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  1. Wednesday, Jan. 7

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 03:55 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    SCY, solo:

    The main set was stolen from Chris the "Uber Machine" Stevenson again. Except I cheated and did the first fast set at only medium to medium fast pace. Still, it hurt. Though I'm not quite as traumatized as that last 20 x 100 set.

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    300 kick
    200 drill

    Fast Sets:

    #1 Medium to Medium Fast Pace

    Didn't pay attention to my times on these really, as I still felt like I was warming up.

    150 back
    50 easy, 3:30 interval for the entire 200
    100 backstroke kick
    50 easy, 3:15 interval for the entire 150
    150 back
    50 easy, 3:30 interval for entire 200
    100 backstroke kick
    50 easy, 3:15 interval for entire 150

    #2 Fast

    Didn't pay attention to the intervals as much. Just gave myself adequate recovery time, not a ton. My shoulder was twingy after the first set, so I used fins, which I like for speedwork anyway. (Sorry, Ande, we're different that way. )

    100 back fast (:59)
    50 easy
    50 backstroke kick fast (26.5ish) (really more SDK-ing than backstroke kick)
    50 easy
    100 IM fast (1:01)
    50 easy
    50 flutter kick w/ board fast (27)
    50 easy

    #3 Fast:

    Had about 30 sec rest after the easy swim. Had to do a 75 instead of a 25 easy after the fast 25s to see the pace clock for the start of the next fast swim. Couldn't see my times on the 25s.

    50 fly fast (27)
    50 easy
    25 dolphin kick fast
    75 easy
    50 back fast (27)
    50 easy
    25 flutter kick fast
    75 easy

    100 EZ

    Mellow Aerobic Set:

    16 x 50 @ :50
    alternate backstroke and backstroke kick
    went 33 on all of them

    200 C/D

    Total: 3600


    Other thoughts:

    1. Weights

    Still feeling broken down from weights. They just make practice much less enjoyable. I think I had that same thought when I started lifting heavier after Austin. Feeling it again. I do think that weights are the biggest reason for my improvement since Austin. I just wish I didn't dislike them so much. Getting a bit weary of them and would like to take a couple months off. Just need to decide when the timing would be right. Could do it after Zones, but that might effect Indy times. Or I could wait until after Indy. Not sure. Just sure I need a break.

    2. Recovery

    Still having trouble recovering. I've been tired all week since my hell week. Could be just the lack of sleep, as I'm getting up early again to get the kids to school and having trouble going to sleep earlier. Had a Luna Shake today after practice. (Thanks Julie!) Maybe that will help. I've had problem with this before, and started a thread many months ago called "Recovery Please." I'm also tempted to try LBJ's suggestion of Devil's Claw. Anyone use that?

    3. Appeal:

    As I mentioned on the "It is Here" thread, my appeal was denied as expected. The ground was Rule 102.13.1, which precludes a change in the order of events. They did not address my Rule 202.2 argument at all. Little disappointing, since that was the basis of my appeal. But that's what happens sometimes. In any event, I've definitely moved on. I'm happy enough that the IGLA times count for FINA purposes. And, as a couple encouraging forumites (including Skip have mentioned), if I hadn't swum the time trial, I wouldn't have known what I was capable of since the 29.99 was a surprise. Gives me some added confidence that my training etc. is on track.
  2. EZ Aerobic Free

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 12:49 PM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    11:00 to Noon at the Downtown YMCA (SCM)

    500 free - 100fr/50drill

    10x75 free on 1:30 - I worked on a good catch and strong but sustainable pace. I went 1:15 for the first 3 and then slowed to 1:18-1:19
    4x25 kick on :45 - I kicked on my back with fins to work on ankle flexibility, pressing my shoulders into the water, and keeping my neck relaxed/head still. I went around :23-:24 for these

    10x75 free on 1:30 - Same as first set, even the times (I was trying to keep up with the lane next to me).
    4x25 kick on :45 - same as first set.

    4x62.5 free on 1:15 - I went 1:03-1:05 for these.
    4x25 kick - Same as first set.
    4x50 ez free w/d!

    2750 meters

    Notes: Mostly just this week I have been able to really work on keeping my elbows high to get a good catch and have really started to feel it. I also noticed that my lats now fatigue quickly. I guess that dropping my elbows doesn't really engage the lats too much! Just a thought.

