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  1. Bike and Swim...

    I got some some more hypoxic training on my 20 mile bike ride down to the inlet and back. Every time I passed road work or building constructions or guys blowing cut grass into the street I held my breath.

    Then I went down to the Gulf. It was flat as a pancake. I swam from one high rise and back to another equaling a mile. Saw thousands of minnows and one striped fish about 2 feet long. I kept my eyes out on the horizon for triangles, after all it was shark week recently and there might be a few straggler still celebrating. Not even a jib and a main sail triangle in sight. No motor boats, either…quiet.

    I am nervous about the postal swim on Sunday. Its been a few years since I swam a 5k, but I also look forward to the camaraderie. It should be fun.
  2. Meet Results 2015 SPMS and Southwest Zone Summer Champs LCM

    by , August 20th, 2015 at 01:00 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Men's Results

    Last week I raced in the
    2015 SPMS and Southwest Zone Summer Championships LCM
    Mission Viejo, CA

    I trained pretty well this summer then got sick with a cough and cold on Tue Aug 4th. I started feeling a little better around Tue Aug 11 but kept coughing and am still coughing today on Thu Aug 20.

    Here's how my training went after I got sick.
    X = did not swim

    Tue 4 swam
    Wed 5 X missed work
    Thu 6 X missed work
    Fri 7 (swam a little) worked for 1hr then went home
    Sat 8 X
    Sun 9 X

    Mon 10 X
    Tue 11 swam around 1000
    Wed 12 swam around 1500
    Thu 13 X
    Fri 14 X

    Sat 15 meet
    Sun 16 meet

    I thought about cancelling but since we arranged all the travel, I went ahead.
    I decided to skip the 400 IM on Fri and the 100 bk on Sat.

    On a whim, I asked if I could deck enter the 800 & they let me.

    All things considered I guess I swam OK.


    Men 50-54 50 Meter Butterfly Finals
    ================================================== ====
    Pl Name Age Club Seed Time Final Time Points
    ================================================== ====
    2 Rasmussen, Anders M 52 TXLA 27.56 28.62 7.00

    disappointing & slow.

    Men 50-54 200 Meter Butterfly Finals

    ================================================== ====

    Pl Name Age Club Seed Time Final Time Points
    ================================================== ====

    2 Rasmussen, Anders M 52 TXLA 2:32.38 2:38.61 7.00
    1:17.62 (41.62)
    2:02.56 (44.94)
    2:38.61 (36.05)

    I tried the glide fly for 150 then reg for the last 50
    didn't work as well for me as "my save your legs fly with a 1 beat kick"


    Men 50-54 50 Meter Breaststroke Finals
    ================================================== ====
    Pl Name Age Club Seed Time Final Time Points
    ================================================== ====
    2 Rasmussen, Anders M 52 TXLA 34.57 35.05 7.00

    breastroke confuses me, felt awkward

    Men 50-54 50 Meter Backstroke Finals
    ================================================== ====
    Pl Name Age Club Seed Time Final Time Points
    ================================================== ====
    1 Rasmussen, Anders M 52 TXLA 29.99 29.97 9.00

    Men 50-54 50 Meter Freestyle Finals
    ================================================== ====
    Pl Name Age Club Seed Time Final Time Points
    ================================================== ====
    1 Rasmussen, Anders M 52 TXLA 26.29 26.57 9.00

    I just cruised it, I've been faster in practice many times this summer.

    Men 50-54 800 Meter Freestyle Finals
    ================================================== ====
    Pl Name Age Club Seed Time Final Time Points
    ================================================== ====
    2 Rasmussen, Anders M 52 TXLA 17:00.00 10:28.57 7.00

    1:11.07 (36.96)
    1:49.43 (38.36)
    2:28.25 (38.82)

    3:07.53 (39.28)
    3:46.94 (39.41)
    4:26.99 (40.05)
    5:07.01 (40.02)

    5:47.25 (40.24)
    6:27.42 (40.17)
    7:07.87 (40.45)
    7:48.22 (40.35)

    8:29.24 (41.02)
    9:09.76 (40.52)
    9:50.23 (40.47)
    10:28.57 (38.34)
  3. Week 151 - Thursday

    by , August 20th, 2015 at 08:40 AM (After a long rest)
    I had another good night of sleep and woke before the alarm went off.

