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  1. Went 6,000 today

    by , January 1st, 2009 at 03:09 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thursday, January 1st, 2009

    blogged it at:

    Have you heard
    I Resolve / The New Year’s Resolution Song
    Play it for the one you love
    have fun following through
  2. Fat Man in the water 12/30/08

    by , December 31st, 2008 at 09:20 PM (Fat Man back in the Pool)
    Tuesday 12/30 at 12:00 First Colony Aquatic Center - 25 scy Dana coached.

    Had to wait for her to send me a copy- I could not remember the details. Fortunately we are approaching the end of backstroke month.

    500 Choice
    12x50 Fins
    (2 rounds)
    1- Streamline on back/side kick x25
    2- Streamline on back/side kick x25
    3- Streamline on back/6 kick switch x25
    4- Arms at side on back/arms at side side kick x25
    5- Arms at side on back/arms at side side kick x25
    6- Arms at side on back/arms at side 6 kick switch x25
    All Back- 3 rounds
    2x12.5 -Focus Start and Finish
    2x37.5 -Focus Turns
    3-4x50 Drill/Swim x25
    9x25 Fins
    1- Spin Drill
    2- Fast Back
    3- Easy Free
    Warm Down
    2500 SCYs
  3. 5 more days.....

    by , December 31st, 2008 at 07:18 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Did a 45 minute spin class at the gym during my lunch break. This was a hard one, left my legs a bit wobbly.

    Will probably lift 12 oz. weights tonight. lol
  4. Coach Vlog, Wednesday, Dec. 31

    by , December 31st, 2008 at 06:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swam today with Sewickley Masters and Coach Wild Jim Thornton. He even made it through an entire practice with only one or two inappropriate remarks! We did a nice recovery practice, which was just what I needed. And, for the record, Jim habitually leaves early. Can't remember what swimming stereotype this is. My shoulder was sore, so I swam with fins.

    Warm up:

    OYO for 10 minutes
    (did around 600 or so)

    Main Sets:

    4 x through:
    1 x 100 @ 1:40
    2 x 50 @ :50

    10 x 100 @ 2:00
    #1 medium pace
    #2 bit faster, 5 second break at the 50
    #3 faster, 5 second break at the 50 and 75
    Goal was to come in at the same time on all of them. Did 5 IM and 5 backstroke

    10 x 50 @1:00
    25 build to a sprint finish, finish hard so that you don't lose a .001 second. Hahaha

    My shoulder was sore so I swam a few few and then kicked the rest.

    Warm down:

    8 x 50 @ 1:05: The Calming Set from his vlog:

    25 swim, no breather, chanting "peace"
    25 very easy, chanting "calm"

    Total: 3300

    Then we all sat in the co-ed steam room. Very posh for a Y!


    Updated January 2nd, 2009 at 11:04 PM by The Fortress

  5. Snuck 1 more in!

    by , December 31st, 2008 at 06:17 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    I did a recovery 2000 this ame. UI really needed it as I awoke at 3am and could not fully get back to sleep b/c of muscle aches LOL!

    I did something like this (FR unless indicated other):
    4 x 50 Swim
    4 x 50 Swim with Fins and snorkel
    8 x 50 Fins, Snorkel and Paddles
    8 x 50 Snorkel and Fins
    8 x 50 Snorkel
    2 x 50 BR SPL but mod speed
    2 50 EZ

    Tonight is party night. I am putting on my Dinner Suit and going to the neighbours...

    "Auld Lang Syne"
  6. Last workout of the year.

    by , December 31st, 2008 at 02:23 PM (TJ's Blog of Slow Swimming!)
    December 31st, 11:00 AM to noon at the downtown YMCA (SCM)

    500 W/U - alternate 100 fr/50 combo drill (combo drill is breathe every stroke, fingertip drag, catch up, and wrist flip)

    4x25 free descend on :40
    4x25 back descend on :40 (anyone that's seen my backstroke knows that this wasn't easy for me!)

