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  1. Tuesday, Oct 16 - Hour of Power + 2000

    Skipped Monday because I was up too late working. Came in on Tuesday and went straight into a Hour of Power (4000 yards in 60 minutes) - hadn't done one of those since Spring. Shared a lane with Peter. He was doing IM while I did free, as were Dave B and Dave M. Also swam with Ray and Keith.

    Felt pretty good about this workout. Pushed my pace well and was pretty beat afterwards.

    500 on 7:30
    2x300 on 4:30
    2x200 on 3:00
    4x100 on 1:30
    2x200 on 3:00
    2x300 on 4:30
    2x400 on 6:00
    300 on 4:30

    then did
    6x50 Kick on 1:00
    12x25 Back on :40
    2x100 Free on 1:30
    5x100 Back w/paddles on 1:40
    5x100 Free w/paddles on 1:30
    200 Back w/paddles

    6000 yards
    107 minutes
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  2. Wednesday 10/17/12

    Wednesday 10/17

    AM only SCY

    500 swim 4/6/2 turns
    400 pull w/ buoy + strapless paddles + snorkel
    200 kick w/ board + fins

    10x100 @ 1:10 swim w/ fins aerobic + 5 fly kicks off each wall

    9x100 @ 1:45
    1 - 50 STRK/50 FR
    1 - 25 FR/50 STRK/25 FR
    1 - 50 FR/50 STRK
    All FR was aerobic and all STRK was IM order in sets of 3.

    100 EZ

    9x25 @ :30 1 FAST/2 EZ, 2 FAST/ 1 EZ, 3 FAST

    175 EZ

    Total: 3600
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  3. Wed., Oct. 17

    by , October 17th, 2012 at 05:06 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex, 15 minutes
    explosive leg press, 190 x 4 x 10
    super pullovers, 80 x 3 x 20
    lower back machine, 130 x 3 x 12
    wrist curls on cable machine, 35 x 3 x 25
    knee tuck jumps, 10
    standing plate jumps, 10
    long arm crunches, 100
    power wheel pike ups, 2 x 10


    Recovery swim:

    600 various
    20 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    -- 4 each belly, back, left side, right side, twirling
    50 EZ
    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = smooth free
    evens = smooth backstroke
    50 EZ

    Total: 1700


    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    I had Cheryl add 50 back (28.00) to my Sprint Classic entries, just in case I don't want to swim the 100 breast right after 50 free.

    Now to think about entries for the SCM meet on Nov. 18. Here's the meet info:
    https://www.clubassistant.com/club/m...1481&smid=4182. And meet info for NE Champs: http://www.usms.org/comp/event.php?M...20121207greatS. Between the 2 meets, I would like to try and squeeze in 50 free, 100 free, 50 breast, 100 breast, 50 back, 100 fly, and 100 IM. I'll likely rest on my 50 fly and 100 back times from the Albatross meet. Not sure how best to juggle the orders of events. I'd like to get in a fast 100 IM at the November meet. If I swam it then instead of in Boston, I'd probably have to skip 100 fly. That event takes a lot out of me in meters.

    Updated October 17th, 2012 at 07:38 PM by The Fortress

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  4. "If I could turn back time..."

