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  1. Sunday 7/14/19

    PM LCM @ UALR (warm-up @ LRRC) "Tucker Memorial Invitational" Day #3

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull
    4x50 @ :50 25 B&A drill/25 BUF
    2x50 @ :50 @ 400 PACE (:33+, :34-)
    100 EZ

    300 assorted warm-up @ UALR during the 10 minute warm-up session before 400 started.

    400 FR - 4:35.93 (1:03.66/1:08.95/1:11.87/1:11.45) - Well I decided when I woke up this morning that I was going to throw the kitchen sink at everyone on my opening 150 and then see what happens. I knew I was going to hurt anyways the last 75 meters, and figured if I wanted to try and win the damn thing, I was going to have to go out hard and build a lead. Well it sort of worked. I was out 3 seconds ahead of the pack at the 200, but I paid somewhat for my aggressive opening 200 on the last 40 meters. All in all, the best swim of the weekend, hands down. I can't complain about dropping over 3 seconds from my lifetime best in this event at my age. Now for a few weeks of easy kicking to let my shoulder heal, and then on to SCY season!

    Total: 1500
  2. Saturday 7/13/19

    PM LCM @ UALR (warm-up @ LRRC) "Tucker Memorial Invitational" Day #2

    400 swim
    8x50 @ 1:00 "Progressive Freestyle" w/ SNKL
    100 @ 1:40 build (1:10)
    100 @ 1:40 @ PACE (1:09)
    200 EZ

    800 FR - 9:35.35 (1:05.63/1:10.30/1:11.60/1:12.59/1:13.72/1:14.19/1:14.81/1:12.51) - Well I was out a few tenths faster (4:40.12) than last year (4:40.39), but then my back 300 was just bad. Did not manage to keep the momentum going from the front 400. Ended up a few seconds off my best. A little disappointed I wasn't faster, because there were certainly times during the past 10 weeks of training that felt so good I would have expected this to be faster!

    400 EZ

    Total: 2400
  3. Friday 7/12/19

    PM LCM @ UALR “Tucker Memorial Invitational” Day #1

    400 swim every 4th scull
    4x100 @ 1:50 k/sw/dr/bld I.M.O.
    50 EZ
    25 DIVE FAST FL
    125 EZ

    400 I.M. - 5:11.37 (1:05.06/1:26.47/1:27.69/1:12.15) - Not quite as fast as I had hoped, but only seven tenths off my lifetime best from ten years ago.

    500 EZ

    Total: 1900

    Updated July 13th, 2019 at 05:13 PM by Calvin S

    Categories
    USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  4. Wednesday 6/26/19

    AM LCM w/ BASH @ Main Pool
    PM LCM @ Main Pool "BASH Last Chance Meet"

    AM Swim:

    5x100 w/ SNKL
    1 @ 2:20 FR kick H.A.S.
    1 @ 2:10 75 FR kick H.A.S./25 swim
    1 @ 2:00 50 FR kick H.A.S./50 swim
    1 @ 1:50 25 FR kick H.A.S./75 swim
    1 @ 1:40 swim
    5x50 @ :10 rest w/ SNKL
    1 - FR kick H.A.S.
    1 - 12.5 swim/37.5 FR kick H.A.S.
    1 - 25 swim/25 FR kick H.A.S.
    1 - 37.5 swim/12.5 FR kick H.A.S.
    1 - swim

    7x150 @ 2:40 50 FR swim/50 STRK kick/50 FR swim w/ SNKL
    #1/4 - STRK = FL H.A.S.
    #2/5 - STRK = BK S-line (moved SNKL to side)
    #3/6 - STRK = BR H.A.S.
    #7 - STRK = FR H.A.S.

