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  1. Tuesday 5/7/19

    PM LCM w/ Trip @ LRRC

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    4x75 @ 1:20 k/dr/UW w/ fins
    2x150 @ :15 rest breathe 2-4-6 by 50 pull w/ SP

    400 @ 6:00 SMOOTH (5:39)
    400 @ 8:00 faster than #1 (5:29)
    800 @ 11:00 FAST (10:04) <-- N.S.'d it 5:04/5:00
    100 EZ

    3x100 @ 1:40 SMOOTH and STRONG (1:13, 1:13, 1:12+)
    200 EZ

    Total: 4200

    Updated May 7th, 2019 at 09:24 PM by Calvin S

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  2. Monday 5/6/19

    PM LCM w/ Trip @ LRRC

    200 swim
    200 kick
    200 pull
    200 swim

    9x200 @ 3:00 D1-3, 4-6, 7-9
    2:46, 2:36, 2:27
    2:45, 2:37, 2:27
    2:45, 2:35+, 2:24+

    100 EZ
    3x100 @ 1:40 BEST AVG (1:08, 1:08+, 1:08+)
    100 EZ

    Total: 3100
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  3. Monday 05062019

    by , May 6th, 2019 at 02:21 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Monday AM solo swim @ Sendero Springs (SCY)

    1500 w/u various

    100 kick, w/board + fins

    2 x 125 (25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill)
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly

    2 x 125 (25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill)
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly

    100 kick, w/board + fins

    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly

    500 swim w/fins (75 free/25 stroke)

    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly

    100 kick, w/board + fins

    main sets:
    4 x 300 @ 4:30 (4:10, 4:14, 4:11, 4:09)

    100 easy

    3 x 100 @ 1:45, done as:
    * 50 breast/50 free
    * 25 free/50 breast/25 free
    * 50 free/50 breast
    100 easy free @ 1:45
    100 fast breast

    300 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy

    300 w/d various

    TTL: 5400 yards, 90 min

    Fly: 100 yards
    Back: 300 yards
    Breast: 550 yards
    Kick: 300 yards
    Free: 4150 yards

    I actually tried to swim yesterday. Drove to Creek Side, but it looked way too busy (parking lot was a mess), didn't even get out of my car. Drove to Sendero, but that was closed for a swim team party. Briefly thought of driving to Deep Eddy...but with Barton Springs closed due to flooding on Friday, I'm sure that was crazy. Just wasn't in the mood for the gym pool. Probably need a break anyway, after 6 straight days.

    today's swim felt pretty good. I always try to get in at least 10% non-free; today was about 20% (10% breast). I always feel like I'm in better shape when I swim at least a 100 of each stroke during a workout.

    those 300s just felt so smooth. I like doing different distances, gives me a taste of a little controlled swimming.
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  4. 5/5/-5/6/19 workouts

    by , May 6th, 2019 at 02:03 PM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Friday/Saturday trip to Indy for a wedding, Sunday drove back in the morning with enough time to get all the prep work for the week done + lawn mowing + a workout.

    Sunday 5/5/2019, Garage Weights

    Deadlift - 135/5, 185/5, 225/5, 245/5, 255/5, 265/5
    DB A/Y/Ts - 5s/10x5 each movement
    DB bicep curl - 25s/8x5

    Took video of last set of deadlifts: 1) I am still super scrawny and look super-uncoordinated with the barbell, so lots of work to do there still, and 2) My male pattern baldness, pretty much undetectable a year ago, has *really* accelerated... almost a lost cause at this point!

    Monday, 5/6/2019 Pool Workout

    400 fr/300 as 50 dr-25 sw/200 k/100 fr build

    8x50 k 1:05 (fl/bk, br/fr)
    3x150 pull br3 2:30
    8x100 o-k 1:50, e-fr 1:30
    3x150 pull br3 2:30
    8x50 IMO FAST/ez x25 1:00

    8x50 warmdown 4-pull rev paddles, 4-IMO dr/sw


    Getting better! Strokes starting to feel a little more natural but hard to get stroke rate up to sprint and endurance is lagging way behind.
  5. 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

    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!
  6. Saturday 5/4/19

    PM SCY Solo @ LRRC

    400 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    3x200 @ 2:30 D1-3 pull w/ SP + SNKL (2:20, 2:17+, 2:13)