    by , October 17th, 2012 at 03:36 PM (Colleen Conway's blog)
    Today I got back into the pool. My parents 25 meter pool. Last night I was on the way to go to practice in Toms River, but I told my husband to just keep driving up the Parkway north, and back to my parents house where my Ernie dog was laid to rest two days ago. Being alone in the silence at our new house was just miserable, how empty it was. I didnt even realize how much his presence filled up my life.
    My daughter was put down for a nap, and knowing I have a meet this weekend (that I may or may not do), I decided to get in. I walked into the pool room, a large bright room with the sun glistening off the water from the huge French doors all around. Out the French doors is the huge farm-like backyard. I am flooded with memories. Every corner I turn.
    I spent so many afternoons, spring, fall winter with him in this pool room or seeing Ernie from it. I had made it my mission that this dog was going to learn to swim seven years ago, god forbid he jumped into a random pool lol. He would jump in to be with me and I would grab his little hind legs and pull at them to make sure he kicked while he paddled with his arms. He eventually got so good he made the whole length and afterwards he would get a hot dog…and I never fed him human food.
    As I’m swimming, I use a bouy and paddles, sometimes pulling sets feels cathartic, the concentration on breathing and it always makes me feel more balanced and strong. After doing a 200 or so I have to stop. Because all I’m thinking about are all of the million memories with this dog. How I teased him that one time and jumped into the pool, stood on the bottom looking up to see if he would come after…. and in Ernie jumped, swimming circles at the surface trying to save me. Or of all the family parties or holidays when the kids would go in the pool, and in would go Ernie on a raft trying to rescue one of them and they would all laugh hysterically. If he wasn’t in the pool, he was at attention at the windows of the French doors like a little stalker, running back and forth while I swam freestyle to make sure I was alive, he always hated when I would actually start swimming and kicking instead of bobbing in the water. Or he was running around the backyard. I just keep feeling like I will see him somewhere. But hes not there. In this place, at my parents is where most of the memories were, where I would take him with me when I was on a break from college, or lawscool, back during the holidays….through moves, and people in my life, he was always there.
    I probably did a 1000 today until I had to stop because I was just getting nauseous with all of the thoughts. Later tonight I will get back in when my husband gets home from overtime at work, he can swim with me or sit by the pool and make sure I actually go through a whole practice. Being around people definitely helps and hearing the memories helps as much as it hurts and pulls at the strings in my heart. On facebook, everyone had a memory to post, because Ernie, was in fact a crazzzzy dog with attitude. My brother in law, reminded me of the time (there were three or four) when he had to take me to pick up Ernie and our other family dog from the police station on Christmas because they had run away and escaped from the electric dog fence. (Mind you of course I had dressed my dog up as Elvis that day for some weird reason, so of course the police had to mention that there was a pug dressed up as elvis)….or one of my Mom’s friends who reminded me of all the times she came to visi, he decided that her suitcase was the perfect place for him to leave a little stinky surprise.
    I will probably make a memory book for Ernie, and have all of my family members and friends make a contribution. Remembering all of the wonderful happy things, as much as it pulls at my heart, seems to be making losing his physical presence easier to accept.
    Thank you for all of the amazing love and memories, friend. RIP
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  5. Wednesday, 10/17/12

    by , October 17th, 2012 at 12:46 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY

    Warm up: (1050)
    300 swim

    - 150 free/150 back
    2 x 100 drill – 25 fist/25 scull/25 catch up/25 dps
    2 x 100/1:40 build
    - free around 1:20
    200 IM kick
    3 x 50/1:20 – 15-20-15
    - #1 & 3 free, #2 back

    Main Set (1800)
    3 x 100/2:00 free
    - ave 1:25
    6 x 50/1:30 breast or fly
    - odds breast (±50), evens fly (±40)
    3 x 100/2:00 back, 50 kick/50 dps, build to strong
    - 1:45-1:50 w/16-17 spl on 2nd 50
    3 x 100/2:15 choice – 25 fist/25 scull/25 1 arm/25 dps
    - all free, around 2:05
    6 x 50/1:30 kick choice
    - went fly-breast-free x 2, fly @ 1:00, breast @ 1:05, free @ 55
    3 x 100/2:30 back
    – 25 scull/50 drill/25 dps

    Warm down
    3 x 50/1:00

    Total: 3000 yards
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  6. Tuesday, 10/16/12

    by , October 17th, 2012 at 12:43 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY

    Warm up (1000)
    400 choice

    - did free & back, swim 100/drill 100 for each
    200 kick build

    - flutter w/board & snorkel
    8 x 25/30 strong
    - fly-back-free on these
    50 easy

    Main Sets: (1200)
    24 x 50/1:00
    Repeat the following cycle 4x
    - #1 1st 12.5 fast/rest easy

    - #2 2nd 12.5 fast/rest easy
    - #3 3rd 12.5 fast/rest easy
    - #4 4th 12.5 fast rest easy
    - #5 all easy

    - #6 all Fast
    - Round 1 & 3 free, around 40 on 1-4, 33± on fast ones
    - Round 2 & 4 back, around 45 on 1-4, 38± on fast ones
    50 easy

    Kick set (750)
    10 x 75 as follows - all on back in streamline
    1-2 moderate/10 sr - 1:40 on both

    3-4 strong/15 sr - 1:30 on both
    5-6 easy/5 sr
    7-8 ALL OUT/20 sr - 1:20 on both
    9-10 easy/rest as needed

    Warm down
    50 Easy free

    Total: 3100 yards
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  7. 10.17.12 - Wednesday workout

    by , October 17th, 2012 at 08:58 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave, Dave, Roger, Chris, Meredith and Danny.

