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I love water for some reason

  1. 8|16|16 outside

    Swam on the 13th for about an hour of the typical - SCM pool

    Moved my daughter back to Clemson on the 14th, then went for a 20 minute OW sprint swim in lake Jocassee. Wore board fins and snorkel. Sprints were 0:20 to 1:30 long, with easy br or scull floating for recovery. Forgot to bring my recognition buoy, so I was on a constant lookout for boatorist. This lake is somewhat clear for warm freshwater. I also got spooked from swimming upon a stream of moving bubbles which concluded with a disruption of sediment at bottom (gator?)

    Today: SCY outside pool
    208 yds easy kick with MF

    1 x 52 fly with MF

    5 x 52 fr with MF on 1:30

    10 x 52 fr with MF on 1:00

    11 starts off block + B/O + 3 strokes
    • easy br back to wall

    208 of easy freestyle

    5 x 26 fr easy sprint hypoxic on 0:50

    Measured this pool with my tape roll to confirm my prior doubts due to times and satellite imagery: 26 yards.
    Google maps is pretty darn accurate if done correctly (taking account gutters and shadows).
  2. 8|11|16 and 8|12|16 SCM's

    8|11|16 SCM
    17 x 50fr on 1:10
    4 x 50fr on 1:00 as 35m ez / 15m fast
    10 x 50fr with fins on 1:00 as 35m ez / 15m (dolphin kick fr) fast
    700 of various drills

    8|12|16 SCM
    300 various with MF
    10 easy starts from block and moderate sprint to about 18m

    MF v3:

    • First fin was way too narrow for feet.
    • The XXL replacement dug deep holes in my toes which took 2 weeks to heal.
    • For the third I removed entire worthless binding from the foil and attached an old pair of silicone fins, but in a more natural position. Result is much more promising, however I should've allowed the sealant to cure another 24 hours as it started to separate

    Updated August 13th, 2016 at 10:15 AM by __steve__

  3. 8|10|16 LCM and drylands

    50 fr
    50 bk
    100 br
    35 UWDK / 10 UWDK / 5 UWDK
    50 fr
    35 UWDK / 10 UWDK / 5 UWDK
    100 flutter kick (50 fast / 50 easy)
    5 x 12.5 dive from side fr
    50 kick
    50 drill

    4:04 on treadmill @ 9mph

    1 set ea of: leg press, iso leg press, back extensions, DBBP, calf raises, upper rear legs, leg extensions and curls, triceps

    Stretching for about 12 min

    Updated August 12th, 2016 at 01:01 PM by __steve__

  4. 8|9|16 SCM

    300 wu fins
    200 fr
    150 as 50 br 50 bk 50 fl
    300 various kick
    3 x 50 fr on 1:30 as 35m slow 15m fast
    3 x 50 fr on 2:00 as 35m slow 15m fast
    4 x 17m fr from block
    300 drills

    started pouring a cool rain, was nice

    Updated August 9th, 2016 at 10:17 PM by __steve__

  5. 8|7|16 SCM

    6 x 50 fr on 1:00 (41-43's)
    2 x 100 fr on 2:00 (1:20 and 1:30)
    2 x 100 fr from block as 75 easy / 25 fast
    1:00 vk kick with fins
    2 x 50 kick from block as 25 fast flutter / 25 back kick
    300 easy fr with fins
    150 kick as 25 flutter / 25 dolphin

    Have not really trained seriously for months. Practically all swimming accomplished over these 5 - 6 weeks has been done just for the pleasure of it. Tried to sprint a little yesterday, and it felt like nothing was there
  6. 8|5|16 SCM

    10 x 200 as:

    • 50 fr ez sprint
    • 50 flutter kick
    • 10 fly drill fins
    • 40 fly fins
    • 50 fr fins

    Did not need take time for rest because time required to remove/install fins, snorkel

    200 kick

    Today SCM

    100 br warmup
    7 x 25 fr nb's on 2:00
    6 x 25 fr, burst and glides on 1:00
    7 x (about) 14 m fr from block on 1:15

    Growler meet coming up.
    Sex Distance Stroke Time
    7 Men 50 SCY Free 0:25.67
    11 Men 50 SCY Fly 0:29.75
    12 Men 100 SCY Breast 1:30.00
    17 Men 50 SCY Breast 0:34.25
    21 Men 50 SCY Back 0:35.05
    22 Men 100 SCY Free 0:59.00

    Updated August 6th, 2016 at 01:30 PM by __steve__

  7. 8|3|16 SCM

    500 warmup
    10 x 50 fr on 1:30 from the block
    10 x 50 fr on 2:30 from the block, every other with fins
    150 kick with fins

    Did not go too fast on the 50's (32 fastest without fins), just tried to keep sprint form with light effort and good flow

    Fun swimming in ocean with a camera on the front mount finis. That was about 10 days ago, singing the blues now.

