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  1. GTD update; 3500 more...

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 10:56 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Today I took a peek at GTD rankings and found myself back in the top 20 (number 19) for my age group. This in spite of all the days I've missed in the last couple of weeks. Cool.

    Today's two-miler, which put me over 110 miles on the year, included an 1100-yard warm-up working mostly on kick; after that and a minute-long break I swam the rest continuously.

    Warm-up (1100):
    100 EZ Free
    100 Free w/ fins
    400 Kick set w/ fins; 4 x 100 (alt. 50 board w/ 50 kick 12, Kick 6, Kick 6+3, back kick)
    100 Free w/ fins
    100 Free
    200 Pull
    100 Breast

    Main (2200):
    1000 Free (10 x 50 fast/50 EZ)
    100 Breast
    1000 Free (5 x 100 EZ/100 fast)
    100 Breast

    Cool-down (200):
    100 Kick series (25 ea.= side-kick 12, 6, 6+3, back)
    100 EZ Free

    Warm weather in March is extremely encouraging--our thermometer reads 69 at 9:53PM! We usually don't get weather like this until April, sometimes May.
  2. Wednesday, March 14, 2012 5:15am & 5:00pm

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 10:21 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This morning I got in a bit late...lots of standing around looking at the water today.

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30
    1st length one SDK, 2nd length 2 SDKs, 3rd - 3 SDKs, 4th 4 SDKs.
    This was harder for me than it looks. Since I do approximately zero SDKs on a regular basis, the 4 SDKs were a killer!

    Main Set:
    1000 Free Pull for time, check the 500 split, and beat it on the 2nd half.
    • 500 Split (eyeballing the clock and adding a couple seconds from last stroke into turn) was a 5:40
    • Finished @ 11:17, so in terms of simple math...uh...5:37 or so on the second half.
    • My triceps were killing me on the 2nd half of this one, but it felt great!
    10 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:55s)

    20 x 25 Free @ :30 going EZ/Hard by 25s

    2500 Yards

    It was good to do that long swim today, even if it was cheating with the buoy and paddles. I don't do enough swims like this, and don't really want to do that many more either! This means I'm not a distance guy!


    P.M. Workout:

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:30

    Main Set:
    5 x 100 IM (no free) @ 1:40 Fly, Back, Back, Breast (went 1:15-1:18s)
    6 x 75 Free @ 1:00 (went :50-:51s)

    2 x 25 Free Pull @ :25
    1 x 50 Free Pull @ :45
    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (went 1:07)
    1 x 150 Free Pull @ 1:55
    1 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:30 (went 2:20)

    10 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:53ish)

    Repeat 5 times, but stay on interval:
    1 x 50 @ :40
    2 x 25 @ :40
    All Fast
    • Rounds 1 & 2 were Fly (went :32 @ 50)
    • Round 3 was Back (went :36 @ 50)
    • Round 4 was Breast (went :38/:39 @ 50) pretty much had time to look up at clock, take a breath and go!
    • Round 5 was Free (went :29 @ 50)

    200 EZ and out

    3200 Yards

    5700 Yards for the day

    This evening's swim at the Y was much better than my previous one this week.
  3. Diving looks fun

    I got in a short but good swim at the Y today. I had been out of the water for several days with a sinus infection. With the help of some antibiotics, it’s gotten better enough that wearing goggles no longer seems like torture, so I decided that today would be a good time to work on figuring out why I bounce a bit when breathing on freestyle, and to what extent I can eliminate it. I did:

    600 scy warmup (400s, 200k)
    1200, done as 25s and 50s of various drills and breathing patterns
    200 easy warmdown

    I paid attention to the angle of my hands when breathing and not breathing, compared how much of my goggle was out of the water when breathing to each side, and experimented with the timing of the breath. Maybe the most useful thing I found to do was swimming while breathing every stroke, staying as smooth as possible, then trying to not change that technique when switching to 2- or 3- stroke breathing.