    4x100 @ 2:00 "Hullabaloo"
    8x50 @ 1:00 "Progressive Freestyle" w/ SNKL
    4x25 @ :35 V.S. FR kick w/ BD

    100 EZ

    Total: 2000

    After not getting more than 150 meters warm down after my 1500 on Friday, and being out late after the meet, I scratched the 200 FL today and then swung by the LRRC on my way to a Cinco de Mayo party to get a proper "swim out" from the meet yesterday. Will see how I feel tomorrow and decide whether to race the 200 FR and 200 BR.
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  7. Saturday 05042019

    by , May 4th, 2019 at 05:43 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Saturday afternoon solo swim @ Sendero (SCY)

    1100 w/u various

    100 kick w/board + fins
    4 x 125 (drill/free/stroke/free/drill)
    100 kick w/board + fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    500 free w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    100 kick w/board + fins

    main sets:
    2 x 400 @ 6:00 (held 5:32/5:33), right into
    2 x 300 @ 4:15 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy (held 3:58), right into
    2 x 200 @ 3:00 (2:45 and 2:42), right into
    100 @ 1:45, 50 breast/50 free (1:23)
    100 breast (1:28)

    300 w/d various

    TTL: 4800 yards, 78 minutes

    50 fly
    175 back
    350 breast
    300 kick
    3925 free

    I was toying with swimming for a while. when we were out running errands, I got a McDonald's chocolate shake and it was sitting in my stomach; I felt like a beached whale. so I figured I might as well get wet

    had no idea what I would swim, but as I was doing my drill sets this came to me and worked out wonderfully. I feel like I'm back, and swimming my usual intervals.

    I don't think I was alone in the pool at all. there was a guy there when I got there, he left but someone else showed up. then 2 others (I think a husband/wife). temps were around 75-80, some high clouds off/on. water felt a little warm, I'm guessing low 80s.

    they finally announced the event order for our local meet:

    I definitely want to do the 400 and 200 free. I'll do either the 100 free or 200 breast (they're back-to-back and I'm afraid I'd get no rest for the 2breast if I did both).
    I'll do the 100 breast, and either the 50 free or breast (again back-to-back). I'm not much of a might just go with breast there. I'm not much of a flyer (I can probably do a sad 50), and I could do back but I'm just not fast (I've done the 50 a few times).
    I'm leaning toward:
    200 breast
    400 free
    200 free
    100 breast
    50 breast
    there aren't very many USMS meets in Austin; maybe one or two a year. I'd expect about 50-75 people to show up (maybe more if some come from San Antonio). warm-ups start at noon, the meet starts at 1, and I'm guessing it will be done by 4. there's an LMSC board meeting after, and since I'm on the board I might as well swim too. actually some of the board members are from San Antonio, so I'm sure at least a few folks will come from there (probably an hour drive to the meet pool).

    I think I figured out a good 10k for this summer too (well maybe I'll try to do 2 if I can):
    I have a cousin in the SLC area and he will probably paddle for me (he's an ultra parked at the SLC marathon finish, ran to the start, then ran the race from start to finish). figure I can get in a good swim and visit in the same trip.
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  8. 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 -
    - 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
  9. Friday 05032019

    by , May 3rd, 2019 at 12:48 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Friday AM solo swim @ 24 Hour Fitness RR (SCY)

    1300 w/u various

    100 kick w/fins + board

    4 x 125 (drill/free/stroke/free/drill)
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins

    100 kick w/fins + board

    500 swim w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins

    100 kick w/fins + board

    4 x 200 @ 3:00

    100 easy

    50 @ :55, done breast/free
    50 @ :55, done free/breast
    50 @ :55, done breast/free
    50 @ :55, done free/breast
    50 @ :55 easy free
    50 @ :55, breast