    4x
    2x50 @ :55 12.5 FAST UW kick/12.5 SMOOTH swim w/ fins
    2x100 @ 1:25 STRONG FR kick w/ fins + BD

    3x300 @ 4:30 D1-3 (4:02, 3:54, 3:48)
    100 EZ

    Total: 4000

    PM Swim:

    400 swim w/ SNKL
    6x50 @ :10 rest
    2 - kick w/ BD
    2 - drill
    2 - 25 BUF/25 EZ

    25 DIVE FAST/75 EZ

    50 FR - 27.51 - Great opening 25-30 meters, but when the pool depth goes to 3.5 feet, I could feel the difference!

    300 EZ

    100 FL - 1:06.20 - Felt smooth and strong for about 80 meters. Faded some down the home stretch but considering my training and the fact I practiced this morning, it wasn't all that surprising. Underwaters felt good.

    200 EZ

    Total: 1450
  5. Saturday 6/22/19

    AM LCM @ M. E. Lyons YMCA "Summer Cuda Classic" Day #1

    It is amazing what a week of heavy training will do to you. Here I was, a week ago, with only a minuscule amount of rest, sprinting like a champ. Today, back to my regular middle distance repertoire, I felt like I was swimming through soup.

    200 BK - 2:51.55 (1:21.67/1:29.88) - I lost my legs big time on the back 100. Not only did I lack a kick, but my legs felt like I was dragging two cinder blocks through the water.

    200 FR - 2:19.71 (1:07.79/1:11.92) - Again with the no legs. My freestyle has felt like it had a spring in its step all week, but today, when it came time to race, it just felt sluggish.

    400 FR - 4:59.66 (1:11.19/1:16.42/1:17.32/1:14.73) - First of all I had to wait FOREVER to swim this event. I had great walls and found myself grabbing a little more water than I did on the 200, but again, felt sluggish. Also not sure which genius decided to schedule the 200 FR and 400 FR back to back.

    Total: 2900
  6. Sunday 6/16/19

    AM LCM @ Miami (OH) University "Summer Classic" Day #3

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    9x50 @ :10 rest
    1 - kick
    1 - 25 drill/25 build
    1 - 25 FAST/25 EZ

    5x50 @ :15 rest V.K. 6 fast FL kicks/12.5 UW/12.5 EZ/12.5 FAST/12.5 EZ

    50 EZ
    2x25 DIVE FAST
    100 EZ

    50 BK - 34.83 - My throwaway event for the day. Continued with the theme for the back half of this meet: strictly sprinting! Not much to say about this race other than I am still not a backstroker, regardless of distance!

    50 FL - 28.51 - Had a great start and breakout, but faded down the stretch with my turnover. Was very happy to be well under 29 seconds.

    100 BR - 1:14.52 (34.2/40.3) - Great first 50, but lost my form on the second 50. Head started to move around and my hips started to ride too low in the water. Would have loved to have gotten the Sectional cut (1:13.69), but at least I know I can definitely get it when fully rested (if I choose to swim it).

    200 Medley Relay - BR - 30.70 - Clock may have been wrong on this one. Certainly did not feel like a 30-point! By this point, my hip flexors were so sore from all the sprint breaststroke this weekend.

    Total: 4150 (there was a lot of warm-up and warm-down in between the events)
  7. Saturday 6/15/19

    AM LCM @ Miami (OH) University "Summer Classic" Day #2

    400 swim w/ SNKL
    9x50 (6 FR w/ SNKL, 3 BK)
    1 - 25 kick/25 drill
    1 - 25 drill/25 build
    1 - 25 FAST/25 EZ

    5x50 25 FAST/25 EZ

    50 EZ
    2x25 DVIE FAST
    50 EZ

    (700 assorted warm up before 200 FL)

    200 FL - 2:28.37 (31.5/36.00/37.1/43.6) - This felt pretty good until it didn't, which was in the last 25 meters. I locked up really badly, and without that extra wall on the last 25 (in SCY and SCM), my stroke unraveled swiftly. Tells me I am not quite in shape enough to pull off a great 200 FL.

