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  1. I was beat by a warm up swimmer

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 08:16 PM (Random Nonsense)
    I have the official results from the meet and there was no one in my heat that went a 1:54, but there was someone who did a 150 in 1:54. I was racing, probably several people, who were in the warm up lane. I am changing my name to qdumbass.

    More interesting:

    I have worked out 5 times in 3 days and will probably hit 12 workouts for the week. 5 swimming, 3 weights, 4 conditioning.

    KPN is giving a clinic this weekend. Hopefully she can teach me how to swim. I am counting this as a workout, it is at least 75 minutes of water time.

    I booked my Asia flights yesterday. $121 for two people in business/first for 18,506 miles. I love airline miles.

    I still think that my 200 was a lack of conditioning issue. Obviously I am working on that a little harder now.

    In the up coming A meets, I will swim the 50 and the 100 for racing practice. That will give me 2 meets in Nov and 3 in Dec, instead of 1 and 2. Dec is my next shot at a 200 A time.

    Jeff Comings is sending me a tempo trainer. I assume this has something to do with his Swimming World responsibilities, but it was awesome to see that HE was the one on the from address in the email. Even that brush probably won't make me a better breaststroker, but I am ok with that.

    My next 200 free is at the DAM SCM meet. The A cut is 2:12 SCM, so my goal is to go faster than that at Lifetime before the meet.

    My coach told me I am flat on my left side, but my rotation is good on my right side (breathing side). My left shoulder bothers me... He pointed this out at the end of a timed mile, (20:43), so I think this gets worse as I get tired, but is something I need to work on. He said to look for it in the videotaping this weekend, or even better, fix it before then.
  2. Thursday, Oct. 22

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 05:14 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    400 swim
    200 kick
    250 fly drills

    6 x 25 SDK shooters on back

    50 EZ

    Speed work:

    1 x 50 AFAP SDK on back w/fins (went 27ish)

    150 EZ

    3 x (25 AFAP evil + 75 EZ)

    no warm down, sat in hottub instead.

    Total: 1550 meters



    Unfortunately, I fell asleep on the couch last night. Woke up at 3:45 am with a creaky neck and sore left trap. Had trouble sleeping afterward b/c of the neck pain. I do this neck wrenching thing periodically ... Can't turn my neck much at the moment and my chiro is booked. I hope the pain & wrenching subside by Sunday. Any tips?

    Because of the lack of sleep and neck pain, the swim didn't feel so great. My legs still feel tired. One day, as part of turning myself into a research lab, I'm going to do the Mike Heather taper and just stay in bed for a week. Of course, this may occur after my children are grown. lol

    Sprint Classic:

    The psych sheets are up:

    Really looking forward to the meet, which is always fast and fun. My former secret nemesis is swimming, but with some very slow seed times for her. I also detect some other sandbagging. I'm seeded first in the 50 fly/back/free. Because Petra Martin wants a day off from the pool from coaching, I have a chance to defend my Drop Dead Sprinter title from the last 2 years. But I appear to have some worthy adversaries, including my coach, some young Reston chicks, Lisa Rapuano, etc. My lazy coach, claiming lack of fitness, is only swimming the 25s. I scolded her for this.

    I'm looking forward to the 50 back! All my best lady buddies are in my heat -- Julie-Mulie, Mollie-Jolie, Barb and Alison. Jules is very worried about swimming with us, but I tried to remind her that she did excellently at Savagman with no swim training!

    As Speedo mentioned, there will definitely be some very exciting men's events, especially the 50 free, 50 back and 100 IM. It will be fun to watch Speedo and Clay race in the 200 free as well. Since Jimby is plagued with his lesion named Pincha, he is not competing. But in his place, he has sent Mark Cox from the Sewickley Masters. And he is rather speedy -- he may give Neill a race in the 50 evil!

    Assuming my neck is ready, the rest of me is ready for my evilstroke gridges with Stud and Hulk.

    Hopefully, we can all grab lunch after at our usual RH&B or somewhere else.

    Today's Ramble:

    1. Is it possible to get over an instinctive hatred of an event? I can't stand the 100 free ...

    2. Is it possible that I have what Jimby refers to as "monofin arthritis"? My big toe knuckle has had chronic tendonitis since dropping the monofin on it and I'm worried it's morphed to arthritis. I notice it especially after running. I think I need new running shoe inserts ...

    3. Will Geek respond to my counter-offer with another preposterous negotiating ploy?

    4. I feel less flexible this week without yoga.

    5. Here are Jazzy's thoughts on 50 free breathing:

    "If you're going 24-25ish, two breaths sounds about right, and three might even be better. That's about how long it takes me to do 50m, and I wouldn't try that on a single breath. But, everybody is different. I think you want to be feeling fresh at the end of a 50. Extreme fatigue probably means you didn't breathe enough. Or you are way out of shape. With that guideline, you can figure it out with trial and error. But honestly it seems more of a 2 vs. 3 thing for you than 1 vs. 2.

