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Feb 14, 2012

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by , February 14th, 2012 at 02:53 PM (1167 Views)
117 days until Day 1 of the FINA World Masters Championships

Been awhile since I blogged. Did you miss me?

To fill in the gap between December 23 and now, I'll just highlight the significant events.

December 31: swam 60 x 100 LCM @ 1:30. Alternated 10 swim with 10 pull. Didn't find this to be too uncomfortable. Total meters for December was 61,700 over 15 workouts, averaging 4100 meters / workout.

January 13-15: swam in the Edmonton Keyano Blue Bear Meet (SCM). This was a SNC (Swimming Canada) meet rather than a MSC (Masters Swimming Canada) meet. I suppose it's the same difference as USA-S vs. USMS. Swam in the '15 & over' age group.

Friday Evening

1500 Free - 18:39.83. Not blazingly fast, but better than my last two tries. At least I didn't quit, even though I wanted to! I want to take this down to 18:00 by mid-April (next time I race it).

Saturday

100 Free - 57.94. Happy with this result. Made the finals, but scratched.

400 Free - 4:43.42. Not impressed. But not surprised. In years past, I have had 15-20 seconds drop between in-season and championship performances in this event. I want to take this down to 4:28 by mid-May.

After this session of racing was over, I joined my club for a 1.5 hour workout. Total distance today was 6000 meters (warmup + racing + workout)

Sunday

200 Free - 2:11.01. Not impressed. But, again, not surprised. I want to take this down to 2:04 by mid-May.

100 Fly - 1:08.45. Just cruised it easy, since I had 50 Free coming up in about 10 minutes. I want to take this down to 1:02 by mid-May.

50 Free - 27.35. Oops! Cruising the fly didn't help! I want to take this down to 25.9 by mid-May.

After this session of racing was over, I joined my club for another 1.5 hour workout. Total distance today was 4800 meters (warmup + racing + workout).

January 26: last workout of the month for me. Total meters for January was 58,500 over 15 workouts, averaging 3900 meters / workout.

January 27 - 31: Las Vegas! Went down to celebrate my 50th birthday (on January 30). Went with my wife, her sister, and my brother-in-law (who had his 46th birthday on the 27th). This was my first time there and I had a great time!

February 7: Entered the 14th FINA World Masters Championships in Riccione, Italy (June 10 - 16 for pool events). Here's my event list:

Sunday - 800 Free
Monday - 100 Free
Tuesday - 200 Free
Wednesday - 100 Fly
Thursday - Relays
Friday - nothing!
Saturday - 400 Free

I'm hopeful that my travel arrangements won't leave me too tired for the first event on Sunday. On Thursday, June 7, I fly overnight to London, England. On Friday, I fly to Bologna, Italy, via Frankfurt. On Saturday morning, I'll take a train, bus, or car to Riccione (only 75 miles). On Saturday afternoon, I'll jump in the pool for a shakeout swim!

February 8: Planned my meet schedule between now and mid-June (see the schedule at the end of this blog). One of my goals is to complete the MSC Check-Off Challenge (i.e., complete all 18 SCM swimming events in a single season). Another is to get significant race experience in each of my FINA events.

February 11-12: swam in the Silver Tide Winter Invitational Meet (SCM). This was a SNC (Swimming Canada) meet.

Saturday

50 Back - 32.30. Not one of my typical events - I swam it for the Check-Off Challenge!

50 Breast - 35.08. Not one of my typical events - I swam it for the Check-Off Challenge!

400 Free - 4:44.13. Poor! Even slower than at the Blue Bear meet in January!

Sunday

100 Back - 1:12.58. Not one of my typical events - I swam it for the Check-Off Challenge! I was disappointed because this is significantly slower than my 1:09 last March.

400 IM - 5:32.65. Not one of my typical events - I swam it for the Check-Off Challenge! Best thing about this swim - except for the 100 Fly, I negative-split the other 100s. I've been told this is a good strategy.
2012 Meet Schedule

March 3: Rocky Mountain Masters Invitational (SCM), Calgary, Alberta. Entered 200 Fly, 100 Free, 200 IM.

March 17: Making Waves Masters 11th Annual Sprint Meet (SCM), Edmonton, Alberta. Plan to enter the 200 Back. Note that I am in another meet on the same day...

March 17 - 18: Olympian Swim Club Double Double Meet (LCM) (SNC Meet), Edmonton, Alberta. Plan to enter 100 Free, 200 Free, and 100 Fly.

March 24: Red Deer Silver Sharks Masters Invitational (SCM), Red Deer, Alberta. Plan to enter 100 IM, 100 Breast, 200 Breast.

March 25: Calgary Masters Invitational 2012 (LCM), Calgary, Alberta. Plan to enter 1500 Free, 50 Free, 100 Free, 400 Free.

April 14-15: Alberta Provincial Championships (SCM), Edmonton, Alberta. Plan to enter 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 1500 Free, 50 Fly, 100 Fly.

May 3-6: Edmonton Keyano International (LCM) (SNC Meet), Edmonton, Alberta. Plan to enter 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free.

May 18-21: Canadian Masters Swimming Championships (SCM), Kelowna, British Columbia. Entered 50 Free, 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free, 100 Fly.

June 10-16: FINA World Masters Championships (LCM), Riccione, Italy. Entered 100 Free, 200 Free, 400 Free, 800 Free, 100 Fly, Relays.

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Updated February 16th, 2012 at 01:19 PM by lewba

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Comments

  1. knelson's Avatar
    Looks like lots of competing in the next few months. You should be ready for Riccione!
  2. pwb's Avatar
    That's an awesome competition schedule. I didn't realize the Alberta Masters had that many meets. Sweet.
  3. jaadams1's Avatar
    Fun fun!! Looking forward to saying HI to you in Kelowna at Canadian Nats!!
  4. lewba's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    That's an awesome competition schedule. I didn't realize the Alberta Masters had that many meets. Sweet.
    It's actually a mix of MSC (Masters) and SNC (Open) competitions - I've edited the list to show which ones are SNC. I got a surprise after I swam in the Blue Bear meet because I was assessed with an additional $121 in registration fees by Swim Alberta and Swim Canada for competing in an open meet. So, I figure I may as well make it pay and plan to swim in several more.
  5. lewba's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1
    Fun fun!! Looking forward to saying HI to you in Kelowna at Canadian Nats!!
    Looking forward to it, too. We're swimming in many of the same events!
  6. lewba's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Looks like lots of competing in the next few months. You should be ready for Riccione!
    That's the plan. But I almost wonder if it's TOO much competing. It will eat into my hard weekend training sessions!
  7. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by lewba
    But I almost wonder if it's TOO much competing. It will eat into my hard weekend training sessions!
    I know what you mean. It's definitely a balance.