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  1. Saturday 10/6/18

    PM SCY @ Hendrix College "Bob Courtway Invitational Day 2"

    600 swim eery 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL

    500 FR - 27.75/30.77 [58.52] 31.36/31.94 [1:03.30] 32.46/32.71 [1:05.17] 32.83/33.31 [1:06.14] 33.55/32.55 [1:06.10] (5:19.23)

    So I got to the meet late and expected it to be running behind schedule. Instead they were 10 minutes ahead of schedule. Then the gutter swallowed my brand new cap! I had to scramble to find one before my race. I had no time to get a proper warm up in so it was really hard to get going.

    400 EZ

    Total: 1500
  2. Friday 10/5/18

    PM SCY @ Hendrix College “Bob Courtway Invitational Day 1”

    400 swim (100 FR/100 BK)
    4x75 @ :20 rest FL k/dr/sw
    4x50 @ :15 rest 25 FL build/25 FR smooth
    4x25 @:15 rest V.S. FL
    200 EZ

    200 FL - 28.35/31.97/32.90/34.60 (2:07.86)
    Not very aggressive going out. Definitely felt my catch slip big on the last 50 yards. Does make me excited to get some serious SCY FL training in this fall!

    300 EZ

    Total: 1700

    Updated October 6th, 2018 at 10:53 AM by Calvin S

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    USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  3. Sunday 7/8/18

    AM + PM LCM @ UALR "Mary Grace Tucker Memorial Invitational Day #3"

    400 swim (100 FR/100 BK)
    3x100 @ :15 rest k/sw/dr/bld
    4x50 @ :55 D1-2 in pairs (:34, :34, :31, :32)
    100 EZ

    200 FR - 2:13.14 (1:03.07/1:10.07) - Not a great race. Felt too rushed on the first 75 meters. I also blew out my LZR jammer about 10 minutes before the race, so I did this event and the 400 FR in my Nike brief.

    500 EZ

    **Intermission**
    The 400 FR had its own separate session at 1:00 pm today. I met up with my family for breakfast after the 200 FR and then went back to the pool to stretch and warm up again for the 400.

    200 swim
    4x50 @ :10 rest
    odd: k/dr
    even: dr/bld

    2x50 @ 1:00 @ 400 PACE
    200 SMOOTH focusing on good strong kick outs and break outs.

    400 FR - 4:39.92 - (31.5/34.8/35.6/35.8/35.9/35.2/36.2/34.6) - While it didn't feel as great as the 800 on Friday (nothing else felt as good as that all weekend!), I was pleasantly surprised by how well the race went. I wanted to definitely be under 4:40 since I was out in 4:40 in my 800, but given the way my 200 felt this morning, I was a little apprehensive going into the race. If the 800 was my hardest event I did all weekend, today was easily the hardest day. Racing a 200/400 FR double in what was basically one elongated session, and the final day of the meet, was very taxing. If I could do it all over again I might have bagged the 200 FR to be more rested for the 400, but whatever, a lifetime best is still a lifetime best!

    Total: 2800

    SHOUT OUT: Trip Strauss, who came to watch Marvin Schwartz (and maybe me?) swim the 400. He was gracious enough to be my backup timer as well. I wish you could have been racing the event with me, Trip

    Updated July 9th, 2018 at 10:44 PM by Calvin S

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    Swim Workouts , Masters Swim Meets / Events , USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  4. Saturday 7/7/18

    AM LCM @ UALR "Mary Grace Tucker Memorial Invitational Day #2"

    600 swim (200 FR/100 BK)
    6x50 @ :10 rest
    odd: k/dr
    even: dr/sw

    2x100 @ 1:30 PINK/RED
    4x25 @ :35 V.S.
    100 EZ

    100 FR - 58.80 - A good race, but not a great race. I spun my wheels too much on the opening 50, and I switched to breathing every 4th stroke too early on the second 50. I also got caught up in what the swimmer next to me was doing instead of swimming my own race.

    200 BK - 2:39.33 (1:16.57/1:22.76) - This was my throw-away event. I just wanted to see what I could go in a race I don't normally swim, while being shaved and tapered. Man do I not like backstroke!

