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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. 2020 Swimming Year in Review

    by , January 3rd, 2021 at 05:50 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Haven't posted in months. I've been swimming, but mostly longer sets, more geared for open water swimming.

    I used to do a wrap-up for swimming, so here goes:

    Pools/open water I swam at in 2020 (roughly in order from Jan 1 onward):

    * 24 Hour Fitness: Round Rock, Texas
    * Sendero Springs Pool: Round Rock, Texas
    * Barton Springs Pool: Austin, Texas
    * Oryx Airport Hotel Swimming Pool, Doha Qatar
    * Brunswick Baths: Melbourne, VIC Australia
    * Williamstown Beach: Melbourne, VIC Australia
    * Portsea Beach: Portsea, VIC Australia (2500 & 1500m o/w swim events)
    * Centenary Aquatic Center: Brisbane, QLD Australia
    * The Valley Pool: Brisbane, QLD Australia
    * Port Willunga Beach: Port Willunga, SA Australia
    * Olympic Aquatics Centre, London UK
    * Deep Eddy Pool, Austin, TX
    * Emma Long Park/Lake Austin: Austin, TX
    * Creek Side Pool: Round Rock, TX
    * Low Water Crossing/Fritz Hughes Park/Lake Austin: Austin, TX
    * Scenic & Matthews Park/Lake Austin: Austin, TX
    * Highlands at Mayfield Ranch Community Pool: Round Rock, TX
    * Abiquiu Lake: Abiquiu, NM
    * Lake Nighthorse: Durango, CO
    * Bear Lake: Garden City, UT (the Bear Lake Monster swim event, 10k)
    * Rifle Gap Reservoir: Rifle, CO
    * Deer Creek Reservoir: Wallsburg, UT (the Deer Creek 10k swim event)
    * Strawberry Reservoir: Heber City, UT
    * Great Salt Lake: Magna, UT
    * Tennessee River: Chattanooga, TN

    All of the swims are in the USA, unless noted otherwise (I traveled to Australia and London in January).

    Despite limited swimming in March (I swam 17 days in March, my last on 3/18) and April (I got back in Lake Austin at Emma Long Park on 4/6 and swam 10 times/32 miles in April) the year ended up being by far my highest volume year ever. I've been keeping track since 2011, and I certainly don't think I swam this much prior to that:

    My 24 Hour Fitness gym has closed permanently; they have re-opened some other locations in town, but I just didn't feel comfortable going they are much further. I bought a 2 year pass from Costco, and they gave me a refund for half of it (I had used more than that).

    My local pool, Sendero Springs, re-opened on May 18. Initially they had some very generous hours, but unfortunately that didn't last. I really can't complain though, as I pay $60/year for my pool pass, and the hours are good enough that I can work with them.

    Austin pools briefly re-opened in early June. I swam at Barton Springs once; you had to reserve a session (the sessions were 90 minutes), they cleared the pool between sessions, etc. I did it once, it was ok, but then I decided the lakes were better.

    I've lived in metro Austin for 5 years now, and before this year I had only swum in local lakes for organized swim events. When the pools were closed a friend told me that he was swimming in Lake Austin at Emma Long park. I looked it up... The water temp was a bit brisk when I first swam (low/mid 60s), but it was either that or no swimming. I adjusted, and actually liked swimming there. Until late May, when the lake got too busy with boats, jet skis, and other stuff. So I moved upriver to Low Water Crossing. This is just beneath the Mansfield Dam, that forms Lake Travis. The water comes from deep down in Travis, so it is very cold...some readings we had were 58-64F. Since I had signed up for the Bear Lake swim, the cool water swimming worked perfectly.

    I swam 2 more organized swims, in July and August, both in Utah. The Bear Lake Monster (10k) swim was simply amazing, but tough. The water was so clear, and very blue. It was my slowest 10k swim yet, as there is considerable chop (tons of boat traffic, and it is a big lake), but I really enjoyed it. Deer Creek is another good swim; the lake conditions are pretty good. Most of this swim takes place in a cove without boat traffic. I'd highly recommend both of these swims.

