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  1. Slow n Steady

    600 mix up

    8 x 75 @ 1:30 w/snorkel
    --25 kick
    --25 3 kicks left side, stroke, 3 kicks rt side
    --25 swim

    2 times through
    200 pull @ 3:00 DPS nice and long
    3 x 100 @ 1:45 FAST

    100 EZ

    300 w/fins
    --50 dolphin kick on back
    --50 backstroke swim
    --As far as possible of walls

    3 x through
    100 pull @ 2:00 DPS nice and long
    4 x 25 sprint @ 25 (went IM order)

    6 x 75 @ 1:30
    --bk,br,fr by 25

    300 w/d done as
    --50 breast drill
    --50 swim choice

    3950 scy

    We did this as a group and really just worked the little things. I have to admit that I am not one to count strokes as much as I should. Since we have slowed it down lately, I have tried to take advantage of it. I have managed to take a stroke away from my freestyle with some technical changes. I can feel it in my forearms.
  2. Monday August 27 - Trying to Get My Focus Back

    As I look back, this summer has been tough. I actually think I have back slid and slowed down. Some of that may be shorter practices, less sleep since everyone stays up later, vacations - you name it. But a lot of it, I think, is just losing mental focus over the summer.

    So, now with school started, it's earlier bed times and, hopefully, a better mental focus.

    Swam with Peter, Dave B., Dave M., Roger, and Ray. Jumped right in with 125's and no warm up - that wasn't good. Pace was down and my endurance wasn't there - still coming back from 2 weeks of no swimming. But, I kept swimming and felt better later in the workout. The 50 fly's I did actually felt ok.

    4x125 on 1:50
    3x500 on 7:30
    50 Kick
    5x200 on 3:05
    100 Kick
    10x50 Back w/ paddles on :55
    150 Kick
    2x50 Fly (want to keep working fly slowly)
    9x100 Back w/paddle on 1:40
    50 Fly
    50 Kick
    5x100 Free w/paddles on 1:30
    50 Fly
    50 Kick

    5500 yards
    105 minutes
  3. Cape Cod Bay swim, part 3

    Cape Cod Bay swim, part 1

    Cape Cod Bay swim, part 2

    Around midday the jellyfish that had been our companions from the start of the swim disappeared. Now all that was beneath us were the murky depths. I swam along from feed to feed, without much to look at besides the constant presence of the boats and my fellow swimmer. My attention turned to how the water felt. From sunrise on, a gentle trailing wind created rolling waves that carried us along with them; when I stretched out the glide at the beginning of each stroke I felt as I were surfing. Occasionally we would hit a patch where the water felt chaotic or unsettled, and I felt that interesting currents I didn’t fully understand were taking place around me. The water around us seemd to have something to say, and I tried to listen attentively as it buoyed me along to our destination.

    That water is doing interesting stuff down below! (Photo credit R. Davies)

    There did seem to be a current pulling us to the south—several times when the boat on that side was maneuvering and got ahead or behind us we would drift in that direction and have to correct course. When planning the swim, it was currents in the other direction—north—that most concerned us. Greg, who had studied the tides and previous attempts at the crossing, predicted that by 4pm strong outgoing currents would be whipping around Point Race, the spit of land near where we were headed. We had planned our nighttime start with an eye towards finishing before these currents made the swim too difficult. But we weren’t sure how the tidal cycle in the middle of the bay would or should affect navigation; part of the excitement of being part of this pioneering swim was charting an untested path.

    In any case, after making good time at the beginning of the swim, we seemed to hit some slower water with around 8 miles to go. After halfway, Rondi would sometimes tell us during feeds how many miles remained. I wasn’t paying much attention to the numbers—I just knew there was water left to swim in, and I was still having fun, so whatever! But Dave was listening, and once when he and Rondi discussed our slowed progress I worried a little bit that we wouldn’t make it to P-town before the tides shifted. But at each feeding stop the monument visible on the distant shore grew bigger, and deep down I was confident that we would finish the day by wading out onto those sands.

