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  1. Monday, June 29

    by , June 29th, 2009 at 04:30 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim, kick, drill

    Aerobic sets:

    10 x 25 shooters @ :35

    10 x 50 @ :55
    odds, kick
    evens, backstroke

    50 EZ

    Speed set:

    8 x (50 backstroke w/fins AFAP + 100 EZ)

    Went 25-25.5 on all

    100 C/D

    Total: 2800

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

    Now getting ready for our 3 hour Monday night meet ... It will be interesting to see how many incorrect backstroke turn DQs there are.

    I need to get myself signed up for Nationals and Junior Champs. Trying to decide what to swim, and whether to attempt the 100 fly, at the latter.

    Updated June 29th, 2009 at 09:56 PM by The Fortress

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  2. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout - 6/30/09 - LCM

    by , June 29th, 2009 at 01:51 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 free 2:00
    4 X 100 kick 2:30
    4 X 100 50 stroke/50 free 2:00
    4 X 100 stroke 2:30

    2 X 300 free 5:00
    4 X 200 free>neg split< 3:20
    4 X 100 free>descend 1-4< 1:40

    3 X 100 stroke 2:15
    1 X 100 easy free 2:15
    Swim the set three times through

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4800M
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  3. Monday, 6/29/09

    by , June 29th, 2009 at 01:11 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Less than six weeks to go until Masters LCM Nationals in Indy!!

    SCM, solo. My workout buddy has been a real slacker lately, leaving me to do all this training on my own.

    500 swim free
    (I alternated free and back on this)
    200 IM drill
    300 pull breathe 3/5 by 50
    (swam with paddles and buoy)

    pull 12 x 50 on :55, make the interval by 5-7 sec... if the interval's too easy, change it.
    (with buoy only, odds free on :50, evens back on :55)

    6x around {
    (Didn't have blocks. I did these with zoomers from a push. Didn't get any times. did 1-2 fly, 3-4 back, 5-6 free)
    50 drill choice
    25 fast off blocks (same stroke as the drill)
    75 easy swim choice
    }

    kick 8 x 25 choice on :35, make the interval and relax!
    (did flutter kick w/board, was coming in around :28)
    did an easy 50 free after these


    Total: 2750 meters


    Afternoon swim
    SCM with Carrie

    Swim 200 free
    kick 100
    pull 100

    6 x 100 on 15 sec rest;
    odds drill evens kick

    swim 1000 (continuous) as follows; 200 moderate pace
    400 a little faster, 300 faster than previous, 100 as fast as possible.

    swim 12 x 25
    1-3 no breath free
    4 easy free
    5-7 sprint no free (did fly-back-breast)
    8 easy free
    9-11 sprint free
    12 easy free

    easy 50 cool down

    Total: 2350 Meters

    Updated June 30th, 2009 at 12:01 PM by poolraat

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  4. Mon Jun 29th, 2009

    by , June 29th, 2009 at 11:37 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Jun 29th, 2009

    did not swim on Sunday, had a cold, stayed in bed most of the day

    have you entered zones yet? these folks have

    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE


    LCM
    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney Coached
    TSC main pool
    swam with Chris, Nate, Tyler, Dan, & Todd Bartee the birthday boy, happy 40th!

    Warm Up SCY
    300 sw,
    300 p,
    300 k

    Main SET

    400 fr drag finger tips

    rest 30

    4 x 50 done 25 IM order fast 25 easy rest 30

    200 K on side went 3:01

    rest 30

    400 fr

    rest 30

    4 x 50 done 50 fast rest 30

    200 K on back

    rest 30

    20 x 50 on 1:00
    odds kick strong
    evens 4 breaths

    100 easy


    NEXT MEET

    USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
    Fri July 18 - 19 2009
    Woodlands, TX
    Meet Entry Form

    Who's coming

    19 Days away
    Entered the following events

    Saturday
    1500 fr
    50 fl
    100 fr
    50 bk
    200 IM

    Sunday
    400 IM
    50 Br
    200 FR
    100 BK
    50 FR


    Friday July 17th Aerosmith is playing with ZZ Top at the
    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands
    Tickets

    Updated June 29th, 2009 at 02:25 PM by ande

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  5. A new start

    by , June 29th, 2009 at 11:09 AM (My non-workout blog and random thoughts)
    Thirty three days after she moved out, she signed the title of our house over to me. Our ten year old relationship is officially over.