    Overall, as far as swimming in 2020, I can't complain at all. I made the most of it.

    Here is a list of events I'm thinking of for 2021:

    * the SC_R legs of the SCAR Lake Swims in Arizona
    * The USMS open water championship (both days) in Boerne, TX
    * Great Salt Lake 10k
    * Bear Lake Monster swim 10k
    * Deer Creek reservoir 10 mile (with this I'd complete the Utah, "triple crown")
    * Swim the Suck, 10 miles on the Tennessee river near Chattanooga
    * at least some (or maybe all) of the Highland Lakes Challenge, here near Austin, TX

    It is a bit aggressive, with something every month from April to October, except September. We'll see what events actually happen, and what happens with my body through the year, and go from there.

    Not sure what the local meet schedule will look like. If there's a local LCM meet at the Austin Swim Club again (and I feel safe doing it), I'll do that one, usually in June. Our zone usually has a meet in late July/early August, and again, I'll probably do that if I can work it in with everything else.

    Here's a collage of some swimming memories from 2020:

    Updated January 5th, 2021 at 09:36 PM by aztimm

    Masters Swim Meets / Events , Planning
  2. 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.
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  3. Sat-Sun: 0229-03012020

    by , March 1st, 2020 at 10:02 PM (aztimm's training blog)

    AM 'solo' swim @ Deep Eddy Pool (100 feet or 33-1/3 yards long)

    A swimming friend who lives in Houston contacted me last Thursday about coming to Austin for work and some swimming options. We arranged to meet at Deep Eddy in Austin (Barton Springs is closed for annual maintenance) for their 6am opening. I got up and got myself there, and after that I checked my phone to see a message, "sorry, I didn't sleep well, I won't be going." (I gave her grief and she went to swim after her work on Saturday)

    anyway, there was one other guy there, who I knew from Barton Springs. we got in together and I figured I'd pace off of him. he checked the water temp before we got in, and it was 70F, so I put on a cap.
    I got into a good rhythm with my swim, and lapped the other guy about every 10 laps. I was counting as if the pool was 25 yards, and about the 2500 (SCY) mark my cap started sliding around a bit. so I stopped and took it off. around that same point, the guy who started with me got out, but another guy got in who was almost right at my pace. at one point he was swimming with paddles (maybe a buoy too), and I kept up with him. I did about 3500 (SCY) until I felt I needed to stop for feeds, and was hoping I had hit the 10k mark. I was around 9400. so I did another bit to finish around 10,100 yards.

    I rarely do long, non-stop swims like that, but the cool water just felt so good, and I got into such a good rhythm.

    Distance: 10,133 yards
    Total Time: 2:37:05 (total watch run time, including breaks)
    Avg pace: 1:33

    this is from the bottom of the stairs. you can see the empty beach-entry play pool (there are a few lap lanes on the end), and the full lap pool.


    the guy who I started my swim with texted me late Sat saying he'd be back at Deep Eddy. but we had plans to go out to breakfast and check out the botanical garden this morning.
    I ate too much for breakfast (Magnolia Cafe, actually very close to Deep Eddy), and even after we got home (around noon), I was still full. around 1:30 I decided to head over to Sendero, for at least a recover/shake out swim:

    Solo swim @ Sendero Springs (SCY)

    1500 w/u (got into my 75 free/25 stroke pattern)

    100 kick, fins/board
    6 x 125 drill/free/stroke/free/drill w/fins
    100 kick, fins/board
    900 swim w/fins (3 rounds of 75 free/25 back, 75 free/25 back, 75 free/25 breast)
    100 kick, fins/board

    50, 25 breast/25 free
    50, 25 free/25 breast
    50 easy free
    50 breast (watch recorded :30, but I'm not sure of that)
    100 easy

    300 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy

    250 w/d

    TTL: 4750 yards
    Backstroke: 375 yards
    Breaststroke: 475 yards
    Freestyle: 3600 yards
    Kick: 300 yards