    SCY

    600 Warm up

    10 x 150 - Swim/Kick/Pull
    * Interval starts at 2:45 and drops :05 each 150.
    * On first 6, no free, no strongest kick
    100 Easy

    8 x 100 Up/Down kick - 1:40 (:05)
    * Base stroke fly, start w/ 100 fly
    100 Easy

    100 Free - 1:20
    25 Easy - :40/ 25 no breath - :40
    200 Free - 2:40
    25 Easy - :40/ 25 no breath - :40
    300 Free - 4:00
    25 Easy - :40/ 25 no breath - :40
    400 Free - 5:20
    25 Easy - :40/ 25 no breath - :40
    100 Easy

    16 x 50 - 1:00
    1-4: Free, descend
    5-8: IM Order
    9-12: Stroke, descend
    13-16: Kick

    200 Cool down

    (5400 Total)
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  8. An OK Sprint Day

    by , October 17th, 2012 at 07:42 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Did not get as much of the workout done as I wanted to but what I did get done was good.

    500 Free 3-4 SDK off each wall

    4x25@:20RI V sit scull
    50 EZ
    4x50@:30RI descend to 200 pace went :44, :41, :38, :37
    50 EZ
    4x50@:30RI kick w/board descend to 200 pace went 1:20, 1:11, 1:04, :57
    50 EZ
    4x(:20fast VK + :40 EZ VK)
    50 EZ

    4x25@1:00 "drag race" from dead start at mid pool, AFAP to wall then cruise back
    50 EZ
    8x25@1:00 burst + cruise
    2x50 EZ
    4x(25 AFAP fly w/zoomers + 50 EZ free)@2:00 held :16 on the fly, stroke felt a little off on the rythm
    3x50 EZ

    Total 2100 yards
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  9. Tues, Oct. 16, 2012 7:10-8:40ish pm

    by , October 17th, 2012 at 12:46 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I arrived a few minutes late since I had to get my daughter to and from her final soccer game of the season. It seems like forever since we last had a game or practice for them with all the fire/smoke activity in the area the past month. We finally had a bit of rain all weekend long to help put away the fires for good.

    Today at work I also got my flu shot, so my left arm is dead and hurts. I'm icing my arm, and O.D.ing on Ibuprofin for tonight.


    Warmup (that I got in):

    200 of (25 breast w/ flutter, 25 V-Sit scull, 25 8/3/8 Free, 25 Sprint Free)
    the group did a 600 of this warmup
    (200/200)


    5 x 200 Free Pull stretch out @ 3:15 (2:22-2:25s)
    (1000/1200)

    Assigned 10 x 100 Kick w/ fins & board @ 1:25 (25 Flutter/25 Dolphin)
    • I did 75s @ 1:25 (25 SDK on back/25 flutter/25 SDK on back)
    • resting my legs
    (750/1950)


    Main Set: (aerobic, keep HR down) (when "fast" use the legs)

    400 IM @ 8:00 (50 EZ, 50 Fast)
    500 Free @ 8:00 (50 EZ, 50 Fast)

    2 x 200 IM @ 4:00 (200 EZ, 200 Fast)
    2 x 250 Free @ 4:00 (200 EZ, 50 Fast / 200 Build, 50 Fast)

    4 x 100 IM @ 2:00 (100 EZ, 100 Fast)
    4 x 125 Free @ 2:00 (125 EZ, 125 Fast)
    (2700/4650)

    There was another set of 50s at the end of this, but I got out and called it a day. I was just wiped out, and my arm was sore. No point of beating myself to death. It was an EZ workout for the most part anyway. The next few days are really going to be EZ, at least that's what John says.