    I've suffered several depressive episodes and lost 20 pounds. But I came through like a champion. I took positive actions over these 30 days: locking in to a great refinance rate, got the house appraised, organized records and took them to an accountant, got a market analysis done, hired a lawyer, found some friends that would mediate the financial settlement. It was really hard to do these things because I was hoping to reconcile, but she would have no part in joint counseling. The only discussions were over her withdrawing her equity.

    So she lost some of her equity in the home, but has a new boyfriend - and he has some interesting issues. It's the stuff of soap operas.

    She has stopped swimming and has essentially dropped out from our social network of swimming friends and family. During our very brief discussions, I sense a lot of confusion, some anger at me (although she chose to initiate the affair) and sadness. I also believe that she will bury her feelings by immersing herself new work projects. I know that eventually, the thrill of the affair will wear off and reality will set in. What happens then?

    In the end, I have the house (new windows and interior paint (2007), new floors (2008) and a new roof and restucco (2009), a great refinance rate and in 10 years will own the home. And I have a broken heart.

    I'm doing a lot of self work (counseling, journaling and joining civic minded groups) as well as swimming like crazy. I've found that no matter how much I exercise, it does very little to help overcome the grief. Talking, writing and being with people has really helped me get through this nightmare.

    While some have advised that time will help heal me, I believe that it is what I choose to do with the time that is more important.
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  6. 6/29 SCY 5:30am

    by , June 29th, 2009 at 09:59 AM (FREEDom)
    Traveled to visit my folks, and swam this morning with my ancestral home club masters, Huntsville Swim Association. One of my age group coaches, Fran Norris, is still there as the Masters coach. She's been there coaching since before I started swimming, so at least 40 years I guess. Her son, Tim Norris, is the head age group coach, and has been coaching 32 years. I swam with him when I was a scrawny HS freshman just cut from the baseball team, he was a Senior leading the fast distance lane. He went on to be an All-American at Alabama in the mile.

    600 warm up

    6 x 100 on 1:30, as
    50 drill - one arm
    50 swim
    5 x 100 on 1:30 pull hyp br 3/5 by 50

    6 x 100 1:45 kick with fins

    4 x
    4 x 50 on 1:00 fl/ba/fl/ba by 50 (assigned IM order)
    1 x 100 on 1:30
    200 easy
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  7. Monday 6/29 - That Evil Stroke

    by , June 29th, 2009 at 07:42 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I tried, really I tried but my knee just hurt thru the whole thing. Atleast I know that I can get thru the 200 & 400 IM if I have to at Nationals but I won't be training any more breast kick, just pulling. The left knee jus hurt too much. But like my back which hurts off and on the activity has actually helped away from the pool so... Put up with the pain of swimming so that I can walk up stairs painlessly.

    500 Free every 3rd 25 breast skull
    500 Breast pull w/paddles & fins
    500 Free kick w/fins
    500 Breast kick w/breast fins this hurt the first 200 really bad but the last 300 was not so much
    5x100 @ 1:45 Free w/paddles & bouy
    5x100 @ 1:40 Free w/paddles & bouy
    500 Free every 3rd 50 non free did 1 breast, 2 back