    We upped the number of rounds of abs today and suspect we will do the same next week.

    5x(vasa swim trainer done as 1:30 on the machine, :30 rest)
    2xshoulder bands and light weights focused on rotator cuff on left shoulder joint.
    3x(flutter kick with arms extended(like back kick), oblique v sits, leg lift, one leg knee to nose planks, 90/45/15 leg lifts done as :45 seconds of exercise, :15 seconds rest). And 1min rest between rounds

    Swimming LCM
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    4x100 with paddles on 1:30
    8x25 open,close, easy, fast on 1min with fins
    200 easy

    I felt like jello when I dove in today. The abs were hard and I still felt Tuesday on the first round today. Its amazing how a really good long taper brings your fitness level down. It takes so long to build up fitness but so little time to loose it. Hopefully a couple of weeks and I will be back to normal.

    I finally made an appointment to see an orthopedic doctor earlier this week but could not get in until the middle of September. The particular doctor I choose came recommended and as it turns out is the orthopedic doctor for the Dallas Cowboys. One of my team mates worked with him on a shoulder issue and he said he is awesome; very thorough. My right knee still hurts but not as bad as it was going into the taper. If I want to get the swelling up it will take one leg workout. Don't know if I should deliberately enclave it by doing what hurts or just let it be what it is with no pain. I suspect the later makes most sense! I always worry when I go to see a doctor they will not see the problem.
    Swim Workouts
  4. A good set event though I didn't feel great

    by , August 20th, 2015 at 07:33 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    It is always good to have a good set even when your not 100%.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:40 free went 1:33, 1:34, 1:33, 1:33, 1:33, 1:30, 1:30, 1:30, 1:30, 1:28
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free

    Total 3000 yards
    Swim Workouts
  5. Week 151 - Wednesday

    by , August 19th, 2015 at 09:05 PM (After a long rest)
    I had another good night of sleep and headed to the pool hoping for another LCM workout but alas it looks like we are done with Long course for the year. Tom did say there was talk about switching it at weekends but I have heard that before and it did not happen. Oh well, it is what it is!

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    Main sets
    4x200 kick on 3:15
    100 easy
    16x50 on 1min at 200 race pace
    100 easy
    12x25 with fins underwater on :40

    Warm down
    8x50 delay breath drill

    I felt pretty whacked after the kick set but did great holding 2:43-2:45. I was not anticipating 16x50s and mentally decided to swim them as 4 rounds of 4 increasing my effort as I went through the set. I started out with a :25 which shocked me. I then proceeded to hold :26s until the last 50 where I went :25 again. I did not feel that great at the end but that's the best I have done on this set. Very happy!

    I am taking my USAS coaching certificate tomorrow and have been working on the online portion the last couple of nights. I am really looking forward to getting my certs and I spoke to my wife about coaching one of the kids groups this season. I have a lot of upcoming travel but tom said he would appreciate the help so I am going to try coaching the kids in one of the groups as my schedule permits. I have about a month of travel already planned so I will be hit and miss to start with but will try to plan my travel around the coaching. I hope it works and as long as the kids are ok with me helping out I think it will be great fun. Watch this space!
    Swim Workouts
  6. Week 151 - Tuesday

    by , August 19th, 2015 at 08:50 PM (After a long rest)
    Back to dry lands this morning. My taper will be a distant memory by the end of this week.

    5x(vasa swim trainer done as 1:30 on the machine, :30 rest)
    2xshoulder bands and light weights focused on rotator cuff on left shoulder joint.
    2x(flutter kick with arms extended(like back kick), oblique v sits, leg lift, one leg knee to nose planks, 90/45/15 leg lifts done as :45 seconds of exercise, :15 seconds rest). And 1min rest between rounds

    Swimming LCM
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :50
    4x50 open,close, easy, fast on 1min with fins
    200 easy

    I felt good in the water today!

