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  1. Once, twice, three times a crazy!

    by , January 9th, 2009 at 07:43 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Yes it is a three-a-day day today!
    Began with 2800 this morning at 5am.

    IM workout:

    600 FR/NF by 100's I did my NF BACKSTROKE, which I enjoyed...I am beginning to think there is something wrong with me
    8 x 50 1:00 (2x) 3 x IM transitions & #4 a 50 FR

    (4x) 100 FR 2:00; 100 IM 2:00--Felt good for making the ints and not wussing out.
    (3x) 100 FR EZ 2:00; 100 NF hard 2:00--I went back to form and did BR.

    In the mid morning I hopped in for 1500 more:
    4 x 50 Swim with Snorkel
    12 x 25 K no fins; w/board on :45 Every 4th AFAP. On the last 50 again I went AFAP without stopping.
    8 x 25 IMO :30 Made them all and didn't die!
    4 x 50 of each of the following:
    Pull: full gear, fins, paddles and snorkels.
    Pull: fins & snorkel
    Swim: Paddles
    Swim: No Gear

    Repetitive? Yes. Getting me anywhere? I think so!

    Stroke feels really nice--I could be really swimming badly though lol

    In the PM:
    1.25 mile run.
    20 Minutes on Elliptical.
    Main group weights:
    Leg & calf press; bench press, pull downs
    Core work with the yoga ball.


    Updated January 9th, 2009 at 08:49 PM by SwimStud

  2. The apogee of a dilettante

    by , January 9th, 2009 at 07:01 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Stardate 1-09-08.

    Your exhausted, wizened, and sore-throated vlogging correspondent, with the considerable help of his robust, young, handsome, identical twin, cross-dressing brother, present to you what may very well become the video anthem for every mediocre competitor who has the AUDACITY
    to stuff his stuff into an overly tight Speedo racing costume and aspire to the record books.

    I can take credit for only a small part of this wonderfully inspiring motion picture--i.e., the writing, starring, audio, and obligatory semi-nude cheesecake shots of me.

    My impossibly good-looking identical twin, whose allure is evident in both his male and female morphs, to the point where I would entertain having a three-way with him if it weren't so obviously wrong, anyhow, my brother John deserves much of the credit for this film.

    If Hoosiers could be remade without the basketball stuff, and set instead in a small town swimming hole, and furthermore if Gene Hackman could be placed squarely into this hole, well, I am pretty sure you know exactly where I am going!

    As someone--who knows whom?--has already posted on the RustyScupperton YouTube video channel, the host of this gem of a talkie:

    Absolutely wonderful! This film is not
    just about one man's tenuous claim
    on swimming glory; it is about
    Mediocre Everyman's striving
    for recognition in a world
    that says back to him,
    No! Not you! Not now! Not hardly!

    One final note: so compelling are the visual effects of this film that it is easy to get caught up in the visuals alone, ignoring completely the voice of the narrator. It is for this reason--plus a myriad more!--that
    Jim Thornton--Swimming's Glory demands not just to be watched and rewatched and rewatched again. No, it cries out for so much more!

    Word of wisdom to the would-be wise: if there be only one movie all year that you opt to watch 100 times, let this be it. You will not be disappointed.

    I, and by I I mean the film, am-is just that good!

    And on this note, I now invite you to enjoy as you have never enjoyed a swimming movie in your whole life.

  3. Just pluggin' away

    by , January 9th, 2009 at 07:00 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Short swim during my lunch hour.