    At one point when we were swimming along I sensed something ahead of me, and pulled up short to see what it was. A seagull was floating on the water, right in our path, glaring at us with its beady eyes. Dave stopped to see what I was laughing at. The bird was scarcely a meter away. We both edged a little closer. The gull stood its ground. We detoured around it.

    Soon we were close enough to see the Herring Cove beach quite clearly ahead of us, and I began to be able to discern the rocky bottom. It seemed like we were getting very close. The next time I stopped for a feed I told Rondi and John that I could see the bottom. John looked at his instruments and reported that we were in 150 feet of water. I thought it looked more like 20 feet down--I guess I’m not used to swimming in such clear water. Rondi told us we had 3 miles to go. I had put down my head and started swimming again before that number registered. The shore had looked so close. Maybe she said 0.3 and I misheard? I decided that must be the case, and I began to feel a little wistful that we were almost at the end of our swim—I actually wished it would last a little longer.

    Almost there, no? (Photo credit R. Davies)

    This was definitely a case of be careful what you wish for. It was indeed at least three miles to the beach—that sand looked so tantalizingly close for the last couple of hours. So close that at the next feed I requested Coke instead of my scheduled milk. Why Coke? The answer requires a little history. Although the Plymouth-to-Provincetown crossing had been tried numerous times from 1915 on, it had only been successfully completed once before, by Russell Chaffee back in 1968. Chaffee reportedly fed on Coca-Cola and sugar cookies during his swim . . . so I had planned a tribute feed of flat coke and a sugar cookie towards the end of my own swim in his honor. But I had scheduled it for the eleventh hour of my swim, and with the beach looming so seemingly close I was worried that we would be done before then. So I requested the Coke early to make sure I got it in, and discovered that flat Coke tastes really wonderful after ten hours in the water!

    Now that we could see the bottom I looked for fish—sunfish, jellyfish, any kind of fish—but saw no sealife of any sort below. But as we finally, actually, neared the beach I did notice one large shape swimming beside me. I did a double take and saw that it was Rondi, swimming the final stretch into shore with us! The bottom lightened and became partly sandy. We swam until our fingers touched, then walked up onto the sand. Done! Eleven hours and forty-five minutes after walking into the ocean at Plymouth, we walked out of it at Provincetown. I looked back towards where we had started, and tried to take it all in.

    We all hugged briefly at the finish, then swam around in the offshore water for a bit. Rondi suggested that I select a pebble from the beach to commemorate the swim, an open-water tradition. Then we headed back to the boats for a brief ride over to the harbor to unload. We saw Greg on his boat—he had started nearly an hour after us and completed the swim a bit further north—and found out that Eileen had also been successful. I was glad to hear of my friends’ success, and a little dazed by my own.

    We met up at the dock, unloaded all our stuff from the boat, and was picked up by Mo, who kindly took us to his place for showers, a marvelous dinner, and a good night’s rest. I slept very well that night!

    The next morning we had a fun boat ride back to Plymouth aboard Agent Orange. I kept my eyes peeled for sunfish, or seals, but saw neither—maybe my next big swim will have to be in a place where I have another opportunity. It was nice being out on the water again, and even though it was a fairly calm day there was considerably more chop than we had encountered. It seems we really lucked out with nearly perfect conditions for our swim—flat water, trailing wind, comfortable water and air temps, some cloud cover for most of the day.

    We drove back to the city that afternoon. Upon my return to NYC I was greeted not with a ticker-tape parade, but with something even better—a pool party hosted by the Parks Department, and attended by many of my closest swim buddies. I was even presented with not one but two trophies! The occasion had nothing to do with the Massachusetts swim, however--it was the end-of-the-season party for lap swimmers in NYC’s public pools. Those who swam the most miles at each session at each pool were presented with customized awards. So, just one day after swimming 20 miles in Cape Cod Bay, I marched up and proudly accepted a trophy for swimming 8 miles—over 7 weeks--in the Crotona Park pool. (My morning mileage was somehow split among the morning and evening sessions, and I ended up getting awards for both).