    Updated August 20th, 2015 at 08:41 AM by StewartACarroll

    Swim Workouts
  7. Wed., Aug. 19

    by , August 19th, 2015 at 06:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Tuesday was a bit of a lost day for me. I was awoken by thunder storms at 5:00 am and couldn't get back to sleep. This wouldn't faze some folks, like Stewart. But when you're a night owl, it's brutal. All I could do was take my dog on a long walk.


    Swim/LCM/Solo @ Lebo

    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 DPS free)
    4 x 25 fast + 25 EZ @ 1:15
    50 EZ
    24 x 50 w/fins
    odds = fast @ 100 pace
    evens = EZ
    4 x fly (29s), 4 x breast (33s), 4 x kick (29-31)
    150 EZ

    Total: 2300 m

    Heated Vinyasa Yoga, 85 minutes

    I went to a 75 minute class, but it ended up being more. It was extremely toasty and suffered bc of it.


    Going to keep going to Lebo, which is the only pool available this week. Next week, the only pool that I have access to is Sewickly unless I go to adult swim at night at Lebo. But 8:15 is not a convenient time, and a bit late to work out as well.
    Swim Workouts , Yoga
  8. Workout 08/19/15: noon

    by , August 19th, 2015 at 04:33 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    It's tough getting back to work after vacation, especially entering my long week. I slept in today then hit the pool at lunch...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    500 shark swim
    4 x (50 strong DPS on :50, 100 fast on 1:30) mixed in stroke/im
    200 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1900 yds/40 min)

    Matt was finishing up a set (he's planning to hit up Nationals in the spring), and Kevin was also there. Not too much traffic in the pool.

    Hot and humid here in VT. Last week I preformed the marriage ceremony of my sister-in-law and her fiancé and dropped off the paperwork today. I also paid for the class that I will audit this fall at the Bible College, a Christian Counseling class called Spiritual Formation. The other classes held on Thursday nights do not really apply to me so I went with this one. Only two books, and I was able to get one as an ebook so I will be all set for the third year of the college!

    Updated August 19th, 2015 at 10:51 PM by rxleakem

    Swim Workouts
  9. A good mix for today

    by , August 19th, 2015 at 07:22 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    My fly felt strong again. Free without paddles is a little strange but NO paddles for the next 3 weeks.

    8x50@1:00 free
    5x200@3:30 free went 2:59, 2:57, 2:55, 2:55, 2:52
    12x25@:30 2 fly 1 free
    100 free moderate
    200 free fast went 2:49
    100 free easy
    6x50@1:00 IM
    200 free EZ

    Total 2600 yards
    Swim Workouts
  10. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 08/19/2015

    by , August 18th, 2015 at 12:04 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    I am heading to Singapore for Junior Worlds tomorrow. This will be my last post until early September.

    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:00 3:45
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 75 descend 1:15 1:15
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick

    1 X 100 moderate 2:00
    4 X 50 1:00
    Four rounds--choice
    50's: odd: fast even: moderate

    8 X 150 pull 2:15
    1-4: 100 cruise/50 fast
    5-8: negative split

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    Swim Workouts
  11. 4500 SCY, 25s and 50s

    by , August 18th, 2015 at 09:35 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    Today I got up early and headed to the Y at about 5:30; trying to get my schedule back on track since I'm going to have to start getting to work at a normal time toward the end of the week. But this year I'm determined not to put my swims off until after work... I have such low energy in the evenings. So early morning it is!

    I was still a little groggy when I pulled up at the Y, but my warm-up felt fairly normal. Then I went into 2500-worth of hard swimming. The 25s and 50s didn't feel nearly as smooth as last week, but until I get acclimated to the time and build my base a little I can't complain... I'm still forcing my body to swim a lot faster than when I do 100s and 200s.