    SCY, Solo

    1 x 300 as 100 free/100 back/100 free
    3 x 100 kick on back on 2:15

    Main Set
    4 x 250 free on 4:00 desc. 1-4

    Repeat Two Times
    {1 x 200 on 3:30 Count Strokes (2:50 at 16-17 spl)
    {1 x 100 on 2:00 MINUS One Stroke (1:22 at 15 spl)
    {2 x 50 on 1:00 MINUS One more Stroke (:37 at 14 spl)
    {1:00 Rest between rounds

    4 x 50 on 1:00 odds back, evens free

    Total: 2600 Yards

    Thought of the Day: length of stroke
  4. Friday, Jan. 9

    by , January 9th, 2009 at 04:41 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Woke up with cough and congestion threatening my ro-bust health. I'm blaming either Hulk or Thornton for this ... Decided on a yoga swimming/recovery type workout. Probably needed it anyway.

    Warm up:

    800 variety swim, kick, drill

    Main Set:

    (this is a Stud created set that I last did on Oct. 1)

    2 x (200 kick, 200 swim, 2 x 100, 4 x 50, 8 x 25)
    (intended to do 3 rounds, decided not to)

    done as:

    round #1:

    200 dolphin kick on back w/MF @ 3:00
    200 smooth backstroke @ 3:10
    2 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    4 x 50 roll backstroke drill @ 1:00
    8 x 25 UW shooter w/MF

    50 EZ

    round #2:

    200 dolphin kick on back w/MF @ 3:00
    200 backstroke smooth @ 3:10
    2 x 100 breast drill w/MF @ 1:45
    4 x 50 dolphin kick w/ board @ 1:00
    8 x 25 fly drills (2 x each fly spin drill, one arm fly, caterpillar and chest press fly)

    100 C/D

    Total: 2900

    Updated January 9th, 2009 at 05:42 PM by The Fortress

  5. IM Day

    by , January 9th, 2009 at 01:45 PM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    11:00 AM to Noon at the Downtown YMCA (SCM)

    200 free
    200 IM kick with no board (I've been working on engaging my abs more on fly kick and today they burned on that portion of the kick set)
    4x50 drill/swim in IM order on 1:00
    4x25 build in IM order on :40

    1x50 fl/bk sprint on 1:00
    3x50 fl/bk sprint on 1:10
    4x50 fr recovery on 1:20 - I made these with no problem, but I had problems with my relatively new swedish goggles leaking and stopped halfway through sprint #1. And I didn't really sprint any of them. I did the fl/bk intervals on ~:52-:53.

    1x50 bk/br sprint on 1:00
    3x50 bk/br sprint on 1:10
    4x50 fr recovery on 1:20 - I was worked and didn't do an underwater cycle on any of these intervals and definitely didn't sprint the br!

    1x50 br/fr sprint on 1:00
    3x50 br/ft sprint on 1:10
    4x50 fr recovery on 1:20 - I finally started to feel better and I would say that I left everything I had in the pool on these four sprints! I went ~:40s to :45s on them.

    6x50 free on 1:20 with Tennessee turns

    2200 meters

    Notes: Without making a ton of excuses, this was one of the worst practices I've had in a long time. I just felt off. Stayed up late, didn't eat a good breakfast, didn't drink enough this morning...blah, blah, blah! Oh well, I hope to make up for it tomorrow with a big IM/free pace workout!

    Updated January 9th, 2009 at 04:44 PM by Iwannafly (Add 'how I felt' information for posterity!)

    Swim Workouts

    by , January 9th, 2009 at 01:01 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Friday Jan 9th, 2009

    You'll find times from todays practice at:
    short cut to Ande's Swimming Blog is

    The link to to the videos and interviews of the Texas Auburn Meet is
    scroll down and you will find the videos on the bottom left side of the page

    8 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

    55 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

    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    SCY swim center main pool, NO Blocks
    dove in at 6:33
    swam with Andrew and Joe
    beside Todd, Mike, Ned, Larry, Kendall, Jaimie, Chuck, and Doug
    Brad, Tyler, and Jon were not there , what's up with that dudes?

    warm up
    20 minutes choice
    swam around 300 then did
    50's on :50
    went 1,000 +

    Put on FS PRO legs & wore them for the rest of practice

    500 fr fast for time from a dive
    left 7 seconds behind Andrew
    came in on 5:16 beside Larry and Todd
    went 5:___

