder during the coming weeks.

  10. October 9th - Roseville meet

    by , October 10th, 2010 at 12:36 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    On Saturday I made it to the “SPOOK-TACULAR” BB+/- at the Roseville Aquatics Center.I swam the 200IM, 100 BK and the 100FR. I established first times for the first 2 events and tried for the first time at a USA-S meet to break a minute in the 100FR. I blew both far end turns by only getting a half foot push off. However the time was identical to my time in March at Berkeley, and there I didn't make mistakes, I was just tired. I'm sure I could of had it, had I not blown those turns, so I'm just kicking myself today!
    In September I turned 49, which means this is my last year in this age group, which really sucks because I'm not leaving any good times behind, however I still have a few months so I'm just gonna work and drive harder.
  11. Along day at the pool but more talk than swim

    by , October 9th, 2010 at 04:35 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Talked alot today to various people and I had one swimmer I coach come this morning. I used the opportunity to kick alot under water while watching her. So I guess I got a good leg workout.

    My left elbow is still giving me fits but I can still swim. The left ankle is healing well and I did alot of breast kick and swim today too.
    I had no clock today either.

    1000 Free as 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
    500 various kicks in 25's
    200 Breast kick w/fins
    4x50 Breast w/paddles & fins
    200 Breast kick w/fins
    4x50 Breast w/paddles & fins
    200 Breast kick w/fins
    200 Back kick streamline NO FINS!

    Total 2700 yards
  12. Saturday, 10/9/10

    by , October 9th, 2010 at 03:23 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, with Coach Kelsey in Boise

    200 swim
    100 kick
    300 IM as 25 kick/25 drill/25 swim

    Kick set
    2 x
    (1st time on back, 2nd flutter w/board
    200 was 3:37, 3:40; 100 was 1:45 for both; 50 was 52 for both)

    Backstroke set
    4 x 50 drill/1:00; 2-1 arm, 2-catchup
    4 x 100 pull/2:00 neg split
    (went 1:29-1:30 on these)

    Main set
    swim back
    1 x 200/3:15 neg split (3:01)
    1 x 150/2:30 build (2:15)
    1 x 100/1:45 neg split (1:30)
    1 x 50 fast (39)

    swim free
    1 x 200/3:00 neg split (2:45)
    1 x 150/2:15 build (2:02)
    1 x 100/1:30 neg split (1:21)
    1 x 50 fast (36)

    Snorkel set
    3 x 100/1:45 pull with p & b

    Cool down
    100 easy

    Total: 3200 yards

    Updated October 9th, 2010 at 05:47 PM by poolraat

  13. A week out of the h2o

    I hadn't been in the water this week for various reasons so the pool was a welcome site.
    I did get a good bit of dryland training in this week.
    I have really been trying to focus on getting my legs in shape.

    Todays practice reminded me why I can't stand the 100 distance of any event. The intervals were tight for me but I figured that would help me with my 500.

    500 Choice
    8 x 75 (Kick, drill, swim by 25) @1:30
    12 x 25 @ 30 (dec. groups of 3)

    4 x 100 @ 1:20
    100 EZ
    4 x 100 @ 1:20
    100 EZ
    4 x 100 @ 1:20
    100 EZ
    4 x 100 @ 2:00 FAST
    100 EZ

    8 x 75 (50 Pull, 25 Kick) @1:15

    200 W/D

  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -10/11/10

    by , October 8th, 2010 at 04:20 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 200 3:15
    4 X 150 2:15
    5 X 100 1:30

    Intervals: 50's :45 100's: 1:30 150's: 2:15
    200: 3:00

    2 X 200 kick 4:00
    2 X 100 kick 2:15
    8 X 25 sprint kick :45

    4 X {3 X 100 2:15
    #1: easy
    #2: build
    #3: FAST
    All choice

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  15. 10/8 Practice - 200 free splits

    by , October 8th, 2010 at 02:08 PM (Random Nonsense)
    I've been sick since Tuesday, started on antibiotics almost immediately so my symptoms have been very mild. Missed practice Wednesday and almost talked myself out of practice this morning. Really just very achy and rundown more than anything.

    Warm up
    - 300 swim
    - 300 kick w/ fins
    - 300 back
    - 3x100 build on 1:30 held 1:09s
    Time Trial
    - 50 fly (obviously I didn't pick the stroke) 28.6, 13.3 at the turn
    Main Set
    - 2x200 swim
    - 100 kick w/ fins dolphin
    - 2x150 back
    - 100 kick w/fins back
    - 3x100 (don't remember)
    - 100 kick w/fins back
    - 8x50 on :45 held sub :35
    - 100 kick w/fins back
    Cool Down
    - 200

    This is the coach who was taking my splits at the meet: http://www.dailynewsofopenwaterswimm...-s-hummer.html If you read the article, or if you know Shannon, it isn't really a surprise that she is giving me a little coaching after each race.

    Splits: 27.71 30.51 30.86 30.65

    I went out a little fast for that backend, but what really needs to happen is my conditioning needs to improve to make 29 highs out of those 30 mids. Soon.

    I wonder if I would split better if I thought about bringing it home the last 75 instead of the last 50?