    4500 SCY/90 mins

    WU (1100/22:00):
    400 EZ fr on 7:00
    4 x 100 IM on 2:00
    4 x 50 fr on 1:00
    4 x 25 fr on :30
    1:00 rest

    MS1 (1000/20:00):
    20 x 25 fr on :30 (w/ long fins, trying to maintain 100 pace)
    20 x 25 fr on :30 (:17-:19--mostly :18 with 16 strokes, 200 pace)

    MS2 (1000/20:00):
    20 x 50 fr on :20 rest (mostly :39, a couple of :38s--500 goal pace?)
    :40 rest

    MS3 (1000/20:00):
    10 x 100 on 2:00
    --alternated BK recovery 100s w/ hard fr 100s (1:22-1:24, goal 1650 pace?), I was running out of gas pretty badly on this.

    CD (400/8:00):
    100 EZ bk on 2:00
    6 x 50 EZ fr on 1:00
  12. 6 Days in a Row - 8/17/2015

    by , August 18th, 2015 at 09:32 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    No wonder I'm a little tired. I was thinking that I swam about 19,000 in 4 days (4600 on Friday, 5000 on Saturday, 5600 on Sunday, and 4100 Monday) but then when I went to log it in, I noticed I also had swum on Thursday (3000) and for a short while on Wednesday (got rained out at 1250).
    It was my birthday this weekend, and I did my usual 100 for every year. I think I'm going to have to get younger or start doing 50's or 75s per year soon. 5600 solo was ruff - but the water was cool, and the sky was beautiful. Same on Saturday, but not AS cool, and I wasn't swimming solo, so it went by much faster.
    Anyway, for the birthday swim I just did
    600 warm-up
    500, then 5 x 100 -- each various ways, including 5 x 100 IM's, and 10 x 50 fly/free - until I reached 5600 - or maybe 6100, I kinda lost track of my 500's after a while.
    Worked a very long day yesterday with my day job & moonlighting in the ER, so didn't get home until 11:30pm. Felt wonderful to sleep in this morning.

    Updated September 6th, 2015 at 03:20 PM by Celestial

  13. Some IM work not bad

    by , August 18th, 2015 at 07:21 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    My fly actually felt fairly good today.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    400 IM in 7:17
    200 breast kick
    400 IM in 7:08
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free

    total 3000 yards
    Swim Workouts
  14. Week 151 - Monday

    by , August 17th, 2015 at 09:55 PM (After a long rest)
    After the after meet party my wife and I went to watch the movie "the man from Uncle". It was a pretty easy movie to watch and was good(not great). I was pretty beat after the meet and was not really in the movie mood and when the lights went down I struggled to keep my eyes open. The movie was entertaining enough I did not sleep but I was struggling in a few spots. I slept well last night but woke quite sore. The no warm down after the meet probably contributed. This morning the pool was setup LCM. I suspect our long course days are numbered unfortunately.

    Today i I had a meeting at work at 7:30 and had to get out a little early.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min

    Main sets
    8x200 pull on 3mins descend 1-4,5-8
    10x50 drill working on breathing after the catch on 1min
    2x100 kick

    warm down
    100 easy

    I felt good on the pull set and descended from 2:20 to 2:12 and felt long and tapered. Oh how I love the feel when you come off a big meet and are rested and shaved. It's so unfortunate that this feeling does not last. The drill was interesting; Tom said he wanted us to work on a slightly later breath after the catch. I have never noticed a pause in my stroke but he said he saw one today. The kick should have been 6 rounds but I ran out of time. I made it downtown for my meeting by the smallest of margins,mouth I did make it.

    Tonight i started my USAS coaching certification and worked on the online course. It was a lot of common sense stuff so far but it was good to hear. I need to finish this tomorrow since the water portion is on Thursday.

    I am am back to crazy abs in the morning but will build back into it so hopefully I won't be too sore tomorrow.
    Swim Workouts
  15. Sat-Mon, Aug 15-17

    by , August 17th, 2015 at 05:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday: Heated Vinyasa, 90 min

    It was really more like an 80+ minute class. I would love some 60 min classes. That really would be plenty for me with my other training.