    250 easy

    200 fast for time from a dive
    went 7 seconds behind Andrew
    came in on 2:01
    went 1:5__

    200 easy

    100 fr fast from a dive
    went 5__ low

    100 easy

    20 x 50 fr on 1:00
    best average
    held ______
    on the last one I split the lane with andrew, we raced
    went ____

    100 easy

    so at this point I thought we're done with hard stuff for this practice, hoping for a nice cool down but NO

    5 x 100 fr fast on 2:00
    best average
    held ___

    100 easy

    Updated January 11th, 2009 at 06:15 PM by ande

    Swim Workouts
  7. Short and painfull - The fat man in the pool 1/08/09

    by , January 9th, 2009 at 12:35 PM (Fat Man back in the Pool)
    First time in the water for the new year since I had to miss tuesday's practice to work on the Church budget. Got away from work late

    New Territory 25 yds Coach Dana

    500 warm up - missed it
    3 x 2 x 50 - swam 200 warmup

    Lactic Acid set
    6 x 100 free all out on 6 minutes
    # 1 - 1:04 felt good- strong push offs, fast kick
    breathing every 4th
    #2 - 1:06 Quads not as strong
    #3 - 1:09 Kick is dying bad turn
    #4 - 1:11 Kick, what kick
    #5 - 1:11 Down to two beat kick after the walls, move to breathing every stroke
    #6 - 1:15 Dead man swimming

    150 warm down. Switching ice packs from shoulders to knees and back. Two tylenol pm and fall into bed.

    I was happy with the 1:04 and the 1:06. Fat man has not been back in the pool that longer or regular. Not competitive times and the intervals pale to what gets posted in other blogs, but then again - I never swam the 100 free competitively after high school, my fly was faster.
  8. Friday 1/9 - Call it what you will... I swam

    by , January 9th, 2009 at 09:25 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I did not have a long course workout picked out today so I just winged it here. My backstroke felt much stronger than normal and my breaststroke felt like I was not as flat as the last time I swam it.

    5x200 @ 4:30 Free as 100 swim/50 pull/50 kick
    8x25 @ 1:00 Back kick arms perpendicular
    8x50 @ 1:00 Back pull with paddles and board
    500 Free with paddles only every 3rd 25 Back
    200 Breast kick
    500 Free every 3rd 25 Breast
    400 Free EZ

    Total 3000 meters
  9. Ugh hungover without the booze!

    by , January 8th, 2009 at 05:22 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    That's about how I felt this morning, I either ate something or have a small stomach upset. I'm enjoying these short am swims which are becoming a nice little productive mini workout:
    4 x 50 :50
    12 x 25 K no fins :45 every 4th AFAP. The last 50 of the set I went all out without a rest and managed a 1:10
    3 x 100 K w/fins all out :20 RI
    Snorkel, Paddle and Fin time!
    4 x 50 full gear; working the rotation, hand entry and avoiding underwater crossing over.
    2 x 50 Snorkel and Paddles; focus on hand entry & exit avoid splash & slipping.
    2 x 50 Snorkel; swim focus on still head
    2 x 50 Paddles; entry, exit, splash & slippage again
    2 x 50 No gear. Work DPS went 12's and 13's depending on direction. Good strokes and rhythm, felt nice and like the gear focus is paying off!

    The swim picked me up overall. It gave me an energy boost and made me feel less ill.

    Updated January 8th, 2009 at 07:07 PM by SwimStud

  10. Oh Joy, Weights. Thursday, Jan. 8

    by , January 8th, 2009 at 03:28 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Dragged myself back to the gym today. Spent 75-80 minutes doing weights, core and RC. Didn't do as many sit-ups on the incline bench, as my intercostal muscles are still sore. (No idea what those were until Stud explained. lol) Added in some russian twists to keep up with Dr. Jaegermeister. Didn't increase weight today except for hammers. Made sure to do the external rotation exercises -- Coach Vlog would be proud. And deadlifts -- Coach Smith would be proud.

