View RSS Feed

aztimm's training blog

I've been swimming with USMS teams since 1998. I lifeguarded and played water polo in college, but never really swam as a sport until I began masters swimming. I swim mostly just for exercise and the benefits that provides. I do occasionally swim in meets, but really enjoy open water swimming.
Currently I train with a small local team, along with some solo swims.

I also lift weights, mostly to complement swimming, and to give my upper body some form. Nearly all the time I lift at one of the local 24 Hour Fitness locations.

This blog has some info on my swimming adventures, with some real-life experiences thrown in. I love to travel, and usually try to fit in swimming/working out in different places.

  1. Tuesday 05192020

    by , May 19th, 2020 at 04:02 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Since the lockdown and closures were in place, I managed to swim in a local lake. Initially it was twice a week, then I increased that to 3, and maybe 4 a few times. The drive to the lake was about 30-40 minutes, there is a fee for park entry, and tolls for part of the drive there. So not free, but not crazy expensive either. But it really helped keep my sanity.
    When I first started, the water temp was in the low 60s. One day a friend told me he recorded 64F.
    We swam at Emma Long Park in Austin. There is a mostly enclosed swimming area, a beach entry between 2 docks and a rope with red buoys at the deep side. There is also a, "boat free zone," marked with buoys in the lake proper. When I first started I just swam in the enclosed area. But one day there were 5 of us, and really not enough room. One person was going out in the lake, and everyone went. There is a course in that zone, marked with buoys, that goes about 1/2 mile. After that I mostly just swam out in the lake proper, usually 3 to 3.5 miles.

    My local pools re-opened this week! Some new rules, lap swimming only, 1 person per lane, and you can only stay for an hour.
    Yesterday (Monday) was the first day. I asked a lifeguard before I got in if I had to get out in an hour or if that was only if someone was waiting. She said the latter, so I figured I'd do 90 min or so. After 70 minutes, another lifeguard poked me with a rescue tube and told me that the first lifeguard was incorrect and I needed to get out. They let me do 100 easy, and it gave me 4300 yards.

    Tuesday AM solo swim @ Sendero (SCY)
    1500 w/u (some stroke)

    100 kick w/fins and board
    4 x 125 w/fins, 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill
    100 kick w/fins and board
    25 free w/fins
    25 fly w/fins
    100 easy

    9 x 100 @ 1:35 (a few @ 1:30)

    50 done 25 breast/25 free
    50 done 25 free/25 breast
    50 easy free
    50 fast breast

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3700 yards (about 61 min)
    water temp about 78F

    Tuesday AM solo swim @ Creekside (SCM)
    900 free (w/u and build)
    800 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy
    700 swim
    600 pull w/Catalyst paddles + buoy

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3200m (about 50 minutes)
    water temp about 80F

    I didn't say a word to the lifeguards at Sendero, but when I checked in the one guard told me there was an hour limit.
    When I checked in at Creekside, one of the guards asked, "didn't I see you at Sendero earlier?" I said yea, but this is a way to get in a longer swim

    after mostly longer all-free open water swims, with no intervals, I thought I'd struggle with 100s @ 1:35. after a few I saw I was coming in at 1:20ish, so did a few on 1:30.

    I wasn't sure I'd do a, 'double', but had a set of 800-700-600-500 planned. only I goofed and did more on my first round, so just kept it up.
    I've done workouts between 50m and 25 yards (and v/v) when switching pools around, but I don't think I've ever done 25 yards to 25m so close together. and truthfully I can't remember the last time I swam in a 25m pool, probably this one last year. but it really didn't take much to adjust.

    as I left Creekside, one of the guards asked me, "are you going back to Sendero?" I said, "that's a good idea. maybe I'll try that on a weekend "

    I understand that they have the hour rule in place to discourage people from just floating around and to keep people from congregating together. and probably 95%+ of the people who use these pools don't even swim an hour. I talked to the aquatics office yesterday, just to verify, and they pretty much said, "that's the rule." The gal I spoke with actually said that I could go from one pool to the other and be fine, or go back later in the day (I'm not sure if I can go from S to C then back to S though).
    I was the only swimmer in the pool when I left Sendero (so it was then empty, 8 lanes), and there were 2 others with me at Creekside (it is 6 lanes). they left before I did but one guy was getting in as I left there.

    I won't do this every day, but figure maybe 1-2 times a week I'll get in a little extra. and SCM mixes things up a bit too.
    Swim Workouts