    5x100 free on 1:45 (felt strong but faded on the last two - went 1:32, 1:33, 1:33, 1:36, 1:37)

    3x50 back on 1:30 (these should have been easy, but I was shot after the 100s so I cheated on the first one of these and did 25 back/25 free)

    5x100 free on 1:50 (went between 1:38 and 1:41 for all of them, but the last two hurt tremendously - to steal a line from Fort, I thought about crying 'mommy')

    3x100 50 free/50 back on 2:05 (I made the last one, but the first two, I had to actually do 50 free/25 back/25 free)

    6x50 free on 1:00 - first 4 fast, last two warm down (started with a :39 and dropped to ~:46)

    2450 meters

    Notes: I am starting to get my body position right on backstroke, but I still have trouble with too much tension in my neck and a poor kick. I can swim a 100 with somewhat proper turns, but it's very slow. Still significantly better than a year ago.
    I'm getting a good catch with my left arm (opposite the side I normally breathe on), but I tend to drop my right elbow as I fatigue.

    Updated December 31st, 2008 at 02:35 PM by Iwannafly

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  7. did part of a practice

    by , December 31st, 2008 at 11:51 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wednesday Dec 31st, 2008

    will blog this practice later today at:

    Play I Resolve / The New Year’s Resolution Song for the one you love close to midnight tonight

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    Today I arrived super late for practice, took my daughter to the airport to catch her 7:15 am flight, helped her check her bag and get through the line

    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    SCY swim center main pool
    swam with Todd Bartee and Mike beside Nate, Larry and Jon
    dove in at 7:15, 45 min late

    assigned 5 x 100 on 1:10
    did 4 x 75, then 100

    8 x 150
    3 fr on 2:00 desc
    1 fl bk br drill on 2:30 ish
    went 1:32, 1:29

    10 x 50
    odds fr 3 breaths
    evens IM

    did several smooth 50's free
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  8. Wet Beauty

    by , December 31st, 2008 at 10:38 AM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Here is a vlogging gift to my fellow swimmers, and an homage to 2008--a year the likes of which only our centenarian comrades have likely seen before.

    I tried to include pictures sent by the generous posting community on the forums, plus I shamelessly pilfered the photo albums of my swimming friends on Facebook. You may notice a disproportion of pictures of me and Dara Torres. I used the former for filler and the latter (which I took last January when I swam with and interviewed her for a story--pdf available on request!) as inspiration for all of us to keep striving regardless of our respective stages on the aging curve.

    Over the course of 2009, please feel free to email me swimming photos, which I will save and use to compile another assemblage. Email address:

    Better yet, consider joining Facebook, which now has tons of our swimming comrades amongst our ranks. It's free and simple. Befriend me at James Scott Thornton (Pittsburgh) and I will refer all our USMS swimmer friends as Facebook friends.

    Happy 2009! Thanks to all the contributors, including those who intended to contribute and those who didn't!

  9. Wednesday -12/31 Last Day of the year

    by , December 31st, 2008 at 09:01 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This was not my usual end of year swim but then, this year the aquatic center was not set up long course like previous years.

    20x50 @ :55 Free every 3rd kick on 1:10
    5x200 @ 3:30 Free with paddles and bouy odds fast evens EZ went 2:37, 2:31 and 2:30 on the fast ones and 2:55 and 3:00 on the EZ's
    8x25 @:40 fly with fins
    10x50 @ :40 Free with paddles and fins just barely made them
    500 as 100swim/100pull/100swim/100kick/100swim
    4x25 @ :40 free with paddles and fins Fast held :14
    2x100 @ 1:20 free with paddles and fins Fast went 1:02 and 1:07 the last one was a killer
    500 EZ

    Total 4000 yards

    What a way to end the year with a total of 900.51 miles.

    Updated December 31st, 2008 at 12:35 PM by Donna

  10. Ringing out the old!

    by , December 30th, 2008 at 10:26 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Last biggie of 2008...Mary Sweat will not have to wait much longer to see if I met her expectations!!

