I haven't been blogging but have managed to get in some nice swims over the past two weeks...
Went to CT for a couple of nights with the family to cap the end of the summer, staying in a cottage on the CT river in the town of Chester. We were able to spend some time in Westbrook and I was able to spend a little over 20 minutes on 8/21 in these rollers for a total of 0.66 miles:
On 8/26 I met up with GregJS and Meg from our Masters team at Lake Raponda for a easy mile as the sun began to lower after a warm and humid day. So refreshing!
On 8/30 I joined Meg and Greg at Woodford State Park for a brisk morning swim. It is a beautiful park with cold water that is very dark, almost as if one is swimming through tea. The wind was strong but the sun helped to keep us warm en route to our 3/4 mile swim in just over 30 minutes.
The pool will reopen tomorrow, but I most likely won't get back before next week. NEM SCM Champs at BU will be Dec 12-14, so I have some time to get prepared
Classes at the Bible college started last week, and I will make it this week (because of work). Looking forward to a profitable semester.
10 x 50 fr with snorkel on 1:00
10 x 50 on 1:30, odds / evens = bk / br
high 50's / low 60's
10 x 100 flutter kick with board and snorkel, 50 fast / 50 easy, on 3:00
try to keep fast ones under 1:00 (0:49, 0:50 ... 1:00, 1:03)legs became tight, clumsy and uncontrollable.
Fins-funs - 400 kick and drill with my fins
got out after first 50m to pee, but while getting back in, I slipped in pool totally upright, yet my right leg remained on deck during process. No injury, but a lifeguard witnessed it
Saw a coach from the local USMS team (PALM) there, I said "hello" to him and waived.
Sat. No practice because of a HS swim meet at our pool. Decided to try lifting again. Went very light and easy since it has been a LONG time since I have been in the weight room. Those weights are heavier than I remember.
Roughly 40 min of weights followed by 12 min of P90 abs and a little bit of stretching
Sun. P90 core (my favorite one to out of that series)
Mon. Quick solo swim
400 mix up
800 negative split
2 x 400 @ 6:30
--num. 1 faster than first split of the 800
--num. 2 faster than second split of the 800
8 x 100 @ 1:30
descend 1-4, 5-8
100 float and of to work, yes work (what I am suppose to be doing right now)
On Saturday afternoon my daughters swim group went paintballing. I was asked to participate by her/our coach which I did not have to be asked twice to do. It was great fun! Only down side is that being ultra competitive means you end up with lots of bruises. I am covered in big purple, brown, yellow and red bruises from the back of my head(friendly fire), to my shoulders and legs. This morning the bruises combined with a pretty bad night(hot again) of sleep meant I was sluggish on the pool during the warmup. There were 9 of us at the pool this morning and we did a group workout that meant everyone could do the main set together.
400 free with snorkel
6x50 catchup on :45
Drop a second 50s starting on 1min and see how low you can go
8x50 kick on :50
10x100 alternating pull with paddles and swim with paddles on 1:25 trying to drop 1 second per 100
I felt stiff on the first few 50s but once we got going I was fine. I ended up going down to 30 and probably could have gone at least one more(maybe two) but was not feeling it today and my legs in particular felt heavy. On the kick set I was holding 37-38s and once again my legs felt heavy. On the descending 100s I started out at 1:03 and managed to drop to 54s.this was kind of an interesting way to do the 100s because the pull with bouy was much harder than the 100 without the bouy. I was really tired at the end of this set.
Every year at the USMS annual meeting, during a House of Delegates session, the names of members who passed away during the year are read and a moment of silence is observed in their honor. Some of the names are those of well-known members; some are unfamiliar. Regardless, the reaction on the floor is the same: respectful silence and reflection.
This year the names of two of Masters Swimming’s founding members, both Ransom J. Arthur Award recipients who passed away peacefully in the embrace of loved ones—within a few weeks of each other this summer—will be on that list: June Krauser, 88, and Paul Hutinger, 89.
It would be impossible to capture here the impact June, known worldwide as “The Mother of Masters Swimming,” has had on USMS. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it weren’t for her. Unlike many of our longtime members, I never had the opportunity to know her. Based on their remembrances, I know that I would have liked her very much: She demanded excellence in all things and spoke her mind, unencumbered by the burden of an overactive filter.
Paul Hutinger, who served on the Sports Medicine and Science, Recognition and Awards, and History and Archives Committees, and his wife Margie, have been familiar faces on pool decks around the country for many years. When USMS established its first national headquarters, the Hutingers stopped by with memorabilia from the early days of Masters Swimming, including a poster advertising the first long-course nationals in 1972, and it hangs in our office today.
Two other names that will be included on that list this year are swimmers who were taken abruptly during open water swims, of apparent heart attacks, within a few weeks of each other this summer: Bob Matysek, 58, and Chris Clarke, 45.
Bob and his brothers, including Jim Matysek, USMS IT director and creator of our website, usms.org, have an annual family tradition of doing the Chesapeake Bay Swim together, and this was Bob’s 20th year. Something went wrong about a mile and a half into the 4.4-mile swim, and Bob was pulled into a rescue boat. Jim, who was in the wave right after Bob, swam past that boat—not knowing his brother was on board.
A few days later, my close friend Chris Clarke, an avid open water swimmer and fierce competitor, and I were texting about Bob’s death and Chris wrote, “You never know when your time is up; live life every day!” A little more than a week later he too was gone, pulled less than a mile from the finish of a 2.4-mile race in a peaceful little lake in Indiana.
Loss is part of life, and as cliché as it sounds, I do cling to the belief that Bob and Chris died doing what they loved. They don’t appear to have suffered—the pain resides in the hearts of those they left behind.
Another way to honor those who precede us to that ultimate warm-down pool is to share their stories. We’ll be working with the History and Archives Committee to bring June’s and Paul’s stories back to the pages of SWIMMER and usms.org.
We’ll also be working with the Sports Medicine and Science Committee and other medical experts to continue publishing articles on health issues that affect our members. Those all-important conversations between adult athletes and their physicians must continue. In addition, case studies on sudden-death incidents assist medical staff, event directors, and our Open Water and Championship Committees in planning.
And no matter what, we’re not going to stop swimming. One September day in the future, our names will be called on the HOD floor and, just as June’s, Paul’s, Bob’s, and Chris’s will, we’ll want them to echo with the resonance of a life well swum.
In the meantime, get to know your lanemates. Share an anecdote with a younger swimmer. Ask an old-timer about “that time back when….” Talk to your doctor. Honor the contributions of those who came before by contributing your own verse to the ongoing, powerful song of Masters Swimming and of life.