    I intended to swim 3-4k, just stretch things out. water was warm, especially after Deep Eddy. but I'm glad I went, felt better leaving than I did when I arrived.
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  4. Wed 02262020

    by , February 26th, 2020 at 04:54 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    AM solo swim @ Sendero Springs Pool (SCY)

    when I got there no one was in the pool. they had just done a water change (they were starting on Saturday when I swam). lifeguards told me that the water temp was about 76F. I think they were hoping that I'd leave and they could stay in their warm room, but I said, "that should be fine," and I got in the water. compared with Barton Springs (around 70F) it wasn't bad. I adjusted my workout a bit, not as much rest, to keep myself moving.

    warm-up: 2000 (at the 400 point I was doing 75 free/25 stroke, and did 75 moderate/25 fast toward the end)

    100 kick w/fins + board
    4 x 125 w/fins, done as drill/swim/stroke/swim/drill
    100 kick w/fins + board
    900 swim w/fins (done 175 free/25 stroke, with 100 swim at the end)
    25 swim w/fins
    25 fly w/fins
    150 swim w/fins
    100 kick w/fins + board

    850 free (overshot that one)

    50 done breast/free
    50 done free/breast
    50 free
    50 breast
    50 easy

    400 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy

    200 w/d

    TTL: 5600 yards, 91 minutes (my breaks were quite short!)

    butterfly: 25 yards
    backstroke: 350 yards
    breaststroke: 450 yards
    freestyle: 4475 yards
    kick: 300 yards

    kind of a boring workout. I almost just did a long straight swim, since I really didn't want to stop. but after a few hundred yards the water temp didn't feel so bad, especially considering that I swim in 70F regularly. I have a rule that I need to do at least 10% of my pool workouts of non-free, and some of every stroke. sometimes I'll do more fly, but at least 25.

    I did about 5-1/2 miles (about 3 hours) at Barton Springs on Sunday, and it was wonderful! I've started to mix in a little stroke, usually after I push off of the dam (usually on even laps). otherwise my hands will sometimes start to fall asleep from the constant freestyle (well they still do anyway, and I kind of shake them for a bit during my stroke). I felt like I was the only person there for most of it.
    unfortunately (well overall it is a good thing), Barton Springs is closing for annual maintenance starting on Saturday, for 2 weeks. I might do a rare weekday swim there on Friday. Deep Eddy (has basically the same water, but into a pool that is 33-1/3 yards long) will have extended hours, and I'm sure I'll go there to make up some training. I was hoping Lake Travis would be warm enough by the time of the annual maintenance, but I don't think so.

    On Monday, since Sendero was closed, I ended up in the gym pool for just 4500 yards. it is 2 lanes/25 yards, but there was a rather large person in the other lane (created more turbulence than I get at Barton Springs), and someone shared the lane with me for a bit. I'd rate that as a tougher swim than today.

    after treadmill/weights on Tuesday, I just did 1600 yards in the gym pool. had it to myself and it wasn't bad, other than going in somewhat fatigued.

    overall, I feel much better going into SCAR this year than last. last year I only swam at Barton Springs once before SCAR, and this year I've swum there 5 times already.
    I'm at 110 miles for the year, last year same time about 90.
    In addition to getting to Barton Springs more, I want to get to a real lake (probably Lake Travis) a few times for something closer to real conditions.
    last week I got in about 30,000 yards and hoping to peak at about 35-38k before I begin my taper (just have to stay healthy!)
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  5. Building back up

    by , February 11th, 2020 at 05:40 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    After not swimming as much in December and January, I'm ramping my swims back up for the year.
    I registered for the first and last legs of the SCAR swim in late April. That's 10 miles, then a 10k. And I'll be paddling for another swimmer on the 3rd day (Apache, about 18 miles!)

    I had a nice 4.25 mile swim at Barton Springs this past Sunday morning. My goal was to swim for about 2 hours or 16 laps. I did that and thought, "why not one more just for kicks?" So that added an extra 1/4 mile The swim took about 2:15.
    Water temp is about the same all the time there; my guess is about 70F. Because it is winter, and weather that day wasn't the best (gray, steady drizzle, with a few downpours), I counted 10 swimmers (including myself) when I got in, and 6 when I got out. The lifeguards did not look happy.