    400 EZ

    (500 assorted warm up before 50 BR)

    50 BR - 32.75 - So back in the day, I used to boss around the kids in this event. It was the event I won at several league championships each summer during college, and when I didn't win it, I was runner-up by a very slim margin to an eventual YMCA national champion. After going a 35.5 a few weeks ago at the end of a power/speed workout, I was looking to be 34 low or maybe 33 high. I was first off the blocks with a great start and then nailed my pullout and breakout stroke. After that I new it was going to be a good swim, but was very surprised to see 32.75 on the scoreboard. Was long on my finish. That was the only disappointment from the race. Well, that and the fact that I have to swim as exhibition at this meet, and I ended up winning the event by nearly half a second, so I actually didn't win it

    600 EZ (100 swim/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    Total: 3700
  8. Friday 6/14/19

    PM LCM @ Miami (OH) University "Summer Classic" Day #1

    Up in Cincinnati to visit my folks for the next three weeks. They take the kids, and I have my own mini training camp with my coach. But before that begins, it's time to see how I do with a TINY bit of rest. Throwing on the tech suit for some races since I am at an amazing facility that I am very intimate with, having competed at the Corwin M. Nixon Aquatic Center on the campus of Miami University for nearly a quarter century!

    Did a LONG easy warm up after not swimming yesterday and driving 10 hours to get to Cincinnati. Did some fine tuning in the warm-up pool right before my swim.

    400 I.M. - 5:18.78 (30.70/36.49/44.03/43.89/44.25/45.87/37.22/36.33) - Well the first 50 of FL felt like the easiest 30.7 of my life. Felt very in control. Definitely felt the training and limited rest on the back half of the race. Had great walls, but for the most part, the speed isn't there yet (that is to be expected).

    Total: 2900
  9. Saturday 5/18/19

    AM LCM Solo @ LRRC "Trying to get a feel for the water again"
    PM LCM @ UALR "End of School Year Invitational" Day #2

    So all my travels brings me finally to today! After flight delays put me back in Little Rock close to 10:00 last night, and with plans to race Saturday afternoon, I needed to hit the water early to loosen up, so I was up at 6:30 this morning for a wake up swim.

    AM Swim:

    4x w/ SNKL
    75 swim
    50 FR kick in S-line
    25 scull

    12x50 kick w/ BD
    3 @ 1:05 FR
    3 @ 1:10 BR

    4x100 @ 1:20
    1:20 REST
    3x100 @ 1:20
    1:20 REST
    2x100 @ 1:20
    1:20 REST
    100 @ 1:20

    100 EZ

    Total: 2300

    PM Swim:

    400 swim
    6x50 @ :10 rest
    1 - fist drill
    1 - B&A drill
    1 - swim

    400 FR - 4:43.70 (1:06.80/1:11.62/1:13.02/1:12.26) - Can't be disappointed with this swim. Given the week off and feeling under the weather still. I lost my walls on the last 150 meters, but I am definitely glad I swam this morning. I already felt myself catching the water better this afternoon than I was this morning. I was only 3.8 seconds off my lifetime best from last summer.

    150 EZ

    Total: 1250
  10. Sunday 5/5/19

    AM LCM @ UALR "Spring Splash Invitational" Day #3

    400 swim
    4x100 @ 1:50 k/sw/dr/bld
    odd: FR
    even: BR

    2x
    50 SMOOTH
    25 DIVE FAST
    25 EZ

    200 FR - 2:13.55 (1:04.35/1:09.20) - Felt pretty good on this swim. I was about .4 off what I went shaved and tapered last July. Splits for that swim were 1:03/1:10. So I see where I had that easier front end speed last year, but I was still out of shape and hurt coming home. Today, I was out a little slower, but definitely felt more in control on the back half.

    200 BR - 2:44.21 (1:18.90/1:25.31) - So this was my first time racing any breaststroke since last June (when I raced the 100 and went 1:19), and the first time in over six years that I had contested the 200M BR! As can be seen, I was actually faster on my front 100 than I was last year when I raced the 100. It felt really good to be racing BR again, but still not sure how long my groin will hold up.