    Add in about 1400 assorted warm up and warm-down during the course of the meet.

    Total: 3000
  5. Sunday 6/17/18

    AM LCM w/ BASH @ M.E. Lyons YNCA “Cuda Classic Day #2”

    Groin still sore today, but still decided to wake up early and get some more racing in.

    400 FR - 4:54.03 (32.7/36.4/36.6/37.2/37.3/37.6/37.9/38.0) - Opening 100 felt great, and I started to feel like I was getting from 3rd gear into 4th gear on the second 100. However then the piano started to fall on my back. I definitely felt labored on the last 150. A combination I am sure of still being out of shape and also being exhausted from last week’s training.

    Total: ~1800

    Four more days of “training camp,” and then I’ll take a rest day on Friday when I drive home.

    Updated June 29th, 2018 at 04:26 PM by Calvin S

    Categories
    Swim Workouts , USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  6. Saturday 6/16/18

    AM LCM w/ BASH @ M.E. Lyons YMCA “Cuda Classic Day #1”

    Had a good warm up at this meet and was really looking forward to seeing how I raced after a week of heavy training. However, while warming up for the 100 BR, I felt my groin start to go. Bummer. Had to scratch the event. Really thought I had done a good job with strengthening and conditioning my hip adductors and abductors, but it appears I need to work harder at this.

    200 FR - 2:17.05 (31.5/34.5/35.6/35.7) - Missed my first turn and really lost my kick the last 40 meters. It’s the fastest time I have gone this season, but not by much. I was expecting a little better out of myself in this event.

    Total: ~ 1600

    Updated June 29th, 2018 at 04:26 PM by Calvin S

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    Swim Workouts , USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  7. Sunday 6/10/18

    AM LCM w/ Blue Ash YMCA @ Miami University of Ohio "BASH/PCY Summer Classic Day #3" (or Day #1 for me)

    Back in Cincinnati visiting my folks. Due to trip preparations and an untimely thunderstorm/power outage, I was unable to swim Friday. I was travelling all day Saturday so no swimming that day either. I was a little apprehensive about how I might swim having not touched the water since Thursday morning and coming off a 9 hour drive in the car, but I was pleasantly surprised.

    100 FR - 1:00.54 (28.85/31.69) - I was a little slow on my start, and flipped 6th at the wall, but really came charging home on the back half to finish second in the heat. Kick felt great. I need to be more aggressive going out. My lifetime best in the event is only 58.2, so I am going to aim to beat that when I shave and taper.

    100 BR - 1:19.04 (36.55/42.49) - This was my throw away event. I haven't raced breaststroke in 4 years. Felt in control for the first 50 (but not that fast). Definitely lost my catch and stroke and sank really low in the water on the last 40 meters. While my freestyle is coming along nicely, my breaststroke is going to need a lot of work in the coming months to get back to racing shape.

    Total: 3000

    I am in Cincinnati for two weeks and will be using it as a mini training camp with the club team. I am entered in another meet for next weekend.
  8. Friday 5/18/18

    AM LCM Solo @ LRRC
    PM LCM Solo @ LRRC + UALR "End of School Invitational Day #1"

    AM swim:

    12x100 w/ fins odd: FR, even: BK
    4 @ 1:45
    4 @ 1:40
    4 @ 1:35

    3x50 @ 1:05 FR kick w/ BD
    2x50 @ 1:00 FR kick w/ BD
    1x50 @ :55 FR kick w/ BD

    4x50 @ 1:00 swim w/ SP + SNKL

    1x50 @ 1:05 FR kick w/ BD
    3x50 @ 1:00 FR kick w/ BD
    2x50 @ :55 FR kick w/ BD

    4x50 @ 1:00 swim w/ SP + SNKL

    2x50 @ 1:05 FR kick w/ BD
    1x50 @ 1:00 FR kick w/ BD
    3x50 @ :55 FR kick w/ BD

    4x50 @ 1:00 swim w/ SP + SNKL

    Total: 2700

    PM swim:

    400 swim
    4x150 @ 2:30 k/dr/sw w/ fins
    8x25 V.S.
    4 @ :30 swim
    4 @ :40 FR kick w/ BD

    2x50 @ 1:00 FAST "200-ish" (:32, :32)
    200 EZ

    Hopped out of pool and rushed over to UA-Little Rock pool to swim:

    200 FR - 2:17.29 - No splits at the moment. Sort of disappointed. Thought I might be a little faster than this given my two great weeks of training and the 200 coming on the first day of the meet (as opposed to the last day two weeks ago). Then again maybe it wasn't that great because of the last two weeks of good training. Also in all fairness, even more so than backstroke, for whatever reason, the 200 FR, yards and meters, is definitely my worst event. Because of this maybe I shouldn't expect that much from it!

    Total: 1700
  9. Workout 07/18/15: morning OW

    by , July 18th, 2015 at 11:30 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Up early this morning for a swim at Woodford State Park, and it was just Greg and myself to enjoy the solitude of the overcast and rather gloomy morning before some rain moved in. We did a quick swim of 0.6 miles. Off to help my father-in-law as he and his wife renew their vows, then I will get some lawn work done (if the grass drys out) and finally to Manchester with my son for a Led Zeppelin tribute band tonight.

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    (Greg embarking on our journey)

    BORKED
    (Short clip from today - notice that the water is almost tea-link in color due to the high tannin content. Wild to swim in)

    [I am still having issues with water droplets on the housing of the GoPro. I guess I will have to try some rain-ex, or maybe the shark spit I use in the goggles from time to time. I would also be interested in an suggestions for mounts.]

    Updated July 20th, 2015 at 11:48 PM by rxleakem

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    Swim Workouts , USA-S Swim Meets / Events , Open Water
  10. USAS Meet Day 2

    by , July 12th, 2015 at 04:04 PM (After a long rest)
    I decided to scratch the finals last night and focus on being a dad. As much as I like racing I also thought this is a lot of kids main summer meet and as such me taking a finals spot was not the right think to do. Instead I had fun watching my daughter swim and have fun. Despite being slightly slower in her final she had a lot of fun.

    I had a good night of sleep but this morning seemed to come too early. I did my normal warmup with some pace 50s and felt a little stiff. I notice this as a master when I swim multiple days where I get stiffer as the meet goes along. When I was younger I could do day after day with little to no ill affect. The mind still says I can do it but the body is fighting as hard as it can. Never mind. From here on out its a battle of mind over body.

    Today I swam the 100 back and the 50 free. I felt really strong on the 100 back until about 85 meters and the last 15 hurt pretty bad. My splits were good although I think the second 50 could have been .5 or so faster if I had not tired. I went 1:05.6. I was pleased with this. Some rest and it will be interesting to see how fast I can go at Nationals. I have not swum a LCM back since I have been back, so I have nothing to compare this against which is actually kind of fun!

    I was looking forward to the 50m free and thought I would have a good race. I had a great start and felt strong the whole way but when I looked up I went 26.2 which I was disappointed with. Tom said I had a great first 25 but my tempo dropped on the second 25. Despite the slower time I still had fun. Like last night I scratched the finals and will be dad again at finals tonight. My daughter is swimming the 100 back.
  11. USAS Meet

    by , July 11th, 2015 at 09:47 PM (After a long rest)
    This weekend I am swimming in a USAS meet with my daughter. I am swimming Saturday and Sunday while my daughter swam all three days. I must admit I was jealous of her and would have loved to do the 100m free and the 400m free yesterday; alas I had to work.

    My daughter who is 11 has had an awesome weekend so far doing best times on everything she has swum; 50 back, 100 free, 400 free, 200 free, and 200 back. In particular her 2:46 LCM 200 back was awesome dropping another 3 seconds from her entry time. It was great seeing her have fun with her friends with about 10, 11-12 year old girls dancing on the bulkhead ahead of finals.