    I'm still undecided on breathing early versus late. Q tipped me off that C02 buildup may be the main problem, in which case late is better. Another advantage to late is that your first breath is always going to last longest. But, I still think there might be something to breathing early to prevent fatigue late. If pressed, I would say a single breath goes midway through the last 25."

    6. I have perused the NE Champs results from last year. I don't think I will have to "game" much to avoid an outside lane in most events. (Patrick will be happy.) But I have no idea what time to enter for the 50 evil. I've only swum it once 2 years ago. I see I still have NE records in the 50/100 back from 2 years ago. Hopefully, I'll go faster this year! I seem to recall that I swam that 100 back on about 10 minutes rest. I almost scratched it, but Stud urged me to swim and I thanked him for it.

    Updated October 22nd, 2009 at 07:57 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Thursday....

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 04:53 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)

    SCY, Solo

    500 swim free
    (did 300 free, then 200 back)
    400 reverse IM kick/swim by 25
    3 x 100 pull back w/10 sec. rest
    (w/buoy only was doing just under 1:30, going on 1:40)
    200 kick, no fins, no board
    (kicked IM order)
    swim 2 x 100 IM on 2:00 smooth
    (did these at 1:30)
    200 kick w/MF
    pull 6 x 50 free on :50, make interval
    (w/p&b, ave 36 on these)
    swim 400 IM
    (did this easy, not too fast, around 6:30)
    500 easy swim down choice
    (half free the other half back)
    Total: 3000 yards

    Updated October 22nd, 2009 at 07:27 PM by poolraat

  4. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -10/23/09 -SCY

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 02:22 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)

    WARM UP:
    3 X 200 free 3:15
    3 X 150 kick 3:15
    3 X 100 IM 1:50

    12 X 50 1:05
    #3-6-9-12 are fast, one of each in IM order

    1 X 200 3:00
    1 X 50 1:00
    1 X 200 3:10
    2 X 50 1:10
    1 X 200 3:15
    3 X 50 1:15
    1 X 200 3:20
    4 X 50 1:20
    200's: moderate free
    50's: FAST (choice)

    12 X 25
    odd: push, build to race finish
    even: blocks, 25 sprint

    1 X 75 easy

    2 X 50
    Blocks @race pace

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  5. Thu OCT 22th, 2009

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 10:46 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu OCT 22th, 2009

    my right middle finger's feeling better

    Next MEET: 2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
    December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach

    42 Days till Long Beach
    6 weeks away

    I'm working on taking FOUR OR MORE SDKs off every wall in practice

    WEIGHTS world gym
    lat press 8 x 40 8 x 45 8 x 50 8 x 55
    lat pull 8 x 167 8 x 197 6 x 205
    leg press 8 x 180 8 x 270
    bench press 8 x 135 4 x 195 3 x 200


    SCY no blocks
    6:30 - 8:00
    whitney coached
    UT Swim Center main pool
    Swam with amy brandon & larry
    beside todd, tyler, mike, & Max

    WORE brief

    warm up
    5 rounds of 150 fr 50 k worst strooke


    assigned: 4 x swim as far as you can for 2:30
    did: 4 x (2 x 50)

    100 easy

    assigned: 4 x swim as far as you can for 2:15
    did: 4 x (2 x 50)

    100 easy

    assigned: 4 x swim as far as you can for 2:00
    did: 4 x 100 k held under 1:15 last was 1:10

    100 easy

    assigned: 4 x swim as far as you can for 1:45
    did: 4 x 100 k went 1:10 on last one

    100 easy

    assigned: 4 x swim as far as you can for 1:30
    did: 4 x (50, rest 50, 25 fast SDK)

    100 easy

    assigned 800 IM
    did a few 25 SDK shooters

    easy 50
  6. Thursday October 22 & Tuesday's Dryland Notes

    Was a tad late this morning. I woke-up VERY crabby and exhausted. I took a 3 minute nap in my car when I got to the pool. I was exhausted.

    I woke-up to my alarm with my contacts still on, make-up still on from yesterday, bag not packed, etc.

    I only got in the very first part of warm-up:
    150 kick
    150 swim

    Main set:

    2 x 150 breathe every 3 @ 75%
    4 x 75 build
    2 x 150 breathe every 3 @ 75%
    4 x 75 ?
    1 x 150 @ 70%
    4 x 75 @ 85%

    8 x 50 fast r:10 (didn't get to these)

    50 c/d

    Tuesday night I only ended up with about 25 minutes before coaching. I got on the treadmill cranked it up and ran hard.