    Stretched for 5 minutes.

    Hopped on the Octane Fitness Ellipse machine for 20 minutes. Put it on the glute kicker setting. That got my heart rate up fast!

    Stretched for another 5 minutes.


    Like Chris, Mr. Fort reminded me last night that I should adapt to the weights relatively soon. I have added a couple additional pulling exercises, so maybe that made my back more sore than usual. I have to confess I'm still not "lifting heavy" like Ande or Jazz. And I only rarely do lat pull downs out of shoulder paranoia. But the pushing and pulling exercises (among others) that I do on the double cable free motion machine seem to be helping. I feel quite a bit stronger than I was in Austin.

    I miss running. Haven't gone as much in the last couple weeks because I've been swimming more and the weather has been impossibly cold, rainy and gloomy. I always crave sunshine.


    Booked hotel and flight for Auburn.

    Confirmed entries for Jan. Open. Plan to swim 2 events on Sunday as well.

    Updated January 8th, 2009 at 05:31 PM by The Fortress

  11. Still out of shape but improving

    by , January 8th, 2009 at 12:57 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY with Carrie

    Warm up
    1 x 300
    6 x 50 kick
    12 x 25 on :30 Odd: drill Evens: swim

    Main Set Repeat Three Times
    {1 x 300 on 4:45 hold steady pace
    {3 x 100 on 1:40 same pace as 300
    one minute rest between rounds

    Cool down
    1 x 100 easy kick
    1 x 100 IM easy

    2900 Yards

    Thought: Aerobic pace set.
    Drill: Alternate Heads Up Freestyle and Fist Drill.

  12. 50 back Fast, Time Surprised me

    by , January 8th, 2009 at 11:36 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thursday Jan 7th, 2009

    Does you want a 2008 Medal from the
    2008 USMS SCY Nationals?
    They were handing out left overs at the swim center today. I took 5 just incase.
    Let me know. it might inspire you to train harder and smarter to earn one in clovis

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

    9 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

    56 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

    Lat press 8 x 40 8 x 45 6 x 50
    lat pull 8 x 167 5 x 207
    bench press 8 x 135 6 x 185
    leg press 8 x 180 8 x 270

    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    SCY swim center main pool, NO Blocks
    swam with Ned and tyler,
    beside Todd, Desiree, & Larry
    tyler had a crick in his neck and got out early
    dove in at 6:38

    warm up
    900 done 100 fr 25 k 25 underwater

    3 x 300 fr desc on 4:00
    went 3:21

    4 x 50 on 1:00
    done 25 fast IM order, 25 easy

    3 x 200 fr desc on 4:00
    went 2:01 on #3

    4 x 50 on 1:00
    breath control took 3 on 1, & 2 on the rest

    assigned: 3 x 300 fr desc on 4:00
    did: wasn't feeling so good so I skipped a couple 50's on each one

    4 x 50 on 1:00
    done 25 fast IM order, 25 easy

    assigned 3 x 200's on 2:40 desc
    did Put on FS PRO JAMMERS

    4 x 50 on 1:00
    done 25 smooth 25 with 6 SDKs

    100 easy

    rested 10 minutes

    50 bk
    whitney timed
    roll start wore FS PRO jammers
    went 23.3
    (which surprised me, didn't think I was or could go that fast today)

    100 easy

    roll start = (forward dive off side, roll to back underwater, watch starts when feet leave the wall)

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    UT Men & Women are at Auburn for a duel meet today

    Several post grads trained at UT this morning Garrett Weber Gale, Dale Rogers worked out in the lane next to mine

    Updated January 8th, 2009 at 03:26 PM by ande

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  13. Last Night

    I am (for me) slow, fat and out of shape. I am also recovering from a back injury - fun!

    Anyway ...

