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  1. Ouchy Thursday too!

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 09:41 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    So you read my stunning piece yesterday, you know I worked out the legs quite a bit the last few days. Yesterday afternoon I developed a dull ache in my left knee at the top of the tib/fib...

    I think when I did my leg press and calf press I tweaked the area...I started to limp about on my knee around 5pm...

    I could bend and have frontal and anterior motion without pain but any lateral motion caused the pain to sharpen...

    "Hmm..." I thought to myself...well I can't think to anyone else really can I? Visions of scapel weilding knee specialists and torn tendon began to dance through my head so I did like any normal man and ignored it and assumed it would go away.

    Well it didn't. Any lateral motion...even laying in bed caused pain, and getting to sleep took a bit longer. Upon awaking this morning the pain was still present so being a dude, I went and did 40 mins elliptical, which didn't hurt and then 10-20 minutes of core work, which didn't hurt either.
    A little while later though my knee began to ache again. So I took some napro and iced it down. I wore a knee wrapping for the remainder of the day today and wouldn't you know the pain has now gone...
  2. 1/7: Bike which Tim doesn't take seriously

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 09:13 PM (Random Nonsense)
    And I don't mean in general, Tim doesn't take my stationary bike seriously because I don't post enough stats.

    Well, I don't take it very seriously either, so no more stats, which I have not been keeping anyway.

    60 minutes Bike AM
    60 minutes Bike PM

    Today I read a magazine cover to cover that I would have normally skipped 80% of the articles. But today I got to learn about the 2010 predictions for the lean hog index. The article is online if you are really wondering what the predictions are.

    Ribs still hurt, but today is the first day I have gone without ibuprofen. I will take some ibuprofen before trying to sleep.
  3. Thursday and the Front has arrived

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 08:07 PM (My Passion)
    I woke up at 4:30 and the first thing I thought, was 'got to get to swim practice.' Don't know why, I never swim on Thursday.

    Got to the gym right after 5 am. It was 51 on my way to the gym and they just said that by 11 am, it was 36. I could see a flag really blowing from my desk all day.

    Got on the stairmill and saw my buddy walk into the gym. She got the stairmill next to mine and for the next 30 minutes, on level 7, I told her about the adventureous cruise I took the week before, the week before Christmas. (that was our plan for today, to make the time go fast, she asked me to save the cruise story for the stairmill). Boy was I breathless. My voice is still hoarse from my latest asthma medication, though since I stopped taking it, it is slowly (very slowly) coming back. With the hoarse voice, it feels like it takes more effort to talk. But the stairmill went fast .

    After the stairmill, I walked a steep incline of 15 at 3 miles per hour for 20 minutes then got in a good stretch.

    It is cold out there. I covered our 11 Sago palms last evening in anticipation of tonight's low 20's freeze and when I got home from work, all but 1 had to be recovered. Luckly the rocks kept the sheets from blowing away, except for 1 sheet - it is long gone.

    Now getting ready to watch the Longhorns stomp Bama!!

    Happy swimming!
    Swim Workouts
  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -01/08/10 -SCY

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 05:39 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)

    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:45
    4 X 100 1:40
    4 X 100 1:30

    3 X 100 kick 2:10
    8 X 50 kick 1:15
    50's: 25 fast/25 easy

    8 X 50 *2 of each stroke* 1:00
    4 X 100 IM 1:45
    2 X 200 IM 3:30

    5 X 200 pull 3:00
    1/2: Negative split.
    Descend 3-4-5

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  5. Ouch! Thursday, Jan. 7

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 04:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    AM Drylands:

    push ups w/push up stand 3 x 15*
    ab roll outs w/power wheel, 3 x 15
    jump rope, 2 x 75
    prone scapular scrunches, 3 x 25
    3 position arm extensions, 3 x 3 x 15

    * The push up stand seems to make the exercise harder to me. Perhaps it's the increased range of motion. The stands are definitely easier on the wrists.

    P90X Ab Killer DVD (15 minutes):

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    I knew after my first few jumps with the rope that this would be a hard day. My legs were still totally dead from my brutal double on Tuesday. The word "cramp" was never far from my mind and, indeed, that is, unhappily, what ensued ...

    Noon Swim w/Speedo @ Oak Marr:

    Warm up:

    750 variety

    6 x 25 shooters

    Transition set:

    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = swim
    evens = kick

    (I missed one of these.)

