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  1. Trying to relax before another meet

    by , September 24th, 2009 at 08:27 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I tried to relax alittle today and seemed to be doing ok.

    10x100@1:45 Free

    500 Free Kick w/fins every 3rd 25 moderate
    10x50@1:00 Breast pull w/fins "get the dolphin motion into breast"
    12x25@:45 Fly kick w/fins & board underwater
    4x50 with start 1 of each stroke sprint 20's finish free ez

    5x100@1:45 Free w/paddles & bouy

    200 Free EZ

    Total 3200 yards
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  2. 23 Sep half-workout

    by , September 24th, 2009 at 03:52 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Wanted to get in a post before this day ends...
    I wanted to do and complete a workout that I swiped from Chris this morning, however I was late to an open session at Folsom Aquatics (11:45-1:15pm) I started at 12:30.

    Warm (750) 100FR, 3x150 k/d/s BK/BR/Fly, 4x50 FR
    Pull-
    5x200 FR Pull paddles& buoy 2:30
    100 ez
    Stroke-
    6x150 (3 BK & 3 BR) (BK -kicked all turns at least 3x with 8-10 kicks off the start. BR- went deep on all turns with a pull, concentrating on breakout and keeping my head down!)

    50 cool down (ran outta time)
    Wish I could have finished it, I was getting into it! Darn that clock !

    Ive been practicing underwaters & stroke technique so much, I don't get enough speed work...
    Signed up for the SAC Pentathlon at UC Davis.
    (its just 4 50's and a 100IM + 200 IM relays)
    Still working on what day to go to the Pac Masters SCM Champs...

    Updated September 24th, 2009 at 04:04 AM by EricOrca

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  3. The Endless Suit War

    I had thought once FINA issued its swimsuit rules that would end the whole argument. Silly me.

    The issue is really academic to me, personally. I'd be perfectly happy with briefs whether body suits were allowed or not. I've never had any intention of buying a tech suit. There's no real danger that I'd ever set a record or win a National Championship. So I'm really mostly interested in my own times -- and I really don't care what the guy in the next lane is wearing. And just as a matter of comfort, I don't like body suits. (I do have some misgivings about having an arms race for the "latest and greatest.")

    But, frankly, I don't see the point to arguing about it now. It seems pretty unlikely that there would be a big enoough market among Masters, for manufacturers to make the suits just for us.

    But, mostly, I'm just tired of the whole issue.
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  4. A star is born, and quickly shuffled off stage

    by , September 23rd, 2009 at 11:14 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    A short vlog tonight, one that I don't think I can link to directly. But if the screen doesn't pop up automatically, just click on the inserted link at the bottom of today's writing and then start the movie entitled USAS Masters Jeopardy. It is this year's skit from the Convention in Chicago.

    Our very own special Little Mermaid, an adult-onset swimmer originally from the Alabama portion of Pennsylvania, who has subsequently landed in the big city of Pittsburgh and is struggling valiantly to learn the ways of the civilized world (secular humanism good; nutcase birther movements bad), makes a riveting screen appearance in this film beginning approximately at the 1:19 mark and ending with her being shuffled off the screen around the 1:41 mark.

    The rest of the movie, before and after, might be good too, but I think you might find yourself mesmerized by the 22 seconds that ensnared my own attention, and find that after watching this snippet several dozen times in a row, well, your life beckons and you must tear yourself away. If you can.

    Here, by the way, is a still from this performance to whet your appetites for more. Whet? I think that's how it's spelled.



    Say what you want about Alabama within Pennsylvania, but it does nurture some pretty fine womanflesh of the sort that deserves ribbons at pretty much any fair from Sewickley to Elko, Rocky Mount to the backwaters of Phoenix.

    Click here for the Little Mermaid/Vanna White chimera in languorous motion:

    http://www.swimmingworld.tv/2009-usa...-jeopardy.html
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  5. Geekity Copycat + Pics, Wed., Sept. 23

    by , September 23rd, 2009 at 11:04 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Today, I pirated Geek's solo workout. Since I've stepped into OW, begun purchasing 2XU gear and am a member of USTA, I thought I must as well go whole hog.