    Afterwards I went upstairs for weights. Lifting with a friend makes it a lot more fun—I remember aztimm mentioning a while back that he met up with a buddy to lift weights, and I’m glad that I have someone now too. Here’s what I did:

    2 sets of 10 reps military press w/ 10-lb dumbbells
    2 x 10 flies w/10
    2 x 10 curls w/10
    2 x 10 one-armed row: 1 w/10, 1w /12.5
    2 x 10 deltoid raises in 3 directions w/5
    2 x 10 lat pulldowns on machine (don’t remember weight)
    1 x 20 shoulder-blade pinches on lat machine
    2 x 10 benchpress w/45
    1 x 20 little upwards movements w/ benchpress bar

    This marks the end of my second week of doing weights, so I’m still doing pretty light stuff—none of this was to failure. Today we added in leg work too—all on machines: extensions, hamstring curls, adductors, abductors, leg press, 2 x 12 reps of all. (I’m not very good at remembering the alleged poundage on the machines.) Then we even did some ab work, which I definitely need to do more of.

    Over the weekend—before I came down sick—I attended the Aquapalooza meet put on by my team. It was my first sprint workout of the year, and my results weren’t very pretty, but I wasn’t expecting them to be. Mostly it was a chance to get together with teammates and have fun, and that I definitely did. We had 90 people from the team attending—there were lots of relays to swim, cheers to learn, tattoos to wear, and teammates to visit with. People are really getting excited about the upcoming meet in Iceland, and I think we’ll have some good numbers there. It’s fun to be part of a big team that is really intent about showing up and performing well at a focus meet, especially one in a semi-exotic locale.

    But the very coolest thing about Aquapalooza was the diving competition that followed the swimming. TNYA added a diving team about a year ago, and some of my swimming lanemates who first took up the sport then have learned enough to be able to compete. (That requires being able to do 6 different dives credibly). There are also some folks who dove in college who are just amazing to watch. I sat there mesmerized through the whole thing, and all I could think was “I have to do that!!!” I’ve never done any diving, but watching some of the relative newbies up on the boards inspired me. So I’m toying with the idea of doing the diving bootcamp that the team puts on in the fall and learning a little more about what that sport is all about.
  4. Buck up, Albatrossian! Buck up!

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 04:33 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    It is going to be a bit difficult to write today's vlog, given my recent posting in the No Whining Pledge thread of the discussion forums.

    For those of you who missed it, here is what I wrote:

    When I swam with Pitt masters at the U Pittsburgh pool, there was a morning group (up at 5 a.m.) and an evening group (practice starts at 5:30 p.m.)

    As an unconscious whiner who emitted little whimpers involuntarily, the way a person with halitosis exhales puffs of putrescent breath that he has gotten so used to that its smell seems like normal air, I was informed one day by Pitt's excellent masters coach Jen that I didn't need to be this way.

    There was, Jen told me, a legendary non-whiner who swam in the 5 a.m. practices, a fellow named Rich Durstein who never complained about anything. The man could have a spike through his head and he would not have mentioned it, nor the impact said spike would have on his ability to hold a tight interval.

    Perhaps, Jen suggested, I could try to be a
    little bit more like Rich Durstein.

    I am nothing if not suggestible!

    And from that day on, I determined to Durstein my way through the vicissitudes of life, shouldering no shortage of woe and handicap without so much as a micro twitch of my mouth corners!

    This was approximately five years ago.

    I have yet to meet Rich Durstein; indeed, I have come to wonder if he even exists.

    They say that if God did not exist, then Man would have had to invent him.

    Perhaps it is like this with Rich Durstein.

    I don't know.

    But I do know this: after five years of Dursteining my own way through life's teary veil, the thought of
    ever uttering a whine or complaint has become inconceivable to me. I am, in my own way, a model of Dursteining swimming.

    Take your pledge? No need, my good man!

    This would indicate I am capable of backsliding, of paying attention to my corporal state, my fevers and colics and headaches and cramps, and commenting about same either through soliloquy or groan!

    But I am incapable of doing either!

    Sometimes I believe that when Man felt the need to invent Rich Durstein, Man inadvertently invented me!

    If you would like help following my path, I will do my best to help. My disciple Leslie is making progress. I shall not comment on the nature of this progress. It is not the Durstein way.