    I did a 1200 swim with all the toys this morning:
    4 x 50 FR Snorkel--try not to drown...
    4 x 50 FR Snorkel and fins--work rotation...
    4 x 50 FR Snorkel, fins and paddles--work hand entry and balance...
    8 x 50 FR Fins and Paddles--work position and hand entry...
    4 x 50 Breast No gear--work SPL...
    All easy to moderate.

    Went back at night for the top up.
    6 x 50 with snorkel did some flip turns...I'm getting better!
    4 x 50 Swim--waiting for workout group to catch up.
    200 K FR with fins
    200 P FR
    100 FR
    100 K--did BR no fins
    100 P
    100 FR
    With warm up out of the way I did the following, all FR 2 x thru:
    3 x 100 1:35
    75 Mod :10 RI 25 Fast
    150 Mod :15 RI 50 Fast
    200 Mod :20 RI 100 Fast
    3 x 100
    2nd time through was with fins...I made the last 3x 100 all out kicking with a board.
    300 EZ to cool
    I made that to be 4000 for a total of 5200 on the day.
    I rewarded myself with a mug of tea and 2 scrumptious mince pies from London, heated and drowned in heavy cream. That was my last big swim of the year and, so as Tiny Tim observed; God bless us, everyone!
  11. 6 MORE DAYS

    by , December 30th, 2008 at 05:54 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Until the city pool re-opens.

    Did 1 hour weights class this morning and will do yoga tonight.
  12. Sheer Torture, Tuesday, Dec. 30

    by , December 30th, 2008 at 04:17 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    As expected, I was sore from the 3 hours of swimming and weights yesterday afternoon. Still, I tried to persevere through the last hard workout of my own "hell" week. Picked a set of Chris Stevenson's. It was sheer torture, I'm dead, and my legs were burning during the whole workout. No idea how he does sets like this on a regular basis ...

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim/kick/drill

    10 x 25 fly spin drill w/MF
    1-5: 2 kicks on each side (tummy, left, back, right)
    6-10: 4 kicks on each side

    4 x 75 free @ 1:30
    (just to get heart rate up a bit)

    Torture Set:

    20 x 100 @ 2:00

    done as:
    5 x (4 x 100)
    #1 fast kick
    #2 drill
    #3 fast swim
    #4 easy swim

    IM order, followed by IM
    did all the fast ones with fins


    100 fly kick (w/board & MF): 58
    100 fly swim: 1:01
    100 back kick 1:02
    100 back swim: 1:01.5ish
    100 flutter kick (w/board) 1:02 (didn't bother with a 100 BR kick)
    100 breast swim: 1:14
    100 flutter kick (w/board) 1:05
    (absolutely dead, legs burning, having a crying for mommy moment)
    100 free swim: 57
    (cruised the first 50 a bit too much, but I was traumatized)
    100 fly kick (on back w/ MF) (cramped, but kicked through it): 58
    100 IM swim: 1:01.5

    200 C/D

    Total: 3450

    No sense doing anymore after that set. Just sat in the hottub and vegged. Thanks to all the bloggers from whom I shamelessly stole workouts all week! You're all the best.


    Driving to Pittsburgh tonight to see fam and friends for New Years. Missing my team swim in the New Year practice, but I'm too tired to do it anyway! Hope to swim with Jim Thornton at the Sewickley Y. Planning an easy recovery swim and a day off on New Years.