    I swam the 200free and the 200 back and did masters best in season times on both going 2:07.1(I thought I saw 2:06.9). Amazing how just the wrong side of 2:07.0 makes such a difference. I would have really like 2:06.9. My splits were great. My 200 back I went 2:21.7 which was over 3 seconds faster than I did at the this meet last year and again my splits were strong. I am swimming the 100 back and 50 free tomorrow. I plan on really attacking both events!

    I start my taper at the end of next week which I am looking forward to. My endurance seems pretty good right now and I am really looking forward to some fast swims in a few weeks.
  12. LPA USAS Meet

    by , December 14th, 2014 at 05:33 PM (After a long rest)
    I swam the LPA meet in our home pool today. Linda Price Applewick was a coach in Rockwall and masters swimmer at Rockwall Aquatic Masters who passed away from Pancreatic cancer 5 years ago. The meet is very special to all those who knew Linda and is very well attended. This year Linda's mother and husband attended and they received a terrific reception.

    Today ii was signed up to swim the 200 free, 50 free and the 1650 free. I ended up withdrawing from the mile due to having been gone the past two weeks, and then traveling this week, and not wanting to be a sore zombie before heading out of town again.

    I showed up a little late for warm up but still managed to get my normal meet warmup and actually felt pretty good in the water. The meet ran very quick and before I knew it the 200 was up. I was seeded with my 1:48.05 from my shave meet in January and this was the fastest seed. I was not nervous this week and felt good ahead of the race. I had a great race and won the heat by about 6 seconds going a masters best time of 1:46.90. My splits were right where I hoped they would be, going 24.97, 27.13,27.41,27.39.

    I just about had time to grab a quick warm down and then I had the 50 free. Technically this was a bad race with a slow start, bad streamline, crappy turn and another bad streamline, but still a masters best of 22.51. If I ever want to really be competitive on the 50 short course I need to work on some fundamentals like reaction time and streamlining on my starts and turns. The same thing happened today that happened at worlds and my hands separated on my entry. I think I have a lot more I can do to improve on this but I am likely not going to focus on this event for nationals.

    I am stoked about the 200 free and all the pain I went through training to do this swim and last weekends swims was worth it. That all said I am dreading the thought of more of the 16x50s at 200 race pace and 16x100s at 500 race pace. I plan on swimming some longer yardage aerobic swims while in Atlanta this week and then sitting down with Tom next Friday and discussing Christmas training and starting to think about training for Nationals. Scary to think we only have 4 months til Spring Nationals. I suspect we will do some base building over Christmas and then start building up on the race pace work again. I am not excited about the thought of the training but if it pays off its going to be worth it.

    Never ever thought I would be excited about aging up, but I am.
  13. USAS - Race Level 3 Meet

    by , October 26th, 2014 at 12:18 PM (After a long rest)
    Since my daughter aged up to 11/12 she has no longer got BB and A times in her weaker events so this weekend was a meet where she swam off strokes and new events. I don't have many events I can swim at this level but decided to swim the 100 fly this morning. I realized when I signed up that I had never swum a 100scy fly before(even in college). Growing up in England I swam scm and did the fly in that form many times. Yesterday my daughter did her first 200 breast and 200 fly and did awesome. This morning we headed to the pool together(this is my favorite part of the swim dad experience). She and I are very close but the drive to the meet is always special and this morning was no exception; we spoke swimming but she also told me she was proud of me but would be more proud if I did the 200 fly now she had done one.

    It's a little awkward at these meets since I am the only master at them but I did the kids warm up off to the side. I try to let the kids be kids and not interfere; it seems to work best. I felt very sore from yesterday but did loosen up finally.

    I was in the 10th event of the session and when it was my time to swim there was a mixup in my lane and I was not ready when the timer told me to step up. I did what I was told and it was fine but I was the last on the block and was not quite ready. As it turned out I swam in the wrong heat. That said I swam well and felt good until the final 10 yards and ended up going 56.x I could not see the .x but think it was 56.63. I hoped for a little quicker but I always do. It's hard to argue with a best time. I enjoyed the race and will swim it again. With some more training it could be an interesting event when I age up next year. I am also looking at a meet in the spring to do a 200 breast, 200 fly and 4 IM. My daughter beat me to them but I think I owe it to her.