    Total: 2700

    I was pleasantly surprised with my overall performance this morning. I was out until 1:30 am at a Cinco de Mayo party, and while I don't go in for the whole "getting drunk" thing anymore, I still drank quite a bit over a long period of time given that I planned to swim this morning. I think the going to bed super late hurt me more than anything, but since this was not a taper level meet, I wasn't overly concerned with my pre-meet ritual!
  11. Friday 5/3/19

    PM LCM @ UALR "Spring Splash Invitational" Day 1

    600 swim
    4x100 @ 1:50 k/sw/dr/bld
    odd: FR
    even: FL

    4x50 @ :50 D1-3, #4 EZ
    4x25 @ :35 V.S.
    200 EZ

    50 FL - 29.45 - I entered the 50 FR and decided to do it FL just because. Felt alright for 30 meters, then it started to go south. But that is to be expected, because I have not raced LCM FL in 6 years.

    1500 FR - 18:43.87 -
    1:08.72/1:13.44/1:13.83/1:14.97
    1:14.95/1:15.12/1:15.08/1:15.81
    1:16.43/1:16.32/1:16.25/1:16.36
    1:16.69/1:16.69/1:13.21
    - Swim felt great. I was 4 FL kicks off every wall (absolutely torched the club kids on either side of me off the walls). A best time by 18 seconds.

    Total: 3600
  12. Saturday 2/9/19

    PM SCY @ UALR "Valentine Invitational" Day #2

    600 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    300 FR kick w/ BD

    3x100 @ 1:20 D1-3 (1:04, 1:02, :59+)
    100 EZ

    8x25 V.S.
    4 @ :40 FR kick w/ BD
    4 @ :30 FR swim

    100 EZ

    4x50 @ :10 rest FL kick H.A.S. w/ fins + SNKL

    200 FR - 1:54.54 (26.43/28.80/29.86/29.45) - With how heavy I felt last night, I wasn't sure what to expect from this, the weakest of the freestyle races for me. I was pleasantly surprised that I was faster than I was in early December (1:55.30), and that swim was coming off a taper (I still had almost no hair growth back) and had that "smooth, easy speed" feel still lingering. The big difference, in hindsight, was definitely my mental effort in the race. In December, I was in the mix with some of the senior level boys and they went out so fast and I got caught up in THEIR race and just spun my wheels. This time I was more controlled on the opening 75 yards, and while I flipped last at the 50, by the 100, I was in second place for good in my heat.

    600 EZ (100 swim/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    Total: 2600
  13. Friday 2/8/19

    PM SCY @ UALR "Valentine Invitational" Day #1

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    300 pull w/ SP + SNKL
    200 kick every 3rd 25 BR w/ BD
    100 I.M. drill

    4x (I.M.O.)
    4x25 @ :10 rest
    1 - drill
    1 - swim
    1 - drill
    1 - build

    2x25 @ :30 SMOOTH FL
    50 @ :50 PACE BK
    50 @ :50 PACE BR
    100 @ 1:20 STRONG FR

    350 EZ

    400 assorted warm-up pre-race

    400 I.M. - 4:31.04
    27.73/31.60 (59.33)
    36.30/36.80 (1:13.10)
    37.64/38.47 (1:16.11)
    31.90/30.60 (1:02.50)
    I suppose I can't be upset with the time. Coming off being sick, heavy training, and heavy lifting, this was a tough race to try to contest. I didn't have any sort of goal time in mind, although I would have liked to have had my BK split under 1:10 and my FR split under 1:00, but my legs were just so heavy.


    600 EZ (100 swim/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    Total: 3400

    SHOUT OUT: Trip swam a very respectable 5:37 500 FR as well.

    Updated February 9th, 2019 at 12:14 PM by Calvin S

    Categories
    USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  14. Saturday 12/8/18 (now with race video!)

