Can you say FRUSTRATING!!!
I started feeling a little weird on Friday, so I didn't swim in the evening as planned. Yesterday, I slept all day and felt like crap. I'm feeling better today, but I think it is mostly due to being pumped up on ibuprofen, vit c, mucinex, & Zyrtec. I get this crud at least once at this time of year. The predominant symptom is extreme fatigue. I just want to sleep. This really sucks because it is the weekend that my kids are with their mom and I had planned some longer workouts and lifting. I'm trying to be philosophical about this, but it has happened twice in the last two months (last time it was back spasms). Just when I'm about to amp up my workouts, my body decides it needs time off. Am I doing something wrong?
I'm doing a USAS meet in Boise Idaho. Yesterday went okay. The morning session was for the under 12 swimmers and since I am an official, I worked this as the starter. Not the best way to give the legs a rest.
In the afternoon I did the 50 free (26 high, about a half sec slower than my best) and the 50 back (31 high about a sec slower but my 2nd fastest time ever for this race).
Not too bad for
Today I will do the same thing in the morning then in the afternoon, will swim 100 free, 100 back, and 50 fly.
Then a 4 hour drive to get home.
You can see the results here:
Updated November 24th, 2008 at 09:50 AM by poolraat
Felt tired and wanted to make the workout easier but am glad I didn't. Saturday was a LCM workout.
8x100 @ 1:50 Free felt really slow and could just barely make them. My shoulders were stiff at first but got faster at the end.
had to break for a page from work
8x50 @ 1:00 Free
700 Free with paddles and bouy
6x100 @ 1:45 Free held 1:40's
8x50 @ 1:00 Free took this EZ
6x100 @ 1:40 Free held 1:35's this was one I really had to push to make
700 Breast with paddles and board, every 3rd lap scull
6x50 @ 1:00 Fly with fins
200 Breast Fast went 4:10
4x25 Fly from dive strong breakouts
500 as x100 Swim/Pull/Swim/Kick/Swim
200 EZ kick with fins
Total 5500 meters
3 rd. Pier Swim
On a sunny Saturday morning, November 8, Linda and I arrived at the Ocean Beach Pier for my 3 rd pier swim. The City of Ocean Beach brags that their 1971 foot long concrete pier is the longest pier on the west coast. It may be the longest concrete pier, but it is not the longest pier. The Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf claims that title as it is 2,745 feet long. Now,…what is the difference between a pier and a wharf? A wharf is a structure that projects into a body of water where ships can dock and unload or load. A Pier is a wharf as well, except that a Pier is also used for strolling and fishing and general entertainment purposes.
Ocean Beach, a funky kind of hippy town , is on the west side of the Point Loma Peninsula which terminates in the Cabrillo National Monument. The main drag in town is Sunset Cliffs Blvd. where I was pleasantly surprised to see 5 churches. The side streets are small and cozy, many small cottages and bungalows, we saw no large houses or mansions although I’m sure there are some .The Ocean Beach Pier has long been the focal point of this beach town since it’s founding in 1888. The pier has existed in several locations, being resurrected in its current location in 1966. We paid 2 bucks for 1 hour parking in a lot about a block or so from the Pier. Our walk to the Ocean took us past a “head shop”, tattoo parlor, and a really funky clothes shop. Reggae music was blaring from a bar that opened onto the sidewalk. All that was missing was the smell of patchouli oil and some Peter Max art work.
We found the beach and I was delighted to see a glassy Ocean. She was resting and happy, relaxed, not wild and angry like she was when I rounded the Crystal Pier. A dozen or so surfers were plying their trade on the north side of the Pier and a few folks were absorbing the sun on the beach. As I went thru my pre-swim ritual Linda got comfortable in her beach chair.
Looking out at the pier I could see a small café and bait shop. The Café is about half way out. Beyond it the pier branches out in two opposite directions, each fork extends about 100 feet. From my observations I would guess that the pier is about 25 feet above the water.
Surfers are restricted to the “real estate” that extends from the Pier to about 100 yards to the right of , or north from the Pier. Swimmers are allowed to enter the water beyond this point and are expected to stay clear of the surfers.
I entered the water about 100 yards beyond the surfer’s area and headed out to sea. The water felt great and I was immediately in another world, a world where gravity had lost most of his power. The Ocean embraced me and drew me out. Each stroke seemed effortless. Being on the right side of the Pier I had it in my sight on every breath. There were no waves, merely occasional swells. After swimming in the straight out for about 15 minutes, I “alligator-eyed” a resting sea gull who was studying me from about 6 feet away.. I stopped, made goofy bird sounds, and continued on .She was not impressed. Before I knew it I was at the end of the right fork of the Pier where many fishermen were enjoying their time. The flatness of the water was spooky, but such a thrill, way too friendly, greatly appreciated.