    I treated the practice as a recovery workout essentially. I am still worn out from the weekend. I must be the slowest recovering masters swimmer ever ... I'm always dead after a meet for a few days. In light of that, I'm just going to coast the rest of this week. Awhile ago, I had mentioned that after 4-5 weeks of hard training, my body seems to demand a break. So I think this will be the week it gets it. Timing is probably good anyway as my right calf is still sore and the Fall Ball is Saturday, just 6 days after my OW escapade. I'm definitely scratching the 200 IM. Just the sound of those words makes me want to take a nap. lol. I'll get back to hard training -- and sprint training -- next week.

    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    850 variety swim, kick, drill

    Main sets:

    6 x 75 free @ 1:15

    10 x 50 backstroke kick @ 1:00

    50 EZ

    4 x 200 back w/fins @ 3:00, negative split

    50 EZ

    6 x 50 lungbusters = underwater dolphin kicking with a breath (but not a coffee break) at the turn @ 1:15
    odds = belly
    evens = back

    200 C/D

    Total: 3050

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I've downloaded the pics from Savageman, but haven't had a chance to look at them or edit them.

    Julie is very anxious to get her wall pic! I snapped one where she was getting up and back on the bike. She is much further than halfway up that killer hill!

    Here's a few of them, including the Western Port wall, shots of Mr. Fort and Julie heading up it, and some geezer relay shots.

    Updated September 23rd, 2009 at 11:19 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Day 35

    Fly Day

    10x50 FR@1:00
    8x25 BK@:40

    4x25 FL@:45 R Arm only
    4x25 FL@:45 L Arm only
    4x25 FL@:45 Alternating Arms
    4x25 FL@:45 2R-2L-2 Reg strokes

    4x50 FL/FR@1:00 w/fins
    8x25 FL@1:00 w/fins

    4x50 FR@:50
    8x25 FR@:25

    200 Easy

    2100 SCY Indoors w/Amanda for part of it
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  7. Wednesday Sep 23nd, 2009

    by , September 23rd, 2009 at 01:02 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Sep 23nd, 2009

    weighed 217

    Entered the 2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
    December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach
    http://www.spma.net/meetforms/2009/lbgscm.htm

    got hotel and plane tix

    71 Days till Long Beach



    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    SCY no blocks
    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    UT Swim Center
    dove in on time
    Swam with Tyler
    beside Marcio, Nate & Paul

    Warm-up
    200
    100
    200
    100
    200
    100

    Main Set

    40 x 25 10 each stroke
    4 on a tough interval 1 easy

    assigned 20 x 50 4 on a tough interval 1 easy
    did 4 rounds of 3 x 50 k on 40, rest, 1 easy

    10 x 100 on 1:30
    odds IM fast
    evens free easy



    NEXT MEET

    looking for a couple SCM Meets in Nov or Dec?


    Plan to go to:

    1) SCM meet in San Antonio wk before
    Thanksgiving

    2) SPMA Short Course Meters Championships in
    Long Beach, CA
    Friday December 4 - Sunday 6, 2009

    Updated September 23rd, 2009 at 03:15 PM by ande

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  8. A fast slug returns

    by , September 23rd, 2009 at 08:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I felt very sluggish today yet my times indicate otherwise. Go figure. The only thing that felt good was the 4 fly 20's

    1000 as 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim

    10x50 starts as sprint 20's stroke/ez 30's free - 4 fly, 2 back, 2, breast, 2 free (good breakouts)
    500 kick w/fins alt by 100 fly/back

    10x100@1:30 Free w/paddles & bouy long and loose got faster as I went 1:26, 1:25, 1:24, 1:23, 1:21, 1:22, 1:21, 1:19, 1:19, 1:17

    200 Free EZ
    100 Back slow
    200 Free drills

    Total 3500 yards
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  9. 2 for Tuesday

    by , September 23rd, 2009 at 02:52 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Folsom Aquatic's 12:15-1:00 Solo/BYO
    Warm-900 (300FR, 200BK, 100K, 200 rev IM,
    100FR)
    6x75 k/d/s fly/bk/br
    100 cool
    (1450)

    Felt sluggish, Left shoulder was hurting, didn't want to push it.