    50 EZ

    Main Set:

    Speedo and I had decided to do Geek's lactate set (w/modifications) from several days ago. He was likewise weary from a hard practice yesterday. But, there really is no sense putting off lactate work, so we gamely had at it. I certainly plan to do more of it now that I've got some aerobic work under my belt.

    1 x 200 w/fins @ 8:00

    I swam 5 1/2 lengths and quit. I got a calf cramp the instant I pushed off to begin swimming. It didn't hurt as much when I dolphin kicked, but the minute I transitioned, it tightened even worse. It was so painful, I stopped. I'm a quitter. I was out in a :57. My stroke didn't feel very good (not like last week), so I was surprised to even go out that fast. The legs felt positively leaden.

    150 EZ

    1 x 100 w/fins @ whatevah

    I did fly. Went a :59. Very unspectacular; I've gone faster. But at least it was a cramp free swim.

    150 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP w/fins @ whatevah + 100 EZ)

    1st 50 = fly, went :24
    2nd 50 = back. went :23.5 ish even though I slipped on the wall

    These were faster than I expected and certainly better efforts than my 200 and 100. Good to know I haven't lost all my speed. Speedo's underwater SDKs and streamlining have really improved!

    2 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 25 EZ @ whatevah)
    (one free, one belly shooter)

    100 EZ

    Evil Drill set:

    5 x (3 x 50), RI = :20-25

    #1 = breast kick (trying to keep knees close)
    #2 = PLD (pull, lunge, dolphin) breast drill
    #3 = Chris' breast drill where you alternate PLD with regular breaststroke each stroke. I really liked this drill and will continue to do it.

    50 EZ

    Total: 3350

    10 minutes in hottub.


    That was a nice kick in the pants and welcome back to the world of lactate pain. This would be a good set to repeat. The only problem with it from a sprinter perspective is that it's very hard to recover from that first 200. It takes a toll on the subsequent 100. I guess you could reverse the order of the set as well.

    Definitely time to increase the race pace work!

    I wish someone would come stand over me an make me stretch tonight. I really need it. I have no idea why I have a lapse of motivation in this area ...



    Pete and I discussed streamlining some and, in particular, 2 recent USMS tips. One is Chris Colburn's "hanging streamline drill" discussed here: Another is a tech tip drill Pete read about where you simply practice streamlining by pushing off and seeing how far you go. Keep repeating and hopefully see improvement. I'll definitely try these drills.

    F Gluten!

    I think I might have made it through my first gluten free day without accidentally glutening myself. Have been doing some reading. It also seems that muscle cramping and abdominal cramps can also be symptoms of gluten intolerance. In addition to my usual calf cramps, I've had some wicked abdominal cramps. Perhaps this will improve if I can successfully alter my diet.

    Updated January 7th, 2010 at 07:37 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts , Test Sets
  6. Doo-B-Do-Over

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 02:57 PM (Chicken's Nuggets)
    Posted January 6th, 2010 at 09:33 PM by Chicken of the Sea
    As the self appointed Chicago branch of the Sewickley SeaDragons, I've been receiving Bill White's excellent workouts via email on a daily basis.

    Bill was on holidays over the recent Christmas break, though, so I was in a bit of a panic until Vlog the Inhaler stepped in with the Jimcentric "B" level mediocre workout. I received this fabulous looking workout on Dec 28th and was so excited that I raced to the pool two days later to do it.

    About 10 minutes into the swim, I was ejected from my lane by a noodler class consisting of 4 ladies. A polite plea for compassion from the instructor resulted in "YES WE NEED 2 LANES FOR THIS CLASS YES OF COURSE WE DO!!!!!!". Said instructor then moved 2 of the women into the second lane so as to occupy it and I had to wait until a nice man offered to share his swimming lane.

    Anyway......I was very grumpy and, although I got to finish the workout, I didn't enjoy it as much as I should have.

    So yesterday I did a do-over!!!

  7. Thursday

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 12:41 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    SCY, Solo

    2x around
    {200 swim, 200 kick, 200 pull}
    Round 1 free, Round 2 back

    3 x 150 free on 2:20, hold pace/make interval
    (went 2:06-2:09-2:11. took extra :30 sec rest)
    3 x 50 free on 1:00: start pretty fast, but descend to all out by #3
    (went :38-:37-:36. took extra 30 sec rest)
    3 x 150 back on 2:45, hold pace/make interval
    (went 2:22-2:25-2:25. took extra :15 sec rest)
    3 x 50 back on 1:00, start fast and descend to all out
    (went :44-:44-:42)

    50 easy

    3 x 75 pull free on 1:15
    3 x 75 pull back on 1:30


    Total: 2900 yards
  8. Thursday Jan 7th 2010 Mid Distance

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 12:10 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thursday Jan 7th 2010

    Weighed 223 after practice

    You gonna watch the GAME tonight?