I swung around the end of the fork, took a pic and checked the water temp, 61 degrees. I could feel myself developing goose-bumps, not from the cool water, but from my emotions. The mood I’m in before I enter the water is often magnified while on a swim. Sometimes all my demons, all of life’s troubles seem to surface and consume me. When this happen I swim hard to escape them, to drown them ,to dissolve them in the sea. Today,.I was blessed with a spirit of contentment, a feeling I did not want to swim away from.
At the half way point of my swim, I rolled over on my back and rested. Not because I was tired, but because it was soothing, otherworldly. I could have easily spent an hour floating there in that aquatic massage parlor.
After 5 minutes or so, I rolled over and pressed on, building up some speed, leaning into the harness, loving every moment. Turning towards shore just past the end of the opposing branch of the pier I took some more pics and made a determined effort to do nothing but swim hard till I could see the bottom. In not too many more minutes I could see a rocky bottom, sea urchins, sea grass. About 100 yards from shore I was in 2 feet of water, but was unable to stand and walk. The sea floor was rough and craggy, slippery, "potholes" abounded. I stayed in a prone position, crawling I pulled myself along with my hands as my legs did nothing but float behind me. Before long I was in inches of water but was uncomfortable walking as I feared taking a tumble. Linda had walked south, under the pier and I could see her standing on the beach. We walked back under the Pier and headed home, without hitting a restaurant , I might add. :^( Our schedule would not allow it. Poor planning on my part. My next swim will be the Scripps Pier in La Jolla where we will make up for my poor planning by eating at Georges on the Cove.
My gps says that I traveled .66 of a mile in 32 minutes, but a good deal of the swim was not recorded due to “poor coverage”. “Poor coverage”…there was nothing between me and the satelites except blue sky,..go figure.
Updated November 23rd, 2008 at 07:59 PM by Ron Lockman
No swimming today.
75 minutes at the gym doing weights and core work. Felt pretty strong. Did the lat pull down for the first time in ages. Very light weight though.
Hopped on the treadmill for a 4 mile run. (Julie will come along and call me a hypocrite now unless she's already left for MI. lol But I'm not a real runner anymore.) The treadmill is really really boring though ...
For the record, I will NOT be doing the Tahoe swim those fools are chatting about on the forum.
And did not get much of a chance to swim.
Enjoyed this one but it whipped me.
4 x 50 IM Order 1:05
4 x 50 Stroke/Free 1:00
2 x 100 IM 2nd one faster 10 sec between
4 x 50 free/stroke :55
3 x100 IM descend 10 sec between
4 x 50 free :50
4 x 100 IM descend 10 sec between
300 IM Kick/Drill/Swim x25
8x25 Free Odd: Hand Drill Even: Free Build
500 for time (monthly test - this time w fins and did a 6:42, barely broke 8:00 last month without them.
3x25 Free, Breath 3/5/7/x25
1x50 Free Brth 3
4x25 Free, Brth 3/5/3/7
1x100 Free Brth 3
6x25 Free, Brth 3/5/3/7/3/9
1x200 Free, Brth 3
Time left 25's choice fast
3 x 25
225 warm down
Friday, November 21, 2008
Have a meet in Boise ID this weekend. Will do 50 free and 50 back tomorrow then on Sunday have 100 free, 100 back and 50 fly.
4 x 50 kick
4 x 50 drill
4 x 50 free on 1:30
#1: 1st 25 EZ, 2nd 25 FAST (:35)
#2: 1st 25 FAST, 2nd 25 EZ (:35)
#3: 50 FAST (:31)
#4: 50 easy
4 x 25 KICK on 0:35
alternate FAST and EZ
4 x 25 odds sprint FAST backstroke from blocks, evens easy back
300 easy free and back
25-30 minutes of core work and a few weights
700 variety swim
5 x 100 one arm fly drill @ 1:45
10 x 50 kick @ 1:00
odds fast backstroke kick, evens easy
10 x 25 @ :40
odds AFAP fly, evens easy
10 x 25 @ :40
odds AFAP backstroke, evens easy
10 x 25 @ 40
odds AFAP free, evens easy
(Had some cramping issues. Forgot to drink water this am. OD'd on coffee.)