    EDHS - 8-9p Coach Janine

    Warm 200 straight

    3x100 Fly (K/D/S) (1st was 75 swim/25 drill, 2nd&3rd Did 50swim/50 kick/drill)
    3x100 Back K/D/50Swim 2:30
    3x100 BR K/D/Swim 50 2:30
    3x100 FR swim on 1:30 (1:17, 1:17, 1:19)

    10x75 FR middle sprint on 1:15 (avg.:58) slow/FAST/slow (this was fun and challenging in the nasty water)

    4x50 BR K on back streamlined
    1x50 BK K streamlined
    50 cool down
    (2200)

    Our pool is getting a new boiler, so they had to close it down for a week or two. They moved practice to Union Mine High School's cross town rival; El Dorado High...(Union Mine High school is in El Dorado, El Dorado High is in Placerville... school board peeps, go figure) Any-ways the water there is really nasty, it was clear, but it tasted like soap and later I experienced a sore throat from the chemicals...
    Ive got the first kick down, and Im not missing the second kick on fly, just a little early with it; which is causing me to be late in breathing. I'm now breathing on every stroke, seems to help my timing... however still working on perfecting the fly...the more I do it, the more I like it.
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  10. Tuesday, Sept. 22

    by , September 22nd, 2009 at 11:15 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Still feeling pretty flattened today from the race, sleep deprivation, traveling etc. Just hopped on the bike for 30 minutes and stretched a bit. Really lazy for me. Will go to the pool tomorrow afternoon. Hope most of the kinks are worked out by Saturday for the Fall Ball. This will be the first time I've swum in races on back to back weekends. I'm working on shortening my "refractory period."
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  11. Take a Hike: Jim's Marching Orders Made Manifest

    by , September 22nd, 2009 at 09:30 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    I woke up today a bit stiff after yesterday's 4700 yard workout.

    Bill included an early season "test set" which I flunked:

    5 x 200 on 2:30 followed by a bit of rest and 10 x 100 on 1:20.

    I was able to do the 100s but not the 200s on that pitiless interval. I moved over into a lane of my own, which granted was not protected against possible diving board mishaps. I started early and finished late but managed to do all 5 x 200 on 2:45 with enough time left over to rejoin my 30, 39, and 41-year-old lane mates for the 10 x 100's. These I made, thanks to drafting.

    Am I getting old, or am I just getting even weaker physically and mentally and psychologically than I was when I first turned 50, oh those one score minus three years and two days ago?

    Who knows? 57 is just a number, as one guy told me recently.

    A very, very high number.

    Then again, maybe I am just tired out by accumulated exercising over the past week or two. Here's my daily inventory from Sept. 4th up through last night's practice. Note: each new line represents a new day; the line break between my 3800 and 4700 yard swimming days is the one day I completely took off and slugabedded the day away.)

    yards swimming; non swimming activities
    1 mile walk
    4000
    3 hours tennis
    3450
    3 hours 15 min tennis
    2475
    3800
    3 hours tennis
    3800
    slugabedding
    4700
    5 hours tennis
    3 hours tennis
    4700


    Maybe I am just tired out.

    Anyhow, I decided today to skip tennis and instead break in my hiking boots, unworn since I climbed Mt. Elbert two years ago. Unlike the Mt. Elbert expedition, for which I spent a summer of nights sleeping in a hypoxic tent to pre-acclimatize to high altitude, and a summer of days traipsing around the hillocks and dales of Sewickley and Sewickley Heights in order to get my atrophied legs in shape for land exercise, this assignment came so recently that there hasn't been a whole lot of time to prepare myself for the challenges ahead.