    Another fun fun day at the pool. I keep asking myself, why did I stop for 22 years?

    Updated October 26th, 2014 at 12:31 PM by StewartACarroll

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    USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  14. USAS North Texas Division 2 Level 3 Meet

    by , October 5th, 2014 at 05:47 PM (After a long rest)
    First it's weird now how these meets are named. They used to be so and so meet but now they have this division level business. Anyhow today I had a USAS meet at my home pool in Rockwall. My daughter swam both days in the afternoon and I decided to just do the one session this morning where I signed up for the 200 back and the 500 free. I did not realize how fast the meet would run and it seemed like I had no rest after the 200 back before the 500 free. In reality I probably had an hour, but it did not feel like it. Despite being very stiff and sore from yesterday I had a great meet and I was very pleased with how I swam.

    200 back - 2:02.39 splits 28.73, 31.17, 31.61, 30.88.
    500 free - 5:01.26 splits 27.0, 30.4, 30.7, 30.5, 30.6, 30.4, 30.4, 30.3, 30.5, 30.1

    The 200 back was 4 seconds faster than I swam last season and to the best of my knowledge is a life time best(I never swam this in college). I have yet to swim this event rested and shaved.

    I had optimistically hoped to go under 5mins on the 500 but alas I was just off. What was most exciting about both swims was the consistancy in my splits. This is a great time for this early in the season and I will take a lot of confidence from this swim going forward.

    My my daughter had an awesome day too, with big drops in her 200 back(8 seconds) and her 500 free(42 seconds). She dropped time on every event today which was exciting to see.

    Updated October 5th, 2014 at 06:06 PM by StewartACarroll

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    USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  15. The old lady made finals

    by , June 21st, 2014 at 08:22 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    This is the second time I made finals but it wasn't in 200 fly which most kids and adults don't want to do twice.

    My 100 free was about the same as last year 1:18.58. The 200 back was also about normal at 3:22.81. My 50 back was 44.80 in prelims and 44.58 in the C finals those were my third and forth fastest times! I actually thought I went slower in finals but that was not the case. A rather successful day.

    I must say my body does not recover as well. Might need some
    Ibuprofen tonight.
  16. City of Plano USAS Meet Day 2

    by , May 4th, 2014 at 04:44 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a long warm down yesterday after the 1500 and I benefitted this morning. I woke expecting to be sore but actually felt pretty good, just the normal tiredness associated with a meet. Today was an easier day in comparison to yesterday and I swam the 100 free, 200 back and the 800 free. My daughter on the other hand had 5 swims. We both had pretty decent days.

    100 free 57.53 - I felt great through about 80m and then started to tie up pretty bad. I had hoped to go sub 57 and I know if I had not tied up I would have been 56. This gives me some thing to work on and I am hopeful I can go 55 with some more training, a full taper and a shave.

    200 back 2:25.03 - this came very quickly after the 100 free and I had no expectation for this event. I felt really good throughout the whole swim and I was very pleasantly surprised with this time. I could be wrong but I think this maybe a life time best. I don't believe I swam this since I was about since I was about 12 years old. The most exciting part of this was the fact that my legs did not die and my lungs felt great throughout.

    800 free 9:35.05 - this was a strange race because I was hurting at 500 but somehow found a second wind and I had a big drop on my last 100 and actually had something left in the tank at the end. In fact I wish I had picked it up a little more at the 600 turn. I have a lot of work to do on this particular event but I will be ready by worlds for a fast swim.

    My daughter also had some terrific swims and dropped times on all her events today. It was also quite special because she counted for me on my 800 and high dived me at the end of my 200 back. Being on deck at her meets has been very cool. I suspect in a few years she will not want me on deck, but right now it's great fun to see her from afar interacting with her friends and seeing her swim really fast.