50 fly AFAP with finz, 26 (cramped)
Thursday, November 20, 2008
1 x 300 swim, did half free, half back
4 x 50 kick, IM order
4 x 50 drill
4 x 50 free on 1:30
Descend 1-3 to FAST, #4 is EZ
6 x 25 KICK on 0:35
alternate FAST and EZ
4 x 25, 1:30 for each two 25s
odds are REALLY FAST, evens are EZ
did 1 fly, 1 free
1 x 300 as 50 drill/50 kick/50 swim
Total: 1,450 Yards
I stole this one from USMS magazine:
300 FR Swim
300 IM Drill
200 Kick (BR/SDK)
200 Pull FR
8 X 50s IM order by 2s @ 50
500 Swim w/6 SDKs off each wall (ouch!)
50 FR w/6 SDKs off each wall @ :45
25 FAST (1-4 Fly/5-8 BR) @ :30
25 Easy FR @ 1:00
200 Warm down
I made the SDKs on the 500, but swam VERY slowly in between. Fly sprints were in the 13-14 range. Breast sprints were in the 16-17.
Feeling good today!
60 minute spin class
40 minutes of core, RC and stretching
Lunch break ...
Swim, SCY, solo:
800 swim, kick and drilling
3 x (4 x 100) on 1:45, IM Transition
4 x 200 kick on 3:45
alternate 50 fast/50 easy
#1 dolphin kick on back
#2 dolphin kick with board
#3 backstroke kick
#4 flutter kick with board
(legs a bit tired from spinning)
6 x 50 AFAP on 3:00 with finz, 50 EZ after each one
#1 50 back, 26
#2 50 back, 26.5
#3 50 fly, 25.5
#4 50 fly, 25.5
#5 50 back, NT
(As I was speeding into the wall to finish, I crashed right into a senior noodler. The noodler was obviously having a senior moment and decided to go across several lanes to get to the ladder. This is a huge pet peeve of mine -- can't they look and see someone is traveling fast right at them?! I don't want to hurt them, obviously, but I don't want to get hurt either! Sheesh.
#6 50 back, 26.5
(These times are all guesses. It's very hard to time yourself. When I've had a coach yelling out times at GMU, I usually am a bit faster.)
Other random thoughts:
Felt much better today. Think I was suffering from allergies before. My dog allergy, which is severe, is becoming almost a disability. Last time I was staying in a house with dogs for almost a week (family funeral stuff), I was sick for almost 3 weeks after. Ugh! I'm worried I'm going to encounter dogs over Thanksgiving ... Everyone in my family has dogs ... However, this problem may be a good excuse for me to avoid going to FLA to visit my in laws in Feb. I may send Mr. Fort with the kids and go to Auburn instead. That's what I'm plotting at the moment anyway ...
A friend emailed me the other day saying I was only .7 off the WR in the 50 fly SCM. Didn't know that. Really wish I had a chance to swim it again this year, as my 50 fly has been rockin' lately. Last time I swam it on 3 days rest, I went 30.7. I had lifted and run days before that meet. It'd be nice to see what I could do with a taper, but it ain't happening. It's really frustrating that there aren't more SCM meets on the east coast. In any event, I expect this record to be smashed at Long Beach in December.
My shoulder is still nagging me some. I think I'm going to shut down all 100 fly training for awhile and stick with 25s and 50s. Not that I've done any since my last 10 x 75 that started the problem ... lol
Updated November 19th, 2008 at 05:09 PM by The Fortress
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
1 x 300 swim, as 75Free/75Back/50F/50B/25F/25B
2 x 50 kick on back fast on RI :15 #1 dolphin, #2 flutter
8 x 25 as #1-3 12.5 fast/12.5 easy, #4 easy
#5-7 12.5 easy/12.5 fast, #8 easy
did 2 free, 2 fly, 2 back
100 easy free
6 x 50 on 1:30
#1: 1st 25 EZ, 2nd 25 FAST
#2: 1st 25 FAST, 2nd 25 EZ
#3: 50 FAST
1st time back, 2nd time free
1 x 200 easy free/back
4 x 25, 2:00 for each two 25s
odds are AFAP, evens are EZ
do 1 back, 1 fly
6 x 50 on 1:15 as odds fist drill, evens swim
Not feeling so hot today. Low energy, didn't run like I was hoping to. Dragged myself to the pool.
700 swim & kick
10 x 25 UW fly spin drill with MF
6 x 100 dolphin kick on back with MF @ 1:45
(just cruised, holding 1:08-1:10)
(realized I was not putting my head back as far as I should be)
8 x 50 dolphin kick with board, fast @ 1:00
(held around :28s)
8 x 25 UW shooter with MF AFAP
(Got through this set, but was interrupted a lot. Had to explain what masters swimming was to someone. Had to explain the use of fins and MF to someone else. Had to explain to a mother who wanted her blind daughter to swim in my lane that a MF was a lethal weapon. No idea why she wanted her to swim in my lane as there were others available ... Had to say hi to the "Jazz Hands" of my pool -- he look just like Brian and trains like him too. lol.)