    Updated January 7th, 2009 at 08:08 PM by Iwannafly

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  3. Wednesday 1/7/09

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 12:18 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY Solo

    Warm up
    300 as 200 free/100 back
    (shoulder is sore and swimming back does not feel very good )

    8 x 50 flutter kick on back on RI :10
    odds fast (50), evens easy (1:00)
    8 x 25 on :30 hard/easy, easy/hard

    Main Set
    1 x 50 easy
    8 x 50 free FAST - #1-4 on 1:30, #5-8 on 2:00
    (Average :33, fast :31, slow :34)
    1 x 50 easy

    6 x 100 free on 1:40

    Cool down
    200 easy swim

    40 minute spinning class during lunch hour.
  4. Tuesday 1/6/09

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 12:10 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY with Carrie

    Warm up
    300 free

    6 x 50 kick did 4 on back no board alt. flutter and dolphin. 2 with board, 1 breast, 1 flutter
    6 x 50 drill

    Main Set - all free even pace
    1 x 400 free RI 1:00
    2 x 200 free RI :45
    4 x 100 free RI :30
    8 x 50 free on RI :15

    Cool down
    1 x 200 easy kick/swim

    2700 Yards

    Did weights class in the morning.

  5. Swallow

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 12:02 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    There are many fluid media in our world today. Obviously, viewers of this vlog are most interested in the aquatic medium, which is at once natural and foreign to us. We spend the first 40 weeks or so floating about in a sea of our own urine, possibly sporting gills for a short while in the "ontology recapitulates phylogeny" process.

    Fascinating but possibly off the subject explanation:

    [Note to those who took Science for Dummies
    TM in college and somehow escaped learning this magical phrase. What it basically means is that our development in the womb, or ontogeny, repeats, or recapitulates, the evolution of ever more complex life forms, or phylogeny, of earth's animal life. We start off as one-celled organisms, progress into something a bit more like a sponge-like ball of cells, progress even further to the gilled salamander stage, etc. until we come out as humanoids 9 months later.

    If you ever want to make someone think you are either smart or pompous, you can't do better than to memorize "ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny" and use it at every possible opportunity.]

    Back to fluid media

    Only during this womb submersion in the amniotic brine are we totally at home as sea creatures. Once born, we become largely terrestrial life forms, dependent on air, unable to swim without lessons at the Y that once again recapitulate a certain phylogeny--starfish, guppies, eels, pikes, sharks, dolphins.

    Fascinating but possibly off the subject reverie:

    [More fodder for digression. How many of us did, in point of fact, learn to swim at a Y? I can remember like it was yesterday the half century ago when 6-year-old Jimby took his first breaststroke-like pull in the tiny basement Sewickley YMCA pool, achieved propulsion, and quickly taught my twin brother John how to swim! I don't know what was more satisfying? As the surgeons say, "See one, Do one, Teach one!" To this day, I credit teaching my brother how to swim as one of my signature life achievements.]

    Penultimate desperate attempt to justify today's video:

    We never regain our vestigial gills, alas; never again regain that amphibean-like blind cave frog nature, the blissful subconsious memories of which, I am convinced, are the chief cause for the return to the womb fantasies guys like me chronically suffer.

    Not to put too fine a point on it, I try to return to the womb every chance I get.

    Where was I?

    Wrapping things up quickly here, let me restate today's vlog's central theses:

    1. We are born from tiny seas of our own creation
    2. I taught my brother how to swim
    3. Air is also a fluid medium
    4. Swimmers like to flock together
    5. Please enjoy my twin brother's latest charming and short YouTube film, narrated by the irrepressible Cameron, who students of this vlog will recall pronounced me "Sunk" during my inaugural open water swimming event.
    6. Ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny.


    Updated January 7th, 2009 at 12:08 PM by jim thornton

  6. New torture device

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 10:44 AM (My non-workout blog and random thoughts)
    My brother, Linc, gave me a new torture device for Christmas. He swears by it! It is a Kiefer parachute.

    The parachute attaches to your waist with a adjustable webbing belt. The parachute is about 12 inches in diameter and connected to the waist belt with a 6 foot cord.

    You do look a little silly (and feel really clumsy). When you first jump in and try to swim (operative word is try), the drag resistance is very strong. You feel like you are going no where - because you are going no place. It takes a substantial amount of force to swim at a slow pace.