    Today at 3:00 UT men & women swim auburn

    Got this message from Whitney Yesterday
    Thursday night practice has been cancelled so all can watch the awesome UT football game that starts at 7 pm.
    However, there WILL BE a noon workout offered instead. I apologize for any inconvenience this may have and for the late notice but go cheer on those HORNS!

    I had my first and I think quite graceful fall into the water this morning at practice. I have been coaching since 1996 and I have never fallen into the water until today. I hope it was a good laugh for all. I have chuckled over it numerous times today.
    I'm in Nashville Sat Jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th
    Made arrangements to train with NAC

    Austin got hit with a cold snap, was 50 this morning, it hit, now it's 34

    Thinking about doing a double today, incase the roads are bad tomorrow


    Whiitney coached
    6:30 - 8:00
    swam with Brandon, Todd, Ned, & a guest
    beside Tyler, Max, & Amy
    arrived on time

    wore Brief

    warm up
    200 fr
    100 right side kick
    150 fr
    100 left side kick
    100 fr
    100 drill
    050 fr
    100 drill

    main set
    4 rounds of challenging interval stuff
    400 fr
    300 fr
    200 fr
    100 fr
    050 easy

    round 1) on 1:10 base
    skipped 50's from 400, 300 & 200

    round 2) on 1:10 base

    round 3) on 1:10 base

    round 4) swam with Todd & Amy
    400 on 4:20 went 4:15,
    300 on 3:30, skipped a 50 from 300 (lost count)
    200 on 2:10, made it
    100 on 1:10

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX

    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down 55 Days

    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX

    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    Swim Workouts
  9. Mixing it up alittle

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 08:29 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today was going to be an easier day but as my drive would have it NO WAY!

    10x100@1:45 Free

    500 kick w/fins every 3rd 25 FAST alternate 100 Free / 100 Fly
    300 Back kick w/fins as drills 100 fashion model, 100 arms perpendicular, 100 partial recovery
    200 Breast kick

    10x50@1:00 Breast pull w/fins get the dolphin motion into the stroke
    5x200@3:15 w/paddles #1 Free, #2 150Free/50Back, #3 100Free/100Back, #4 50 Free/150 back, #5 200 Back made the interval on all even the 200 back in 3:12

    200 Free EASY

    Total 3700 yards
  10. 01-11-10 Folsom

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 12:44 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    Folsom 05:30-06:20
    2x200 (1.FR, 2. 50FR/50 Stroke)
    2x100K (1.FR, 2. IM K)
    3x150 on 2:15 des.
    1x150 ez
    (only did 9)
    50 cool then out to catch a train.

    A belated Happy New Year to all.
    Today I was able to squeeze in about an hour workout with about 20 minutes to shower, then catch the light rail train to the downtown. It goes fast and the water was perfect.
  11. Wednesday, 1/6/10

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 12:39 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY with Carrie

    300 swim free
    300 kick choice
    (rotated through different kicks)
    300 pull choice
    (150 free w/p&b, 150 back w/buoy only)
    8 x 50 on 1:00 alt. drill/build by 25
    (2x through IM order)

    3x around:
    3 x 50 kick choice w/10 sec. rest
    (#1 on back, 25 dolphin/25 flutter)
    (#2 flutter w/board)
    (#3 breast w/board)
    swim 200 free smooth on 3:30
    (swam these around 2:55)
    swim 6 x 25 faster (but not all out - use your legs a bunch here):
    round 1 on 35, round 2 on 30, round 3 on 25
    (these were all around 17-18)

    swim down 100
    Total: 2900 yards

    45 minute spin class at the gym during lunch break
  12. Chiro, Weights, and the Puppy

    by , January 7th, 2010 at 12:04 AM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Went to the chiro today and he opined that my problem is in the sacroiliac joint and is not a muscular thing. So, the goal is to open up the joint more, because it has stiffened up again. He did some adjustments that did seem to make things better.

    I opted not to swim today because rotation seems to aggravate it and so does turning of any sort - flips or open. So, thought I would "rest" that area. I've already blown my resolution of swimming 4 days this week, but guess it is better to lay back this week so I can swim 4 times a week in the upcoming weeks.

