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  1. Eight 125's with a Side of Disco Fries

    by , June 10th, 2010 at 02:04 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Today was techno day! Fast beats = fast swimming, so I arranged the music in a pyramid, starting and ending with slower beats, and peaking in the middle of the workout with some crazy fast stuff.

    From the time the first song started and people got the gist of the mix, they commented that it was like being in a nightclub, which is appropriate because at 6am there's probably somebody somewhere just finishing up the night. There were a couple of cries from swimmer-clubber imitators for more RedBull.

    This was an A+ workout mix for everyone except the one guy who hates everything, and Coach. Techno must be used sparingly with caution around him. He's more of an Opera guy. The Dancing Banana goes to "Born Slippy" from the Trainspotting soundtrack, which sounded fast and great.

    Test Four, Sweet Exorcist, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    Take My Breath Away (Techno Remix), Berlin, Top Gun Soundtrack
    Deeper Underground (Godzilla), Jamiroquai, The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
    9th Symphony (Ode To Joy) Remix, Beethoven,
    One More Time, Daft Punk, Discovery
    Cysex, Pornotanz, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    Digital Love, Daft Punk, Discovery
    LSD Is A Bomb, Radioactive Goldfish, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    Right Here, Right Now, Fatboy Slim, You've Come a Long Way Baby
    Water From A Vine Leaf, William Orbit, Northern Exposure (Disc 1)
    Poing, Rotterdam Termination Source, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    50,000 Watts Of Power, Servants of Power, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    Walking On The Moon (Tecno Cover), The Police, Regatta De Blanc
    Born Slippy (Trainspotting), Underworld, The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
    Basket Case, Eon A, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    James Brown Is Still Alive, Holy Noise, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    Playing With Knives, Bizarre Inc., Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    Obumbratta, Apotheosis, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    Metaforce, Art of Noise, Essential Selection V.1 (CD1)
    Adrenalin, N-Joi, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno
    Dominator, Human Resource, Aural Ecstasy: The Best Of Techno

    And the workout was:

    3x200 S, K, P
    4x150 IM
    4x100 kick, right, left, swim, IM order
    50 EZ
    8x125, sprint last :25 on 2:00
    150 EZ backstroke
    350 pull
    200 under/over
    150 EZ backstroke

    3500 total

    Good workout for me. The 8 125's hurt muchly in a good way, and we added the last part ourselves when we ran out of workout.

    I can't do too much here on these blogs to give swim or workout advice because I'm still learning so much. But I can give you advice on how to use a cell phone camera for more than just cute pictures of your pets and kids! Our coach writes the workouts on a dry-erase board, and sometimes they get a little complex (today was not that case.) Also, I'm bad at addition but I want to keep my FLOG honest. So after practice, I photograph the dry-erase board with my camera phone, and transpose it to the site during my lunch break, and lately, write a little blog about it, too.

    You just have to be careful to transpose before falling out of a sailboat in the Hudson with your cell phone in your pocket, as I did this weekend.
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  2. Handle Me With Care

    by , June 8th, 2010 at 10:13 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    The music's back this week!

    Also, for those of you waiting with baited breath since my last post to hear about my 200 free, it was a 2:57.76. At first I was kind of "meh" about that, but then I looked at my times for the LCM 200 Free in:
    2009 ~ 3:07.10
    2008 ~ 3:26.82

    I took 10 seconds off last year, and 30 seconds off from my swim career debut year. In that respect, I think I'm doing OK, and I'm eager to find out how much more I can take off that. I hope I can slice off a little more time at the end of the month if I'm properly shaved & tapered, and wearing a suit that isn't streched out...

    Coach and the music came back yesterday. Someone else brought in an iPod on Monday, and it started out with some country-esque stuff that I didn't know. The volume was quiet, so I didn't mind. Eventually, it shuffled into some rock, including [ame=""]Tweeter and The Monkey Man[/ame] by The Traveling Wilburys, which was good to swim to. (Took me forever to figure out that this song was not called "When The Walls Came Down" and was not just Tom Petty and/or the Heartbreakers.)

    Today's selection was all live recordings, because I feel nothing gets you motivated like hearing a crowd of thousands applaud for you. Most of it was from "Queen Live at Wembly Stadium," which is pretty good workout music. I recommend "Radio Ga Ga," and "Another One Bites The Dust." Somehow, I also put a live Tori Amos song in mix. That was a bad choice, and it garnered some nasty looks from the lane that was trying to go fast, and from the swimmer who asked me why I was playing Mariah Carey, and at every wall asked me the difference between the two.