    I am in mediocre swimming shape, and less than mediocre land shape. The fact that I can remain semi-upright during the occasional 3-5 hour tennis match, however, gives me some limited hope that I can hike around in the wilderness though hardly with much gusto.

    Perhaps if I get tired of walking in the normal way, I can take some sideways moves and suddenly leap as if "poaching" a weak return of service.

    Yes, maybe I will do that.

    After all, there won't be another human being for 100s of miles in any direction to see me poaching my way through the River of No Return Valley of the Lost.

    Oh, and if I get hot and sweaty as I did today on my preparatory exercise hike, then I can simply take off my pants and let my freak flag fly, as the poet once put it. And no one, NO ONE!, but me and the readers of this vlog will be any wiser!

    Unless, that is, I record the freakish flying on video, and then, when I make my guest appearance on the Stephen Colbert Report, he demands I show it to the world, whereupon offers from the San Fernando Valley and its famous offshoot film industry begin to filter in by the bag full!

    And my dream of quitting being a director to become an actor, albeit one who needs a "body double" for close ups, if you will, this dream will finally be realized even as Jim Thornton Goes Viral!

    But until then, I suppose we must settle for the amateurish footage of today's vlog, which I must concede that even I find a little bit laborious to watch.

    But you of rarefied sensibilities and a keen mind always on the look-out for semiotics and the like, however, may be different!

    You might get a tremendous kick out of my plodding travails. In fact, I am certain of it!

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IS1WT2sS2CM"]YouTube - Take a Hike: Jim's Marching Orders[/ame]
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  12. Day 34

    10x50 FR@1:00

    12x50 Kick 1-6 BR/FR@1:30, 7-10 BR/FR @1:00 w/fins (Felt a pull starting on my right leg after 10...put normal fins and swam the last 2 FL down FR back)

    50 FR@1:00 (trying for :35 or better)
    100 FR@2:00 (trying for 1:20 or better)
    Repeatx4

    50 FR@1:00 (trying for :30 on each)
    100 FR@1:30 (trying for 1:15 or better)
    Repeatx4 w/fins

    200 Easy

    2500 SCY Indoors Solo
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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -9/23/09 -SCY

    by , September 22nd, 2009 at 02:49 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY

    WARM UP:
    2 X 100 free 1:40
    2 X 100 kick 2:10
    2 X 100 stroke 2:00
    Swim it three times.
    Round 1: 100's stroke are back
    Round 2: breast
    Round 3: fly

    1 X 200 kick 4:20
    8 X 25 kick*fast/no board* :40

    1 X 200 moderate free 3:20
    2 X 50 build 1:00
    6 X 25 sprint :40
    Swim the set 4 times.
    Choice.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4200Y
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  14. Tuesday Sep 22nd, 2009

    by , September 22nd, 2009 at 01:09 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tuesday Sep 22nd, 2009

    Training for:
    2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
    December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach
    http://www.spma.net/meetforms/2009/lbgscm.htm
    Online entry is up


    72 Days till Long Beach

    Weights
    lat press 8 x 40 8 x 45 8 x 50
    bench press 8 x 135 6 x 185
    lat pull 8 x 167 6 x 207


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE

    SCY no blocks
    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    UT Swim Center
    dove in on time
    Swam with Mike V

    beside Todd, Tyler, Chris, Larry, Jon, Nate, & Marcio

    Warm-up
    400
    4 x 25
    400
    4 x 25

    Main Set

    4 rounds of
    4 x 75 (IM Order) on 1:15
    1) swim 25 fast 50 easy
    2) swim 50 fast 25 easy
    3) swim 75 fast 00 easy
    4) kick 00 fast 75 easy
    100 easy

    assigned 8 x 150 k with fins
    did 8 x 100 k with no fins on 2:00
    went 1:13 - 15 went 1:10 #8

    assigned 3 x 400
    did 3 x (4 x 50 done 25 SDK fast no breath, 25 easy)

    NEXT MEET

    looking for a couple SCM Meets in Nov or Dec?