    Total 3500 meters
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  8. Sunday, June 28

    by , June 28th, 2009 at 06:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Weights:

    bench press, 70 x 1 x 4, 80 x 3 x 8
    low row on machine, 100 x 1 x 10, 110 x 1 x 10, 120 x 1 x 10
    alternating hammers, 20 x 2 x 30
    ab machine, 100 x 1 x 15, 110 x 1 x 14, 120 x 1 x 15, 130 x 1 x 15, 140 x 1 x 10
    back extensions w/10 lb plate overhead, 2 x 15
    forward lunges w/20 lb weights, 2 x 20
    squat swing w/25 lb plate, 1 x 15 (this caused a twinge in the left scapular area, so I stopped)

    external rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm
    seated straight arm dips for RC, 60 x 2 x 25
    prone scapular scrunches w/hand weights and elevated feet, 2 x 25
    arm extensions, 3 x 3 x 15 (front, V, side)

    10 minutes stretching

    20 minutes on ellipse machine

    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Very short swim. Really exhausted from lack of sleep and misadventures of last night (see below). Focused solely on technique, no energy for any hard sets or fast swimming on my own.

    Warm up:

    600 variety swim, kick, drill

    Technique set:

    32 x 25s, done as

    16 x 25, 2 x through:

    1-4 UW shooters (scraped bottom a few times)
    5-8 easy speed fly, focusing on DPS and breakouts
    9-12 backstroke, focusing on breakouts
    13-16 breaststroke, focusing on pullout and breakout

    100 C/D

    Total: 1500 meters

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

    Not such a great night. Shortly after 9:00 pm, Mr. Fort gashed his calf muscle on some broken glass and I had to rush him to the ER. No nerve damage or trip to the OR, but 20 stitches. He won't be able to do anything for 2 weeks and can't run for perhaps 2 months depending on how it heals (can bike sooner, however). He is worse than me; he may need anti-depressants to combat the exercise deprivation. We didn't get home from the ER until 3:00 am. That's the third night in a row of going to sleep in the wee hours for me. I've been in a bit of a sleep deprived daze. Nothing compared to Mr. Fort's plight, but enough to keep me from being able to do any hard aerobic conditioning or speed work. Hopefully, I can catch up on sleep this week.

    Still feel like I got in a decent week of training after my wasteful tapering: 5 swims (14,300 meters), 4 gym sessions, 3 bikes and a couple very short run/ellipse sessions.

    Food:

    Food front had been pretty good the last few days. Eaten plenty of lean meat, fish, veggies, salads, fruit etc. I haven't eaten a proper breakfast in the last couple days, as I've had to dash out of the house. That is NOT a good thing.

    Kate Ziegler:

    Here's an article from yesterday's paper on Kate Ziegler revealing that she was "burned out" by the Olympics.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...062604005.html

    I've heard a rumor that she may join another team. A couple of the faster guys she trains with on The Fish are heading to college next year and she might be without training partners ... Perhaps she could use a change of venue, much like Hoff did?

    Updated June 28th, 2009 at 07:29 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Saturday, June 27

    by , June 27th, 2009 at 07:29 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Run:

    2 mile warm up run on the treadmill.

    Weights/dryland:

    Hammer hi row, 140 x 1 x 4, 160 x 1 x 4, 180 x 3 x 8
    goblet squat, 60 x 2 x 15
    rear delt fly, 40 x 1 x 4, 55 x 1 x 4, 70 x 3 x 10
    leg press, 330 x 3 x 10
    elevated crunches w/med ball, 3 x 25
    push ups, 2 x 25
    dead bug on bosu, 2 x 25
    hanging ab crunches, 2 x 15
    3 position arm extensions, 3 x 2 x 15
    external rotators, 10 x 3 x 15, each arm

    (I know I am forgetting something ...)

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

    Saw an unusual sight at a summer league meet today in the girls 8 & U 100 free relay. The girls swimming the first and second leg on our relay both took off at the gun and had a head on collision mid pool. Ouch! I felt really bad for the girl going second. Had I been stroke & turning there, I probably would have held her up or told her it wasn't her turn.

    On another note, my usually swimming averse Lil Fort uttered the words, "I love breaststroke." lol

    On the backstroke turn DQ front, there was small squabble about a child who turned onto his stomach but touched the wall first with his hand and then executed a flip turn. Under Wolfy's "the continuous turning action stops upon the touch at the wall," is this a DQ or not?