    4 x 150 @ 2:10, pull w/Agility paddles + buoy

    300 w/d various

    TTL: 4800 yards

    Butterfly: 50 yards
    Backstroke: 175 yards
    Breaststroke: 375 yards
    Freestyle: 3900 yards
    Kick: 300 yards

    it was raining when I woke up. by the time I left it had slowed and I thought maybe Sendero (outside) would be open, but that thought was dashed when I saw lightning a few times while driving out of the neighborhood. I didn't even bother going there, I just drove straight to the gym.
    the pool is only 2 lanes. there was 1 guy in when I got there, so I got in the other lane. he left, but another guy came almost right away. at some point he left (I was doing my 200s), and I moved over (I prefer that lane). a woman got in the other lane, and commented how she prefers the lane she was in (there are steps down to it, probably one reason I don't). anyway, someone else went in with her, and toward the end I had a guy sharing with me too.

    the swim felt fine. not really any more soreness from my swims last week. and 4800 is a decent quantity, probably a good place to stay at for a while until I figure out what swims I'll be doing next.
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  10. Thursday 5/2/19

    PM LCM w/ Trip @ LRRC "Recovery (for real this time)"

    1000 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull

    8x50 @ 1:00 "Progressive Freestyle" w/ SNKL

    100 EZ

    Total: 1500

    Swimming in a local USA-S meet this weekend, and with the yardage and work I put in on the front half of the week, combined with the amount of swimming I will be doing Friday through Sunday, I figured an easy day was necessary!

    Updated May 2nd, 2019 at 09:08 PM by Calvin S

  11. 5/2/19 Workout

    by , May 2nd, 2019 at 08:50 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Thursday, 5/2/2019 Pool Workout

    3x{100 fr 1:35/100 IM 1:45/100 bk 1:55/100 k 2:05}

    4x100 50 double arm bk/50 1-arm bk 2:00
    4x100 w/fins 50 catchup bk/50 6-1-6 bk 1:45

    2x4x150 2:45 d1-4
    1) fr
    2) fr/bk/fr
    3) bk/fr/bk
    4) bk

    6x50 1:00 dr/sw warmdown


    Still wouldn't confuse me for what I was two months ago, but today is the first day back that the water didn't feel like swimming through syrup!
  12. Wednesday 5/1/19

    PM LCM w/ Trip + Marvin Schwartz (for 8 of the 100s) @ LRRC "Best Average"

    300 swim
    4x50 @ :10 rest 25 FR kick in S-line/25 B&A drill w/ SNKL
    4x25 @ :35 V.S.

    10x100 @ 2:00 BEST AVG

    10x100 @ 1:40 SMOOTH FR kick w/ fins + BD

    Total: 2600

    10/16/18 - SCY -
    :59++, :59, :59, :59, :59, :59+, :59++, 1:00+, 1:01-, 1:00-
    12/29/18 - SCY - :58, :57+, :58, :58, :58, :58+, :58+, :58, :59-, :58
    5/1/19 - LCM - 1:09-, 1:08+, 1:09, 1:09+, 1:10-, 1:10, 1:10, 1:11-, 1:09+, 1:08+

    SHOUT OUT: Trip was 1:14s on the first 9 and then 1:12 on #10. Marvin had his set dovetail into ours and did his 8x100 on the same interval with us. He was mostly 1:35s. Great job by both of them!
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  13. Wednesday 05012019

    by , May 1st, 2019 at 01:43 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Wednesday AM solo swim @ Sender Springs (SCY)

    1250 w/u various

    100 kick w/fins + board

    4 x 125 done as 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill w/fins

    25 easy free w/fins

    25 fast fly w/fins

    100 kick w/fins + board

    5 x 200 @ 3:00

    100 easy

    3 x 200 @ 2:55, pull w/Agility paddles + buoy

    300 w/d various

    TTL: 4000 yards

    I was feeling much better this morning than I did yesterday. so good that I actually did 25 fly for the first time in about 6 weeks. I was tempted in the warm-up pool at nationals last week, but didn't think it would be a good idea.

    nice to be back at some decent interval training and build up the distance a bit.

    my next events are:
    * local LCM meet on June 8 (hasn't yet been posted, but I'll do any distance free and probably breast too)
    * probably the Swim to the Moon 10k in August
    * Finger Lakes 10 mile swim, from Watkins Glen, NY in September (and since the 2 mile the next day is no extra charge, I'd probably do that too)
    * probably at least the weekender of the Highland Lakes Challenge in October (if I can find a paddler maybe all 5)
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  14. 5/1/19 Workout

    by , May 1st, 2019 at 08:13 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Wednesday, 5/1/2019 CrossFit Workout

    Happy to be back to the gym for the first time since the week before Ozark Champs. Still recovering but I was up to 172# last night! Only 18 to go.