    Tonight I have my pilates reformer class. I'm planning on getting back on the treadmill after class and running hard for about 3 miles.
  7. Shouldn't have done it but felt so good

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 07:24 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Right shoulder is still rearing its ugly head but managed a great workout today somehow. Time now for ice/heat and Ibuprofen.

    500 Free alt 25 kick/25 pull/25 swim
    20x25@:45 5 of each stroke as 4 drill 1 swim my choice of drill
    10x100 Free w/paddles & bouy #1-3@1:35 #4-6@1:30 #7-9@1:25 #10@1:20 made them all with time to spare
    1000 kick w/fins as 250 of each stroke
    300 Free EZ

    Total 3300 yards
  8. Wed Oct 21

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 01:51 AM (aztimm's training blog)
    Made it to swim this morning with the team, ASU Rec Center, 6am, SCY
    --around 600 warm-up choice
    all of the main set supposed to be at 30 sec rest, from the last person's touch. but the lead guy seemed to just go when he felt like; even when I was 3rd (of 5), a few times I only got 5-10 sec rest. so much for following set intervals
    3 x 400 @ :30 sec rest, 2 fast/1 moderate
    3 x 300 @ :30 sec rest, 2 fast/1 moderate
    3 x 200 @ :30 sec rest, 2 fast/1 moderate
    3 x 100 @ :30 sec rest, 2 fast/1 moderate
    200 easy warm-down

    even with limited rest, I managed to pull off some half-decent 100s, a 1:10 for one and 1:12 for the other. a longer workout than normal.

    then stopped by the gym on the way home:
    Treadmill: 3.14 miles, 28:39, 358.0 cal, avg pace 6.6 mph. Did usual 2 min warmup, then got into a jog at 5.5 mph. Got as fast as 7.5 mph/ 8:00, but goal today was to hold that for 3 min. I did 3 miles in almost exactly 27 min, including warmup, so not horrible.
    Step ups, low stool: 3 x 12, with each foot leading/holding
    Stool jumps: 3 x 12
    Ladder drills: all 4 drills x 2
    Flex fitness standing calf: 3 x 75, plus 6 heel raises before and after each round
    Precor leg sled: 3 x 12 x 100/both legs, 3 x 10 x 40/ each separate
    Pullups: (neutral grip). 10, 10, 9
    Leg raise: 3 x 15
    Plank: 1 x 2 min

    My ankle isn't at 100%, and not even what it was last week, but it has been much worse. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 the worst, I'd say it is 2 to 3.

    Ladder drills are (using a flat ladder on the floor):
    #1 each foot inside each square, forward to end, turn around, then back
    #2: same as #1 but sideways, down one way, back the other
    #3: forward, but taking the left/right foot out while going forward. the guy at PT called it, "The Ricky Ricardo dance."
    #4: sideways, going both up and down from top to bottom of the ladder
    Between that, the step-ups, and the jumps, both ankles are getting much more stable. Don't necessarily have to do this all the time, but I'd say at least once a week.

    Have some interesting stuff planned for tomorrow...look for my blog entry tomorrow night.
  9. Genesis, part ii

    by , October 22nd, 2009 at 12:49 AM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    “The superior man bends his attention to what is radical. That being established, all practical courses naturally grow up."
    Origins of the Tropical Splash
    2003 Recollections

    Our Lee Rec Center did not have an automatic timing system, so manual stopwatch timing by volunteers was needed. We would run 8 lanes for competition, and leave the two lanes near the deep diving end for warmups. Lanes were standard width, water depth varied from about 9-feet to 4-feet.

    Although they were not yet crumbling, the county facilities were built decades ago and were managed and maintained without swim competitions in mind. With nearby George Mason University, Montgomery Aquatic Center, and University of Maryland pools hosting meets, we did not see our aging facilities as a big draw. We needed to rely on something else to attract meet entries.

    The super swimmers serious about their Top Ten times and national rankings were not going to flock to our minimum standards pool. So, the decision was made to pitch the meet to the new swimmer; the over-the-counter swimmer; the blue-collar swimmer. These are the everyday swimmers who slosh through their weekly workouts between kids' activities, work, spouses, and errands, but still keep on swimming. There were more of them than the elite swimmers, so there should be a bigger pool of possible entries. We were going after the swimmer who did not like to compete in meets.

    Now, does this sound really stupid or what? Raise money by hosting a meet for people that did not go to meets.

    Why didn't they like meets - we asked around our team. The answers came back as: Emphasis on competition; Not fun; Boring; Too much pressure. We decided to plan a meet where competition and pressure and boredom were eliminated, and a good time prevailed. We were going to plan a FUN meet! This is when our creativity (normally only released with illegal substance abuse) kicked in, and the Blue-Gray Meet was hatched.