    Updated December 30th, 2008 at 11:01 PM by The Fortress

  13. Tuesday Dec 30th, 2008

    by , December 30th, 2008 at 12:23 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tuesday Dec 30th, 2008

    will blog this practice later today at:

    Have you heard
    I Resolve / The New Year’s Resolution Song
    Play it for the one you love
    close to midnight tomorrow

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    As I left practice today, UT Men were doing

    Dist / Mid dist
    5 x 100 on 1:30 hold 500 pace
    which means 50 - 52
    100 easy 2:00
    4 x 100 on 1:25 hold 500 pace
    100 easy on 2:00
    3 x 100 on 1:20 hold 500 pace
    100 easy on 2:00
    2 x 100 on 1:15 hold 500 pace
    100 easy on 2:00
    100 fast on 1:10
    100 easy on 2:00

    sprinters were in the diving well
    not sure what they did

    Stroke Swimmers
    there were 7 lanes of stroke swimmers
    they stretched a stretch cord across the middle of the pool and had to SDK under it off each wall

    8 x 100 on 2:00
    75 stroke SDK under the stretch cord off each wall
    Frees on :45,
    BK & FL on :50,
    25 SDK FAST underwater the whole way, no breath

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    SCY swim center main pool
    swam with Todd Bartee, Amy Brandon and Ned
    beside Larry, Paul, brad and a guest from Penn

    warm up
    4 x (150, 100, 50) missed first round

    20 x 25
    4 on 20
    1 easy

    10 x 50
    4 on 35
    1 easy

    5 x 100
    4 on 1:05
    1 easy

    assigned 800
    did 8 x 50
    odds fr 5 SDKs off each wall
    evens k held under 34

    3 x 200 on 2:10
    went 2:05 on #1
    missed the 3rd one by 5 sec
    let a few people pass me

    200 easy

    3 x 100 on 1:05

    100 easy

    3 x 50 on :32

    50 easy

    25 SDK fast
    training suit
    roll start
    Amy timed
    went 11.1

    50 easy

    Updated December 30th, 2008 at 01:14 PM by ande

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  14. Tuesday - 12/30 Ouch

    by , December 30th, 2008 at 08:35 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This was a tough workout with some good and some not so good efforts. As usual the back half is better than the first half. It just takes me a while to get the joints moving in the morning especially on the breast stroke kick. My knees take atleast a 200 warm up just by themselves.

    8x50 @ :55 Free

    100 Free for time 1:15 not good

    8x50 @ :45 Free had to work just to make the interval

    100 Fly with fins for time 1:16 not bad for me

    8x50 @ :40 Free with fins held :38's
    500 Fly broken on :20 Rest as 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1

    100 Back for time 1:32 was not too bad

    500 Back broken on :20 Rest as 1,2,3,4,1,2,3,1,2,1

    100 Breast for time 1:44 was ok considering I needed a longer knee warmup

    8x100 @ 2:00 Breast with paddles held 1:52 on first 4 and 1:50 on last 4
    500 Free pull with paddles and bouy
    100 EZ

    Total 4000 yards

    Should finish off the year just shy of 900 miles.
  15. More Three-a-day heroics!

    by , December 29th, 2008 at 07:50 PM (The Labours of SwimStud)
    Well I got back into the water this morning at 7am and pounded out 3000 grueling yards! It went something like this:
    500FR (I went a few seconds slower than normal I think it was the Christmas Pudding).
    5 x
    100 K no fin & board.
    100 Drill-I used my Finis Snorke
    Snorkel is new and I am adjusting to it. Someone told me I swim with my head too low...
    10 x 50 black liners (mid pool) 1:00
    5 x 100 neg split on 2:00 I went 1:25 then held 1:30's picking up the back half.

    10 x 25 on :30 fast
    250 EZ Fins and more snorkel

    Part 2 at 1:30:
    Did 1200 broken into about 40% snorkel and 40% kicking, and 20% DPS. I really love my extra 1200 "feel and drill" sessions!

    At 3:00 I ran 1.25 miles and then lifted in the gym for about 45 minutes...topped off with a sauna.