    The party also featured relays—I managed to sprint a semi-credible 50, and actually felt good doing it—along with music, various speakers (including 70s distance freestyle ace Bobby Hackett!), a synchro routine, and much much more. A very loud and enthusiastic woman tried to get us all to sing along to “He’s got the whole world in his hands,” with scant success, and my in-the-know pal revealed which of the night’s speakers had been kicked out of their pools for fisticuffs. I was in such a tired and giddy state by then that I was just happy to sit back and be entertained by it all. It seemed a fitting end to an adventure-filled three days.

    I’m grateful to my four fellow swimmers who dreamed up this P2P swim made it happen—Greg O’Conner, David Barra, Eileen Burke, and Mo Siegel—and am very glad to hear that MOWSA (the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association) will be offering the crossing as a sanctioned solo swim sometime in the future. Greg is currently comparing data from our different routes so that future swimmers will have the best info available when they take up the challenge. I was also very lucky to have such wonderful companions for the swim—Dave in the water, Rondi crewing, and boat pilots John and Dan always nearby. They all helped keep me feeling happy and confident throughout the long day.

    And those four goals I set? I met them all. I lasted through several hours of night swimming, handily beat my previous time-in-the-water PR by over 5 hours, did a fairly good job of identifying and fixing things that were causing discomfort during the swim, and did indeed exit the water with a list of 5 notable things about the swim:

    5. The ever-changing movements of the water dancing around me
    4. That moment of not seeing land in either direction in the middle of the swim
    3. The looooong finishing stretch
    2. The sun-road that we followed
    1. The magical glowing jellies during the night swimming

    What an amazing and glorious experience it all was!

    Boston Globe article
    Daily New of OW Swimming
  4. Monday 8/27/12

    Monday 8/27

    PM only SCY

    Ripped straight from the HVT forums (props to PWB)

    400 swim (100 FR/300 IM k/dr/dr by 25)
    3x200 @ 2:40 pull w/ buoy
    5x100 @ 1:15 D1-5
    100 EZ

    5x (D1-5)
    100 @ 2:00 kick
    400 @ 5:00 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel

    6x100 @ 1:30 kick w/ fins (odd: 25 under H2O/75 cruise, even: 75 cruise/25 under H2O)

    300 EZ

    Total: 5000

    Updated August 27th, 2012 at 09:59 PM by Calvin S

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  5. Monday, 8/27/12

    by , August 27th, 2012 at 08:17 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCM, Solo

    Warm up (900)
    300 choice - free & back
    3 x 100/1:45 build - free
    12 x 25/40 fast w/fins
    - odds: SDK to at least 15 m under water
    - Evens: swim choice - rotated free-back-fly

    Main Set: (1800)
    2 x 400/20sr
    -- #1 pull w/paddles & buoy - went 6:15
    -- #2 broken - no equip – 200 r10 – 100 r5 - 100 - went 6:35
    3 x 200/3:30 build each to very strong - all back, went 3:45-3:45-3:40
    4 x 100/1:50 desc to fast - all free, went 1:40-1:35-1:35-1:37

    200 on back as 25 fast, 25 easy

    Warm down
    100 easy

    Total: 3000 meters
  6. Monday, Aug. 27

    by , August 27th, 2012 at 07:31 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various
    12 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :35-:40
    50 EZ
    6 x 50 @ :50 w/paddles & fins
    odds = free
    evens = kick
    50 EZ

    Speed sets:

    I did a slightly modified version of workout #1 from the HIT forum. [ame=""]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]

    8 x 25 burst dolphin kick + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    5 x 50 flutter kick w/fins & board @ 1:00
    descend 1-4 to fast, cruise 5, extra :15 rest before #4
    1:00+ rest
    -- 31, 29, 28, 26 high

    1 x 25 AFAP fly w/fins + 75 EZ, 11 low

    5 x 50 backstroke w/fins @ 1:15
    descend 1-4 to fast, cruise 5, extra :15 rest before #4
    1:00+ rest
    -- 34, 29, 26 high, 24 low

    1 x 25 AFAP back, no fins from block + 75 EZ
    -- 13 low, rolling start and toes above gutter b/c of slippery stainless wall, was deep & went past 15 m mark

    5 x 100 @ 2:00
    1-4 = 75 smooth free w/paddles + :10 rest + 25 fast flutter kick using paddles as kick board, descend the 75s to 200 pace
    5 = EZ