    The other NT went a 1:56, going out in a 25 mid coming home in a 31 low. Very happy I swam my own race and didn't have to swim his last 50. Ouch.
  16. Friday, 10/8/10

    by , October 8th, 2010 at 11:55 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up
    300 free and back
    200 pull with snorkel
    100 kick
    4 x 50/1:00 ds back
    (went 45->40)

    Swim Backstroke
    2 x 25/30 smooth build (around 20)
    2 x 25/30 strong build (under 20)
    2 x 25/1:00 Very fast backstroke
    (2nd one was 16, not sure of time on 1st one)

    2 x 50/1:00 smooth build (around 44-45)
    2 x 50/1:00 strong build (around 41-42)
    2 x 50/1:30 Very fast backstroke (37, 36)

    2 x 75/1:20 smooth build (around 1:10)
    2 x 75/1:20 strong build (around 1:07-:08)
    2 x 75/2:30 Very fast backstroke (1st was about :59, maybe a little faster; 2nd was 56)

    1 x 300/20sr smooth (went 6:25)
    2 x 150/15sr build (went 3:05, 3:02)
    4 x 75/10sr ds (went 1:30 ->1:25)

    Cool down
    100 easy

    Total: 2700 yards
  17. Funtastic Friday 10/8/10

    by , October 8th, 2010 at 11:27 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    This was a fun and challenging workout. I only did 300 for the warm up and a 300 EZ at the end to cool off. Then I went to lift. I love my Friday late morning.

    Warm up
    600 100 free/100 back

    500 on 6:45
    5X 100 on 1:30
    4X50 kick :50
    400 on 5:40
    4X100 on 1:30
    4X50 kick :55
    300 on 4:20
    3X100 on 1:30
    4X50 kick 1:00
    1X200 on 2:50
    2X100 on 1:30
    1X100 on 1:15
    1X100 on 1:30

    I held solid 1:20's on the 1:30's and feel pretty happy with that. The 500 and 400 might have been done ona longer interval...but we didn't loaf. Took an extra minute before the 3 x 100 so we did quality swims. I swam in just a brief though and without my drag suit. It's really made me a faster swimmer by wearing it for most of my workouts.
    On the fast 100 I got a 1:14 or 1:15 took a breath and pushed off into the last 1:30.
    Weights were good even if I was a little tired.

    Updated October 8th, 2010 at 12:18 PM by SwimStud

  18. How Am I Supposed To Breathe Without Air?

    by , October 8th, 2010 at 11:03 AM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    The pool chemicals are still causing me to burn. I hope that Coach gets his computer fixed soon so he can monitor better. Having trouble looking at this bright computer screen...

    Today's set was a test of my ability to keep up. 3 400's in a row, and by the 150 I was woefully behind. We did some sprints at the end, and I felt okay again, but I gotta figure out how to keep up without dying (other than sitting out a 50, which works, too.)

    400 Long swim
    3x400 = 100 build, 50 fast, 200 med., 50 fast
    8x150 50 kick, 100 swim (2 fly, 2 back, 2 free, 2 breast)
    12 x 25 = 3, 1, 1, 0 breaths x3
    6x50 on :50
    50 back

    didn't get to...
    6x100, 25 choice 75 free
    6x50 kick fly
    200 warm down

    OK, question with the hypoxic set up there. I was wiped from the 150's, so I did 3 25's of regular free, and then one 25 of no breath, which was not easy. When I got out of the pool, Coach was all, "what was with the taking 8 breaths when you were supposed to take 3? And 9 when you were supposed to take 1?" Go figure he would be watching at the time that I was slacking.

    But then I was kind of remembering forum discussions about the pros and cons of different kinds of hypoxic training, and I couldn't remember which was the correct argument in time to bring this to Coach. So I'll go digging through the forums while I try to figure out the best way to increase my lung capacity. In the meantime, anyone want to share their thoughts? (For my money, I like one length no breath much better than one length three breaths, and kind of love under/overs, wish I had an SDK strong enough to make them work, but have to use frog kick.)
  19. FAST Fri Oct 8th, 2010

    by , October 8th, 2010 at 10:25 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    FAST Fri Oct 8th, 2010

    saw eddie reese and had some nice conversations

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    Whitney Coached
    5:15 to 6:30
    UT Swim Center diving well
    warmer water, bordering on too warm
    swam with ned beside doug tyler todd mike & tenielle
    dove in on time

    300 easy


    4 x 50 fr on 2:00
    went 26, 25 25 24

    200 easy

    3 x 100 fr on 3:00
    went 57 55 56

    200 easy

    2 x 200 fr on 5:00
    went 2:03 2:02

    200 easy
    switched into yingfa jammer

    500 strong for time
    went 5:25

    200 easy

    8 x 25 worked on SDK
    Swim Workouts
  20. What a sluggard today

    by , October 8th, 2010 at 08:35 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just had no motivation to move so I was like a manetee floating.

    2x[50,100,150,200@:10R Free
    500 Free kick w/fins
    3x100@:10R kick w/fins streamline as #1 fly, 2 back, 3 free on side
    200 Free kick w/fins easy
    5x200@4:00 Fly w/fins as 50rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 fast swim
    200 Free easy

    Total 3200 meters