    Weight Details per request:
    All Nautilus
    Leg press/calf press super-sets:
    4 x 15 200lb. I never put weight down until 4 sets are done.
    Leg Ext:
    4 x 12 reps at 50lb: Up...1/2 down...back up..."one rep"
    Leg Curl: 4 x 12 on about 35lb focus on using just hams not hips.
    Adduction/Abduction: 4 x 15 of both 95 on Adduct; 80 on Abduct.
    Chest Press: 4 x 12 about 90lb alternate hand grips.
    Pull Downs : 4 x 15 80lb 2 Hands max-wide hands, 2 hands shoulder width.
    Pullovers: 4 x 15 on about 55lb focus abs, tris and lats.
    Crunch Machine:
    4 x 15 on about 40, work abs not arms...

    Updated December 29th, 2008 at 11:48 PM by SwimStud

  16. Sleep is Amazing! Monday, Dec. 29

    by , December 29th, 2008 at 07:26 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    With my kids away, I've been catching up on sleep and it is fabulous! I've been getting 8-9 hours the last few nights. Makes a huge difference. Didn't even feel too bad this am after yesterday's workout (which I confess is the most yardage I've ever done as a master, lol). So I headed back to the pool and gym for more torture. Borrowed a couple sets from Ande again today.

    SCY, solo:

    Warm up:

    700 variety swim/kick/drill

    5 x 100 single arm fly drill @ 1:45

    50 EZ

    Aerobic Set:
    (from Ande)

    6 x 150 @ 2:30
    25 fly, 50 back, 75 breast

    Main Sets/Speedwork:

    6 x 100 under/overs @ 2:00 with fins
    fast under/easy over (went around 1:14s or so)

    50 EZ

    20 x 50 speed "variables" @ 1:00 (50 EZ after 10)

    #1-10 dolphin kick with board
    #11-20 backstroke

    done like this:

    1,6) 12.5 FAST 37.5 easy
    2,7) 25.0 FAST 25.0 easy
    3,8) 37.5 FAST 12.5 easy
    4,9) 50.0 FAST 00.0 easy
    5,10) 50.00 easy 00.0 fast

    100 EZ

    3 x (4 x 25 AFAP + 25 easy)
    no interval, max rest
    3 fly/3 breast/3 free

    100 EZ

    Total: 4650

    Ate an energy bar and headed to the gym. Did weights/RC/core for an hour. Little bit of a twinge in my left lower back. Same place I strained it doing power yoga early in the summer. Didn't do any deadlifts, sit ups on the incline bench or twisty things. Looking forward to sleeping in again!



    I'm also having a bout of meet schizophrenia. Can't decide which meets to swim in or rest for. None seem quite right, and all have order of events issues (naturally). I'm still leaning toward going to Auburn and resting for it, although it will coincide with the hated AF. (Sorry, Quick. ). I could rest for Zones, but I really hate the order of events and will be swimming relays. I'm also cross about the Albatross Meet, our ONLY local SCM meet, because, as reported by Hulk, it is the same weekend as age group JOs, which my kid will be swimming in. Rob has also tempted me with a SCM meet in Flushing NY in early May in a fast pool. So I may rest a week for Zones and then keep resting for that meet. We'll see. I'm not usually so wretchedly undecided about meets. Just going to send in my entry form for Auburn if I can only figure out what events to swim ...

    I did send in my USA Swimming registration for 2009. Intend to swim the 200 back at the Jan. Open -- my first ever as a master. Also toying with the idea of swimming in the Sunbelt Champs in Charlotte, NC the end of January. May have a free weekend, but it's a 7 hour drive. Might just do a couple more events in the Jan. Open instead.

    Updated December 29th, 2008 at 09:34 PM by The Fortress

  17. Spinning only today

    by , December 29th, 2008 at 06:47 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Did about 45 minutes of spinning at the gym during lunch hour.

    Pool reopens one week from today.
  18. Open Water Season A' Comin'

    by , December 29th, 2008 at 01:25 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    It has been a couple days since last I vlogged. Thanks to Jim Matysek's suggestions, I now know sort of how to make preview stills of my vlogs appear on the vlog site proper, and I suspect you will find this as exciting as I do, which is to say multiple exclamation points exciting!!!!!!!!