    We were going to make competition fun. Being at Lee Rec Center (of General Robert E. Lee fame), we decided to host a meet where swimmers from DC, Maryland, and points north would swim for a Blue team, and swimmers from Virginia and points south would be the Gray team. We would award tchotchkes to all team members from the winning team. The regular individual awards would be custom blue and gray war medals. We would give a special souvenir tee shirt to swimmers making this their first meet. We would have a fun 'cannonball' relay where swimmers would swim with the plastic colored 'cannonballs' found in a basket at the kids end of the pool.

    The meet entry form was developed (click image) to submit with our sanction request form, complete with the proper wording of the release of liability found in the Rule Book. The pool manager was contacted to review times and procedures for the meet, and then the bomb . . .
    [2b continued]

    Arrange and firm up the pool, procedures, rules, and rental before doing or planning anything.

    Updated November 10th, 2009 at 07:04 AM by Rnovitske

  10. Balancing the advantages and disadvantages

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 10:22 PM (Elise's Fitness Fun)
    Ran 5k today. Had hoped to go at a faster pace, but just haven't felt good since the end of last week. I know that POTs thing is still kind of kicked up and the bottom line is that running is not the ideal thing for it.

    The way I felt today, I contemplated just giving running up. I think it is really wearing me out, particularly when the POTs is kicked up. At the same time, some running does actually seem to help keep it from acting up too much. It is also good for bone density, good HDL counts, slimming up, etc.

    I'm struggling though with the idea of not being very competitive anymore. There are a few local 5ks where I would love to beat a few people. Have to confess I used to love nothing more than to beat people who trained twice the mileage, especially those who were rumored to say, "All she can do is swim."

    Although I felt great a couple of weeks ago, I feel like I have now gone backwards. Not sure if this is because of the POTS or if because I've simply gotten out of shape on my running somehow. Maybe doing both running and swimming is wearing me out. Still, I don't think I'm doing either running or swimming that much to get so worn down.

    Surely that 75 butterfly set I did yesterday didn't take that much out of me! If so, I'm hurtin'!

    Updated October 21st, 2009 at 10:28 PM by elise526

  11. Wednesday Solo

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 10:18 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I spent all day at school trying to import our school roster from classxp to the fitnessgram program. It wouldn't work! My principal, the tech guy, and the techiest teacher at my school couldn't figure it out either. What a waste of resources. I think I have finally figured the problem out. I will find out if I'm right monday morning. Anyway I didn't get anything measurable done today....I hate that!

    I swam solo at LA Fitness today. The water was pleasantly cool and I had a lane to myself the whole workout.
    *500 Free Warm-up Swim
    *4 X 150 on 2:30 interval
    rest 1 minute
    *4 X 125 on 2:10 interval
    rest :45 seconds
    *5 X 100 start on 1:55 and descend 5 seconds each repition.
    rest :30 seconds
    *4 X (100 IM/4 X 50 IM order of strokes) IM rest :30 seconds/stroke on 1:00 except breastroke on 1:10.
    *4 X 25 fly with short fins as fast as possible with 10 sdk's before surfacing on :45 interval.
    *easy 100 backstroke cool-down
    3,500 scy

    Yipee, 2 vacation days+ the week-end! I'm going to chill!
    I hope this mini-vacation clears out all the flu bugs/H1N1 Bugs out of our school building.
  12. Wednesday, Oct. 21

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 05:18 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands Lite:

    long arm crunches, 1 x 50
    good morning darlings, 1 x 50
    straight leg lift + hip lift on bench, 2 x 15
    broomstick twists, 1 x 25

    med ball start plyo, 1 x 10
    (For Patrick -- use 2 6 lb med balls. place fingers under ball in front. bend knees and get into position as if doing a start. then explosively push back with arms and hands and throw balls against back wall as hard and fast as possible. we have a 15 foot room adjacent to the weight room. I stood a couple feet or more in front of it. The balls flew in the air and bounced right before the wall.)

    HS hi row, 90 x 3 x 10 fast
    bench press, 60 x 3 x 10 fast
    alternating hammers, 15 x 2 x 20 fast

    external rotators, 10 x 2 x 15 each arm


    Swam in my hot shallow gym pool. Thankfully, it wasn't quite as hot as usual b/c it had just been filled.

    Warm up:

    750 variety

    Speed Work:

    4 x (4 x 25)
    #1 = easy speed fly
    #2 = EZ
    #3 = AFAP (2 free, 2 evil)
    #4 = EZ

    50 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 150 EZ)
    #1 = backstroke (mid 27ish)
    #2 = evil (33ish)
    (had never done a timed evil with fins before. but if it's good enough for Allen Stark, it's good enough for me.