    1 x 25 AFAP backstroke from blocks + 75 EZ, 13 low

    5 x 50 w/fins @ 1:30
    1-4 = 25 AFAP back shooter (9s) + 25 EZ
    5 = EZ
    1:00+ rest

    1 x 25 AFAP free w/fins + 75 EZ, 10 high

    50 EZ

    Total: 2750

    Acupuncture, 40 min


    Didn't feel great after warm up. Not enough quality sleep with the elbow and nitro patch headaches. But still think I got in a decent speed workout. I liked this workout if I don't say so myself.
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  7. Riverbank swim

    I had a good workout at Riverbank this morning. Lots of pools in the area are closed now for annual cleaning, so I got to see friends from various teams around the city whom I haven’t seen in a while. In between the chatting, here’s what I did:

    1000 lcm warmup (400s, 200k, 200p, 200 IM d/s by 25)

    IM Pyramid: 100/200/300/400/300/200/100 IM, all long and relaxed

    400 aimless FR

    10 x 50, odds mod-fast FR [held 40s], evens easy BK

    Switch to outdoor pool, 500 scy warmdown

    My body feels fairly recovered from last week’s swim, apart from some lingering chafing and sunburn. I managed to swim a loop at Brighton on Saturday without exacerbating either. One funny thing—after seeing (spoiler alert!) nary a shark in Cape Cod Bay, I saw my first little one out at Brighton. It was only 3-4 inches long, and was burrowing down into the sand right near shore. Other swimmers said there were quite a few out there—all of them teensy and cute!

    I’m eager to start working on getting back some speed after having focused all summer on swimming longer at a sustainable pace. I’ve signed up for two upcoming races—the Lake Hopatcong 2m swim on September 9 (a USMS championship this year), and the 10.2K Little Red Lighthouse Swim on September 22. I had been waiting to see how my body responded to last week’s swim before committing to any more events this fall, but now I feel good to go!
  8. Sunday, Aug. 26

    by , August 27th, 2012 at 11:28 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    600 various

    4 x (6 x 25 shooters w/MF) @ :35-:40
    -- 6 back, 6 belly, 6 twirling, 6 side
    50 EZ

    10 x 50 stroke drill @ :20 RI
    odds = caterpillar fly
    evens = breast

    16 x 25 @ :30
    odds = single arm fly
    evens = easy speed fly
    100 EZ

    10 x 50 @
    odds = back kick
    evens = smooth free
    50 EZ

    Total: 2800


    Just did a slow mo recovery workout yesterday. It was fairly crowded, so I'm glad that was all that was on the agenda. Hoping to do either workout #1 or #2 from the HIT forum today: [ame=""]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums[/ame]. After goofing off much of August, I finally got in 7 workouts in a row! I'm going to try to push through until Saturday before taking another day off as I may be traveling this weekend.
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  9. Mon Aug 27th, 2012

    by , August 27th, 2012 at 11:10 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Mon Aug 27th, 2012

    Swam Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat but not Sun
    Lifted: Wed and will Lift M W F S this week

    LCM, Mabel Davis Pool
    Chis coached
    swam with with Jim, chris, & Jeff
    beside Marcio, Kellie, & Korey
    6:00 - 7:30 dove in around 6:05

    ~ ~ ~ ~

    assigned 4 3 2 1
    did around 6 or 700

    Main Set

    4 x 400 desc on 1:00 rest
    went 5:40, 5:25, 5:19, 5:13

    4 x 50

    3 x 300 desc on :40 sec rest
    went 4;15, 4:05, 3:55

    4 x 50

    2 x 200
    went 2:40, 2:33

    4 x 50

    skipped the 100 fast

    ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

    2012 Meets & Events

    SCM season is next and looking for one or 2
    prob week before & after Thanksgiving
    Nothing definite yet
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  10. 08.27.12 - Monday workout

    by , August 27th, 2012 at 10:02 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Danny, Dave, Dave and Ray. Knocked out a lot of yardage pretty quick today. Not quite as stiff and sore as I usually am on Mondays. Saturday, I showed up to my team's U16 soccer game expecting to relax on the sidelines and manage substitutions. When I got there, the other coach came over and said "uh coach... are any of your parent's referees?" I told her no but I am a referee and if she didn't have a problem with me being a ref, I'd do it. The biggest problem I had was that I wore flip-flops to the game and they weren't going to be suitable for running. So, I ended up reffing the first half barefoot. I handed the team over to one of my players (and a "responsible adult") who had broken his arm last week. He did an awesome job as a coach calling in subs and making sure everyone was in the right place. The team played better than I've ever seen and they won convincingly.