    Big week ahead -- summer league meets on Monday, Friday and Saturday. Friday is the Annual Vienna Relays where 8 of the swim teams in our town get together and duke it out with all kinds of relays -- free, medley, all the strokes, mixed boys and girls and mixed ages. Great fun.

    Updated June 28th, 2009 at 10:29 PM by The Fortress

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  10. Today is Saturday

    by , June 27th, 2009 at 06:14 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    It's still hot in Indiana! Today was another snot water swim. I did 3,100 lcm of slow swimming today. I claimed I was working on evf; it's easy(and almost visual) to grab thick snot water so it made sense to me.
    Tomorrow I'm doing a lake swim. If I'm not doing some type of semi-beneficial intervals I might as well go to Morse and just swim for 90 minutes. We always have good breakfasts on Dick's deck when we're done so I guess I'm there.
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  11. back in austin trained with longhorn

    by , June 27th, 2009 at 02:48 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Jun 27th, 2009


    TODAYS SWIM PRACTICE


    scy
    7:30 - 9:00
    Whitney Coached
    TSC diving well
    swam with Chris, Brad, & Larry

    Warm Up SCY
    assigned: 3 x 300
    did: 400 free


    Main SET

    4 x 150 on 2:10
    done 75 fr 75 IM

    4 x 125 on 1:40
    done 100 fr 25 fl

    4 x 100 on 1:20
    done 75 fr 25 bk

    4 x 75 on 1:10
    done 50 fr 25 br

    4 x 50 on :50
    done with 3 breaths

    4 x 25 SDK fast on 30

    assigned 3 x 300 with fins
    did 2 x 250 with out fines

    3 x 300 fr
    done 100 fr aerobic 100 fr strong 100 fr aerobic


    NEXT MEET

    USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
    Fri July 18 - 19 2009
    Woodlands, TX
    Meet Entry Form
    Who's coming
    20 Days away
    Entered the following events

    Saturday
    1500 fr
    50 fl
    100 fr
    50 bk
    200 IM

    Sunday
    400 IM
    50 Br
    200 FR
    100 BK
    50 FR


    Friday July 17th Aerosmith is playing with ZZ Top at the
    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands
    Tickets

    Updated June 29th, 2009 at 02:20 PM by ande

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  12. Wed Thu & Fri

    by , June 27th, 2009 at 02:33 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Thu & Fri

    Jersey City
    Westin on Washington
    has a indoor 20 yard pool

    swam 15 to 20 minutes each day
    easy free, one arm fly, SDK & fly kick on side

    did what I call "keepin the feel"

    Updated June 27th, 2009 at 02:54 PM by ande

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  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout - 6/29/09 - LCM

    by , June 27th, 2009 at 02:33 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    2 X 100 2:00
    2 X 200 3:40
    2 X 300 5:00

    3 X 100 kick 2:30
    4 X 50 kick 1:15

    1 X 300 IM 6:00
    4 X 50 fly 1:15
    1 X 200 IM 4:00
    4 X 50 back 1:15
    1 X 100 IM 2:00
    4 X 50 breast 1:15

    4 X {3 X 100 Free
    Swim #1 moderate, #2 build, #3 fast
    Round 1: 2:00
    Round 2: 1:50
    Round 3: 1:40
    Round 4: 1:30
    We were unable to do this set on Saturday for undisclosed reasons. So...we'll do it today.

    6 X 50
    odd: from the blocks, build to fast.
    even: easy

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4600M
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  14. Saturday 6/27 - Relaxing stroke work

    by , June 27th, 2009 at 01:25 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today we had a relaxing day at the Y. The girls and I had a nice swim and worked on our normal drills so not much yardage just quality.