    PM SCY @ UALR "Trey Heye Memorial Invitational Day 2" or "The Meat Grinder"

    600 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    4x100 @ :20 rest k/sw/dr/bld I.M.O.
    4x75 @ 1:10 D1-4
    200 kick every 3rd 25 BR w/ BD
    4x25 @ :35 rest V.S.
    2x50 (25 DIVE/25 EZ)
    100 EZ

    100 FR - 51.09 (24.70/26.39) - Spun my wheels and didn't nail my turns like I wanted to. Would have liked to have been under 51. But really can't complain.

    400 EZ (100 swim/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    100 BK - 1:02.47 (30.65/31.79) - My throwaway event. I never race backstroke so I figured, "why not?" Second 50 was much better than the first 50.

    600 EZ (100 swim/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    100 FL - 55.98 (26.30/29.68) - Best race of the afternoon. Was really happy with this time given all the racing I had already done prior. Locked up a little bit on the last 4-5 strokes, but really felt in control for the rest of the race.

    400 EZ (100 swim/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    200 I.M. - 2:06.81 (26.74/33.73/36.76/29.58) - By this point I was starting to run on fumes. Wasn't sure what to expect from this race. Happy with the time and effort for right now, but it definitely exposed the fact that I have not done any serious I.M. training!

    600 EZ (100 swim/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    50 FR - 23.53 (11.20/12.33) - Had to breathe twice to get through it. Doug actually recorded the race (unbeknownst to me at the time). When I can figure out how to get it off my phone I will post it. It was a whole lot of flailing propped up with a whole lot of kicking.

    200 EZ

    Total: 4550

    Really wanted to push my body to the limit with this meet. High race volume and short turnaround. Today's session from the start of warm-up to the end of the meet was only 3 hours.

    50 Free Race Video:

    Updated December 9th, 2018 at 06:36 PM by Calvin S

    Categories
    USA-S Swim Meets / Events
  15. Friday 12/7/18

    PM SCY @ UALR "Trey Heye Memorial Invitational Day 1"

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    300 pull w/ SP + SNKL
    200 kick every 3rd 25 BR w/ BD
    100 I.M. drill

    4x75 @ 1:20 k/dr/UW w/ fins
    3x50 @ :50 D1-3
    150 EZ

    200 FR - 1:55.30 (26.42/29.42/29.64/29.82) - I was a little hurried with my stroke and had trouble settling into the race. This has always been a problem for me, and the 200 doesn't provide a lot of time to "settle in." Probably why this is my least favorite freestyle distance to race.

    600 EZ (100 FR/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    500 FR - 5:11.98
    28.46/31.07 (59.53)
    31.58/31.70 (1:03.28)
    31.65/31.86 (1:03.51)
    31.74/31.99 (1:03.73)
    31.28/30.65 (1:01.93)


    This race was 25 minutes after my 200. I was stuck in third gear until the last 75 yards. Did not feel like I died though. I felt good throughout the race. The age groupers on either side of me shot off to fast starts. This was nice because it forced me to just swim my own race, and by the 200, I had reeled them in and passed them. By the 300, I was several body-lengths ahead of the field.

    600 EZ (100 FR/100 kick w/ BD) w/ SNKL

    Total: 3500

    SHOUT OUT: Trip, who did the same double as me. He got one extra heat of the 200 to rest since he was the heat before me. He was a VERY respectable 2:02/5:37 (the latter was a new Arkansas Masters record). Doug also simultaneously swam an amazing 50 FR and a terrible 200 FR. He was going for a 50 split (23.60). I am not sure he would want me to post his overall 200 FR time here, and honestly it took so long for him to finish I lost interest in the race and stopped paying attention
  16. Sunday 11/18/18

    AM SCY @ UALR "Paul Blair Invitational Day 3"

    600 swim every 4th scull w/ SNKL
    8x50 @ :20 rest "Progressive Freestyle" w/ SNKL
    200 FR kick w/ BD
    4x25 @ :10 rest V.S.
    200 EZ

    100 warm-up

    500 FR - 4:58.53
    26.49/29.41 (55.90)
    30.01/30.46 (1:00.47)
    30.22/30.22 (1:00.44)
    30.51/30.45 (1:00.96)
    30.96/29.80 (1:00.76)