5 x 150 @ 2:15 with fins
100 kick, 50 back @ 200 pace
200 IM drill
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
SCY with Carrie
1 x 300 swim alternate 50 free/50 back
4 x 50 kick on RI :10 - Choice
4 x 50 Drill on RI :10
6 x 50 on 1:00 for 1-3 free, 1:15 for 4-6 back
descend #1-3, 4-6
4 x 50 KICK on 1:10 as 25 fast/25 easy
odds flutter, evens dolphin
8 x 25, 2:00 for each two 25s
odds are AFAP, evens are EZ DAB
did 1 fly, 2 back, 1 free
1 x 300 easy kick and swim
Total: 1,700 Yards
Woke up with a sore throat. Ande told me "not to get one," so I said OK and am denying its existence. It could be allergies, as there were dogs in my house for a day or so. That never agrees with me.
Had my littlest one home from school with a cold. No swimming today. Hopped on the bike at home for half and hour. Really really hoping she's better and I can get to the pool tomorrow. I feel the need for a mermaid workout.
Updated November 17th, 2008 at 10:12 PM by The Fortress
Swam at EPIC (SCM)
500 FR/400 IM/300 Pull FR&BR/200 Kick (SDK/BR) 100 FR easy
5 X 100s BR @ 2:00 (Avg. 1:27)
5 X 50s FR @ 2:00 (Avg: :30)
I have another meet this weekend. A USAS meet in Boise Idaho with the kids and a few masters swimmers from Boise. On Sat. I'll do the 50 free and 50 back and on Sun. I have 100 free, 100 back, and 50 fly.
Monday, November 17, 2008
1 x 300 swim mix of free and back
4 x 50 on RI :10 Kick-25 fast/25 easy, alternated flutter and dolphin on back
4 x 50 on 1:15 Drill Choice
3 x 50 back on 1:00, desc. 1-3 (went :40-:38)
Rest additional 1:00
50 back AFAP (±:34)
3 x 50 free on 1:00, desc. 1-3 (went :37-:34)
Rest additional 1:00
50 free AFAP (±:30)
4 x 25, alternate easy speed fly and easy free
Focus on hand entry/exit and kick timing
Rest additional 1:00
50 fly AFAP (±:33)
1 x 300 as 25 Drill / 25 Swim
Total: 1800 yards)
Swam with my team. Workout posted on the board. It was a grinder workout. My lane adapted the workout and took more rest. (Teammates were tired from 20 x 200 LC yesterday. Ack) After two days out of the water, I felt pretty good. Just a little sore from the weights yesterday.
1000 OYO (I did 700)
8 x 150 with fins on 2:20,
100 kick, 50 fast
(My lane switched the interval from 2:00 to 2:20. I did backstroke kick and backstroke.)
Assigned set was:
30 x 50 on 40/45,
7 fast free, 3 easy stroke.
My lane decided this was garbage yardage, so we did a IM/stroke set instead, which I sorely needed:
10 x 150 on 2:30,
100 IM, 50 stroke
16 x 25
2 fast, 2 easy on :30 with fins
Chatted with teammates in hottub. Discusses super relays and B70s -- not politics!
Swam at Miramont Club
Water was warm
500 FR/500 FR pull
10 X 100 FR@ 1:30 (held 1:18 Avg)
10 X 50@ 1:30 BR Descending by 5s
7. 41 (oops!)
300 Warm down
Doing 5 events in a 1 day meet (within 4-5 hours) is a bit tiring! But I survived it and didn't do too bad although my final event was a tough one. So, here is how it went.
1st event: 50 back. :32.38 My 2nd fastest time for this distance.
I didn't get a real good warm up. The 1650 ran about 1/2 hour longer than planned so the warmup session was cut short.
2nd event: 200 back. 2:46.41 split :37-:43-:45-:41. My pacing needs a bit of work but I'm satisfied with this for a first time race. Need to do more long 200-300 back swims at a faster pace to get used to going this distance. I did very few swims over 150 in my training leading up to this meet.
3rd event: 100 free. 1:03.72 split :31.1-:33.62 1st 50 was way too slow!!! I had about 30-45 minutes rest after the 200 and felt like I should have gone faster but just couldn't seem to get the turnover going and my kick just wasn't there.
4th event: 100 back 1:13.20 split :35.03-:38.17. My 2nd fastest ever and the 2nd 50 hurt. I'm surprised I swam this so well after the preceeding events.
5 the event: 50 fly :32.12 This one was hard!! I don't think I had 10 min rest after the 100 back. I swam ok for 25 then was hit by the cumulative effects of the previous swims and really struggled to finish this.
So now...question...Why was my 100 free so crappy and yet I follow it by one of my best 100 backs? There wasn't much rest, maybe 15-20 minutes.
So one more week and another meet. I have another week to go in my 3 week taper so maybe I'll see better times next week.
Updated November 15th, 2008 at 11:43 PM by poolraat