    --from [ame=""]No Whining Pledge - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    Part 1. Dispassionately Related Symptomatology*

    *no judgment whatsoever of the sort that might be perceived as "complaining" or "excuse making" or the like is intended; indeed, any such judgment, if espied, is purely coincidental and/or a projection of the reader's own psychodynamic propensity for whining, kevetching, and so forth, certainly not anything that could legitimately be pinned to Mr. Thornton.
    I remain committed to Dursteining, as I have been doing for countless uninterrupted years now, but I do need to cite several medical facts of particular relevance to this week's upcoming Albatross meet. Let me sum up these facts in a plain, unadorned way, using the unemotional language of a long-time coroner who regards each new corpse with the same degree of ennui as its predecessors.

    Thornton, James, male, aged 59, considered 60 by FINA. A generally unremarkable specimen in recent months, Mr. Thornton presents with the following symptoms:

    • Sniffles and a certain gravel in the voice that caused his wife to inquire, "Have you been crying?"
    • Body aches and the episodic appearance of goose bumps, particularly when exposed to a draft.
    • Neuralgia.
    • Inability to walk up a short flight of stairs without a sensation of exhaustion in lower extremities.
    • A sense that his 2-a-day regimen of meals containing at least 8 oz. (and frequently much, much more) or red meat, much of it containing nitrates, may be fueling DNA damage throughout his frail elderliness
    • Unable to complete "child's play" like swimming practices without what he describes as "hog whimpering effort"
    • The following results from his CPAP device (see caption for explanations)

    Thanks to regular use of his CPAP machine, Thornton's AHI, or Apnea Hypopnea Index, is 7.3--most of which is accounted for by hypopneas (delayed breathing: 6.8 per hour, on average) with only a relatively small number due to full-blown apneic strangulation (cessation of breathing altogether: .5 per hour).

    Graphs of Mr. Thornton's generally unremarkable (to knowledgable doctors) CPAP results. It does seem, however, to this layman that Mr. Thornton leaks an awful lot.

    Part 2: Historical Context

    On March 15, 2011, exactly 365 or 366 days ago from today, March 14th, 2012 (Leap Year throws off my ability to calculate), I posted the following Vlog entitled simply, "Albatross" Naturally, the ideal thing would be for my readers to go back in time and reread this entry in its entirety. But I know how short-spanned the modern attentional ability is, so I shall simply excerpt a few of the choicer passages that strangely echo with today's situation:

    It almost failed to occur, this bid of mine to come back from retinal detachment, financial depression, and a recent severe case of incapacitating sniffles.

    Last Thursday, I awoke at 3 a.m., my nostrils spilling twin cataracts of Niagara-like mucous falls.

    Last Friday, I spent the entire day daubing my nasal passages with deeply absorbent tissues, and still these were not enough to stem the flow!

    Why can they not make nostril tampons for men who get colds this severe? Why is this natural market niche not being exploited? Best healthcare system in the world? Sadly laughable joke for those of us who cannot find a simple nostril tampon or maxi pad when we so desperately need them.

    On Saturday, I had not the energy to leave the couch for more than an occasional cheesecake refrigerator run.

    On Sunday, I forced myself to go to the Y where I swam an open turn 1650 in about 33 minutes--and almost could not finish, so deeply lethargic and hypoglycemic and dizzy I was in my cold!

    The entry ends on a high note, with me managing to draft my way to completion of a grueling set of 10 x 100 on 1:25 warm up; 20 x 100 on 1:20; 8 x 100 on 1:15; 4 x 50 on :40.

    It is somewhat analogous to this Monday's practice of 8 x 100 on 1:25, 300 kick, 5 x 200 on 2:40, 3 x 200 on 2:30, 3 x 200 on 2:40, 6 x 50 on :50, which I also made--mostly by the grace of god and drafting.

    Two days later, on March 17th, 2011, I posted again, showing how merely finishing practice had been flukish indeed. Again, best to reread the entire entry-- "An Albatross Around One's Neck" -- but for those of you who are pressed for time, here's the breast meat:

    After Monday's miracle practice, in which I rose Lazarus-like from the sick couch to complete, albeit with drafting assistance, a grueling workout for an aging fellow, my own pipe dreams and capacity for suspension of disbelief in myself convinced me to enter the Albatross meet.

    Alas, at last night's practice, the familiar malaise and effeteness thrust themselves upon me with renewed vengeance. Weak? Check! Shaky? Check! Hypoglycemic? Check! In no condition whatsoever to swim in a swimming meet, even one that did not first involve driving for a minimum of 5 hours? Check!