    Plan to go to:

    1) SCM meet in San Antonio wk before
    Thanksgiving

    2) SPMA Short Course Meters Championships in
    Long Beach, CA
    Friday December 4 - Sunday 6, 2009
  15. Swimming in warm water sucks!!

    by , September 22nd, 2009 at 12:40 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    But I guess it's better than not swimming. I just wish they would cool the pool down a few degrees.

    SCY, Solo

    300 swim choice (alt free/back)
    200 kick choice (IM order)
    300 pull choice (back and free)
    4 x 50 w/ 10 sec. rest alt. drill/build by 25 (IM order)

    pull 3 x 200 free on 3:10 descend 1-3
    (went 2:45, 2:40, 2:38)
    swim 6 x 100 (3 free, 3 back) on 1:45: descend 1-3, 4-6
    (free went 1:25, 1:20, 1:15; back went 1:35, 1:30, 1:23)
    100 easy

    kick 2 x 200 choice w/20 sec. rest with fins or MF
    (#1 w/MF on back went 2:40,
    #2 w/zoomers, flutter on back, went 2:50)

    swim down 200 alt. 75 back/25 choice
    --
    Total: 2900 yards
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  16. IM Day for a change

    by , September 22nd, 2009 at 08:40 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Felt alittle tire today but muddled thru it.

    10x50@:55 Free

    2x[4x100@1:45 Free 1/2 swim 1/2 drill catchup
    ....[2x200@4:00 IM as fly drill, back pull, breast kick, free swim
    ....[400@8:00 IM went 7:00 on first and 6:43 on second

    100 Free EZ
    8x100@:10R kick w/fins alternate free/fly by 100
    200 Free EZ

    Total 4000 yards
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  17. Kill the Lawyers

    by , September 22nd, 2009 at 12:45 AM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Well, I encountered a threat today.

    A threat to my livelihood disguised as a threat-eliminator for my life.

    A quick back story for those of you who were unable to read between the lines of my last vlog entry: Lost in Idaho.

    Backpacker magazine is a top notch award winning periodical, especially the issue that I wrote for in yesteryear. They recently asked if I would be game for writing about what it feels like to become totally lost in the woods.

    The woods in question, I found out after my last vlog, are located in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness Area in Idaho--the largest contiguous protected wilderness in the US. As Wikipedia further notes:

    Because of its size the wilderness area provides a secluded habitat for a wide variety of mammal species, including some rare, vulnerable species. The wilderness is inhabited by a large population of [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_lion"]mountain lions[/ame], and [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolf"]grey wolves[/ame] that visit the area. Populations of [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Black_Bear"]black bears[/ame], as well as: [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lynx"]lynx[/ame], [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coyote"]coyote[/ame], and [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_fox"]red fox[/ame] are scattered throughout the area. Other observable [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruminant"]ruminant[/ame] wildlife within the Wilderness include: [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bighorn_sheep"]bighorn sheep[/ame], [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mountain_goat"]mountain goats[/ame], [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elk"]elk[/ame], [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moose"]moose[/ame], [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mule_deer"]mule deer[/ame], and [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_tail_deer"]white tail deer[/ame]. While this area has been deemed as one of the few remaining areas in the continental U.S. with suitable habitat for [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grizzly_bears"]grizzly bears[/ame], no established populations are known to exist. The wilderness also offers some of the most critical habitat for [ame="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wolverine"]wolverines[/ame] in the lower 48 states.


    Backpacker was going to fly me--a neophyte to the world of tents and bear bags and fire-starters-- to Boise, rent me a car to drive someplace for three hours, where I would meet a bush pilot, who would then fly me blindfolded into the River of No Return wilderness and drop me off and leave me to my own devices. They would provide me with a beacon to pinpoint my whereabouts to would-be rescuers, and a satellite phone I could use to summon these in extremis.

    Everything was set to go. As one friend put it, "It sounds like a good idea, Jim." I am pretty sure he was sincere.