    Updated August 3rd, 2016 at 06:20 PM by __steve__

  8. 8|2|16 scm

    7 x 50fr on 2:00 breathe 3 - 4 x
    10 x 50fr on 1:00 easy
    7 x 50fr on 1:30 fast for about 7 seconds on way back
    6 x 75 on ? as 25 fly / 50 bk or br (fl had fins)
    300 various kicking
    15m fr from block

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    sunrise | full moon faceoff on jul 15 Seroe Colorado Most beautiful sunrise I've experienced

    Updated August 2nd, 2016 at 08:45 PM by __steve__

  9. 7|27|16 SCM vacation recovery

    Arrived home from paradise this morning at 1 am. Exhausted from playing too hard. While on this vacation I managed to wake up by 4:15 am three times (Jul 15, 18, and 20), early enough to attend masters practices at the Pisina Olimpico Roly Bisslik, coached by Aruba's swimming legend Roly Bisslik . I was lost at first since the instructions weren't English, then a neighboring swimmer interpreted for me. They all thought it to be strange that someone would get up early to workout during vacation time. I didn't think so until they pointed it out lol

    About the coach, a very impressive fundraising swim accomplished by Coach Bisslik in 1988.
    10 hour swim from Venezuela to Aruba against the current, through treacherous conditions (the calm resort beaches are only like that next to the island, the surrounding ocean you can see waves breaking from inside a cruising aircraft).

    SCM outside today
    50 min of easy swimming, most with the monofin

    core, lower back, and stretching

    Beginning of the 2nd half of vacation I made a big mistake by doing squats at the hotel gym. Everything was going good until one rep I did something wrong and the lower back just went out. Still hurts now, but it's getting better, and I didn't let it interfere with our trip either, though it did slow things down a little. Just had to go and do squats.
  10. 7|17|16 ocean

    swam in ocean yesterday and today.

    jumped off a cliff in to a beach, hit bottom with a nice push off in the sand. Was fun

    Updated July 21st, 2016 at 07:51 AM by __steve__

  11. 7|15|15 SCM

    At the Piscina Olimipica Roly Bislik Savaneta, Aruba set up SCM
    Was 30 min late for masters hour. Did various

    OW snorkeled for 30 min later

    Did a few beach sprints in afternoon
  12. 7|4|16 drylands

    3:05 on treadmill @ 9.5 mph
    weights - whole body
    mowed grass

    Have ear infections in both ears from swimming in base pool. On ciprodex, plan to stay out of water hoping ears are good for Aruba.
  13. 6|30|16 SCM

    Outside pool

    500 warmup

    10 x 50 on 2:00 from block
    • 23 - 25m UWDK / 25m easy bk

    9 x 50 on 2:00 from block
    • 25m (fr fl br order) fast / 25m br or bk

    5 x VK on 1:00
    • 0:30 0:20: 0:15 0:15 0:20
  14. 6|28|16 SCM

    200 back with fins
    700 easy fr
    12 x 25 kick on 0:40 (fr-fl-fr-br)
    12 x 50 on 1:30 with fins, 25 fl / 25 kick
    10 x 50 on 1:00 with fins, drills
    40 seconds VK with fins

    My XL Shooter MF arrived last week. Had to return it for XXL which hopefully arrives before leaving for the Caribbean . My feet are just 11.5, but they're so wide they wouldn't fit all the way in. My little toes were sticking out the holes and use was quite painful - feet still sore a week later.
    One thing I noticed with 5 minutes of use was the effect of asymetric differences between left and right feet and ankles. Left foot is very flexible and has a fallen arch, is my best kicker (also the foot that recived multiple venomous snake bites back in 2011) but the right is the opposite. When the fin was on it was crooked, and my right ankle felt loaded. The foil kept kicking out to the right. Hopefully the XXL will allow a minor shift in adjustment to kick straight