    Still, a tiny voice inside me has always urged: Forward Ho, Jim!--its sound, if anything, growing louder in proportion to the hopelessness of my mission!

    And thus, sickness be damned, I will soldier on to Bethesda and do my best to set the new 200 SCM freestyle Albatross
    meet record in the 55-59 age group. If I can accomplish this--impossible, I know, but if...--then I shall be forever known not just as a multiple Zonesman but as an Albatrossian, too!

    And it will be the Albatross who must wear me round its pallid neck, not vice versa!

    Heroically, and against all rational odds, Mr. Thornton did triumph last year, establishing a new All Time record at the Albatross meet (albeit one likely to fall this year to the ever estimable Bradford Gandee, 58-year-old youngster) in the 200 scm freestyle of 2:13:04. (Splits 30.66; 33.17; 35.04; 34.17.)

    In the process, he established himself as an Albatrossian for the first time. The question is: Will it be his last?

    Part 3: Analysis

    Does last year's eerily similar, if less severe, outbreak of pre-Albatross meet physical, mental, and spiritual contagion/weakness hold any prophetic powers for this year's bid for Albatrossian Status Redux?

    The financial community would have us believe that "past performance is no guarantee whatsoever we won't lose all your money this time"--and it is not a bad motto by which to live a good American life, I must say.

    However, let me quickly ruminate on a couple codicils to this fall-back position.

    • I do feel sicklier this year than last year, though I am not sure if you could put FINA 59-year-old Jim beside FINA 60-year-old Jim that the former could completely convince the latter of this assertion.
    • I am swimming in a presumably easier age group this year, and the aforementioned Bradford Gandee is no longer a threat (though he might well steal my record.) Paul Trevisan, human beast of sprinting magnificence, will kill me in the 50 and 100 this year just as he did last year. The difference: Paul and I are now in the same age group (he was 60 or 61 last year.) There will absolutely be no Albatrossian status possible for me in the 50 and 100; fortunately, Paul is not swimming the 200 or 400, the records for which are currently:

    • Men 60-64 200 Free 2:29.31 3/21/2009 David Harmon - ANCM-PV (Doable, I hope)
    • Men 60-64 400 Free 5:00.89 3/25/2000 Edward C Morgan - 1776-DV (Iffy)
    • I have also learned a bit this season about how to split such races better, and unless my symptoms disappear significantly by Saturday, I suspect the pressure to not go out too fast will be even greater. Two examples:
      • 200. At last year's 200 SCM, I went out in 1:03.87 and came back in 1:09.21, a differential of 5.33 seconds. In yards this year, I have had better luck with more even splitting. For example, I swam a 2:00.07 in the 200 SCY free, going out in a mid 1:58 and coming back in a mid 2:01, a differential of around 3 seconds.
      • 400/500. I didn't swim the 400 at Albatross last year, but I had my best midseason 500 in years by slightly negative splitting it 10 days ago: AGE GROUP: 55-591 JIM THORNTON 59 M SEWY 5:28.81

        • 30.82

        • 33.36
        • 33.53
        • 33.63
        • 33.39
        • 33.58
        • 33.07
        • 32.88
        • 33.41
        • 31.14

    It was after this meet at Duquesne in Pittsburgh, which was supposed to be recognized for USMS, but won't be, that the symptoms afflicting Mr. Thornton appeared to gain the upperhand. He won't complain about these, of course. But here are the words that clinicians often hear from men and women with such symptoms who are not of such a stoical mindset as Mr. Thornton:

    Ah, the body aches intensify! The gas leakage, too, even though the CPAP is not turned on.

    Indeed, the most you can coax from the likes of Jim Thornton about his upcoming trip to the Albatross meet is this:

    I shall soldier onwards the best I can--Albatrossian Redux or not, I shall embrace my fate smiling (or whatever twitching of the mouth corners I have the energy to sustain)!

    Vomitari, te salutamus!

    This, in the end, has always been an Albatrossian's proudest oath.

    And on such a note, let this vlog simply add by way of encouragement--

    Buck up, Albatrossian! Buck the **** up!