    500 Free
    10x25 Fly drills last 2 swim
    10x25 Back drills last 2 swim
    10x25 Free drills last 2 swim
    10x25 Breast drills last 2 swim
    100 Free

    Total 1600 yards

    Updated November 26th, 2009 at 05:33 PM by Donna

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  15. 6/27 Bike and Swim

    by , June 27th, 2009 at 01:14 PM (FREEDom)
    7am bike ride, first time at San Antonio, Florida, that is. "San Ann" is known for its hills. Yes, there are hills in Florida if you know where to look. Its about a 30 min drive from my house.

    I was supposed to meet a tri buddy Mark there to show the route, but he never showed. I did see some other friends Merit and Annie, and was going to ride with them but they were departing at 7:30am, so we hooked up with some other guys.... who were also waiting for Mark. So we took off. Rode with Stan, Phil, Dave, and Sam, some other tri guys around my age.

    Very nice 39mi ride, with some nice hills. I did not push it too hard since I had not ridden since early in the month, and did not know what was in store with the hills. In the few (two) times I've ridden hills, I seem to do pretty well and catch the other riders if they get ahead. I guess I cash in on my swimming conditioning. Nice scenery not too much traffic. Definitely will want to make San Ann a regular bike ride. Its much different than the rides closer to the house.

    10:45 am or so...
    After eating a protein bar, bananna, and downing some more Gatorade, lets go for a swim! Saturday masters practices is 10am, so I was late. Just warmed up some in whatever set we were doing, then swam some:

    4 x 75 on 1:15 swim. I mostly drilled these, legs were still recovering... I mostly felt it on the walls as my push was even less than the usual pitiful push I have.
    4 x 75 drill
    4 x 100 on 1:20 I pulled/paddle these
    Started next set, but lightning/thunder nearby, so that was it.

    I was planning on staying late and making up what I missed. I promise!
    Tags: bike
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  16. Friday June 26

    by , June 26th, 2009 at 11:39 PM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Ever since Saturday, Ive been lacking enough sleep, since I work nights 4x10, its a challenge to balance work, workouts and at home responsibilities (we own horses, goats, chickens etc..) This past week was tough and I only had one tough workout, except for the 10x100 set on Wednesday which was tough because of lack of sleep.
    Like my road bike has a spider web on it,which is unheard of, I used to keep that bike spotless, tuned and tires pumped.

    Today I wanted to get in 2 workouts, try to balance them so I can take advantage of the early morning after I get off work and feed the animals.

    Unfortunately I had to drive to Sacramento to drop off my old laptop, since I got "lease rolled". BTW, The new Dell E6400 sucks, performs ok, but the screen is too dull.Anyways I didn't get enough rest to make it to my Masters practice this afternoon.
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Thursday - Lords Gym
    Partial Dryland-Weight routine (young girls were hogging the leg machines, what else?)
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    Friday Morning UMHS - Solo

    Warm 200, 4x50 K w/ snorkel

    (Set 1 from Jacki Hirsty)
    Set 1
    300 - 3 x (25Kick / 25 Drill / 50 Swim) FR 5:00
    150 - 2x(25 Kick / 25 Drill / 50 Swim) Fly 2:40
    150 - 2x(25 Kick / 25 Drill / 50 Swim) BK 2:40
    150 - 2x(25 Kick / 25 Drill / 50 Swim)
    BR 2:40
    Set 2
    4x75 FR 1:10 (Did under :59)
    4x50 BK 1:00 (kept at :40)
    2x100 FR with snorkel, practice flip turns with it
    100 EZ try to do perfect form in slow-mo

    200 cool

    2150 SCY


    Snorkel fun- It really does constrict airflow! Im breathing so hard Im pulling bits of water across the check-valve. When doing flip turns, I have to consciencely hold my breath and wait until I surface before blowing out the air through the device to expel the water. This is difficult since Im (well most swimmers) am used to letting air out while turning to keep water out of my nasal passages.