    200 EZ and done

    ------------------------
    4850 Yards


    ==============================

    I took this workout pretty EZ. Ended up being the caboose in the lane today, going 3rd behind Jared and Henry. I didn't push things very hard at all, and my shoulder/arm muscle was really sore from the flu shot. I could've gone without it (for the benefit of the meet), but it's not worth the risk later in the flu season to go without it. It doesn't matter, I'll still swim fast when it's go time.
  10. Tuesday 10162012 workouts

    by , October 17th, 2012 at 12:16 AM (aztimm's training blog)
    went out for a little spin this morning:

    Recover+ hill loop out to Ahwatukee 41.64 mi 02:14 18.7mph pace

    Temp was 57 when I left home, and for the first time this season I put on a base layer shirt. I'm glad I did, even with that I was pretty cold for the first 15-30 min. Once the sun rose it helped though. Went out to Ahwatukee, did a hill loop (clockwise), then just took Chandler Blvd back like I did last Thurs. Was a decent ride, got in a little recovery, and pushed things a little after making sure I was ok. The hill actually felt pretty decent.
    http://app.strava.com/rides/25196106



    after work, I went up to Mesa-Kino for the PM masters swim workout
    we were in the main pool, but the end w/bulkhead as a wall (SCY)
    Paul coached

    got in 400 w/u choice

    12 x 50 @ 1:00, desc 1-3/4-6/7-9/10-12
    (actually descended decently, down to a 31 on the last)

    50 easy kick (did on back)

    50 FAST from the blocks (free :28)

    8 x 50 @ 1:10, desc 1-4/5-8

    50 easy kick (on back)

    100 FAST from the blocks (free 1:04)

    4 x 50 @ 1:20, choice

    50 easy kick (on back)

    mix of stuff:
    25 FAST block (fly :17)
    25 easy
    25 FAST block (back :18)
    25 easy
    25 FAST block (breast :16)
    25 easy
    25 FAST block (free :14)
    25 easy

    200 easy choice

    100 FAST from the block (free 1:03)

    100 easy

    TTL: 2500 yards


    while the distance wasn't much, the intensity certainly was there.

    I chatted with a gal after swimming, was telling her about Tour de Scottsdale, and compared it to some of the marathons I've done. there's absolutely no way I could do a swim workout like this 2 days after a marathon. it would take at least a week before I'd even attempt blocks.

    anyway, this was a decent workout for me. not my best, but both 100s were good, and I was really surprised that the 2nd was faster.

    the 25s simply show where I have some great opportunity for improvement. I don't know many others who have a faster breaststroke than their fly or back.
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  11. Interruptions...

    by , October 16th, 2012 at 06:16 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Haven't been able to get in as much yardage as I'd like in the last few days. Something always seems to stand in the way. Only managed 2000 on Saturday and another 2K on Sunday. Today I had to cut my workout short because they had a HS swim meet coming in at 4 and wanted to have the pool cleared out at 3:30. Here's what I managed to get in anyway:

    3300 SCY in 62-64 minutes

    --1100 warm-up:
    [100 EZ free
    5 x 100 drill w/ fins alternating w/
    5 x 100 pull]
    --2000 main set:
    [1 x 400 on 7:30
    2 x 300 on 5:30
    3 x 200 on 3:30
    4 x 100 on 1:45]
    --200 cool-down (breast)

    I'm a little bit wary of my suddenly "trick" shoulder. Still can't really figure out what I did to it this weekend. It seems to be a lot better today and it doesn't bother my freestyle stroke at all unless I'm really pushing the pace.

    I've let go of the filp-turn for now in case that's what might be causing extra stress on the neck and shoulder. I think I need to incorporate some dry land resistance and flexibility training regardless.... I just never seem to find the time.
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  12. Tuesday, Oct. 16

    by , October 16th, 2012 at 04:23 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various
    8 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    3 x through:
    25 AFAP + 75 EZ @ 3:00
    50 AFAP, broken for :10 @ 25 + 150 EZ @ 5:00
    R1 = free w/fins from push (10, 20 high-21 flat)
    R2 = 25 breast from push 16 high, 50 from a dive 32 flatish
    R3 = 25 fly from dive 21 high, 50 fly-back 26 highish

    4 x 50 pull w/parachute @ 1:45
    4 x 25 kick w/parachute @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 2500

    Rushed off to an appt and then stopped at gym to do 45 minutes of rehab ex and stretching.


    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++


    Did my entries for the Sprint Classic last night:

    100 free, 1:59
    100 breast, 1:17.0
    100 IM, 1:04.5
    25 fly, 13.3
    25 back, 13.4
    25 breast, 15.7
    25 free. 12.2

    Entered "off" events and last year's times for the 25s. A rare meet with no fly or back (except the 25s). Obviously, doing a 50 split in free. Will only have 25 minutes before 100 breast, but that's just what I feel like swimming.