    Warmup - Stretching, bands, core warmup

    Strength - A1) Elevated feet ring rows - 3x10
    A2) Scap pullups - 3x10
    A3) Double KB overhead walk - 44# per hand, 3x60m

    Conditioning - For time
    100 box step overs, 35# KB per hand
    5 burpees top of every minute

    Core - 3 rounds
    3 wall walks
    15 v-ups

    Perused through the post-Nationals event rankings. Looks like (barring any last-month fast meets) I'll be Top Ten in 50/100 free, 50/100 breast, 50/100 back, 50/100 fly, 100 IM. Only dropped out of the 200 IM thus far.
  15. Tuesday 4/30/19

    PM LCM w/ Trip + Jack @ LRRC "Recovery-ish"

    6x100 @ :15 rest FR kick H.A.S. w/ SNKL

    3x200 @ 3:00 WHITE pull w/ SP + SNKL
    3x200 @ 3:00 swim
    5x100 @ 1:45 WHITE kick w/ fins + BD
    odd: FR
    even: FL
    3x200 @ 3:00 PINK pull w/ SP + SNKL (2:42+, 2:42+, 2:42)
    3x200 @ 3:00 LOW-PINK/PINK/LOW-RED swim (2:37+, 2:34+, 2:29)

    5x100 @ 1:40 SMOOTH swim w/ fins

    Total: 4000
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  16. 4/30/19 Workout

    by , April 30th, 2019 at 09:24 PM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Tuesday 4/30/2019 Garage Weights

    Still light, but starting to feel less like a baby deer.

    Back squat - 155/5x6
    Shoulder press - 75/5x6
  17. Tuesday 04302019

    by , April 30th, 2019 at 09:00 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    normally I go to the gym Tuesday mornings...but I was so tired and sore this morning that I slept in.

    PM solo swim @ Creekside pool (SCM)

    1100 w/u

    100 kick w/board + fins
    4 x 125 done as drill/free/stroke/free/drill
    100 kick w/board + fins
    500 swim w/fins
    100 kic w/board + fins

    125 easy

    50 breast @ 1:00
    50 easy free @ 1:00
    50 breast @ 1:00
    50 easy free @ 1:00
    50 breast @ 1:00

    200 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy

    250 w/d

    TTL: 3300m

    today was the first day Creekside was open for the season. it is in the same group as Sendero Springs, so my $60 annual pass works there too. there are swim teams that use Sendero on Tues/Thurs evenings.
    Creekside isn't heated. the lifeguards checked and said it was about 77/78F, which I thought was rather pleasant. air temp was about 80F.

    felt good to stretch out a bit, and the cool water felt really good too. there weren't any backstroke flags so I didn't do much (I did some and counted strokes). if I remember correctly, they usually have them on one side.
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  18. Monday 4/29/19

    AM SCY w/ Noel Strauss @ LRRC
    PM LCM w/ Trip Strauss (no relation) @ LRRC "Bringin' the wood"

    AM swim:

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull w/ SNKL
    4x75 @ 1:20 k/dr/UW w/ fins
    300 @ 4:00 N.S.

    4x75 @ 1:00 light D1-4 (:48+, :48-, :47, :46+)

    5x200 @ 3:00 "broken" D1-5 (2:09, 2:06, 2:02.5, 2:00+, 1:59-)
    - done as 125 @ 1:30, 50 @ :40, 25 @ :00

    4x100 @ 1:30 SMOOTH kick w/ fins + BD
    odd: FL
    even: FR

    6x100 "broken"
    - done as 75 @ :10 rest, 25 @ :00
    odd @ 2:00 D1-3 FR kick w/ BD (1:35, 1:25, 1:18)
    even @ 1:30 D1-3 FR swim (1:01+, :59, :56+)

    200 EZ

    Total: 4500

    PM Swim:

    300 swim
    200 FR kick H.A.S. w/ fins + SNKL
    100 "Progressive Scull" w/ SNKL

    100 @ 1:30 SMOOTH pull w/ SP + SNKL
    200 @ 3:00 SMOOTH pull w/ SP + SNKL
    300 @ 4:30 SMOOTH pull w/ SP + SNKL
    400 @ 6:00 SMOOTH pull w/ SP + SNKL
    400 @ 6:00 RED (4:56)
    300 @ 4:30 PINK (3:52)
    200 @ 3:00 RED (2:27)
    100 @ 1:30 BLUE (1:08+)

    4x100 @ 1:40 FL kick H.A.S. w/ fins + SNKL

    Total: 3000

    SHOUT OUT: Trip, who was a very respectable 5:28, 4:12, 2:43, and 1:14 on his back 400-300-200-100!