    For the past few months Ive been trying to implement the "anchor and vault over" technique . This takes more effort, its different from my normal surfer stroke which is inefficient, but easier (from my point of view, of coarse).
    Today I tried it on one of my 75's and got a :47. However I was out of breath due to being really sore.
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  17. Friday Swim Workout

    by , June 26th, 2009 at 08:27 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Another busy day, so just grabbed a quick swim workout of 2000 SCM.

    400 Reverse IM to warm-up (one-arm fly)

    8 x 100 Free on 1:30

    300 kick with fins (100 back kick,

    100 dolphin on back, 100 kick on side)

    6 x 25 on :30
    #1 - 2 strokes fly, free
    #2 - 4 strokes fly, free
    #3 - 6 strokes fly, free
    #4 - 8 strokes fly, free
    #5 - full stroke fly
    #6 - full stroke fly

    6 x 25 on :30
    #1 - full stroke fly
    #2 - full stroke fly
    #3 - 8 strokes, free
    #4 - 6 strokes, free
    #5 - 4 strokes, free
    #6 - 2 strokes, free

    4 x 25 back AFAP on 1:00

    100 easy

    2000 SCM
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  18. I'm Still Sweating on Friday!

    by , June 26th, 2009 at 07:09 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    It is disgustingly hot here!
    I had to run 540 kids through a long jump game for 3 hours this morning. My #50 sunscreen melted off my face in 12 minutes and rendered me blind and drippy-nosed for the rest of the day. I needed some kleenex or at least a towel; finally I just used gauze wrap from the first-aid kit and scrap paper from my teacher bag. I am sooooo glad to be done with that!
    After exporting my grades I headed over to LA Fitness and swam in water with a decent temp (80) and had a solid workout. Tomorrow we are doing 100's to failure in that snot hot water. I am going to wear my fins (I never wear fins to swim and it will make the workout totally pointless for comparison purposes). Hopefully their is a cold front in our short-term future!
    Here's today's solo swim:

    1) 800 Free warm-up swim
    2) 2 X 250 Free on 4:00 (tight)
    3) 4 X 125 IM Roll on 2:30
    4) 5 X 100 Free on 1:50
    5) 4 X (100 IM Swim-rest 15 sec then do 4 X 25 on :30 in IM order) breaststroke was a :45 interval.
    3.100 SCM my vacation starts today!
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  19. Depressing Blog You Probably Shouldn't Read

    by , June 26th, 2009 at 04:27 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    I have had a somewhat dispiriting week.

    The somewhat, on retrospect, should be edited out.

    The above two sentences pretty much describe things in a "show don't tell" way--i.e., lots of cognitive verbigeration leading to naught, only ever-thickening entanglements--what my brain has begun to do to me.

    My chief areas of concern:


    • My job and prospects to continue holding onto it, and thus continuing to be able to earn almost half of what we spend each month, and by so doing slowing down--stopping is impossible!--the descent into financial ruin;


    • The health care insurance dilemma, from which I spent all day yesterday documenting my attempts to extricate myself, all strategies stymied and leading nowhere


    • The idea that not only will I fail to preserve what I have inherited and pass this on to my sons, but I will quite likely have exhausted it all well before the Great Resting Reward claims me, saddling them with debts


    • Circling back to work, the inability to come up with an idea or even an approach that will satisfy my editor in his demands for an impossible and shifting needle hole for me to thread, and meanwhile, the clock ticks down on my remaining contract, for which two stories are due, and the likelihood of even selecting one by then is looking more and more uncertain


    • The IRS audit final tally and its promise to break my back


    • The real estate empire, such as our collection of unrented slum properties has become, and its bills that demand payment from various municipalities and school districts, this regardless of whether or not we can collect even a pittance of the expenses involved


    Against this backdrop of impotence and frustration and the urge to do something, anything, but finding that no action leads anywhere but to a downwards spiraling direction, like a screw being permanently stuck in wood so hard that the screw, once implanted, can never be removed, I decided this morning to do the one thing that has given me some comfort in the past: i.e., write something morbidly amusing that summons up this nasty bit of psychic territory in which I find myself waylaid--amusing to me, if not to anyone else, with perhaps just a hint of my hero, Franz Kafka, lurking in the periphery.