    You have been in this realm before, and by Odin's beard, ye shall be in this realm again!

    Odin, the King of Norse Gods, advises his son Thor (Old Norski for Thornton) to buck the **** up and ready his loins for Ragnarok. Thor replies in the strong but curiously low voice of men like him everywhere: Jeg vil buck den **** opp, far! Og kjempe sammen med gudene i den siste kampen som allerede er forutbestemte vi skal miste. For hva mer kan en rettferdig spør enn å dø seierrik frem?*

    *Translation: I will buck the **** up, Father! And fight alongside the Gods in the final battle that has already been preordained we shall lose. For what more can a Righteous Man ask than to die nobly?

  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -03/15/12

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 01:20 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    1 X 150 2:30 2:15
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00

    1 X 200 kick 4:15
    1 X 100 swim 2:00
    4 X 50 kick 1:00
    1 X 100 swim 2:00
    8 X 25-half blast kick/half swim- :45
    1 X 100 swim -

    1 X 50 -25 fast/25 easy 1:00
    1 X 75 fast 1:20
    1 X 25 easy 1:00
    Four rounds, all choice.

    1 X 75 easy
    1 X 100 blocks @ 100%
    1 X 75 easy

    4 X 200 free 3:30 "Quarters"
    #1 50 fast/150 easy
    #2 100 fast/100 easy
    #3 150 fast/50 easy
    #4 200 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  6. Wednesday 3/14/12

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 12:30 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    So this was my last real workout before Harvard...I may do and easy broken 1000 tomorrow to keep ticking over.

    I slightly modified #5 of Fort's today:

    Warm up:

    400 FR
    4 x 150 Stick, Fulcrum, Swim EZ

    Speed Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ
    I alternated FR and BR

    16 x 25 @ :45
    odds = up tempo free
    evens = EZ
    100 EZ

    On this I did the Odds as 2 FR, 2 BR, 2 FR, 2 FL
    . I felt my Fly rhythm was good, I'm forcing my hips up more when I do Fly, which even though it feels like I am over doing it...I am probably hitting the right spot...Fly just isn't a natural action for me (possibly due to old back issues and what not).
  7. Wednesday, 3/14/12

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 11:52 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up (800)
    300 choice
    - as 75 free/75 back/50 free/50 back/25 free/25 back
    4 x 75/1:30 w/fins (25 shooter / 50 swim build)
    - 1-2 free around 53; 3-4 back, around 57
    8 x 25 IM/40 STRONG

    Sprint Set: ALL SWIM AFAP except EZ swims (850)
    4 x 12.5/50 - all free
    50 EZ
    4 x 15/50 - all as 15 fly burst then ez free to wall
    50 EZ
    4 x 25/50 - all back, was under 18 on these
    50 EZ
    2 x 37.5/1:30 then ez 12.5 - free, around 22
    50 EZ
    2 x 50/2:00 - back, under 35 on both
    200 EZ

    Kick Set (500)
    2 x 250/ with fins moderate effort
    - did these as 250 flutter w/board and snorkel (3:40) then 250 flutter on back with 6-8 SDK off each wall (3:35)

    IM Set (800)
    200 Back/30sr - went 3:05±

    4 x 100 IM/30 sr ez, - around 1:40 on these

    Total: 2750 yards
  8. 03.14.12 - Wednesday workout: another pb in practice

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 08:43 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave. Pool temp 86 w/ hot water being dumped into the pool.


    400 Warmup

    4 x 100 IM - 1:40
    400 Free - 6:00 (5:03)
    2 x 100 IM - 3:10 (2:45-2:47)
    400 Free - 5:45 (4:55)
    100 Easy

    400 Free - 5:30 (5:00)
    400 IM - 6:30 (5:43)
    400 Free - 5:15 (4:57)
    100 Easy

    400 IM Timed (5:23 PB! )
    I wasn't really setting out to make a personal best and the pool conditions weren't right for it anyway. But I stayed with Dave through the 100 fly. That's kind of risky because I usually burn out when I stay on his feet. The last couple strokes of fly were tough but I was close enough to gut it out. Surprisingly I didn't suffer too bad on the back stroke and was ready to go for breaststroke. Figured with the pool temp and end of practice, I'd be around 5:30 to 5:35. 5:23 was a big shock!