    If you can maintain your stroke technique, I can envision that one could become much stronger in specific muscles associated with effective propulsion. The key is to maintain technique (in a nutshell - early vertical forearm) which use the minor shoulder muscles - which unfortunately are among the first to become injured (rotator cuff related).

    The training effect is simply incredible - it is incredibly painful if you are trying to swim fast - as Linc recommends all out 25 yard sprint kicks. Because of his shoulder issues, he does not swim with the parachute. But I have tried swimming and kicking - and it is very difficult.

    You can do flip turns, but it is not very smooth operations. I think that sets of 10 x 25 would be sufficient to leave even the strongest swimmer gasping.

    I would improve this product by making the diameter of the parachute adjustable. Alternatively, I would drill little holes into the parachute - much like swim paddles - How many people remember the first swim paddles? They were made from plexiglass and were a flat, solid rectangle with surgical tubing. Paddles have really changed.

    Anyway, I like the idea of modifying the parachute - replacing the parachute material with either a mesh and making the diameter adjustable.

    BTW, Kiefer sells the chute for $18 plus.
  7. 4 fast 100's, 4 fast 50's IM Order

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 10:42 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Jan 7th, 2009

    10 days away
    Saturday January 17 - Monday 19th
    Austin TX
    USS Meet Longhorn Aquatics New Year's Classic
    training on through (no rest)
    #4 Boys 200 IM 2:00.85
    #6 Boys 50 Free 22.58
    #18 Boys 200 Free 1:50.70
    #32 Boys 100 Fly 53.18

    57 days away
    March 5 - 7, 2009
    USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix
    Austin TX
    Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM
    Meet Events: Thursday, Friday, Saturday

    will blog todays practice at:
    short cut to Ande's Swimming Blog is
    It's OK to Comment there

    Planned to lift weights today but goofed around on the computer this morning

    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    SCY swim center main pool, NO Blocks
    swam with Todd, Brad, beside Tyler Nate, Paul Desiree, Andrew, Mary and Ned
    arrived EARLY
    dove in on time

    Did a lot of SDK today

    warm up
    800 done 75 free 25 foot first scull

    4 rounds of (one each stroke IM order)
    100 kick,
    100 drill
    REST 1 minute (this was the same as a 200 on 4:00)
    100 fast
    fl 58 bk 57 br 71 fr 54

    800 done 50 with 4 breaths / 50 bk / 50 with 2 breaths / 50 scull

    assigned 400 aerobic
    did 100 fr 50 rest 100 fr 50 rest 100 fr

    4 x 50 fl on 1:00 desc
    went 26 on #4

    assigned 300 aerobic
    went 3 x 50

    assigned 4 x 50 bk on 1:00 desc
    did: changed into FS PRO Jammers
    50 bk fast
    went 25 on #4

    assigned 200 aerobic
    did 2 x 50

    4 x 50 br on 1:00
    went 31 on #4

    assigned 100 aerobic
    did 50 easy

    2 x 50
    went 23

    50 easy

    remembered what Whitney said said to me yesterday about breath control sets and did them correctly today

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    UT Women trained at 8:00
    Think UT men came in at 8:30

    Updated January 7th, 2009 at 05:49 PM by ande

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  8. Wednesday - 1/7 recovery Day?

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 09:30 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Needed to recover from yesterdays fly workout but was this really recovery?

    4x500 @ :20 Rest Free #1 & 4 Swim, #2 pull, #3 kick
    8x25 @ :45 Fly
    3x100 @ 1:40 Free held 1:32ish
    8x25 @ :45 Back
    3x100 @ 2:00 IM held 1:38ish
    8x25 @ :45 Breast
    6x100 @ 1:30 Free paddles and bouy went 1:24, 1:22, 1:22, 1:21, 1:20, 1:18
    200 EZ

    Total 4000 yards
  9. Fat Man not in the Pool tonight

    by , January 6th, 2009 at 10:23 PM (Fat Man back in the Pool)
    Don't know if we got to breaststroke month or not. I had a Church Vestry meeting to approve the 2009 budget instead. Back in the water on Thursday.
  10. 1400 or was it 1500...

    by , January 6th, 2009 at 04:28 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    I lost count today but I thought I did 1500 although I am only blogging 1400...chlorine saturation...
    Continuing the snorkel, fin and paddle fun as I work on my head position and underwater pull...