    Both yesterday and today I just swam 2000 yards, real slow, real sore from the meet and the week before. Tomorrow's R&B day, maybe some James Brown will get me going...
    Tags: music
  3. Love

    by , May 27th, 2010 at 05:22 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Today started off with a guy outside the pool door complaining about not liking the music selections. I told him that the problem is that I use Tuesday/Thursday lap swim days to try out new mixes to see how they'll work for team practices on M/W/F. And not to worry because today is Beatles day, and who doesn't love the Beatles? I'll tell you who. That guy. He likes "alternative." I'll have to scour demo tapes from local garage bands to make him happy.

    Thoday was simple. I played the "Love" soundtrack straight through. It was not very peppy, but good for my mood today. I'm trying to sort out a bunch of different stuff in my life, so I just swam a slow 2000 yards to try to clear my head. This was good music for that. Probably won't bring it to the team swims. The playlist goes:

    All You Need Is Love
    Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)
    Hey Jude
    A Day In The Life
    While My Guitar Gently Weeps
    Back In The U.S.S.R.
    Come Together/Dear Prudence/Cry Baby Cry [Transition]
    Here Comes The Sun/The Inner Light [Transition]
    Lady Madonna
    Octopus's Garden/Sun King [Transition]
    Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
    Within You Without You/Tomorrow Never Knows
    Strawberry Fields Forever
    Being For The Benefit Of Mr. Kite!/I Want You (She's So Heavy)/Helter Skelter
    Something/Blue Jay Way [Transition]
    Gnik Nus
    Drive My Car/The Word/What You're Doing
    I Want To Hold Your Hand
    I Am The Walrus
    Eleanor Rigby/Julia [Transition]
    Glass Onion
    Get Back

    ...and since that's only 60 minutes of music, I tacked on:
    Like A Rolling Stone, Bob Dylan
    Under My Thumb, Rolling Stones
    Play With Fire, The Rolling Stones
    19th Nervous Breakdown, The Rolling Stones
    Sympathy for the Devil, The Rolling Stones
    I Can't Get No Satisfaction, Rolling Stones
    Ruby Tuesday, Rolling Stones
    Paint It Black, Rolling Stones
    Start Me Up, Rolling Stones
    You Can't Always Get What You, Rolling Stones
    Tags: music
  4. I Love the 80's

    by , May 27th, 2010 at 09:36 AM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Today was 80's day. And upbeat 80's at that. I created the playlist order somewhat chronologically, starting with some classic rock and ending with what is really a 90's song. It didn't matter, because we were 20 minutes into practice before Coach stopped talking to a swimmer and turned on the sound system, so we didn't get all the way through this mix.

    Workout wise, this was a good one. We swam some sets of 150 FAST KICK, and it coincided with "Maniac" and "Jump." I started doing a little Monica Seles-esque grunting to get through it, which possibly alarmed one of my lane-mates. I'll include the workout below, after the playlist.

    Another lane-mate announced she had to leave early, so I told her to "Beat It" to the rhythm. She looked at me oddly.

    Any Way You Want It, Journey, Departure, 1980
    Beat It, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson Greatest Hits HIStory Volume I, 1982
    Down Under, Men At Work, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1982
    Karma Chameleon, Culture Club, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1983
    Thriller, Michael Jackson, Michael Jackson Greatest Hits HIStory Volume I, 1982
    Maniac, Michael Sembello, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1983
    Stray Cat Strut, Stray Cats, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1983
    Jeopardy, Greg Kihn Band, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1983
    Talking In Your Sleep, The Romantics, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1983
    Electric Avenue, Eddy Grant, Billboard Top Hits - 1983, 1983
    What A Feeling (Flashdance), Irene Cara, The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
    Owner of a lonely heart, Yes, 1983
    Born In The U.S.A, Bruce Springsteen, Greatest Hits, 1984
    Jump (For My Love), The Pointer Sisters, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1984
    Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, Cyndi Lauper
    Hells Bells, AC/DC, Back in Black, 1980
    Caribbean Queen, Yes, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1984
    Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go, Wham!, Billboard Top Hits: 1984, 1984
    Dancing In The Dark, Bruce Springsten, 1984
    Borderline, Madonna, The Immaculate Collection
    The Power Of Love, Huey Lewis And The News
    Pour Some Sugar On Me, Def Leopard
    You Give Love A Bad Name, Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet, 1995
    Livin' On A Prayer, Bon Jovi, Slippery When Wet, 1995
    Ghostbusters (Ghostbusters), Ray Parker Jr., The All Time Greatest Movie Songs CD2
    Take on Me, a-ha, Hunting High and Low, 1985
    Everybody Wants To Rule the World, Tears For Fears, The No.1 Eighties Album Disc
    Sweet Child Of Mine, Guns n' Roses
    (Everything I Do) I Do It For You, Bryan Adams, Waking Up The Neighbours, 1991

    Workout designed for a SCY pool to practice for a LCM meet (Middlebury, coming up in a month!) Written by Coach Ron.