    4 x 25 SDK shooter on back, cruised them

    1 x 100 front scull

    50 EZ

    Total: 1850 meters


    Rambling Thoughts:

    Like Geek, I had a lot of thoughts rambling through my head today whilst swimming:

    1. How long can a person who likes aerobic work stay on the CDVB plan without going crazy?

    2. Should I stick to my weights/plyo+sprint+hot yoga plan through NE Champs? Or wimp out and go back to my tried and true weights+heavy on the sprint swimming + cardio?

    3. It may have been really dunce like to adopt this plan in the fall when the running weather is at it's best. It was gorgeous here today, and I was inside.

    4. Plyo anecdote: Mini Fort (who has only been swimming 1-2 x week max) says her legs feel stronger, she's actually been kicking and her practice times aren't too bad. (She didn't kick much for the last 2 years b/c of bad knees/tendonitis.) She attributes this to volleyball. I was thinking about this and, as an outside hitter, she does a fair amount of jumping, which = plyo. She also mentioned that one of her friends dropped her 100 evil time from 1:10 to 1:05 last year while playing club volleyball 2x a week instead of doing excessive swimming. Food for thought.

    5. Mini Fort was checking out my biceps last night and said I was more "jacked" than some boys on the freshman football team. So, good news, this means I can now beat up high school kids. Awhile ago, I asked on my blog how much/often I could lift without becoming too buff. Jazz said "find out." I may have reached my limit, it seems.

    6. I'm pondering whether to swim the 50 back at the Nov. Open the weekend of Nov. 7-8. The meet is in the afternoon and features 50s for all us 13 & Over folks.

    7. Still pondering the 30 day abstinence period for alcohol. If Geek does it, I'll be shamed into doing it. But I think he's still pondering too.

    8. I need to look at last year's results from the NE SCM meet to figure out my seed times. I usually do this in an effort to stay out of lanes 1 & 8, and this often backfires. I seem to end up in those lanes in champ meets where women swim separately b/c the speedy 25 year olds grab the middle lanes. But I will nonetheless undertake what is apparently a largely futile effort. Or, I can pull a Stud and just seed myself faster than my actual times. :-P

    9. I stepped on the scale today for the first time since my checkup in July. (No scale in the house.) I've gained couple pounds. Don't know whether this is due to the sleep med combo I'm on (both known to have weight gain as a side effect) or to being stronger/more muscle. Or it could just be random variation -- e.g., weighing in the am vs. pm. I may have to go on a diet like Bobinator. Of course, cutting alcohol would probably do the trick. But, despite this, I have made progress in the ass department, and I think Q could bounce a quarter off it.

    10. No #10. I feel no need to have a round number of thoughts.

    11. Forgot one. I am thinking of ignoring Maglischio and only taking 1 breath in the 50 free on Sunday. I guess the best place would be after the flags off the turn?


    Thrive Longer, Lift Weights:

    Here's an article from the Washington Post that supports the fact that weight lifting is an affirmatively good thing.

    I should have focused more on this issue while writing my little point-counterpoint with Jimby!

    Updated October 21st, 2009 at 06:22 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  13. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 Workout -10/22/09 -SCY

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 05:15 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)

    WARM UP:
    1 X 300 free 4:45
    2 X 100 kick 2:15
    1 X 100 IM 2:00
    Swim it three times.

    12 X 125 IM 2:20
    1-4: 75 fly/50 back
    5-8: 75 back/50 breast
    9-12: 75 breast/50 free

    1 X 300 free 4:30
    4 X 50 :45
    1 X 200 2:50
    4 X 50 :40
    1 X 100 1:20
    4 X 50 :35 or :40

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    Swim Workouts
  14. Obsession de-escalates: Progress?

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 04:33 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    Today is one of the last fair weather days we Pittsburghers are likely to see till June.

    Since I live in a sort of woodsy setting, with only one neighbor nearby, and that nearby neighbor apparently out for the day, I took the opportunity to subject my lesion to a new self-help cure attempt.

    Before describing this one-two-three therapy I am attempting, let me briefly describe the theoretical basis for this intervention.

    A one-time frequent poster to these forums, the Mayo Clinic's very own Dr. Tom Jaeger, AKA, Jaegermeister, opined to me through a private message (which I had earnestly and somewhat shamelessly solicted) that:
    A) my pictures of the lesion made him chuckle (what an enormous relief! I know Tom to be the most honorable of all doctors, and surely chuckling at a patient's terminal condition is something he would never, ever do on purpose; thus, from his reaction, I intuited the likelihood that I will live)
    B) that he could not diagnose the condition long-distance, but judging from appearances, he had a "hunch" it was fungal (you will recall that our favorite beloved fake doctor, that is to say, me, came to the very same conclusion last week)
    Armed thusly with this new insight from Minnesota, and inspired by the virtually unheard of appearance of the sun in our parts, I began Sherlocke Holmsing some possibilities.