    Based on all the travel and the disruption this has caused to my training schedule I was very happy with the meet this weekend. I am in Dallas this week and will have a good week of training but I travel to Korea next Sunday for a week. I am hoping to train in the 1988 Olympic pool in Seoul but it may depend on the weeks agenda.
  17. City of Plano USAS Meet Day 1

    by , May 3rd, 2014 at 06:51 PM (After a long rest)
    I swam a small USAS meet today at our home pool but hosted by the City of Plano. This is becoming the norm where other teams rent out or our pool for their meets. It's sort of cool in the sense that we don't have to travel for meets. Today's meet was pretty small but very long. Warm up was at 8am and the meet did not finish until 3pm. The meet was long course and was my first long course meet this year. I was scheduled to swim the 50, 200, 400 and 1500 free. Due to a change where the meet officials combined the boys and girls 1500 I had to withdraw from the 400 at the last minute. I was seeded in the last heat of the 400 and with the 1500 being combined I literally would have had to get out and on the block. I talked it over with my coach and we decided to swim the 1500 this time.

    I don't feel bad in the water but I am stiff and sore like I have been traveling a lot recently!!! Today was an ok meet with a really strong 50 and then ok swims in the 200 and 1500s.

    50 free 25.97 - I was determined to get off the block and get my turn over going as quickly as I could and that's exactly what I did. This felt fast and I even came back on the guy in the lane next to me.

    200 free 2:07.21 - I felt good through 150 and hoped to pick it up on the last 50 but just couldn't. I was hoping for a 2:05 today so this was a little slower than I hoped. The positive was I felt good through 150 and this one will come together before worlds.

    1500 free 18:30.87 - this was not a particularly fast swim for me but my splits through 1100 were pretty consistent. I started to tighten up at 1000 and the last 400 hurt pretty bad. Again, with all the traveling and lack of consistent focused training the past month I was happy with this. I hoped to be about 30 seconds quicker but that's just the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.[update - I just checked the FINA world rankings for 2013 in the 1500 and this would have been a top 10 time so it's obviously not as bad as I thought it was]

    Tomorrow I have the 100 and 800 free and the 200 back.

    My daughter had a really good meet. Her medley relay team got a TAGS cut which was exciting with her going a 40.x lead off on the back hitch is a best time for her as a 10 year old. She then swam the 50 fly, 50 free, 100 back, 200 free and 400 free. She did best times in everything and A times in the 200 and 400 frees. The only one she was disappointed in was her 100 back where she added sometime from last week. She is so close to a personal TAGS time on the 100 back and I suspect she is going to be chasing this all summer.

    It was a fun meet today and I am looking forward to tomorrow.

    Updated May 4th, 2014 at 04:44 PM by StewartACarroll

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    USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  18. Week 73 - Friday

    by , February 21st, 2014 at 09:16 PM (After a long rest)
    This has been a very long week. Last night we housed a Brazilian partner including some dinner and discussion late into the evening by my standard; namely 8.30pm. Also as I have written before Friday I go to the pool 30 minutes earlier than normal to allow a friend of mine to swim before she has to go to nursing school. I had a good nights sleep and actually woke an hour before my alarm was set and got up and had a coffee and read the papers online before heading to the pool. This mornings practice was pretty brutal and involved parachutes and sprint work.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45
    6x100 kick on 1.40 holding 1.20 or better
    12x50 drill build by 25 on 50

    Main set
    4x(100 free with parachute AFAP on 2mins, 2x50 easy on 1min)
    200 easy
    3x(50 fly kick, 25 fly, 50 fly drill, 25 fly, 25 fly kick underwater, 25 fly) with 20 seconds between rounds
    100 free AFAP from block
    75 free AFAP from block with 30 seconds of vertical fly kick arms above head 25 no breather
    50 free AFAP from block with 10 squats, 25 no breather, 30 seconds vertical fly kick with hands above head, 25 no breather
    25 free AFAP from block with 10 squats, 25 no breather 30 seconds of vertical fly kick with arms above head, 25 no breather

    Warm down
    400 easy

    Total 5300scy

    Despite being tired by the end of this workout I felt good. My legs were shaking so badly by the last fast stuff from the blocks I could hardly stand on the blocks. On the main set with parachute I held 1.10 on the 100s and 40s on the easy 50s. On the fast 100 at the end I went 51, 37 on the 75, 23 on the 50 and 10 on the 25. I was really pleased with today's workout.