    200 swim. Pool was empty so I did a 150 doing 25 in each lane and going under the lines...It was hard work as I had to stay low and get momentum...I then did a 50 to round off.

    6 x 50 swim with snorkel
    12 x 25 K no fins on :45 every 4th sprint--went 30-31's on the sprints.
    3 x 100 K with fins AFAP :20 RI
    50 swim AFAP w/ fins went a :26 from push.
    3 x 50 P fins and paddles
    50 w/Paddles
    50 No gear

    I may have done an extra 100 yards but I can't recall so if you lose didn't happen, right?

    Updated January 6th, 2009 at 05:49 PM by SwimStud

  11. Tuesday, Jan. 6

    by , January 6th, 2009 at 03:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Made it to the pool today. Still a bit tired and sore.

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim/kick/drill

    3 x 100 single arm fly @ 1:45

    Main Sets:

    Stole a pace 50s set from Chris, except with more human intervals.

    20 x 50 backstroke:
    (Tried to go 2 seconds faster on each set of 50s. Definitely gasping for breath at the end.)

    4 x 50 @ :50
    1 x 50 easy @ 1:30
    4 x 50 on :55
    1 x 50 easy @ 1:30
    4 x 50 @ 1:00
    1 x 50 easy @ 1:30
    4 x 50 @ 1:10
    1 x 50 easy on 1:30

    100 EZ

    6 x 200 kick @ 3:00 w/MF
    (held a pretty casual 1:10-1:12 pace per 100)

    50 EZ

    10 x 25 UW fly spin drill,
    5 spinning every 2 kicks, 5 spinning every 4 kicks

    100 C/D

    Total: 3700


    Thought on "hypoxic" work: Was discussing SDKs with Jim Thornton and lamenting my seemingly diminished lung capacity of late. The "heyday" of my SDKs seems to have been about 1 and 1/2 years ago or so. At least that's my perception. (Judging from a couple videos, I was a little SDK happy at Austin I guess, but I'm not sure it made me faster.) He suggested that, with the amount of anaerobic work I do, the oxygen receptor nerves/muscles (can't remember exactly -- maybe he'll elaborate) aren't triggered enough. In other words, speed work is contra-indicated if you want to be an SDK ninja. Don't know, but I have done a lot more speed work in the last 1 1/2 years. More likely, the problem is that I dislike doing the hard core CO2 tolerance sets that Chris does. Used to like them more, not sure what happened. They just are harder now.

    Updated January 6th, 2009 at 03:46 PM by The Fortress

  12. 2 sets of 8 x 150's fast on 4 - 8

    by , January 6th, 2009 at 10:43 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tuesday Jan 6th, 2009

    11 days away
    Saturday January 17 - Monday 19th
    USS Meet Longhorn Aquatics New Year's Classic
    training through it (no rest)

    58 days away
    March 5-7, 2009
    USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix
    Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM
    Meet Events: Thursday, Friday, Saturday
    (will rest some for this)

    will blog todays practice at:
    short cut to Ande's Swimming Blog is
    Comment there

    Planned to lift weights today but went to bed at 12:30 last night because I picked up my dau at the airport late last night, her flight was delayed

    How about the Longhorn's down to the wire nail biter Fiesta Bowl victory?

    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    SCY swim center main pool, NO Blocks
    swam with Mike Varozza, Andrew, and Russell, beside Larry, Ned Mark, Mary and Doug

    warm up went around 600

    8 x 150 fr on 2:00
    desc 1 - 4 hold 5 - 8
    went around 1:35's

    500 done 100 k 25 fast

    8 x 150 fr on 2:05
    desc 1 - 4 hold 5 - 8
    hurtin on this round skipped a 50 on #6
    went 1:34 on #8

    500 fr take 4 breaths each 25

    4 rounds of
    75 fr on :60 "5 SDKs off each wall"
    50 IM on :50
    25 fr fast no breath on :30

    100 easy

    Whitney said I should to do the breath control sets and it might make a difference

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    UT Men trained this morning, Russell Mark USA Swimming's biomechanics coordinator was on deck.

    UT Women are back from Colorado Springs

    Updated January 6th, 2009 at 06:13 PM by ande

  13. Tuesday 1/6 - A day to FLY

    by , January 6th, 2009 at 07:46 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    The Aquatic Center opened late since someone decided to . After a 10 minute nap in the car I could finally get in.