    Sunday: Swim/LCM/Solo @ Lebo

    500 various
    6 x (25 scull + 25 free w/paddles)
    4 x (25 fast @ 100 pace + 25 EZ)
    10 x 50 various
    8 x 50, 2x IM order drill
    8 x 100 kick w/fins
    100 EZ

    Total: 2800 m

    -- After attempting to do some 100 pace work early on, I decided I was still too tired to do any sprinting and went into recovery mode. I haven't yet shaken off the fatigue from overdoing it with the weights, etc.

    Monday: Swim/LCM/Solo @ Lebo

    500 various
    4 x (25 scull + 25 DPS free w/paddles) @ 1:10
    4 x (25 fast kick + 25 EZ @ 1:15)
    50 EZ
    20 x 50
    odds = fast @ 100 pace
    evens = EZ
    50 EZ
    6 x 50 DPS free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Total: 2350


    rehab ex
    straight ar dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    deadlifts, 80 x 4 x 6
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 20
    seated row negatives, 100 x 4 x 4
    explosive fly pulls on double cable machine, 22.5 x 3 x 5
    explosive leg extensions, 120 x 4 x 5
    glute isolator, 60 x 3 x 5e ach side
    kneeling ab crunches, 150 x 4 x 8
    bulgarians in streamline, 1 x 10 each leg
    -- my thighs were screaming at this point and I didn't do anymore


    I felt tired in the pool again this am, but pepped up this afternoon and went to the gym. I only stayed 50 minutes instead of the 70 I did last time. I think that works much better or me as I'm building strength again. Looking at my blog, I am substantially weaker than I was back in 2012. Lots of injuries (labral tear, elbow tear, subscap tear, broken finger) have impeded any forward progress. I really hope I can stay healthy and injury free for awhile. With Lil Fort now in high school, I should also have more time to do things like rehab exercises, stretching and yoga than I have in prior years.
  16. Post-meet loosen up swim

    by , August 17th, 2015 at 01:09 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Didn't feel as stiff as I thought I would this morning. Just tired. I did 3000 SCY/53 minutes with a lot of backstroke at the end.

    6 x 200 fr on 3:20 (alt. fr/pull w/ buoy)
    6 x 100 kick on 1:40 (used long fins and alt: front w/ board, side, back streamline)
    4 x 250 on 4:40 (250s swum as 200 BK + 50 pull recovery--200s averaged mid 3:20s)
    4 x 50 fr on 1:00 (asc. :40-:43--this was my cool down)
  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 08/18/2015

    by , August 17th, 2015 at 11:40 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    4 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 200 3:00 --
    Two rounds, round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    8 X 50 kick 1:10
    #5-8: 25 fast/25 moderate

    10 X 100 free
    3 on 1:30
    3 on 1:20
    3 on 1:15
    #10 is easy

    8 X 200
    odd: IM 3:30
    even: free 3:00

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    Swim Workouts
  18. I am actually going to post a workout…

    I was wide awake at 4AM and all I could think was “Go to the 5:30 AM Aquatic T2 Masters Workout.”

    So I did:
    600 Swim
    1x150 Kick
    4x50 Drill Swim r;20—Reverse IM order
    500 pull 4x25 Drill r:15 –1 of each stroke
    Rest 20
    3x50 Drill Swim @ 1:15

    12x25 @:50 Kick- Build,Blast,Easy,Fast x 3

    6x50 Pull @ 1:00
    3 x 100 Pull @ 2:00 with flippers, yes my favorite!

    3 x 100 Free descending
    75 mix stroke
    50 mix
    25 mix

    4x75 underwater 25/50 easy
    Approximately 3500
    Blogging gets me doing. Don’t know how or why it just does. Thank you Blogworld!