    Today flew by work wise but I headed out at 4.30 so I could make the warm up for the USAS meet where I was swimming the 1650. I had a good warmup but was still feeling the affects of this mornings workout. My arms were heavy and my legs in particular felt very heavy. Despite this I felt confident of having a good swim. After the first 200 I had the urge to get out but I stuck with it. I ended up going 17:30.12 on the 1650 which is about 20 seconds slower than I had hoped to swim earlier this week, but considering this mornings workout I was very happy. The Texas High School championship is this weekend so most of the really quick kids were not at the meet but despite this I had a good heat and had fun in a sick way.
  19. Greater Southwest Invitational Wrap up

    by , January 20th, 2014 at 08:45 PM (After a long rest)
    Saturday and Sunday were even more disappointing than friday at the meet and in the end i just did not make the time to blog. Every single one of my evening swims was slower than my morning swims. On a positive note i did make finals in the 50,100 and 200, but just failed to hit any of my personal target I set for myself for the meet. All around i just had no zip. In summary my morning times were.


    50 - 22.68
    100 - 49.01
    200 - 1.48.04
    500 - 4.55.20
    1000 - 10.17.42


    Of these swims the only one I know with a high degree of certainty there was a contributing factor to the slow time was the 1000 where I was late to the block and had to run half the length of the deck to even make the race. I was also trying to tie my jammers and get my goggles on as the starter said to take your mark. I definitely recovered but my first 500 was almost 3 seconds slower than my second 500 and I was discombobulated at the beginning and lost touch with the race leaders very early and just never got going until the end.


    I don't know if I set my expectations too high but I was very disappointed with my overall performances this weekend. I was healthy, rested and shaved and just felt flat the whole weekend. I definitely felt better in the mornings than the evenings but even then I just did not have the normal easy speed feeling I normally get at big meets.


    I really appreciate all the kind words and encouragement from everyone and this is definitely a bump I can use to get better in the future. I will take a few days to think about what I did during this training and competition cycle that worked and what I did that did not and then i will meet with my coach Tom, to plan for our next cycle of training and competitions. It's not the end of the world by a long shot but it sort of feels that way right now. I am not normally one to feel sorry for myself but I am ashamed to say that's how I feel right now. That said i will come out of this experience stronger.
  20. Greater Southwest Invitational Day 1 Prelims / Finals

    by , January 17th, 2014 at 02:37 PM (After a long rest)
    I did not swim as fast as I had hoped I would swim but I still did masters best times so I can't complain too much. I also qualified for the A finals in the 100 but I am currently first alternate on the 500. I am kicking myself on the 500 because I did not stick with the two fast kids in my heat and as a result i missed out on the final. I really think I can swim much quicker than my time this morning. I got into a rhythm and could not pick it up when I needed to. Despite this I was pleased with the consistency of my splits in the 500. The 100 I did not go out hard enough but had a good back half and qualified for tonight so will get a chance to drop time.


    100 free - 49.01 - splits 23.68, 25.33
    500 free - 4.55.20 - splits 55.64, 59.86, 59.81, 1.00.25, 59.64


    I had hoped to go 48.0 in the 100 and under 4.50 on the 500 so not as fast as I had hoped, but I am still pleased and have a lot more fast swimming still to do at this meet. Fingers crossed someone will drop out of the final of the 500 and I will get another shot.

    Finals update

    This was fun despite struggling a little. I don't know whether it was swimming in the evening or if it was just a bad swim but my legs were very heavy this evening. I was out a little quicker turning in 23.5 but the second 50 my legs were very heavy and I ended up going 49.46. It's hard to get upset when I made the final in an off event. We videos my swim so I will try to upload some video after I get done with the meet. All the kids showed up for the 500 so I had no opportunity to swim the 500 again.

    Updated January 18th, 2014 at 02:17 PM by StewartACarroll

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