    Really felt in control of the race from the horn. I definitely felt like I had more to give when I finished it. Really happy with the swim given it came on the last day of the meet. Overall happy with how the meet went. I think I am in a good place headed into the next training cycle. Next taper meet on the horizon is YMCA Masters Nationals, April 11-14, 2019. Hardest part of that meet is going to be determining my event line up :/

    600 EZ (200 swim w/ SNKL/200 FR kick w/ BD/200 swim w/ SNKL)

    Total: 2700
  17. Saturday 11/17/18

    AM SCY @ UALR "Paul Blair Invitational Day 2"

    500 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    300 pull w/ paddles + SNKL
    4x50 @ :15 rest FL kick w/ BD
    6x50 @ :10 rest
    3 - D1-3 FR
    3 - FL drill/swim
    25 DIVE FAST
    75 EZ

    200 warm-up

    200 FL - 2:03.22 (26.43/30.13/32.35/34.31) - Well that is the best opening 100 I have ever had for a 200 fly, both in feel and time. However, the less than 12 hour turnaround from my 1650 really came back to bite me on the last 60 yards. I haven't pushed my limits nearly as much as I need to training butterfly, but will be doing a lot more going forward. Not unhappy with the swim, because it's great that I am going as fast as I was 5 years ago in this event, and my lifetime best is only 2:02. It is just frustrating that I was 1:28.9 at the 150 and couldn't come home any faster.

    600 EZ (200 swim w/ SNKL/200 FR kick w/ BD/200 swim w/ SNKL)

    Total: 2400
  18. Friday 11/16/18

    PM SCY @ UALR "Paul Blair Invitational Day 1"

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    300 pull w/ paddles + SNKL
    200 kick every 3rd 25 BR w/ BD
    4x25 @ :30 V.S.

    3x100 @ 1:20
    1 - build (1:03+)
    2 - @ MILE PACE (1:03, 1:03)

    200 EZ

    300 warm-up

    1650 FR - 17:42.91
    27.31/30.04 (57.35)
    31.02/31.55 (1:02.57)
    31.40/31.43 (1:02.83)
    31.68/31.51 (1:03.19)
    31.61/31.59 (1:03.20) [5:09.14]
    31.22/31.68 (1:02.90)
    31.57/31.76 (1:03.33)
    32.32/32.63 (1:04.95)
    32.61/33.16 (1:05.77)
    33.22/33.32 (1:06.54) [5:23.49]
    33.39/33.16 (1:06.55)
    33.44/33.37 (1:06.81)
    33.00/33.15 (1:06.15)
    33.57/33.36 (1:06.93)
    33.09/33.04 (1:06.13) [5:32.57]
    31.71

    800 EZ (200 swim w/ SNKL/200 FR kick w/ BD)

    Total: 4250

    SHOUT OUT: Doug Martin, for counting for me (who need's lap counter poles anyways!), and Tom Genz (the aquatic director formerly known as coach formerly known as swimmer, got 8th at Olympic Trials Tom Genz).

    So yeah, I was feeling great until about the 800. I felt the shift, and the wheels start to loosen on the bus. The splits just confirm what I felt. I haven't swam that event in over 20 years, and that was certainly my first ever 1650 that I voluntarily entered. My goal time in April is 16:49. The swim gives me hope, but I have A LOT of work still to do!
  19. Friday 10/26/18

    PM SCY @ Benton River Center Natatorium "TYR Go Pink Halloween Meet Day 1"

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    300 pull w/ SNKL
    200 kick every 3rd 25 BR w/ BD
    100 I.M. drill

    8x50 @ :15 rest FR
    4x25 @ :20 rest 12.5 FAST
    2x25 DIVE FAST
    150 EZ

    100 I.M. - 1:00.79 (28.29/32.50) - No speed to speak of.

    500 FR - 5:24.69 - Very sluggish. Hoping it is just the hard training that is making me not feel strong in the water right now.

    1200 assorted warm up and warm down

    Total: 3500
  20. 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
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