    But then the lawyers for the magazine raised the issue of liability here. What if the radio beacon they would be using to track my peregrinations somehow malfunctioned and something bad happened and I could call the rescuers up to tell them that, say, a wolverine, was scratching its way through my ribcage and please, in the name of God, come shoot this demon now--what if this happened, the lawyers speculated, and the satellite phone worked, but the beacon that pinpointed my position in the middle of the no return river wilderness didn't work, and they couldn't find me in time?

    Wolverines scratching their way through rib cages, I should add parenthetically, is not just an idle threat.

    "As one story goes, told decades ago by an Inuit native of Alaska, a half-ton polar bear once crushed a wolverine to its chest, but then dropped dead when the cradled beast tore out its heart."

    (For more wolverine lore/possible apocrypha, please visit: http://www.svguide.com/w06/w06_wolverines.htm )

    I reminded my editor, a very nice fellow named Dennis, that I had already booked a non-refundable round trip flight from Pittsburgh to Boise leaving this Friday, one day after my 57th birthday. I also told him I would sign a waiver, and added that if they were really worried about technological breakdowns, just give me a GPS device. I said I would put the thing in my backpack and not even look at it unless the beacon didn't work and they really, really, really needed to send out a chopper gunship to get the damned wolverine family off me stat!

    He said he would talk to his boss and the lawyers and try to convince them. I said that if I managed to survive this whole thing, they could possibly get me on the Steven Colbert program where I could talk about bears.

    (My swimming teammate Dan Nadler told me after practice tonight that he had traveled to grizzly bear country recently in Alaska. The guide gave him and his wife both .44 Magnums just in case. "If you see a grizzly," the guide advised them, "shoot each other. It will save you a whole lot of pain and suffering.)

    Not trusting that my intercessions here with Dennis over the phone would be enough to counteract the lawyers' timidity and ensure the trip to the River of No Return would remain un-befouled by liability concerns, I decided to write not only my immediate editor but the Big Man himself (Jon Dorn), the editor-in-chief, a pleading e-mail on my behalf. I included some pix from earlier stories I've done to help bolster my case.

    Here is the e-mail, the pix, and the reply:

    Jon and Dennis,

    Please let me reassure you both that, despite some evidence to the contrary in my medical records, I am not a cowardly fellow given to hissy fits at the slightest snarl of a wolverine raising its disemboweling claws in my direction!

    Actually, I think your recent strategy of calling into some question my odds of emerging from the River of No Return without any sort of litigation on behalf of my estate, well, I must say this is a brilliant stratagem indeed! You have managed to accomplish what a combination of Provigil and Stephen King has thus far failed to do: stir my blood!

    Honestly, I don’t think you need to worry about me out in the wilderness. Does not Backpacker stand for one thing above all others—i.e.,. we do NOT listen to the nambiest and the pambiest of the legal team?

    I will enclose a few pix of me on previous counterphobic adventures to give you a sense that I am, if nothing else, a survivor!

    Please do not get cold feet! Build in some sort of redundancy safety precautions if you must, i.e., include a gps device I won’t look at, and maybe a hand grenade to toss at the wolverines if they get too frisky. But please let me go to the wilderness, which I think is the one form of sanitarium the likes of me most needs at this stage of life!

    Jimbo




    Me being the victim of a "simulated" torture beating in the jungle



    Living off the land in Ecuador: Cooking a monkey--Step 1. Remove the hair



    Whatever floats your boat



    Jumping in my gumby suit into 20 foot seas off Cape Disappointment



    Goggles aren't just for swimming anymore. I use them when trying to get vultures to land on me to keep the blowflies out of my eyes



    I may be the only foreigner to ever land unannounced on a Siberian military base without a passport and be allowed to leave



    As a novice paddleboarder, I am somewhere about halfway from Key West to Havana as part of a relay team



    You can't see it that well, but the grad students on the boat in the distance are "revving" up my lane mates with a slurry of barracuda heads and alewife body parts tossed into our hungry midst

    ----------------------------------------------------------------

    When I got back from swimming practice tonight, admittedly chagrined to think the namby pamby lawyers had probably won, and that my newest escape into the world of the deeply lost, where I figured at last I would find my own paradoxical home in the greater scheme of things, when all this was floating about like severed barracuda heads in the fever of my mind, I got the following reply from the benighted Dennis, my editor:

    Jim,

    You have reassured--or at least convinced--us that this is still a fine idea.
    Will touch base tomorrow.