    On other news, the cortisone shot has not done much for my elbow. Not unexpected (though last year it really zapped the pain). This reminds me of my last shoulder problem ... So I finally went ahead and scheduled an MRI (3T machine) and PRP consult. I had been reluctant to do this just because I'm sick of doctors and appointments after the last year. Unclear how many days of kicking this will involve ... I will have to strategically schedule it around meets.
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  13. Tuesday 10/16/12

    Tuesday 10/16

    PM only SCY

    500 swim 4/6/2 turns

    4x100 @ 1:50 V.S. kick in S-line
    4x50 @ 1:00 dr/sw I.M.O.
    8x50 @ 1:00 kick w/ board 10 meters in and out of wall FAST
    8x25 @ :35 15m kick under H2O FAST

    w/ fins:
    4x200 @ 2:50 kick w/ 5 FAST FL kicks off each wall
    4x100 @ 1:30 swim w/ Trojan Tumbles + 5 FL kicks off each wall
    8x50 @ 1:00 25 under H2O + flip turn + 5 fly kicks off wall
    8x25 @ :30 swim 3 FAST/1 AE, RD1: FR, RD2: STRK

    100 EZ

    6x100 @ 1:30 BEST AVG (1:00, :59, 1:00, 1:00, :59, 1:00 for an AVG of 59.6)
    4x50 @ :50 2 BK/2 FR
    6x100 @ 1:40 BEST AVG (:58, :59, :59, :58, 1:00, :58 for an AVG of 58.6)
    4x50 @ :50 25 BK/25 FR
    4x150 @ 2:30 pull w/ buoy + strapless paddles + snorkel focus on finishing stroke!
    4x50 @ :45 DPS w/ 4/6/2 turns

    Total: 6000
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  14. Tue Oct 16th, 2012

    by , October 16th, 2012 at 10:21 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Tue Oct 16th, 2012

    The South Central SCM meet 45 days away
    This coming Monday I plan to shift to speed & strength training

    Yesterday Jim told me someone broke my 2:13.42 10k NR for 45 - 49 men
    just looked it up, Congrats to
    45-49 1 Hardy Lussier C 46 OREG 3723-025VX 2:10:29.48

    Doubled yesterday,
    swam with Jim, Korey
    next to Bob & Robert Killeen

    Jim & I did
    50's on 35, 100's on 1:05 & 200's on 2:15
    made em all

    Robert Killeen & I weigh in after the Monday noon practice RK: 226 AR: 217
    He said he drank alot over the weekend
    I went to ACL on Sunday

    Whitney coached
    SCY UT Swim Center main pool
    6:30 - 8:00 Dove at 6:31
    Swam with Mike, Korey, & Marcio
    beside Todd, Tyler, Paul, Jim


    Warm up
    400, 300, 200 100


    Main Set

    2 Rounds of:

    4 x 25 FL on :25

    300 FR at 75%
    except mike & Marcio went faster & harder

    4 x 50 FL,bk on :50

    300 FR at 75%

    4 x 75 fl bk br on 1:10

    300 fr at 75%

    4 x 100 IM on 1:30

    300 FR

    ~ ~ ~ ~

    all that doesn't seem like much but it adds up to 5,400


    Next Meet:

    Sat Dec 1, 2012 - Sun Dec 2nd

    2012 South Central SCM Reg Championships
    DAYS TILL


    2013 South Central SCY Zone Championships
    Fri Apr 5 - Sun Apr 7 (Tentative)
    UT Austin, TX
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  15. Monday,10/15/12

    by , October 16th, 2012 at 09:42 AM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    The last time I swam was Thursday evening. I then spent a long weekend camping in the mountains with my coach and our dogs. And no swimming. Just some mountain biking and hiking. It was a nice break.

    SCY
    Warm up (900)

    300 swim - free & back
    3 x 100 free/1:40 desc - work on DPS
    - 1:25->1:20 and 15 SPL
    3 x 100 back/1:50 desc - work on DPS
    - 1:35->1:30 and 16 SPL

    Main Set: Distance free/back (1600)
    1 x 400/30sr alternating free and back by 50's, free = ez, bk = strong
    - went 6:10
    4 x 100/1:45 strong pace
    - all free, between 1:20 and 1:22
    2 x 200/3:30 strong build
    - one back - 3:05, one free - 2:45
    8 x 50/50 stronger pace
    - all free at ±38

    Kick set - with Fins (400)
    8 x 50/50 nice & fast
    - 1-4 flutter w/snorkel & board, 5-8 on back, ave 41± for all