    Ille: Fungus. Hmm. What do we know about fungus?

    Hic: Well, a mushroom is a fungus.

    Ille: Yes, yes. It is, isn't it? And where do mushrooms prosper?

    Hic: I am fairly certain that mushrooms, like vicious gossip about the size of Jim Thornton's manhood, prosper in the dark.

    Ille: Yes, the dark! And what else?

    Hic: Mushrooms like moisture, as well. Dark, moist, dare I say dank chambers! Like a basement in the Delta Delta Delta sorority house.

    Ille: Yes, they do like such places. Again, the same venue as where vicious gossip prospers, too. So, what do you think we should do about making the mushrooms in Jim's lesion uncomfortable?

    Hic: That is elementary, my dear Ille! Sunburn and dessication therapy!

    Ille: Exactement!

    Today's picture reveals the lesion after:

    1. 10 minutes of full sunbathing on the front porch
    2. a shower with Ivory soap
    3. 15 minutes of high speed fan blown directly upon the lesion
    4. cotton balls to soak up the epithelial moisture

    After the above therapy, I quickly photographed the lesion for today's visual progress report then anointed the area with the second thin layer of antibiotic cream, packed wound with further layers of cotton balls and toilet paper, put on clean underwear to hold the packing in place, and began writing the vlog.

    Life, however, does not stop for a vloggist, but rather continues to crank out new elements to examine and suffer or be delighted by.

    As Epictetus himself so nicely put it:
    Time is a river, and a violent stream, and as soon as a thing is seen, another takes its place, and this too will be carried away.
    One of each of these species of distraction accosted me as I was preparing to upload today's picture.

    On the delightful side, the phone rang, and after a number of cautious inquiries by a female voice on the other hand, it was determined that I am me, at which point the lovely Anna Lea Matysek announced her own identity.

    She was calling to tell me that she is an expert on Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, and that I am not a victim of it. Tragically, her father died from the condition a decade ago, most likely the result of taking and developing an allergic reaction to the sulfa drug Bactrim. He might have avoided the condition altogether except that his immune system was already compromised by chemo therapy for non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma.

    I asked Anna Lea if it was possible that I had Johnson's-Steven Syndrome instead of Steven's Johnson Syndrome, at which point her husband and (web) master, Jim Matysek, could be heard opining in the background that I definitely appear to have some sort of Johnson syndrome.

    Perhaps not wishing to offend me, he quickly added, Maximus Johnson Syndrome, to which I had no choice but to come completely clean on such a front and add, "It is obvious he has never been in the basement of Delta Delta Delta."

    On the suffering side, our phone conversation was suddenly interrupted by the leaf blowing, lawn mowing sounds of heavy machinery outside my lady-bug-encrusted windows.

    The lawn guy had arrived with his arsenal of plant torturing devices.


    I realized that our beloved Linus, the family guinea pig, whom we will only eat in the absolutely most dire of protein-deficient circumstances , if even then, we love him so much, was outside grazing on the hydrangea and enjoying the freedom that comes from being a guinea pig owned by benevolent owners.

    Our two pugs, Lefty and Biscuit, were out guarding him from hawks. (We are pretty sure that Linus, who cannot see himself in a mirror, and thus has no idea what he looks like, has come to the conclusion that he is a pug. The three of them get along quite well and I am sure Lefty and Biscuit have no designs on making him into a meal, either.)

    Dragging Anna Lea via portable phone out into the cacophony of the afternoon, I ran up to the lawn guy and told him to not harvest Linus by mistake with his leaf blower.

    I wasn't able to find Linus--he may have taken refuge in a burrow. But I suspect he will come back home when it's time for his nightly carrot.

    Okay, now, what I suspect you have all been waiting for: today's lesion update picture.

    Maybe I am deluding myself, but it does look to this fake doctor's eye that a wee, wee, wee bit of improvement is now discernible in the flayed skin.

    Or maybe it's just true that, with the exception of mushrooms, pretty much everything looks better with a tan.

  15. Grrrrr!! Pool was too warm again.

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 02:05 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    The pool has been getting warmer each day this week. I'd bet it was near 88 this morning.

