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Caesar, Shakespeare, Machiavelli and 1500 LCM splits...

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by , July 1st, 2013 at 01:18 AM (2463 Views)
I forgot to mention that our state LCM meet results and splits were posted Friday; I now "officially" own my age group in the backstroke (50, 100, and 200); plus I've won my age group in 400 IM in two straight state meets--SCY and LCM. Times are slow, I'm painfully aware of this, but I showed up and swam: "veni, natavi, vici" as Julius Caesar would have put it. Although Shakespeare's version has Caesar as a much less proficient swimmer than Cassius, well at least as Cassius tells it... check out Cassius to Brutus in Act I, scene ii:

I was born free as Caesar; so were you:
We both have fed as well, and we can both
Endure the winter's cold as well as he:
For once, upon a raw and gusty day,
The troubled Tiber chafing with her shores,
Caesar said to me 'Darest thou, Cassius, now
Leap in with me into this angry flood,
And swim to yonder point?' Upon the word,
Accoutred as I was, I plunged in
And bade him follow; so indeed he did.
The torrent roar'd, and we did buffet it
With lusty sinews, throwing it aside
And stemming it with hearts of controversy;
But ere we could arrive the point proposed,
Caesar cried 'Help me, Cassius, or I sink!'
I, as Aeneas, our great ancestor,
Did from the flames of Troy upon his shoulder
The old Anchises bear, so from the waves of Tiber
Did I the tired Caesar. And this man
Is now become a god, and Cassius is
A wretched creature and must bend his body,
If Caesar carelessly but nod on him.

Read the full play here

And watch the classic movie version with a young Marlon Brando as Marc Antony; I showed it to my HUMA 102 students last summer hard on the heels of reading Machiavelli's Prince. Ah, the unbridled ambition and attendant scheming of the renaissance politicos... so well portrayed in Shakespeare's characters. "So, Brutus, if Caesar be in thy age group, swim lustily with thy sinews, knowing thou shalt conquer him in open water... but beware the Ides of March in short course, for he swimmeth a wicked medley at middle distances."

We all take what we can get!

Since my bud Scotty DQ'd the 400 IM (in a mental lapse he one handed the breast turn), I am technically the champion of our age group, LCM. And, in the spirit of the technicality-minded schemers of Shakespeare's plays I accept this triumph... and will try to avoid a re-match like the plague!

Scotty did crush me in the 1500. And he was all to happy to remind me of this, emphasizing the slick look of my SILVER, when we picked up our 1500 medals. Machiavelli emphasized that a basic knowledge of human behavior and a nice dollop of foresight are essential for any prince to succeed; but how to attain such knowledge and foresight? Machiavelli's answer was in the study of history, since human behavior hasn't changed in thousands of years and history tends to repeat itself.

So, here's to dredging up some ancient history in hopes of learning from it and, perhaps, looking ahead to what may be expected in futures near and far. Future will have to wait; past starts with analysis of the 1500 splits...

Leg Cumulative Subtractive
1 44.73 44.73
2 1:38.00 53.27
3 2:33.90 55.90
4 3:27.72 53.82
5 4:06.50 38.78
6 5:14.96 1:08.46
7 6:08.80 53.84
8 7:02.92 54.12
9 7:44.64 41.72
10 8:50.45 1:05.81
11 9:44.59 54.14
12 10:37.64 53.05
13 11:31.26 53.62
14 12:25.52 54.26
15 13:19.64 54.12
16 14:14.21 54.57
17 15:08.41 54.20
18 16:02.51 54.10
19 16:57.72 55.21
20 17:50.30 52.58
21 18:44.20 53.90
22 19:37.49 53.29
23 20:31.84 54.35
24 21:25.59 53.75
25 22:19.65 54.06
26 23:13.13 53.48
27 24:07.13 54.00
28 24:59.62 52.49
29 25:52.92 53.30
30 26:43.66 50.74

I was a little baffled by the strange splits at legs 5-6, 9 and 10. It then dawned on me that with touch pads at both ends of the pool for long course, my lap counter (the ever energetic Aaron, my 14-year old!) might have gone a little crazy with the lap-counter and bumped the timing pad on the way in. At the last meet we instructed him to give the lap-counter a wiggle if I was slowing from the pace a little too much, so he's an old pro now, except that I don't think he realized there was a timing pad down there this time. In any event, I feel like with those anomalies explained away it was a remarkably consistent effort... mostly in the :53-:54/50 pace range... the 100s holding pretty steadily around 1:47-49, closer to 1:45-47 in the last few hundred meters.

So I have pacing down, but need to work on making that pace faster (as usual). I'll have to go back over my workouts for the last six months or so and see what I was doing to drop my freestyle pace so much between January and March (when I had my biggest drop in time) and compare with workouts from last summer... see what I can tweak; learning from the past!

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  1. __steve__'s Avatar
    Thats what I like.about blogs you can go back through your workouts and see what you did

    Would be cool if we could export portions to cvs files
  2. mcnair's Avatar
    Yeah, I love going back over blogs to get an idea of what sets and times I was swimming months ago or even a couple of years ago. The FLOG is awesome, but only gives you yardage from the calendar view.
  3. rxleakem's Avatar
    I agree, it's more convenient to dial back to a spot in the blogs and see all the workouts (times and feelings) plus get an idea from year to year how my training is progressing.