    Warm down
    300 easy free

    Total: 3200 yards
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  16. Notes to self

    -In Jan, stay out of the confident GTD kool aid.
    -Swim more. My notes show that I swam faster when I swam more and did less dryland.
    -Stretch more
    -Warm down more. Sounds simple doesn't it.
    -DPS fly might be the way to go for me in my 4IM.
    -Chris's rating calculator shows my IM's are my best events on all three courses. One of them is at the top of the list. The other one or two are also in the top four.
    -The fly and br legs of the IM are my Achilles heel. Most of my energy gets used during fly. DPS fly might be the short term answer.
    -KICK! KICK! KICK! Make it more of a habit while swimming in practice. I am a strong kicker compared to the rest of our team but am a weak kicker compared to most of the USMS population.
    -Bilateral breath when possible in practice for stroke balance. Hard for me to do when we are swimming fast. I do like breathing every 4 strokes. Maybe this will help.
    -Continue to have fun! Should be easy to do.
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  17. how does one swim with sorrow?

    by , October 16th, 2012 at 09:25 AM (Colleen Conway's blog)
    Today I am suppoesed to be happy. I turned 28. I have practice tonight. And this weekend, my first swim meet since getting back in the pool two months ago. But I am absolutley heart broken.

    Yesterday I had to do something I always thought was so wrong in logic, put down my bestfriend who I have loved more than anything in the world for the past 7 years, my pug Ernie.

    Ernie is/was not just a dog. He literally seemed human, with his huge eyes and facial expressions, his extremely naughty behavior, he got away with murder. I bought him as a junior in college in California, kept him in the dorm as contraband until my roomie and I moved off, and he was with me through lawschool in Rhode Island, and with my family in NJ where he would run around in the backyard with the other dog. On my wedding day he was dressed in his own little tux and top hat and was stepping all over the back of my train while I yelled for someone to put him in another room lol. He just recently made it to my husband and I's first and new home, but he wasnt himself, because he was sick. Ernie had bowel disease or cancer, the vet said that basically more tests would be futile and either way it would be chemotheraphy, suffering death and somehow by bringing my crying baby daughter with me, and crying my eyes out to the vet, they perscribed steriods that gave him what seemed like a LAzarus new start, for two months until this past week when they stopped working....he stopped eating...and he was basically starving to death and losing control of his bowels. So yesterday, while at my parents house, because I took him home so he can be where there were lots of people who loved him, I knew it was beyond time to end his suffering.

    After losing control a few times he walked up to me, and I asked him if he wanted to go outside which he hasnt done in a few weeks and I did. He was sitting outside, and seemingly enjoying the fall day. And after ten minutes or so I had to go pick him up and take him to put him down. At the vet, I held him in my arms, told him I loved him soooooo much, he was such a good boy. The vet told me he would release the barbituate and within seconds ernie had died. I got this random warm feeling of intense love to the right of me, which must have been Ernie's spirit thanking me for putting him out of his misery... I buried him in our backyard in a special box with memories written all over it, with love, the pjs I had worn recently, and his first toy ever, a curly tailed racoon, literally, a toy from where I bought him that they threw in for free because when they used to let him around and run loose in the store he used to always steal it off the wall, by his head. And he is in a spot right by our outside slate porch and a rose bush, so our family and other dog will always be around him.

    Cried the whole day yesterday. And I dont think of myself as a cry baby. Its just coming out, streaming. I just will miss him so much. I had to come back to my own home, so my husband and I drove back with our daughter and when we pull up to our driveway to our home which is an hour 30 away from my parents, in the dark, the only light that is turned on, is this huge stained glass angel display in the front top window space of our house that we have never turned on since being here for two months. My husbands like "omg thats so weird" and I was just sort of like I guess that means everythings ok. Even though it may be an amazing sign, I will still miss Ernie so much. Waking up today and knowing it was my birthday, and he wasnt there to let out first thing in the morning, and his sleep pillow is just there empty in the kitchen is heart breaking. I loved him so much.

    How will I get in the pool tonight, how could I ever swim? How does one swim through grief? I dont know. I guess only time will hopefully help things.
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  18. how does one swim with sorrow?

    by , October 16th, 2012 at 09:25 AM (Colleen Conway's blog)
    Today I am suppoesed to be happy. I turned 28. I have practice tonight. And this weekend, my first swim meet since getting back in the pool two months ago. But I am absolutley heart broken.