    Updated April 29th, 2019 at 09:31 PM by Calvin S

  19. Swimming Adventures in Arizona

    by , April 29th, 2019 at 06:57 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    All I have to say is WOW! The past week has been a whirlwind; I had swimming adventures in some of the most idylic lake settings together with a world-class aquatic center.

    This might be long.... I'll go through the adventure by day.

    Tuesday Apr 23:
    * Arrived at PHX around 9am
    * Picked up my rental car, drove out to Saguaro Lake (stopped at a Circle K in Fountain Hills for Tonto Passes, water, and Gatorade)
    * Met, mingled, and swam with swimmers from around the world during what is dubbed, "Patty's Party Swim."
    * We got in about 1.75 miles of swimming (my Apple Watch says over 3!). Mostly just a loop around the main part of the lake.
    * After the swim, I drove back to Scottsdale, got settled into my Airbnb. Went to a nearby supermarket, relaxed for a bit.
    * My kayaker met me and we drove over to the Mesa Country Club for the pre-race dinner.
    * Went to bed at a decent time.

    Wednesday Apr 24:
    * Woke up around 5am I think (I was still on Central time). Ate what I thought was a good breakfast (spoiler: it wasn't)
    * My kayaker was at my place and we drove to Saguaro Lake for the pre-swim briefing (some people didn't go to the party swim nor the dinner) at 7:30
    * We were taken all the way to the other side of the lake in shifts. I lived in AZ for 20 years and had been to Saguaro Lake many times...but never way over to this side.
    * We hung out on a beach area where we helped kayakers get set up.
    * Swimmers were then boated further out to the dam (between Saguaro and Canyon lakes).
    * Jumped off the boat, an easy swim to the buoys, and off we went.
    * Because the dam area is narrow, kayakers waited about 1/2 mile or so away. I had a tough time finding mine...eventually I asked a kayaker nearby if there was one without a swimmer. Then I asked him to yell for mine. Then they found him and directed him to me.
    * I swam along for what seemed like ages without stopping. Finally I decided I needed water and found out I had been swimming for an hour. I felt fine. After that we got somewhat structured with feeds (water-gatorade-water) about every 20-25 minutes.
    * There is some awesome scenery along Saguaro Lake! I did some backstroke so I could take it in.
    * Somewhere around the 5 mile mark (5.2 on my watch) I knew that I wasn't ok. I stopped for feeds...and I struggled (but managed my way) for a while.
    * I was in the main part of the lake (where we did the party swim the day prior), could see the marina (the dam is just beyond), when my left calf got an uncontrollable cramp. I did breaststroke... Another swimmer's kayaker asked if I was ok, and offered me some drink that is supposed to help with cramps (tastes like Coke but has a bit of salt). That didn't agree with my stomach and I started throwing up. I was still swimming breaststroke, trying to make progress...but then I realized that my head was going further under with each stroke. There was much more boat traffic, I was getting sea sick and continued to throw up.
    * A woman (who I know and swam with for a few years at Mesa) was on a paddleboard nearby, and I decided it would be best to exit the swim. I hopped on with her and she took me to the dock.
    * I really can't say how horrible I felt...both from exhaustion and felt like a failure for not finishing. I've run 3 marathons, biked a few tours (one 112 miles), and always finished. With running it is always possible to walk...or even crawl. But with swimming, I really felt like I might drown.
    * After I finally got to my car (I couldn't help pull the kayak up at that point, someone else helped him with that), I started eating everything single snack I had packed. Thought I felt better as I drove back to Scottsdale.
    * When we first got back and unpacked the car, I pretty much just crashed on the couch. Then I started to throw up all those snacks that I had eaten in the car.
    * Thankfully one of the things I had picked up at the supermarket the day prior was Ginger Ale. I started to drink it.
    * My friend from Washington texted me that he had landed at PHX (I had arranged to pick him up). I thought I had some time before he got bags and would be ready. Next thing...he texts that he's ready (I'm still in the Airbnb).
    * I text back, saying I'm just leaving, tell him to wait inside (it was hot outside). I picked him up. We started to head back to Scottsdale, when we hit a parking lot of traffic. I got off of the freeway, and went through Four Peaks. We had a nice dinner there (and they had ginger ale). My stomach settled somewhat.
    * We got back to the Airbnb. I showed him around, we walked over to the pool. Since I was still in my swimsuit, I jumped in, and it felt really good. The water wasn't heated, but I'm guessing it was 75, and I felt ok.
    * Was in bed around 9pm.