    200 Cool down

    (4000 Total)
    Tags: 400, i m, timed
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  9. Workout 03/14/12:

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 07:43 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    800: Abbreviated meet warmup

    2 x 25 AFAP on :60
    2 x 50 AFAP on 2:00

    200 loosen and out
    (solo/Rec/1150 yds/30 min)

    Save the long warmup, I tried to channel my inner sprinter this morning. Did one each free and back. Went 26.67 on free, 30.42 on back. Both felt strong, but I am still thinking to much about the back. Maybe I'll lose my mind by Friday.

    Updated March 30th, 2012 at 10:28 PM by rxleakem

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  10. VK is tough

    by , March 14th, 2012 at 07:20 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today the VK set felt tougher than usual. My legs just had no power.

    400 free
    8x50 odds swim@1:00 evens kick @1:15
    6x50@1:30 torque drill w/snorkle odds free evens fly
    8xVK :10 hard :30 EZ :35 rest
    100 EZ
    10x25@:45 evens tempo odds EZ
    100 EZ
    8x25@:45 burst + cruise
    100 EZ

    Total 1850 yards

    Now I have to run to a meeting at work.

    Updated March 14th, 2012 at 08:34 PM by Donna

  11. Tuesday, March 13th, 2012 5:00am

    by , March 13th, 2012 at 08:31 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Much better than yesterday!! Masters practice time!

    400 Free
    300 Free Pull
    200 Kick w/ board
    100 Free

    4 x 125 @ 1:50 IM w/ extra 25 done in IMO (1st 50 Fly, 25 Back, 25 Breast, 25 Free)

    4 x 125 Free @ 1:30 (1:25ish)

    6 x 75 Kick w/ board @ 1:25 (held 1:15ish)

    6 x 75 Free @ 1:05 (:50s)

    8 x 25 @ :30
    Odds EZ swim, Evens IMO Fast

    3100 Yards


    Last night I signed myself up for the PNA Champs over on the west side of the mountains. I've been making this an annual trip now since starting masters swimming. It was my first masters meet as well back in 2009 (when I barely finished the 100 Fly!!)

    I only go over for one day of the meet though, rather than making a 2 day adventure out of it. It's a fairly short drive at just under 3 hours to get over to the aquatic center in Federal Way. That's a piece of cake day trip for me. I know all you easterners aren't used to driving more than 15-20 minutes (okay, 1 hour max) for a meet, but it's different out here!

    400 IM, 200 Back, 100 Breast, 50 Fly, 200 Free (as Fly) are my events. They are 5 of the first 6 events of the day, that way I can get the heck outta there and back on the road home. It has a late start on Saturday (noon), so easy morning trip for me. The problem is who knows what time I'll get out, that's why I'm doing the early events!

    I'll be swimming on Saturday only of the meet, since on Sunday I have to return with my family to Seattle anyway to pick up my mother in law who is returning from El Salvador that weekend. Originally I was going to try for a 2 for 1 trip on Sunday, but the times just weren't going to work, and I don't feel like punishing my family by making them wake up super early, drive, and sit at a swim meet (which is a little more exciting than almost nothing).
  12. Motion and reflection

    by , March 13th, 2012 at 06:06 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    "Whoever you are! motion and reflection are especially for you,
    The divine ship sails the divine sea for you.

    Whoever you are! you are he or she for whom the earth is solid and liquid,
    You are he or she for whom the sun and moon hang in the sky,
    For none more than you are the present and the past,
    For none more than you is immortality."
    --Walt Whitman, from "A Song of the Rolling Earth"

    Spring Break: Two days of motion and reflection... recharging with the offerings of poetry and essay; swimming.

    Monday evening was a pretty relaxed 2-mile swim (3500 SCY):
    3K (3 x 1000 moderate + 100 breast) with an EZ 200-yard cool-down. = 63 minutes.