    I still think stepping over the babygates is the primary culprit. In stepping, I naturally lead with my left leg. This means I put all my weight on my left side and twist, so I can't imagine this has been good for letting things heal up. Starting today, I am bending over and simply unlocking the gate.

    The puppy keeps me busy. She is 4 months old. I've probably burned off the holiday weight gain just keeping up with the puppy. I've attached a picture for all to see.

    Went to the weight room and avoided any twisting motions. Had a pretty good session and was encouraged by the fact that my arms were not overly fatigued after swimming 4900 yards yesterday.

    Here is the workout:

    Bench press: bar x 45, 65, x 5, 3 sets of 100 x 3

    Lat high row: 2 sets of 90 x 5, 3 sets of 140 x 5.

    Bicep curls with barbell: 2 sets of 35 x 8

    Military press: 2 sets of 50 x 8

    Ls in captain's chair: 2 sets of 10
    These are more than leg lifts. You have to support your weight and bring legs straight up and out in an "L" and hold for a second or two. To do this, instead of resting your arms on the armrest on the chair, you stand with your back to the chair, grab the place where you would to do dips, pull your body straight up so that your hips are even with your hands (for me it is just below hips). Your arms should be straight and so should your back. Then, lift your legs up so that you make an "L." Talk about quad and core burn! Much harder than basic leg lifts in the captain's chair! This is basically a movement that male gymnasts do with the rings (except they hold it for much longer). I think Fort would like these.

    Updated January 7th, 2010 at 12:29 AM by elise526

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  13. 1/06/09--I hope you took your decorations down!

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 11:01 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well I didn't blog yesterday but I did 40 minutes elliptical and 20 mins core work.

    Today I went swimming again...and as I sit here listening to lyrics mentioning something about being "Knocked out by American thighs" I can't help but think of my poor aching gams...I still felt the kick set from Monday yesterday and then the elliptical didn't improve I took to the water with the oomph and grace of a walrus on land.

    So I tortured myself thusly:
    200 Swim felt a bit whacked on this but took the time to work my rotation and hand placement. It nearly caused me to ram the wall with my loaf due to not noticing the turn mark.
    200 Kick
    Did this all free moderate speed not like the hard set on Monday. Felt good, tried to keep a good rhythm and pace while focusing on scooping with my plates and Bromleys.
    200 Pull Stuck the Styrofoam plug between my bacon and eggs and got on with the set.

    6 x 100 FR 1:30 so I managed all of these although finishing rep numbers 2 and 3 left me as a touch and go I got a couple of second after #4 and 5 secs after #5. Only did 6 as this was 1 more than my previous tally on this interval and also it was a 600 block (my pattern for the day).

    200 EZ after a little rest nothing too exciting here just more focus on rotation.

    4 x 50 3 BR/3 FL no interval here just trying to find a nice rhythm.
    4 x 50 FL 1:15 I got through these in an ungraceful fashion (see Walrus on land quip) but I think I have found something in my pull...need to go into EVF I think .

    200 EZ Even less to report on this other than I was truly gearing up for the last set.
    4 times through:
    100 IM 2:00
    100 FR 2:00

    managed this swimming in 1:40 to 1:45 I definitely was tired and drained from previous work outs and the 6 x 100.
    4 x 50 K FL did these with the board sans fins took a few seconds between 50's. Didn't go fast just tried to work the undulation.

    4x 50 EZ
    just loafing off to end.

    Not too bad but a good workout that got me huffing and puffing but I probably wasn't up to a greater ordeal.

    Went to lift afterwards
    Wide Pull ups 8,7,6 on 1:00
    Close Chin ups 6, 5,5
    on 1:00
    Legpress/calf press 3x12 @ 300lb
    Leg Extn 3x12 @ 95lb each rep include a full and terminal extn. e.g.full up, half down, back up, full down.
    Leg Curl 3x12 @ 95lb
    Adduct/Abduct 3x12 @ 110lbs supersetting them back to back no rest
    Chest Press M/C 10, 8, 6 @ 140lb plus 6 more at 80lb
    Ab Machine 3x15@ 45lbs..I go by feel and burn than trying to lift weight so I don't know if that is the correct weight but it's ballpark.
    Pec-dec; 3x15 @ 3 plates (guessing 45ish) again I go for burn and full range of motion than weight here....