    D


    YEAHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    If I don't have a chance to vlog again before leaving Friday, I will attempt to do so on my return. Have a nice weekend doing whatever it is you do in civilization--civilized things, I would presume. If you have a moment of mental blankness, and you want to give your brain something to momentarily fill the void, I invite you to think of me as I attempt to find my way into the wild--and back home again, unpierced by the most rapacious members of the order rodentia.
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  18. Planning the Season

    Well, I just got back from tonight's workout, which -- since I'm unattached -- begins when I show up and ends when I leave. My coach (me) gave the team (me)an easy workout tonight (which I won't post here, because then everyone will know just how lazy I really am).

    Anyway, my coach and I now planning this year's meets (in other words, I'm obsessing about it and talking to myself). The Metro LMSC website already has a pretty full schedule posted -- really early in the season. We've already got two meets at the Flushing Meadow Park Aquatic Center (possibly including SCM Zones) and three at the Eisenhower Park Aquatic Center. Plus a few at local college pools.

    I'll definitely be making it my business to do SCM Zones -- in fact, I really have no excuse since it's just a 20 minute subway ride from me -- along with at least the other FM meet (in March) and the Eisenhower meets. I'm glad we have so many scheduled. It should make for my only being able to do two meets last year, because of back trouble. Anyway, I'm sure no one else cares, but I just wanted to commit myself in writing.
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  19. I don't mean to whine

    by , September 21st, 2009 at 10:02 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I am still not swimming.
    My throat, glands, and head are pounding. I have a dry hacking cough, and I feel sick to my stomach after eating. The weird thing is I have no fever.
    I do alright at school till around 1:30; the last hour and a half is bad.
    The "Pollyanna" side of me keeps saying "At least this happened after Big Shoulders instead of before."
    I guess I'll just listen to my body and lay around some more.
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  20. Noodler Invasion of the Weight Room

    by , September 21st, 2009 at 09:50 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Currently most of the state is under a flash flood warning and there are also a few tornado watches scattered about the state. We have been having this kind of weather for a week now and are not expected to have any relief until Wednesday! In any case, the weather has forced me inside to the treadmill for my runs.

    When I entered the weight room to run on the treadmill, I noticed a sign that was four feet tall that read as follows:

    PLEASE DO NOT SIT ON THE WEIGHT MACHINES BETWEEN SETS


    The noodlers have invaded the weight room, but the iron people are ready for them! Yes, these ladies enjoy getting on the hip abduction/hip adduction machines, doing 200 rep sets of the lightest possible weight on the machines, and then sit and yap on the machines for 10 minutes until they start the next 200 rep set. I'm glad somebody finally said something.

    Still, the noodler influence is slowly but surely being felt. As I was running on the treadmill, the attendant came over and asked if I felt too hot. I responded that it felt fine. She said a lady had complained that it was too hot in the weight room even though the thermostat was set for 69. I told her to remind whoever that one is supposed to sweat in the weight room and that it is not a refrigerator.

    Today I did a HIIT workout. Warmed up with a 9:13 mile. Next two miles, I ran 1 minute at either 9 mph or 9.5 mph and then walked 2 minutes. Then cooled it down with a ten minute mile. Whole workout was four miles. I really needed some speed as I had felt sluggish on the last 5k that I did.

    Next run workout is set for Wednesday and the plan is to work the hills for the last mile of the 4 mile run. Think I'll plan to do a 2,000 loosen up swim immediately after the run. Tomorrow, I am hoping do some upper body weights.

    Updated September 21st, 2009 at 10:02 PM by elise526

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