    This afternoon's swim was a harder 3000 yards:
    20 x 50 (the first 5-6 in :45, then all around :40-:42)
    3 x 300 on 5:00
    100 breast
    3 x 300 on 5:00
    100 breast

    I wasn't all that impressed with my times on the 300s; I was making the intervals, but felt tired.
  13. Monday Mornings 03/12/12

    by , March 13th, 2012 at 05:20 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    Love Monday Mornings! (not)
    Elbows on fire since Saturday - funny how they don't really interfere w/my swmming so much, just my sleep.
    500 back/free
    500 pull
    300 kick w/zoomers
    3 x 200 on 3:15
    8 x 100 stroke/free and/or IM on 1:45
    200 easy
    500 pull
    500 pull no paddles
    4 x 50 w/paddles & zoomers on 1:00 (held :34/35)
    100 easy
    Total: 4400LCM
  14. Tuesday, March 6

    by , March 13th, 2012 at 04:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY w/Speedo:

    -- with fins (they have been permanently attached lately with shoulder/rhomboid issue)

    600 various

    200 caterpillar fly before and while checking out Speedo's 200 back splits.

    6 x 25 no breather free @ :40
    50 EZ
    6 x 25 back shooters @ :40
    50 EZ
    5 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP w/fins + 50 EZ) @ 2:00
    -- back shooter (8), free (10 flat-low)

    1 x 50 fly AFAP w/fins
    -- no breather
    -- 22 mid, fastest practice time
    175 EZ

    Total: 1750


    I had planned on doing about 2500, and would have preferred more warm up and IG (Il Garbagio). But I could not seem to eject myself from the house to arrive at the pool earlier. And of course I had to chat with Speedo. Very happy with the 50 fly time. I think my breakouts were good.

    I have no end lanes for the Albatross meet!

    Dashed out very quickly to get a much needed massage. Last time, I got a deep tissue and my shoulder/rhomboid immediately felt better. I didn't want a deep tissue with the meet on Saturday. And my shoulder/rhomboid area still feels achey now. Grr ... I see my ART doc on Thursday. I'm going to ask for a scrip for a contrast MRI. I would need one of those prior to PRP anyway. After 2 solid years of shoulder pain from 2006-08, I am a wuss/baby/whiney sprinter on this issue and will not take a non-interventionist route. (Sorry Jimby) It seems like it's been a good 2 months of it.

    Updated March 13th, 2012 at 11:01 PM by The Fortress

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  15. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -03/14/12

    by , March 13th, 2012 at 10:57 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    WARM UP:
    2 X 150 2:30 2:15
    2 X 250 4:10 3:45
    4 X 50 :50 :45
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 kick 4:30
    1 X 50 easy swim 1:00
    1 X 50 fast swim 1:15
    Choice. Three rounds.

    1 X 100 easy

    12 X 25 sprint(choice) :45


    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    1 X 100 IM 1:45
    4 X 50 stroke 1:15
    Three rounds.
    50's: Round 1-fly 2-back 3-breast


    3 X 500 free 6:30

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

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  16. Workout 03/13/12:

    by , March 13th, 2012 at 09:31 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    w/u: 200 fr, 200 bk, 200 Im drill

    8 x 50 on 1:00
    - odd kick
    - even build

    4 x 50 quarters strong

    4 x 25 90% on :45
    50 ez
    4 x 25 AFAP on :60

    150 loosen and out
    (solo/Rec/1600 yds/45 min)

    Felt good in the water this morning. Off to work now - just realized that I have been in the water every day since the 2nd. New record for me
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  17. 03.13.12 - Tuesday workout: Getting old

    by , March 13th, 2012 at 09:24 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave. Pool temp 86. Went to the eye doctor yesterday. Eyes mostly still work but I need reading glasses . Probably for the best since I work w/ computers a lot and have been struggling for the last couple years with eye fatigue.


    400 Warm up

    3 Times through:
    * 2 x 50 Pull - :50
    * 2 x 50 Kick - 1:10
    5 x 50 Breast - 1:00 (Descend)
    50 Easy

    10 x 100 up/down - 1:40 (:10) Base stroke Fly; Convert to Kick; start w/ 50 Fly/50 Kick
    5 x 50 Back - 1:00 (Descend)
    3 Times through:
    * 2 x 50 Pull - :40
    * 2 x 50 Kick - 1:10
    5 x 50 Free - 1:00 (Descend)
    50 Easy
    Descended 50 Free to 27.5. Been a while since I've done that from a push.