    10x100 @ 1:40 Free
    20x50 @ 1:00 Fly with fins after 11 I got paged and had to take a call only a delay of 4 minutes
    10x50 @ 1:00 Fly kick on back with fins good ab work
    20x25 @ :45 Fly with paddles wow what a workout
    500 EZ Free

    Total of 3500 Yards
  14. Tired and Tested!

    by , January 5th, 2009 at 10:29 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well had a double of sorts today. I did my normal 1200 yards this morning including some kicking tests to see if I am faster on my 25's...I am!

    25 Y Results 9/21
    Dive from side--No board flutter :26
    Push--w/Board flutter :24
    Dive from side--SDK :24
    Dive from side--Swim :15

    25 Y Results 1/04
    Dive from side--No board flutter :20.32
    Push--w/Board flutter :20.1
    Dive from side--SDK <:21
    Dive from side--Swim :14.5

    I got these from a watch vs the pace clock in September, but even if you give me a margin of error of 2 seconds on the pace clock. I am still faster!

    Workout 1
    4 x 50 W Snorkel
    2 x 50 Snorkel and paddles
    200 above kick testing incl. EZ
    25s swim backs.
    3 x 100 K no fins
    100 K broken and I did a test 50 K w fins went :32
    4 x 50P Snorkel, fins and paddles.
    2 x 50P Snorkel and fin
    1 x 50 Snorkel
    1 x 50 No gear

    Workout 2
    Ladder 100 to 500 to 100 (2500)
    I tried 1:38's but after the 300 I had a wicked headache and had to back down to 140's and eventually about 1:45. I didn't eat properly before and I think it was a factor.
    I finished off with a nice EZ 500:
    3 x 100 with full gear.
    4 x 50 removing the gear by 50's fins, paddles, snorkel. Last 50 "naked" in the David Barra sense of the word!

    Updated January 5th, 2009 at 11:13 PM by SwimStud

  15. Big Day -- NOT

    by , January 5th, 2009 at 01:03 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Too damn tired to do a thing today!! My upper back is still sore from weights on Saturday and was shocked back to reality with an early wake up ... I'm always a tad gloomy after a holiday/vacation. Getting a deep tissue massage tomorrow -- that should help!

    But I did get my USA Swimming card in the mail today. So I'm set for the Jan. Open.

    Also am sending in my entries for Auburn:


    100 IM
    50 free
    100 back
    50 fly

    (Will scratch either the 50 free or 100 back. Probably the 100 back as there's only one event between that and the 50 fly.)


    100 fly
    50 back
    50 breast
    200 IM

    (Will do either the 50 breast or 200 IM. There's nothing I'm really dying to swim after the 50 back and the 100 free is right after and thus not an option. Guess I could also do a split request in my 200 IM.)

    Updated January 5th, 2009 at 01:41 PM by The Fortress

  16. Sprint Day (Don't laugh at my slow times!);-)

    by , January 5th, 2009 at 12:50 PM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    11:00 to Noon at the Jamerson YMCA (SCY)

    Warm up
    400 free - different breathing pattern every 100 - I cannot breathe to my left very well. I sink after I breathe and I think it's because I lift my head rather than roll on my axis.
    4x25 dps on :35
    4x25 descend on :30 (19high to 17low)

    4x50 on 1:30 - Coach's instructions were to go hard but not sprint and go under :40 for each (I went :38s and :39s)
    100 ez Free

    8x25 on 1:00 sprints - Evens from the blocks. Coach timed the odds from a push(I went 15.1, 15.4, 15,9, 15.4).
    100 ez Free

    10x50 on 1:00 - 25 drill/25 free

    8x3/4 length sprints on :40 (I don't know my times, but I worked turns and streamlines).
    4x25 dps - Decrease # of strokes by 1 each length, except drop by 2 on last (I did 17, 15, 13, and 11 - I've never made 11, maybe my stroke's getting better).

    100 ez warm down

    2050 yards

    Updated January 5th, 2009 at 02:24 PM by Iwannafly (Computer trouble (or was it operator error) and bad memory too and just because I'm obsessive!)

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  17. Back in the pool

    by , January 5th, 2009 at 12:01 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Finally!!! Pool reopened for the year today.