    And so I tried my best to write a short semi-allegory: the story of how a fellow like you, feeling entirely well, untroubled by woe of any sort, might endure a fleeting sense of nausea, and when such a sensation first arises, you dismiss it, at least at first, as a trifle; a glitch, one of those myriad little mistakes that occur randomly and transiently in any organism as complex as you are--nothing to it, really!; how it nevertheless comes back a few moments later, a wee bit stronger and more enduring, at which point it crosses your mind that perhaps you could be getting sick to your stomach--a still largely ridiculous thought, of course! the stuff of overly dramatic hypochondriacs; and how once again you dismiss the wavelet of nausea, and once again it builds, forcing you to question your recent meals and encounters with Person X or Person Y who may, without you even knowing it fully, upset you; and it is at this point that you realize that you have begun to sweat a little, despite the chill in the air, and that the saliva has started to run more freely in your mouth, as if preparing for something, and the real fear you have been trying to ignore--that you may eventually end up vomiting, that most revolting and unpleasant of acts--oh the nastiness of acidic bile in your throat and mouth and nostrils, the smell of it!--that this real and unsettling fear is now positively asserting itself, refusing to remain under the rug and out of mind; and you realize with a sudden almost frightening urgency that you cannot let this happen;

    and thus, from a complete denial to begrudging acceptance that vomiting is a possibility, but only if you fail to take immediate measures to stop the whole process before it can progress further--easy enough precautions, to be sure, like the quick and shallow inhalation and exhalation of tiny breaths, panting, really, like a queasy dog, and the keeping of your thoughts entirely neutral, focusing on the crisp dry air of windswept mountainscapes, or fields of mint; but then, of course, such thoughts are bullied away by images you cannot stop--the vaguely off-color fish roll you ate earlier and has become a prime suspect for your poisoning, or more fanciful images of your own unconscious helpless fantasizing, undercooked pork sundaes, say, ladled over with the foul-smelling juice in the supermarket packaging, the expiration date long since past; and try as you might to steer your thoughts away, your mouth is overflowing with saliva, and your pores are ejaculating sweat, and you find yourself heading to the bathroom, where you cough, and heave, and mercifully--nothing! And for one final moment, you take delusional comfort in the fact that this time, you have somehow managed to stave off your fate, that your life will not, after all, be turned on its head in this most revolting of directions, that you will not be throwing up; but then your stomach rolls over again, and your abdominal walls constrict with a muscularity you did not know they were capable of, and the revulsion comes in torrents, fouling and contaminating everything in its path, turning your once antiseptic life into something you would have sworn, just an hour earlier, was unrecognizably unnatural but is, in fact, the most natural thing in the world. In such a moment you realize that this has always been your fate, that it has been your preordained destination forever, and that regardless of what you may once have considered your raison d'etre, it is here, in the mix of surrender and relief and ineradicable stench, you have always been fated to end up.

    But somehow, when I went to save my first version of my little allegory, the good version, unlike the one I have ham-handedly attempted to reconstruct above from my burned out brain's late-Friday capacity for memory, it got accidentally erased on my computer and is lost forever.
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  20. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout - 6/27/09 - SCY/LCM

    by , June 26th, 2009 at 03:55 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM

    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 free 3:00
    3 X 100 Kick 2:30
    4 X 100 50 stroke/50 free 2:00

    4{3 x 100 Free #1 moderate #2 build #3 fast
    Round 1: 2:00
    Round 2: 1:50
    Round 3: 1:40
    Round 4: 1:30

    SCY

    1 X 100 50 moderate/50 fast 2:00
    2 X 50 build to fast 1:00
    8 X 25 sprint :30
    Swim the set twice through with a break after round 1.
    Choice.

    2 X 50 easy 1:00

    8 X 50 1:15
    25 underwater/25 fast.
    Fins optional.

    2 X 50 easy 1;00

    3900 Y/M
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