    6 x 100 up/down - 1:40 (:05) Base stroke Fly; Convert to Kick; start w/ 50 Fly/50 Kick
    5 x 50 Fly - 1:00 (Descend)

    200 Back - Cool down

    (4500 Total)
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  18. a real recovery day....i needed it bad

    by , March 13th, 2012 at 07:22 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This was badly needed. My shoulders are still sore from weights and swimming fast.

    500 free
    4x(3x25 shooter) w/zoomers @ :45 on back, belly, 360 rotate got dizzy on these
    50 EZ

    3x(4x75) @:15R 1=scull/kick/swim 2=fl/bk/br 3=scull/kick/swim 4=bk/br/fr
    50 EZ
    8x25@:45 glide drill
    100 EZ
    200 w/snorkle as 25 kick/25 swim
    100 EZ

    Total 2400 yards
  19. March 12, 2012

    Warm-up (1200)
    4 x 100 @ 1:40
    4 x 100 @ 1:45, 50 catchup / 50 swim
    4 x 100 @ 1:35, 25 catchup / 75 swim

    Set I (300 / 1500)
    4 x (3 x 25) @ :45 - underwater SDK w/fins, 1 on left side, 1 on front, 1 on right side

    Set II - Test (1200 / 2700)
    3 x 300 free @ 5:00 - hard but even/perfect split. Calculate "base" interval as average time per 100 + 10
    went 3:51, 3:56, 3:54 (yuck!)
    6 x 50 active recovery, 2 @ :50, 2 @ :55, 2 @ :60

    Set III (1000 / 3700)
    10 x 100 @ 1:30 descend 1 - 5, 6 - 10

    Wrap-up (300 / 4000)
    8 x 25 @ :45 no-breather
    100 easy

    * 4000 *


    Damn, I felt like crap today! I was hoping to have a reasonable test set because Saturday's workout felt good, but no... The first 300 felt OK, the second and third were really rough. I guess I will stick with 1:30 as my BASE interval.

    I didn't swim on Sunday, but maybe my 30 minute "TRX for dummies" session took more out of me than I thought.

    Updated April 8th, 2012 at 01:57 PM by eric.carlson

  20. Monday, March 12, 2012 5:00pm

    by , March 12th, 2012 at 10:01 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I should've gone to the masters swim this morning, but I was too tired from lack of sleep the night before. 4:30am just came way too early this morning after the time change, so I skipped this morning. After my swim tonight though, I should've gone this morning anyway!

    Tonight in the YMCA lap lane (only 1)
    6 x 100 Free @ 1:30 w/up
    5 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:20
    • in the middle of the 2nd 100, I got bombarded by a father and his two sons, apparently "lap swimming". More of a headup breaststroke "get the hell out of my way" kind of swimming stroke
    • on the 4th 100, two water walkers got in. Apparently they can't figure out that it's called lap swimming!! And they don't seem to give a $#!+ about others in the lane either.
    • I just played snowplow and powered through my last 100.
    1 x 400 Kick w/ board
    • It was at this point that the Y manager figured out that 6 in one lap lane wasn't going to work, and she was able to condense down the lesson group that was using the other 3 lanes.
    • Still, it wasn't much better. I ended up swimming with the water walkers, which...GRRRRRR... They wanted to hobble up and down the lane side by side so they could talk. I just kicked right through the middle of them the first time. They were like "Excuse me??" (with the stupid tone of voice). I said that this is lap swimming, and if they wanted to be happy, they could stay on one side of the lane, and I would swim on the other side.
    Main Set: (got the idea from Fresnoid)

    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (1:08)
    1 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:30 (2:19)
    1 x 300 Free Pull @ 3:45 (3:30)
    1 x 200 Free Pull @ 2:30 (2:19)
    1 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:15 (1:09)

    20 x 25 @ :30 Odds Fly Strong, Evens Free Fast
    • The water walkers really liked this set, especially after two more lap swimmers showed up to join my lane. So we had 3 lap swimmers and 2 waterwalkers. It was fun! or not...
    2900 Yards
    Not bad for the conditions.

    At this point I was so frustrated that I just got out 15 minutes early, and just watched my daughter finish up her class.

    The guards and teachers asked me if afterwards in the lobby if I enjoyed my swim. They knew I was frustrated too.