    SCY with Carrie

    400 swim
    (did 200 free and 200 back)
    300 IM drill
    200 pull choice
    (free w/buoy only)
    100 swim no free
    (kicked this)

    2x around: {
    3 x 200 fr. on 3:10
    (swam these at 2:50)
    4 x 75 fr descend 1-4 on 1:20: #4 is FAST
    (Rd 1 did free, 1:02->:56
    Rd 2 did back, 1:08->1:02)

    swim down 100
    Total: 2900 yards
  16. Wed OCT 21th, 2009

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 09:13 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed OCT 21st, 2009

    shortcut to this blog is

    jammed my right middle finger on a fast touch Monday, it's less swollen & hurts a bit

    Next MEET: 2009 SPMA Short Course Meters Championships
    December 4th - 6th, 2009 at Long Beach

    43 Days till Long Beach

    my kick count is FOUR OR MORE


    SCY no blocks
    5:30 - 6:30
    whitney coached
    UT Swim Center main pool
    Swam with todd, tyler, & marcio,
    beside brad nate & ned

    WORE brief

    warm up
    200 fr
    200 im dr
    200 fr


    assigned: 400
    did: 300



    100 IM went 1:07

    8 x 50 k
    4 on 45
    4 on 40

    assigned 100 fr pull on 1:05
    did 50 fr with 6 sdks
    went 30

    assigned 200 fr on 2:10
    did 2 x 50 with 6 sdks
    held 30's

    assigned 300 fr pull on 3:15
    did 3 x 50 fr with 6 sdks
    held 30's

    assigned 400 fr pull on 4:20
    did 4 x 50 fr with 6 sdks
    held 29's

    4 x 50 k on 40
    made it

    assigned 8 x 75 on 1:10
    did 8 x 25 SDK shooters on 1:10
    held 13's & 14's

    50 easy

    Updated October 22nd, 2009 at 10:47 AM by ande

    Swim Workouts
  17. Sprint attempt in progress

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 08:07 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I felt slow and sluggish but still tried to sprint some.

    10x100@2:00 Free 1/2 pull 1/2 kick

    Use fins on all of the main set
    100 Free for time 1:01
    200 Free kick EZ
    2x50@1:30 Free went :30 and :28
    200 Free kick EZ
    4x25@:45 Free went 14, 14, 13, 14
    200 Free kick EZ
    100 Free for time 1:02
    200 Free kick EZ
    2x50@1:30 Free went :29 and :29
    200 Free kick EZ

    no fins for the rest
    4x50 from dive 15 meter breakouts rest EZ
    300 warm down

    Total 3000 yards

    Updated October 21st, 2009 at 08:27 AM by Donna

  18. Mon-Tues workouts, Oct 19-20

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 01:08 AM (aztimm's training blog)
    Woke up yesterday with a weird feeling in my ankle. I thought I could press on...

    Swim workout with the team (Monday) 6am, ASU Rec Center (SCY)
    around 600 warm-up choice

    three rounds of--
    * 3 x 200 @ 3:15/3:00/2:45
    * 1 x 100 @ 1:45 (supposed to be IM)
    * 3 x 50 kick @ 1:00

    200 warm-down

    Stopped by the gym on my way home, had wanted to do a longish treadmill run (for me right now at least). Got in the locker room, took off my shoes and socks, and noticed my right ankle was pretty swollen. Yea, I could have done other stuff, but knowing myself, I instead headed home. I think the whole taking down the home weight machine on Sat was more than I thought (carrying 40# outside at a time probably wasn't a good idea, not to mention the other pieces). Then I did my run/weight set Sun night, with benching. Oh well, I'm not out of the woods quite yet.

    Tues AM swim with the team, ASU Rec Center, SCY
    --around 800 warm-up choice
    3 x 400 @ 6 min (#2 and 3 on 5:45)
    6 x 50 @ 1:15, concentrate on streamline
    6 x 200 @ 3 min, descend 1-3/4-6
    200 warm-down

    yea, I did take it easy on these. my usual lane had something like a 5:30 interval for the 400, so I slid down, almost went down again. on the last 1-2 200s, I just let my right foot drag, it wasn't feeling quite right.

    did stop by the gym on my way home tonight, but altered things a bit for my ankle...
    Elliptical/. 16 min 183 cal, 1.6 mile, crossramp 6, resistance 7, ttl strides 2280
    Flat bench chest flys w/ dumbbells, feet crossed in air: 1 x 15 x 35, 1 x 12 x 45, 1 x 12 x 50, 1 x 12 x 55, 2 x 8 x 60
    Lifefitness chest press: 1 x 15 x 70, 1 x 12 x 100, 2 x 8 x 115
    Precor seated row: 1 x 15 x 90, 1 x 12 x 110, 1 x 12 x 130, 1 x 10 x 150, 2 x 7 x 170
    Precor shoulder press: 1 x 15 x 90, 1 x 12 x 110, 1 x 10 x 130
    Precor camber curl: 1 x 15 x 50, 1 x 12 x 70, 1 x 12 x 80, 1 x 8 x 90
    Precor triceps extension: 1 x 15 x 50, 1 x 12 x 70, 1 x 12 x 80, 1 x 8 x 90
    Hammer stength abdominal crunch: 1 x 25 x 120, 2 x 15 x 130
    Leg raise: 3 x 15

    While I'd like to run tomorrow, I'll probably stick with the elliptical or a bike again, then do my usual leg/PT-type workout. thinking of working from home on Thurs, and possibly running outside during the day (weather here has suddenly gotten nice).
  19. Matrix Set (without Neo)

    by , October 21st, 2009 at 12:17 AM (Swim like an Orca, but faster !)
    AQUM - Coach Janine.
    This is the first time Ive seem a workout that was literally written out in a matrix format.
    I don't remember the exact placement, however the numbers indicate laps (one length)
    Each cell is done on 5:00 with one minute rest between cells. Each line is continuous, done IM.