    3x200 S, K, P
    12x25 kick, drill, swim
    4x225 (2 free, 2 stroke)
    150 KICK HARD
    6x125 (3 free, 3 stroke)
    150 KICK HARD
    2x225 stroke
    150 KICK HARD
    400 swim

    **** (that's as far as I got in 90 minutes, 3850 yards. The rest...)

    150 KICK HARD
    200 choice swim
    150 KICK HARD
    200 warm down

    Updated May 27th, 2010 at 09:48 AM by swimmerb212

    Tags: music
  5. By The Way

    by , May 25th, 2010 at 09:44 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    Today was the first day that Coach was back from Nationals. We had to swim without music on Monday with the substitute lifeguard who didn't have a key to the room with the MP3 hookup.

    Monday was very quiet.

    Today wasn't much different. I didn't have the chance to create a mix, so we just listened to the full CD of The Red Hot Chili Pepper's "By The Way," which I recently obtained from the library.

    It was mellow.

    There was no workout on the board, so we all did our own thing, which included a lot of chatter. In 90 minutes, I swam a paltry 2,700 yards, which at the very least keeps me on goal for one mile a day, but did not justify the two donuts I ate on the way to work. (I swear I just went there for the )

    I swam the yards in sets of 200's, which I counted by moving my water bottle over one row of tiles on the deck each time I finished the set.

    In the future, I'll use songs from this CD for warm up or warm down, or distance day. When it comes to sprinting music, however, I gotta go with earlier pre-rehab generation Peppers.

    Updated May 25th, 2010 at 09:50 PM by swimmerb212

    Tags: music
  6. Swim mixes - US Nationals version

    by , May 24th, 2010 at 08:06 PM (Too Neurotic to be Suitably Aquatic)
    As the women's team captain, I got asked to ask if we could have music at practice. Coach said "yes. If you bring it." And for the past 6 months, I've been making mixes for our team to swim to 5 days a week. When my collection started getting old, I started picking up music from the library, and taking requests.
    The following playlist is titled "Get Jonathan pumped for Nationals" and played on the day before he left for Atlanta and swam some incredible races. I hope this too will get you pumped. It inspired me to swim about 1,000 more yards than I usually do.

    Drive, The Cars, The Cars Greatest Hits
    Every Rose Has Its Thorn, Poison, Poison's Greatest Hit
    Sweet Home Alabama, Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Lowrider, War
    We Will Rock You, Queen, Greatest Hits
    Back in Black, AC/DC, Back in Black
    Hey Ho, Lets Go, The Ramones
    Sabatoge Beastie Boys, Ill Communication
    What I Like About You, The Kinks
    Welcome to the Jungle, Guns N Roses, Appetite for Destruction
    Somebody To Love, Jefferson Airplane, The Worst Of Jefferson Airplane
    No Sleep Till Brooklyn, Beastie Boys, Licenced to Ill
    The Distance, Cake, Fashion Nugget
    California Sun (Cover), The Ramones
    My Sharona, The Knack, Reality Bites
    American Idiot, Green Day, Grammy Nominees 2005
    Last Night, The Strokes, Is This It
    I Want To Break Free, Queen, Greatest Hits
    My Generation, The Who, 20th Century Masters: The Best Of The Who (The Millennium Collection)
    Rock N Roll High School, The Ramones
    I Fought The Law (Cover), Dead Kennedys, Give Me Convenience or Give...
    Sheep Go To Heaven, Cake, Prolonging The Magic
    Cradle Of Love, Billy Idol
    Radio Ga Ga Queen, Live at Wembley 86 (Disc 2)
    You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC, Back in Black
    Crazy, Aerosmith, Get A Grip
    Stacy's Mom, Fountains Of Wayne, Welcome Interstate Managers
    I Want To Be Sedated, The Ramones
    Under Pressure, David Bowie & Queen, Changestwobowie
    Another One Bites The Dust, Queen, Greatest Hits
    We Are The Champions, Queen, Greatest Hits

    Updated May 27th, 2010 at 09:49 AM by swimmerb212

    Tags: music