    For regular posters on the threads, I did one version of the photo calendar montage set to music, but was unable to upload this, and thus am redoing it. I can no longer call it a USMS calendar. The main reasons here are A) USMS is a registered trademark upon which the likes of me, like the rattlesnake on some currency, have been advised "not to tread", and B) it is no longer a calendar.

    Stay tuned for what it is, though I am not quite sure myself yet what this is.

    I also plan to post a new vlog soon that might up viewership slightly by adding a visually stimulating guest to the site. But the time for this has not yet come.

    These are just two of the many reasons to stay tuned!

    In the meantime, I do not want my 3 or 4 regular vlog viewers to forget who I am. Thus I am now presenting another film on open water swimming to whet your appetite for the cold wet season to come!

    A short explanatory preamble: last September, I traveled with my friends Jocelyn Smith (one of the comely scissorers in Captain's Plunge, the scroffulous version) and Jeremy Cornman (a former Sea Isle City lifeguard and extraordinarily talented amateur triathlete who I can nevertheless beat at distance swimming) to the Jersey Shore. We were supposed to do an open water event at Cape May, but we got there at midnight, and registration was a 6 a.m., and we decided to sleep instead of paying the $30 to freeze.

    The next day, I decided to create my own open water swimming event in Ocean City. It was the day before the 56th Birthday of me and my twin brother John. The event, which is now going to be held on an annual basis, is knows at the Pre-Birthday Open Rough Water Shark and Snapper Blue 2-Mile Swim.

    If you would like to pre-register for next year, send me $29.00 and I will have my lawyer draw up an ironclad waiver form for you to sign and notarize. This will include, but not be limited by, the truncation of assorted appendages and other body parts by razor sharp, recursive teeth.

    On this note, I present for your viewing pleasure: Sunk.

  19. Kirsty Coventry trained with us today

    by , December 29th, 2008 at 11:45 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Dec 29th, 2008

    Weighed 215 after practice

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    As I left practice today, I spoke with Eddie Reese, UT Men were doing

    20 x 50 FLY on :35
    The goal was to make as many as they could
    if you miss you sit one out then resume going up 5 sec on the interval
    Eddie said "The faster you go the more rest you get"
    Jackson Wilcox held 26's & 27's looked relaxed and smooth, made them all
    Garrett Weber Gale made 10
    Glad I didn't do that set.

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    warm up set and training set
    lat press
    lat pull
    leg press

    will blog this practice later today at:

    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney coached
    SCY swim center main pool
    swam with Mike Yoch, Todd Bartee, Mike Varozza
    beside Larry, Paul, Ned, Chris, and Kirsty Coventry trained with us because UT women and her coach Kim Brackin are in colorado springs.

    missed warm up

    6 x 150 on 2:00 done 100 IM 50 fr

    500 100 k 25 sw

    6 x 150 on 2:00

    500 easy

    6 x 150 on 2:15
    done 25 fl, 50 bk 75 br

    10 x 50 on 1:00
    1) 12.5 FAST 37.5 easy
    2) 25.0 FAST 25.0 easy
    3) 37.5 FAST 12.5 easy
    4) 50.0 FAST 00.0 easy
    5) 50.00 easy 00.0 fast

    on the 10th
    I rested 4 minutes then did

    50 bk fast
    training suit
    Whitney timed
    went 24.9

    50 easy
  20. Monday - 12/29 sluggish day

    by , December 29th, 2008 at 08:27 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Just did not have much energy or strength today.

    5x100 @ 1:40 Free
    500 Free with paddles and bouy went 7:09
    8x100 @ 1:35 Free held about 1:30
    2x500 @ 8:00 Free with paddles and bouy went 7:03 and 6:57
    8x25 @ 1:00 Free every 3rd FAST went :16 on the fast ones just could not crank it
    500 Free with paddles and bouy went 6:45 felt better on this one
    8x25 @ 1:00 Free kick every other fast
    200 fly kick with fins on back
    100 EZ

    Total 4000 yards