    Updated June 29th, 2016 at 01:55 PM by __steve__

  15. 6|23|16 SCM

    Outside Pool:

    400 ez drill with fins

    4 x 50 fr on 4:00 from block 90 - 95% (+100 easy)
    • 34, 32, 31, 31

    50 fly from block
    • 31

    1 x 50 fr from block 95% again
    • 31

    25 fl with fins

    300 easy fr with snorkel

    Was expecting the fly to not be so fast. Converts to be faster than my PB scy. I even breathed every stroke except the last two. As I learn the strokes, it becomes more evident that freestyle might not be my strength.
  16. 6|22|16 SCM

    Outside Pool:

    10 x 50 fr on 1:00 warmup
    7 x 125 on 3:00 as 75 flutter kick / 50 fr
    2 x 25 fly on 1:00 with fins
    50 fr (100 pace) from block


    19 x 0:17 - 0:18 run on 0:40, easy walk on rest. Covered about 1.4 mi

    I did swim at a meet last weekend. Made two consecutive no-brainer mistakes on both 50fr attempts destroying the swims. Following that, I felt physically and spiritually drained, did a 50 back, then decided to ditch the following swims for the next day. Learned my mind needs to be at the meet to swim properly. I shouldn't have gone, but I was registered and did plan for this event for a year, so I made the trip.

    The first mistake was recovering my arm fully UW thinking I was at the surface. The second attempt I did it again, and it was just as bad! This happened because I was deeper than I go at practice. I was deeper because my legs weren't flexed enough on the block (a problem I fixed already). My relative center mass to height ratio is high, so I tend to go at too steep of trajectory, so I've learned to crouch more to nail the starts - forgot to do that. My improper block form was because my mind was preoccupied with things other than racing, both positive and negative.

    I need to train the brain more somehow.

    I DID get a nice shirt however, though it was much more expensive than what I paid.

    Next meet is SCY late summer. My team will be there to keep swimming properly.

    Updated June 22nd, 2016 at 08:47 PM by __steve__

  17. 6|14|16 SCM

    400 fr easy
    10 x 25 fr hypoxics
    1 x 25 br
    7 starts from block to 14 - 17m
    bubble rings with fins
    UW's with fins

    Updated June 14th, 2016 at 08:40 PM by __steve__

  18. 6|12|16 SCM

    Outside pool (hot water and air)

    About 70 minutes just having fun, mostly wearing fins. Did a few near AFAP bursts, some stroke, but most was UW's. Also worked on bubble rings, and various drills.
  19. 6|9 and 6|10 SCM

    SCM yesterday:

    Very exhausted and had little energy therefore a very light swim doing:
    • free, br, bk, bubble rings, and flutter/dolphin kicking using a 5' x 15' foam platform as kick board

    no drylands

    SCM today:

    Recovered and entered taper, all work < 80% effort

    50's on 1:00 - 7 free, 1 br, 1 bk
    ~ 65 minutes of the following as ~ 1 : 5 work to rest average doing:

    • drills with fins
    • 25 nb free's (and lesser amt's bk and br) with and without fins
    • Vertical kicking with fins
    • yoga-like stretches at surface and UW

    Ready to embark on yardwork then perform a major rewiring project for my car's alcohol injection system
  20. 6|8|16 SCM

    SCM (outside - H2O high 80's):

    ~800 various (drill's, stroke, sculls, easy sprinting)
    10 x 25 on 3:00 from the block - all free, fast to 15M then coast swim
    1 x 25 from block AFAP fr
    50 fly with fins


    800m run in 3:13
    1 x 20 x #5's - on belly and move DB's from floor aft to floor fwd
    • alternate with bent arm / straight arm

    1 x 12 x #5's - side plank lateral raises
    1 x 12 x #5's - side plank side raises
    1 x 15 x #12's - plank position alt shoulder rows
    1 x 10 - bent over helicopter leg with a side kick
    15 min stretching
    3 x 5 breaths - warrior on one foot

    Right shoulder pinging ever so slightly, probably from recent practicing of starts. The AFAP 25 felt counterproductive with form - need to stay relaxed and quick instead of clinched, trying to muscle through.

    Had a physical at reserves last weekend. My blood pressure was taken about 20 minutes following swimming outside in 90F heat doing 25 nb sprints on 1:00. BP was 140/75, but I'm not sure what to make of it.

    Updated June 8th, 2016 at 09:14 PM by __steve__

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