    Thursday Apr 25
    * My friend told me that the main pool would be open for warm-up at 6am. I told him he was welcome to take Uber I think we got to Kino around 7:15. We both checked in for the meet (swag bags). He was doing the mile, first event. My 1000 wasn't for several hours, so I left.
    * Drove to Eldorado pool in Scottsdale. Got my own lane, and did about 1000 easy. I started to do some of my 25, "variables," and told myself that if I couldn't make 25 on 15 that I didn't have to swim. Of course I made it...4 times. Then I told myself that if I couldn't do 100 @ 80% I didn't have to swim...but I did that too.
    * So I headed back to Kino. Still drinking ginger ale (my stomach wasn't fully recovered). Met up with my friend...and a bunch of others. I told a few people about my adventure the day before, but decided to press on. I did about 500 w/u.
    * I brought several, "tech," suits of mine, but ended up wearing a very old Speedo Fastskin brief (I hate how tight jammers are on my thick legs).
    * I don't remember what time my 1000 kicked off, but I do remember climbing up on the block and thinking to myself, "I haven't been up on a block for almost 2 years! I hope I can do this."
    * The first 500 of the swim went by so quickly. I was in a decent heat with some people nearby close in speed (male and female). I do remember around the 800 mark thinking to myself, "I hope my stomach holds up for 200 more."
    * My stomach did hold up. I finished in 13:07.50:
    * Somehow even feeling like I was, I still blew my 13:40 seed time out the window. I had never swum the 1000 in a meet before (I much prefer LCM for distance events)
    * My friend had counted for me, so I counted for him (he is a bit faster)
    * After he was done, we went back to Scottsdale. Went to the community pool for a bit to unwind (I had done a cool down at Kino, he had not). That pool felt so nice.
    * We met a friend/co-worker of mine for dinner in Old Town Scottsdale (Old Town Gringos)

    Friday Apr 26
    * After my 1000, I decided I didn't have any excuse not to swim the 500 or 2breast. I wanted to get to Kino so that I could so a few block starts. I think we arrived around was much busier.
    * They seeded the 500 (men only) by age group, oldest to youngest.
    * My friend and I had arranged to count for each other again. Our heats weren't too far apart.
    * I changed into a Speedo Fastskin jammer. It is at least 2 years old, probably more.
    * Although I was afraid of getting blown away, I ended up in an, "oddball," heat. Just 4 of us. Yes, I did get lapped (I initially tried to fight it, but then realized it would push me too much). I only have records of swimming the 500 once before (in 2000), and this was about 7 seconds faster: 6:13.35
    * was able to do a quick warm-down, then counted for my friend's 500
    * there was quite a bit of time before my 200 breast. I was tempted to change, but probably wouldn't have put the jammer back on, so just kept it on.
    * my 2breast felt ok. I haven't really been training much breast (it was not a PR), but considering it was ok. I didn't get lapped. Yes, someone did finish 30 seconds faster, but the guy in the lane next to me was 12 seconds faster....enough that I still saw him even on the last lap. My time was 2:55.
    * After that, I did a warm-down swim, showered, and left.
    * Stopped at a nearby Rubio's for fish tacos on the way back to Scottsdale.
    * Mostly just relaxed during the afternoon. At some point I went to the pool, stretched out a bit.
    * Met some friends for dinner at Nando's in Gilbert.+
    * Got my bottles ready and in the freezer for the Roosevelt swim.
    * Was in bed around 9:30