    Used Accelerade during swim and lift and then guzzled an Endurox post lifting.

    PS I know it's 2010.
  14. No Watching! Wed., Jan. 6

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 09:43 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    9:00 to 3:00: Caught up on errands today. Didn't work out. I was about due for a rest day anyway, much as I hate them.

    3:15: Dropped 15 year old off at senior swim practice. Didn't watch or hover.

    4:30: Dropped 9 year old off at jazz dance. Didn't watch or hover. Drove home. (Why spoil it when the recital is Sunday?)

    5:15: Fort Son arrived home from winter crew practice. We didn't discuss it. I'm already on notice that erg-ing is an evil and disliked necessity in crew. I did inquire how his ankle was after his run yesterday.

    5:30 Picked up my 9 year old from jazz dance and took her to swim practice. (We don't care about homework apparently on Wednesdays.) Dropped her off and didn't watch or hover. Had to stay for 15 minutes waiting for 15 year old to finish practice. Got lectured by 15 year old for sitting in the bleachers for even this wee bit of time. Drove 3 loud teenagers home and eavesdropped on swim gossip.

    6:45: Ordered pizza for children as I had no time (or inclination particularly with today's driving schedule) to cook for my family. Was slightly bitter about the fact that I couldn't eat any of it.

    7:30: Picked up my 9 year old from swim practice. She announced she was excited about doing back flip turns. Otherwise, no discussion of swimming.

    8:00: Helped 9 year old study for math test. This effort didn't last long. She claimed she knew it all, and I chose to believe her.

    8:30: Made myself an omelet. Took a lactate pill and put cheese in my omelet. Started itching 30 minutes later -- I give up. There will be an attempt to stretch and do RC work tonight after 9 year old goes to bed. I like my new Stick.

    Updated January 7th, 2010 at 09:34 AM by The Fortress

  15. Wednesday Swimming

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 08:38 PM (My Passion)
    Got to pool just before 5 and lead a stretch. Then did:

    5 X 200 (alt free and breast every 200 - free on 3:30 and breast with 30 seconds rest)
    5 X 100 free on 1:30
    10 X 50 free on 1:00. Coach wanted 10 SDKs off of wall, I managed 8 once and 7 the rest of the time. My asthmatic condition makes it difficult to hold my breath that long with not a lot of recovery between sets.
    1 X 200 slow kick cool down

    Cold front is fixin' to blow in tomorrow early, so I covered 11 Sago Palms with sheets when I got home from work today. Right now I am worried that they will blow off despite the rocks I weighed the sheets down with. Kind of looking forward to a little cool (ok cold) weather. It kills the bugs and it is fun to wrap up in sweats.
    Friday practice will happen though they are predicting 19 degrees, however, I will probably stay under my warm covers Saturday morning when they are predicting 21 degrees - I don't have to work and like to stay under the covers once in a while.

    Happy Swimming .
    Swim Workouts
  16. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -01/07/10 -SCY

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 04:56 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)

    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 2:45
    4 X 100 1:45
    8 X 50 1:00
    Descend 50's 1-4/5-8

    4 X 100 kick 2:20
    8 X 50 kick 1:10
    50's: 25 fast/25 easy


    1 X 200 IM-transition swim

    4 X 50 1:05
    1 X 100 easy free 2:00
    Three rounds.
    Round 1: 50's/fly
    Round 2: back
    Round 3: breast

    2 X 100 moderate 1:45
    1 X 50 @100% 1:15
    1 X 100 easy 1:45
    2 X 50 @ 100% 1:15
    Three times through.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  17. DOUBLE Wednesday Jan 6th aka baby baby where did my speed go

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 04:54 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Jan 6th 2010

    weighed 224 after practice

    I'll be in Nashville Sat Jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th
    Made arrangements to train with NAC


    Mary coached
    Noon to 1:15
    swam with Jon, Max, Larry & James Fike
    arrived on time

    went in with the idea to do some lactate stuff today

    this morning was stations,
    vertical kick,
    fast 50 fast 100,
    800 pull,
    800 IM

    but she erased the fast 50 fast 100 from the board for the noon group

    wore legskins

    warm up

    main set
    assigned 800
    did 8 x 50, 12.5 fast SDK 37.5 easy

    100 fr easy speed
    went 56

    200 easy

    100 fr easy speed
    went 54

    100 k
    felt terrible died went 1:07
    legs totally petered out

    200 easy

    50 flutter k
    went 29.7

    100 easy

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX

    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
    Count Down

    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX

    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
    Order of Events
    Swim Workouts
  18. 1/6: Bike

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 03:58 PM (Random Nonsense)

    60 minutes on the stationary bike.