    The people at 2T are extremely friendly, patient, and encouraging.
    I hope I keep going....
  19. back at it

    by , August 17th, 2015 at 07:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I have been swimming just not blogging my workouts last week. Last day using paddles was Friday. Now I am paddleless until my swim. I have one more week of on-call which means this week is sets of 500 so I can check my pager frequently enough. I know this really bites for a distance swimmer.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x100@1:40 free holding 1:27's
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    500 free w/snorkel as kick to 15m then swim the rest of the 100

    Total 3000 yards
    Swim Workouts
  20. 200 miles ytd, 1500 LCM (RAM meet)

    by , August 16th, 2015 at 07:56 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    According to my GTD FLOG, I went over 200 miles for the year today (probably at some point during my 1500 at the meet in Rockwall).

    Really enjoyed the meet... they have a beautiful facility there and it's pretty convenient to Dallas. I drove up early this morning (leaving Waco around 5:30) and was able to pick up my son north of Dallas (can't believe he's now a sophomore at UT-D), he's been my reliable lap counter and company on so many drives to meets over the last 4 years, it was a great excuse to see him again. I had to pay him back by taking him grocery shopping afterwards.

    From UT-D it was only a 30-minute drive over to Rockwall. I got in for my warm-up around 8:10 and took my time, since I knew I'd have a break before my first event anyway... did about 900 and worked on starts.

    GOGGLE SAGA... My old vanquishers, which I'd been using since the start of 2013 SCY season, vanished earlier this summer. I've been experimenting with a couple of other models over the last couple of months because every time I run across a sporting-goods store I run in to check and inevitably they don't have "my" vanquishers... today it was the Dick's Sporting good, for example, which had a bunch of different models but somehow only carried the vanquishers and vanquisher 2.0s in "women/femme/damas." Alas, Pink is not my color. Sigh. Anyway, I tried some starts with the Nike remora I've been using for practice... not too bad, but there was a lot of leaking. They just don't fit my face like a well adjusted pair of vanquishers.

    100M... So I got to the start of the 100 (after doing some 25 bursts in the warm-up pool, and another practice start off the blocks during the 10-minute break), and half expected to have an eyeful of water coming into the first turn. I was resolved just to suck it up and swim with one eye open if need be. As it turns out, the start went off and the goggles stayed firmly in place. The aura of the remora? Would I be a sucker for the suckerfish-named goggle in symbiotic relationship with my eye sockets? Final verdict to come. My 100-meter free felt pretty good until about 75 m... then, pain fest. Anthony got video of it (accidentally in slow motion mode), so I got to see it... I held form pretty well, but the thighs were screaming for mercy by the end... I'm not used to swimming that pace after a year of "fitness" swimming. I eked out first in the heat and swam 2 seconds faster than my seed time with a 1:19.xx, which converts to around 1:10 SCY (according to the converter on the Swim-Swam site). This is not bad for me at all; it's basically where I started my last (2014) SCY season.

    1500M... Long story (and event) short: 26:29. I would have been happy with anything under 27:00. It wasn't a PR, but it was by no means the worst I've done in the last 2-3 years. My son Anthony said I looked smooth throughout. When I finished Stewart said I was mr. Consistent... can't wait to see the splits. It's something to build on; and now I know where I am after a year out of competition.

    Great to finally meet Stewart and some of his teammates; they had some great swims... really fun to watch!

    FINAL VERDICT on the suckerfish goggle? Well, for me it just sucked! It probably works great for some, but I had all kinds of trouble in the first 500 of the 1500 with it (as I have in practice). Had to roll over on my back a couple of times to clear them out and adjust on the fly (using some open water skills here). So I'm going back to vanquisher. I know Nike and Speedo were lining up for my endorsement (not!)... in good conscience I'll have to turn down that big offer I know Nike was going to make for this middle- to back-of-the-packer. Ha, ha. If it's any consolation, Remora, you were the best of the rest of the goggles I tried this summer, and whose names I won't mention here. Of course, as my wife always says... "sounds like a user error to me." Hmm... saga continues.