    Saturday Apr 27
    * didn't set an alarm, but I think I was still awake by 6:30am. ate, and mostly just relaxed, watched tv, for several hours.
    * my kayaker texted to make sure I still wanted to swim Roosevelt. I said yes...he said he'd be late. long story short--I ended up driving out to Gilbert to pick him up. I threw almost everything I could think of into the car.
    * it is a LONG drive out to Roosevelt Lake--almost 2 hours. I was worried that we'd be late, but we arrived in plenty of time.
    * on the boat ride out to the start, Patty (of Patty's swim) was sitting near me. I'm not exactly sure what I said, but I definitely had o/w jitters. She told me, "you need to get out of your head. Put that behind you. You're about to swim."
    * I helped my kayaker get set up. We had a bit of a wait to get everyone out to the start (limited boats). The kayakers weren't too far away from our start, and I didn't have any problem finding him.
    * I decided to just have fun with this swim. I had done a 10k before, I knew I could do it. My calf was still somewhat cramped, my stomach wasn't 100%, but I wanted to just get out and swim.
    * The course for this swim was simply amazing--we swam right to the sunset. Four Peaks (you can see it from the other side in Phoenix) was just in sight the whole time.
    * I wasn't as religious about feeds for this swim. I tried to just stop about every 20 minutes (I didn't do feeds at all for my last 10k), so I knew I could fake it.
    * At some point I remember looking up and thought I could see the bridge, near the finish. Perhaps I imagined it, because I still had quite a ways to go!
    * The sunset on this swim was just magical. My kayaker took tons of pictures of it, and some of me too.
    * After the sun set, I could start to see the lights on the bridge flashing. Seemed way too long....but at least I knew where I was going.
    * Finally went around a bend and could see the lights which I thought were on/above the dam (turned out they were beyond it). It was dark by then, and I started hitting a bunch of debris (branches, leaves, and who knows what else, I try not to think about it).
    * I was told it was about 500m from the bridge to the dam. I picked up the pace and was in a full-on sprint for the last 100 or so. I thought the lights were at the dam, but they were further, and I actually really hit the buoys.
    * Getting onto the boat....I remember climbing up a ladder and fell right down. Then once out of the water I helped collect the stuff from the kayak. I was freezing (temp was probably in the high 70s), wrapped a towel around myself. We had to wait for a few other swimmers before we headed back to the marina.
    * We thought the bar/restaurant at the marina would be open, but it wasn't. People mostly just left
    * it was a LONG drive back to town...and we were both starving (I did eat some snacks, but held back a bit). We ended up stopping at a McDonald's in east Mesa around 10:45 (they closed at 11). Dropped off my kayaker, and was back in Scottsdale about 11:45pm.

    Sunday Apr 28
    * of course I was up at 6am, despite that I didn't set an alarm. got myself packed up, ready to go.
    * met a friend for lunch in Chandler and checked out our old house there (it hadn't changed as bad as I expected)
    * was on a 4:15pm flight back to Austin
    * home and in bed around 10pm

    Monday Arp 29
    * no alarm, dogs woke me around 5am. I went back to bed and slept until 6:45
    * decided to head over to Sendero for a short stretch-out swim...
    * got in a very easy 2250 yards (not really anything special, some stroke, mostly free)

    I'm still debating if I'll register for a 10 mile swim in September. I'll probably register for the same 10k I did last August (prices go up a whopping $8 on 5/1).

    At least now I know what it is like when I can't finish...and hopefully it won't happen again anytime soon.
    Swim Workouts
  20. 4/29/19 Workout

    by , April 29th, 2019 at 08:14 AM (Swimming Through Jello)
    Sunday mostly rest day, besides fighting with the last few honeysuckle pests in my yard. Which was a bit more difficult than I expected.

    Monday, 4/29/2019 Pool Workout

    200 fr/200 IM k/200 fr dr/200 stroke

    8x{50 p 1:00
    50 k 1:10
    50 sw :50
    100 EZ 2:00}
    rd 1-3 fr d from hard to all out, rd 4 stroke hard


    Feel for the water is getting a bit better. Still not much endurance, both cardio and muscular. But overall better than I have been. Was up to 170# BW last night, so that's improving too.