    3 x 100 drill/swim
    4 x 50 fast 1:30

    3 x 300 Fr
    3 x 200 Fr
    2 x 100 Fr

    50 EZ

    4 x 50 drill swim easy

    I am having a mental lapse as to whether or not we did more than that ... it felt better than I thought it would ... this season may not be lost. I am slow and splashy but oh well. My goal was to get in the water 3 times this week (that was #2) and to do one other workout - pending how the back felt.

    I am going to attempt spin class tonight praying that my back will hold ...
  14. Thursday 1/8 - PACE

    by , January 8th, 2009 at 08:50 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Was not sure I had it in me to get this done but I made it. Now the shoulders are a little achy but they will be fine later.

    800 as 200swim/100pull/200swim/100kick/200swim
    10x50 @ 1:15 Free goal hold :40 went 41, 41, 40, 40, 39, 39, 40, 39, 38, 38
    3x200 @ 3:30 Free paddles and bouy held 2:55 this was just nice and easy
    10x50 @ 1:05 Free goal hold :40 went 40, 40, 39, 39, 39, 39, 38, 38, 39, 38
    5x100 @ 1:50 Free paddles and bouy went 1:31, 1:28, 1:25, 1:20, 1:18
    10x50 @ :50 Free goal hold :40 went 41, 41, 41, 40, 40, 40, 39, 39, 40, 39
    200 EZ

    Total 3600 yards
  15. Yesterday, all my bubbles seemed so far away....

    by , January 8th, 2009 at 03:07 AM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    OK enough of the Beatles puns!
    Writing this at near 2am b/c the power just came back on and woke me and the neighbour's generator is still running and I cant sleep.
    Yesterday's Swim:
    500 FR 8:45 nice and easy.
    4 times through
    50 K; 50 D; 50 Swim
    I wore fins for the whole thing and used snorkel and paddles for the drill part.

    100 EZ
    10 x 100 1:40
    these were tougher than I expected but I was trying to keep good form and swim as fast as I could without losing my sense of control.
    100 EZ
    8 x 25 AFAP 1:00 went 1-4 push off the wall and 5-8 off the block; last one all out on 1:30 and went 13.5
    3 x 100 P Snorkel, fins and paddle
    200 by 50 swim 1 with paddles; 2 no gear, 3 & 4 EZ

    In the afternoon I did a 1.25 mile run. Paced it out a bit harder than normal.

    Lifted again:
    Leg press/calf press super-sets:
    4 x 15 200lb. I never put weight down until 4 sets are done.
    Leg Ext:
    4 x 12 reps at 50lb: Up...1/2 down...back up..."one rep"
    Leg Curl: 4 x 12 on about 35lb focus on using just hams not hips.
    Adduction/Abduction: 4 x 15 of both 95 on Adduct; 80 on Abduct.
    Chest Press: 4 x 12 about 90lb alternate hand grips.
    Pull Downs : 4 x 15 80lb 2 Hands max-wide hands, 2 hands shoulder width.
    Crunch Machine: 4 x 15 on about 40, work abs not arms...

    Pullovers: 4 x 15 on about 55lb focus abs, tris and lats.
    Free Weights
    Rear Delt Raise 2 x 15 with 10lbAlternate Dumbell Curls/Shrugs super-sets 25lbs 2 x 15
    Rear Delt Lift empty bar; focus on hitting the rear delt.
    Yoga Ball everyone else was using it so I did some lower back leg lift/hyper extensions.

    Did I mention I coached for an hour and then taught another lesson for 45 minutes? Ok, well now I did...

  16. Wednesday, Jan. 7

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 04:55 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.
  17. EZ Aerobic Free

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 01:49 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 09:08 PM by Iwannafly

    Swim Workouts
  18. Wednesday 1/7/09

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 01:18 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.
  19. Tuesday 1/6/09

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 01:10 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.

  20. Swallow

    by , January 7th, 2009 at 01:02 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 01:08 PM by jim thornton