    Yesterday I had to do something I always thought was so wrong in logic, put down my bestfriend who I have loved more than anything in the world for the past 7 years, my pug Ernie.

    Ernie is/was not just a dog. He literally seemed human, with his huge eyes and facial expressions, his extremely naughty behavior, he got away with murder. I bought him as a junior in college in California, kept him in the dorm as contraband until my roomie and I moved off, and he was with me through lawschool in Rhode Island, and with my family in NJ where he would run around in the backyard with the other dog. On my wedding day he was dressed in his own little tux and top hat and was stepping all over the back of my train while I yelled for someone to put him in another room lol. He just recently made it to my husband and I's first and new home, but he wasnt himself, because he was sick. Ernie had bowel disease or cancer, the vet said that basically more tests would be futile and either way it would be chemotheraphy, suffering death and somehow by bringing my crying baby daughter with me, and crying my eyes out to the vet, they perscribed steriods that gave him what seemed like a LAzarus new start, for two months until this past week when they stopped working....he stopped eating...and he was basically starving to death and losing control of his bowels. So yesterday, while at my parents house, because I took him home so he can be where there were lots of people who loved him, I knew it was beyond time to end his suffering.

    After losing control a few times he walked up to me, and I asked him if he wanted to go outside which he hasnt done in a few weeks and I did. He was sitting outside, and seemingly enjoying the fall day. And after ten minutes or so I had to go pick him up and take him to put him down. At the vet, I held him in my arms, told him I loved him soooooo much, he was such a good boy. The vet told me he would release the barbituate and within seconds ernie had died. I got this random warm feeling of intense love to the right of me, which must have been Ernie's spirit thanking me for putting him out of his misery... I buried him in our backyard in a special box with memories written all over it, with love, the pjs I had worn recently, and his first toy ever, a curly tailed racoon, literally, a toy from where I bought him that they threw in for free because when they used to let him around and run loose in the store he used to always steal it off the wall, by his head. And he is in a spot right by our outside slate porch and a rose bush, so our family and other dog will always be around him.

    Cried the whole day yesterday. And I dont think of myself as a cry baby. Its just coming out, streaming. I just will miss him so much. I had to come back to my own home, so my husband and I drove back with our daughter and when we pull up to our driveway to our home which is an hour 30 away from my parents, in the dark, the only light that is turned on, is this huge stained glass angel display in the front top window space of our house that we have never turned on since being here for two months. My husbands like "omg thats so weird" and I was just sort of like I guess that means everythings ok. Even though it may be an amazing sign, I will still miss Ernie so much. Waking up today and knowing it was my birthday, and he wasnt there to let out first thing in the morning, and his sleep pillow is just there empty in the kitchen is heart breaking. I loved him so much.

    How will I get in the pool tonight, how could I ever swim? How does one swim through grief? I dont know. I guess only time will hopefully help things.
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  19. 10.16.12 - Tuesday workout

    by , October 16th, 2012 at 09:04 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Ray, Dave, Dave, Dave and Keith. Did a 4K main set straight through on a 1:30 pace. Went faster than I thought it would.

    SCY

    250 Warm up

    400 IM/400 Free - 6:00
    300 IM/300 Free - 4:30
    200 IM/200 Free - 3:00
    100 IM/100 Free - 1:30
    100 Free/100 IM - 1:30
    200 Free/200 IM - 3:00
    300 Free/300 IM - 4:30
    400 Free/400 IM - 6:00
    150 Easy
    Made the last IM on 5:40

    6 x 50 Kick - 1:00
    12 x 25 - :40
    * odds - IM Order hard
    * evens - no breath

    200 Cool down

    (5200 Total)
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  20. Still in recovery mode today added a little sprint at end

    by , October 16th, 2012 at 07:33 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Still somewhat slow and sluggish today so I went with it and worked on some drills and yes even a little of that evil stroke.

    500 Free every 4th lap streamline kick on back

    200 scull drill w/snorkle
    200 free underwater recovery drill w/snorkle
    200 breast kick for a change of pace
    200 breast pull w/zoomers
    200 free kick w/zoomers

    5x100@1:30 free w/strapless paddles & bouy
    8x25@:45 burst + cruise

    2x(50 AFAP + 100 EZ free) round 1 50 free in :34 round 2 50 back in :42

    Total 2500 yards
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