    Last night I played in our weekly short sided games. Last week I did a lot more scoring. This week, we had more younger ex-college players show up. Not quite as much scoring on my part but plenty of running. I learned a lot. Hopefully I can find a way to pass it along to my U16 team.

    Here's today's workout:

    600 Warm up

    4 x 125 Free - 1:45
    1:30 Rest
    3 x 500 Free - 7:30 (6:17, 6:17, 6:12)
    100 Easy
    I seem to be able to get to the 1:15 pace w/ my drag suit but not a lot faster. I'd like to get down to 1:12s.

    5 x 200 - 3:00
    * Odds IM (2:45-2:50)
    * #2 50 Kick/75 Free
    * #4 50 Pull/50 Kick
    100 Easy

    4 x 50 - 1:00 IM Order

    200 Cool down

    (4200 Total)
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  11. Cool Water in the Morning!! 08/27/12

    by , August 27th, 2012 at 09:30 AM (Workout Swimmer)
    The weather must be messing with the internet - can't get on to my FLOG this morning. Oh well. They ran the aerator again last night - so it was nice and cool this morning - which of course enables me to swim faster!

    500 back/free
    5 x 200 P on 2:40
    100 easy
    10 x 50 K on 1:00
    100 easy
    9 x 100 on 1:20
    100 easy
    200 various
    500 pull
    300 breast/free
    2 x 100 IM
    Total: 4500 SCY

    Thanks to being able to get a slight draft, keeping 100's on the 1:20 base interval was actually not that difficult this morning - in fact I was holding 1:10's with ease - and on the 200 pull I was under 2:30 each time. Love it.
  12. speed work.....felt sluggish again

    by , August 27th, 2012 at 08:38 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Only my fly seemed fairly good evrything else YUCK!

    500 free
    500 free kick w/fins every 3rd lap fast

    8x25@1:00 burst + cruise
    50 EZ

    5x50@1:00 kick w/fins descend 1-4 5 EZ went :41, :40, :38, :35
    25 fly AFAP + 75 EZ horrid went :19

    5x50@1:15 fly descend 1-4 5 EZ went :51, :50, :48, :46 on last one ez went :52 these all felt good
    25 back AFAP + 75 EZ went :19

    5x100@2:00 free 75 smooth + 25 kick w/paddles & snorkle
    25 breast AFAP + 75 EZ went :25

    5x50@1:00 1-4 as 25 shooters + 25 EZ w/fins 5 EZ
    25 free AFAP + 75 EZ went :16 I guess that was ok

    100 EZ

    Total 3000 yards
  13. Workout 08/26/12:

    by , August 27th, 2012 at 12:00 AM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Some more drylands for your viewing pleasure ...

    - Rowing machine: 15:06, 3746 meters (highest total yet)
    -Seated leg press w/ calf point: 3 x 10 (170, 190, 210)
    - Back extenstions: 3 x 10 (did the last two sets holding 5# plate)
    - Dips: did 6 sets of 3
    -- 1 + 2: -50#
    -- 2 + 4: -40#
    -- 5 + 6: Unassited (first time ever)

    Got home, mowed the lawn and cooked on the grill. I have 3 x5 sets pullups and 3 x 5 sets of chinups before hitting the hot tub. Now for the tennis ball torture before bed!

    I have two more chances to swim at the Hoosick Falls outdoor pool before they close on Friday. The Rec Center looks to be coming along on schedule - should open after Labor Day. Wonder if I can get some cold water swimming in after they fill it up (and before they heat it)?

    I also am thinking of that great Plymouth to P-Town swim that some of our brethren completed last week. Hmmm ...