    Taking a break from the bike this evening.
  19. Maybe I should move to the country and manage a petting zoo

    Yesterday I drove up to Alabama for lunch with my mom and aunt. It’s a pretty drive, past lots of farms, without much traffic—between towns I saw maybe one other car every couple minutes or so. Two of the little towns I pass though on the way to visit my folks are Ebro, famous locally for its dog track, and Vernon, which was featured in the documentary “Vernon, Florida” by Errol Morris . Between towns, I saw lots of little goats and calves, and the farm that a decade ago had emus now seems to be heavily invested in miniature horses. I wanted to bring home some of all of the above, or at least stop and pet them.

    Actually, there used to be a menagerie just a few miles down the road from where I’m staying. It was called Patrones, and had goats and peacocks and bunny rabbits and one truly ginormous hog. You couldn’t pet the animals—they were shy—but for 50 cents you could buy a bag of popcorn to feed them. Admission was free—you could just walk in and wander about. It seemed like something straight out of Flannery O’Connor. I did worry about the pig’s quality of life. As far as I could tell it spent its days lying on its side and being scaled by the goats, who loved standing atop it.

    After my four hours of driving to Alabama and back and a lunch of fried chicken, fried okra, and fried cornbread, I felt like I was beginning to turn into that hog. I guess it’s a good thing I didn’t kidnap any little goats to bring home with me. In any case, I was super ready for a workout. I made it back in time for the masters group’s evening workout at 5:30. Here’s what I did::

    600 scy warmup

    8 x 50 (25 build, 25 easy) @ :55

    8 x 100 kick w/ fins @ 1:45, desc. 1-4 and 5-8 [1:24, 1:20, 1:14, 1:11, 1:30, 1:20, 1:17, 1:12]

    4 x 200 pull @ 3:00 [2:45, 2:45, 2:40, 2:42]

    2 x 400, 1st FR, 2nd IM, build both 400s by 100s

    2 x 50 sprint FR [?, 30.6]

    200 warmdown

    The air temp tonight was about 40 when we got in, and about 35 when we got out (steam rose off everyone’s body when they exited the pool), but the water temp was fine. It was fun swimming in the cold, and really great seeing the pool absolutely filled with swimmers on such a chilly evening. Between the kids team and masters and the visiting college team, all 20 lanes were filled.

    When they first built this pool (about 4 years ago), I couldn’t believe they would really keep it open year round. This is an area without a deep competitive swimming tradition, and during the first winter I often found myself swimming all alone by or with just one other swimmer. Locals thought I was absolutely nuts for swimming outdoors in the winter, even when it was just in the 50s and sunny. So kudos to Panama City Beach for building this great facility and making it successful! All I could think when I saw the pool full of happy swimmers tonight was that Field of Dreams got it right—If you build it, they will come!
  20. Wednesday Jan 6th 2010

    by , January 6th, 2010 at 12:27 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Jan 6th 2010

    Today I missed seeing Coach Whitney fall in the pool Took wife to airport, missed the 1st hr

    added count downs for 3 meets I plan to swim (below)

    recently did my online 2010 USMS Registration
    Don't have a team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters, TXLA

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    I'll be in Nashville Sat Jan 9th - Wed Jan 13th
    Made arrangements to train with NAC

    weights at world gym


    Whitney coached
    6:30 to 8:00
    swam beside todd, mike marcio and ned
    missed Nate who walked out just as I arrived
    arrived at 7:25

    warm up
    missed it
    did around 500 when I finally arrived

    main set
    today's work out was stations
    one of the stations was
    50 FAST for time
    100 FAST for time

    so I put on legskins and did

    50 fly 24.1
    whitney timed

    200 easy rest 5 minutes

    100 fr 51.2
    whitney timed

    50 easy

    thinking about coming back for more
    might do 4 or 5 fast 100's for time

    2010 MEETS:

    January 15 – 18, 2010
    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic
    Austin, TX

    March 4 - 6, 2010
    Austin Grand Prix
    Austin, TX
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    April 9 -11
    2010 South Central Zone Short Course Championships
    The Woodlands, TX

    May 20 - 23, 2010
    2010 USMS Short Course National Championships
    Georgia Tech Aquatic Center
    Atlanta, GA
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