    SCY with Carrie
    300 swim, did 200 free, 100 back
    4 x (25 kick/25 drill) IM order no board
    8 x 50 RI :15 Odds IMO as 25 dps/25 build
    Evens free, descend 1-4

    2 x 400 free on 7:00, #1 pull w/buoy only, #2 add paddles. Focus on dps
    4 x 200 free on RI 1:00 count strokes and focus on holding the SC through the set. Also focus on taking 2 dolphin kicks off each wall.
    Cool down
    100 kick w/ board
    100 easy IM

    2700 yards

    Did 40 minute spinning class during my lunch hour

    Updated January 7th, 2009 at 12:12 PM by poolraat

  18. hard 300 free

    by , January 5th, 2009 at 10:19 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Jan 5th, 2009

    my next meet is
    Saturday January 17 - Monday 19th
    USS Meet Longhorn Aquatics New Year's Classic
    12 days away
    plan to train through it (no rest)

    will blog todays practice at:
    the short cut to my blog is
    It's OK to comment there

    Tyler emailed this morning to let me know that the USMS record keeper updated our SCM relay records and my individual records
    I guess it's official now, it's nice when records last longer than 3 hours.

    lifted weights yesterday

    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    SCY swim center main pool, NO Blocks
    swam with Todd "the breastroke god" Bartee, Mike, Brandon & Amy beside
    Larry, Nate, Paul and a new swimmer Annie Getter Brown, even Doug returned several lanes over from hernia surgery and about a month off
    dove in around 6:38ish

    200 missed
    100 k missed
    200 started here
    100 k
    100 k

    16 x 25 on :25
    3 fl drill or free
    1 fly fast

    4 x 75 fr on 1:00 desc (moderate interval)
    went 44 on #4

    16 x 25 on :25
    3 bk mod
    1 bk fast

    4 x 150 fr on 2:00 desc (moderate interval)
    went 1:40, 1:38, 1:37, 1:30

    16 x 25 on :25
    3 br drill or free
    1 br fast went 15's & 16's

    4 x 300 fr on 4:00 desc
    went 3:25, 3:18, 3:11,
    took an extra 30 sec rest before #4
    went 3:01

    16 x 25 fr on :25
    3 fr mod
    1 fr fast

    easy 100

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    UT Men were training and Russell Mark USA Swimming's biomechanics coordinator was on deck.

    Updated January 5th, 2009 at 10:44 AM by ande

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  19. Monday 1/5 - Making it up as I went

    by , January 5th, 2009 at 07:59 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I had a workout all written up and I left it at home so I put this one together as I went.

    1000 done by 200's swim/pull/swim/kick/swim

    8x25 @ :45 Breast Kick
    8x25 @ :45 Breast
    1 minute rest
    100 Breast for time went 1:41
    500 Free with paddles every 3rd lap Breast

    8x25 @ :45 Back Kick just barely made these
    8x25 @ :45 Back
    1 minute rest
    100 Back for time went 1:32
    500 Free with paddles every 3rd lap Back

    500 Kick with fins alternate 100's fly/free

    Total 3500 yards

    I am not going to worry about the yards only the quality of the workout and the quality of the stroke work this year. I guess you could say quality strokes and kick are my new years resolution for practices.
  20. January 6 is the day

    i sent this out to everyone on my e-mail list last week but thought i would post it here as well.

    thanks everyone for your advise and cover me; i'm going in!

    > its cardiac update time!
    > after a couple of months of tests i think i've finally
    > got a good diagnosis and treatment plan. i can't thank
    > enough all those who have helped me get to this point by
    > sharing their personal experiences with this condition, and
    > negotiating their way around the health care and insurance
    > system; altogether a good argument for full disclosure. a
    > couple of false positive test results sent me a little way
    > down the wrong path including an echo-cardiogram indicating
    > severe pulmonary hypertension and a nuclear stress test
    > indicating a left ventricular ejection fraction of 32%.
    > there is now pretty clear evedence that an ASD is the
    > primary cause of my symptoms.
    > on january 6th i will be heading to n.y. presbetyrian to
    > undergo another cardiac cathether procedure. this one will
    > involve a slightly larger incision in the femorial vein than
    > the last, but recovery is pretty much the same. if my last
    > cath was typical, i anticipate some very colorful brusing of
    > the groin area and might just have a rorschach type of
    > psyco-analysis test prepared. (sign up early to participate)
    > though i will not be going to rochester, the link describes
    > the procedure:
    > best wishes for a peaceful '09
    > david