    Fly BK BR FR
    1 2 3 4
    1 2 3 4
    2 4 1 3
    2 4 1 3
    So the workout translates to...
    1x25 Fly, 1x50 BK, 1x75 BR, 1x100FR
    1x25 Fly, 1x50 BK, 1x75 BR, 1x100FR
    1:00 rest
    1x50 Fly, 1x100 BK, 1x25 BR, 1x75 FR
    1x50 Fly, 1x100 BK, 1x25 BR, 1x75 FR
    1:00 rest
    1x75 Fly, 1x50 BK, 1x100 BR, 1x25 FR
    1x75 Fly, 1x50 BK, 1x100 BR, 1x25 FR
    1:00 rest
    1x100 Fly, 1x25 BK, 1x75 BR, 1x50 FR
    1x100 Fly, 1x25 BK, 1x75 BR, 1x50 FR
    Everyone left, so I continued with:
    6x25 FR
    Sprint FAST w/fins on 3:00 (held :11)
    By this time the seniors were cooling down and starting to pull the covers.
    100 cool

    Looking at my FLOG, I'm in a serious w/o deficit, my left shoulder has been hurting for a few weeks, especially before and during the last meet. So I haven't been working out as much, taking a few days off at a time. Its feeling better and its more muscle/ligament fatigue than joint pain.
  20. Genesis, part i

    by , October 20th, 2009 at 11:45 PM (Meet Director's Path to Tranquility)
    “If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.”
    Origins of the Tropical Splash
    2003 Recollections

    In 2003, our team ended the fall-winter season with a $2800 budget deficit. We survived going into the spring and summer seasons by virtue of a loan, and by paying obligations with income from the next season. We made progress at chipping away the deficit, but we needed a fundraiser and a swim meet was one possibility.

    Over the summer, our county rec center pools were contacted to determine the rental cost for a meet. We chatted with officials and other meet directors during local meets. The USMS Rule Book was scrutinized, especially the sections about meet conduct and facilities.

    In looking at other meet programs, it was determined that swimmers enter an average of 3 events in a local meet. Prices we got for pool rental, officials, program printing, awards, etc were assembled into a spreadsheet blender, and voila! We could wipe out our remaining deficit with a swim meet. Ga-ching!

    It was believed that holding a meet brought a certain respect and prominence to our team, and might help with attracting more members. Well, some people thought that. I believed the 'vice-presidential selection theory' applied - a good meet would do no good, but a bad meet would be disastrous.

    We did not want to compete with another meet in our LMSC, and decided to stay away from the months where established meets existed, leaving 7 months to choose from. We were considering one of three SCY pools, so the LCM season was out, leaving 5 months. We did not want to compete with Nationals or Zones, leaving 3 months. We did not want the meet at the start of our Fall season, leaving 2 months - January and February. February had 2-day SCY meets in next door Virginia and Maryland LMSC's, leaving January as the only option.

    Years before, we sent swimmers to a January SCY meet at Wilson High School in Washington DC. The meet was in a decrepit pool, had limited volunteers, and had dwindling participants each year. (As an aside, my 100 breast at the meet had 3 timers - with a 2-second spread among them. I think it was the 8-year old timer that threw off the results.) This meet was discontinued a year earlier, and some of us thought we could revive that date on the meet calendar and take its place. There were no other meets in January to compete with.

    Our club swims at three different Fairfax County rec centers. Upon evaluation, each facility had serious flaws for a local Masters swim meet. We settled on Lee District Rec Center, a 50-meter x 25-yard mama with ample lockers, parking, bleachers and deck space. It was always set up in the middle as a SCY course (no movable bulkheads). Its problems included the need for a floating platform for the starter, and a long walk around the deep end for officials working one side of the pool. The backstroke flags were 20-feet in the air, suspended from the rafters, and each was a slightly different distance from the wall.

    With the date and pool set and financial due diligence complete, we proudly started the planning . . .
    [2B continued]

    • A realistic budget with real costs determines if the meet is financially viable.
    • Before selecting a date, know what your meet's competition is (more on this later).

    Updated November 10th, 2009 at 07:05 AM by Rnovitske