    I had a whirlwind trip to Australia in January, and as luck would have it I did some o/w swims there.
    A friend from a Facebook swim group met me at the airport, I stayed at an Airbnb about a 10 min walk from his house (and 3 minutes from the pool). He carted me around, and even dropped me at the airport when I left Melbourne. Arrived late on a Thursday:

    1. Friday AM: early LCM swim @ Brunswick Baths (3500m), with their masters team

    2. Saturday: he had registered us both for the Portsea 2500m Gold Swim: I liked it so much that I then self-registered and swam the 1500m shortly after. Due to currents, I recorded my best swims ever for those distances. 2500m (26:07) 1500m (16:32, started a little late and had to catch the group).
    The 2500m was a mass start, about 400 swimmers, into some serious chop, and water temp about 68F. I hadn't done that in a while, and it kind of freaked me out at first. I took (and I'm sure gave) some punches, kicks, and had to stop to adjust my goggles once after a serious blow. But once we got going, I was able to break free of the mosh pit and chased people nearly the whole way to the finish, with some major current assist.
    After I finished, I toyed with doing the 1500m, and as my friend said, "how often are you in Australia with a chance to do this?" That sold me, and I paid the same-day fee (a bit costly for a 1500m!), and got on a bus for the start. By the time I figured out where to go for the start, they were already starting, and I nearly ran into a buoy line. But once I got into it, I was chasing down a bunch of fast guys (this was men-only, 50 to 69 I think).
    Here is the map for the 2500m swim; the 1500m was the same course but started after that first bay (where you see that notch):

    3. The morning I was flying out of MEL (to BNE), my friend took me to Williamstown Beach for more o/w swimming. We swam out quite a bit, and were headed back (against the current), when he spotted a jellyfish. I was swimming along after that and thought I bumped my friend; I stopped only to see him too far off to have bumped him, and I was a bit freaked out at that point. I stuck near him and we headed into shore. Only got in about a mile, but it was still nice to see some local haunts. Here is the map of this swim:

    4. First morning in Brisbane, I swam at Centenary Aquatic Center (LCM), and historic pool in town.
    Got in 3200m

    5. Before leaving Brisbane, I decided to try a different pool and ended up at Valley Pool (LCM) for 3300m:

    6. Flew to Adelaide, had an incredible lunch at Star of Greece, and couldn't resist the water; after walking along the beach for a bit (to recover from lunch), I changed and got in just a short o/w swim. Water was beautiful! Could see the sandy bottom from the surface even at 20 feet deep, and temp was about 75F. Since I had swum that morning, I just did a short swim:

    And here is what that beach looked like:

    After that trip, I had a short trip to London, and of course had to swim in the 2012 Olympic Pool:

    It is a 10-lane pool. They had the right 4 lanes reserved for a team. The remaining 6 lanes were organized by speed, 2 easy, 2 med, 2 fast, with the left of each as counter-clockwise, the right as clockwise. I went in lane 4 (the leftmost is lane 0), the fast counter-clockwise lane, and swam 3300m.
    It was probably the best indoor pool in the world that I've ever been in (the Brown Univ pool in Providence is pretty good though...) I was just wanting a shake-out workout, but I still felt fast in the water. The water temp was a little cool for a pool, I'm guessing about 75F.

    Now to get serious about training! ScaR (just Saguaro and Roosevelt) in April, then I did get into Swim the Suck in October. Maybe a 10k over the summer to round things out.
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  6. 2019: Year in Review

    by , December 31st, 2019 at 03:57 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Although I hadn't been blogging nearly as much, 2019 was probably my biggest swimming year ever!

    Here is the list of pools that I've swum in:
    1. Highlands @ Mayfiled Ranch Community Pool, Round Rock, TX
    2. Sendero Springs Community Pool, Brushy Creek TX
    3. Georgetown (TX) City Pool (indoor), Georgetown TX
    4. 24 Hour Fitness Round Rock, Round Rock, TX
    5. Creekside Pool, Brushy Creek TX
    6. Deep Eddy Pool, Austin TX
    7. Barton Springs Pool, Austin, TX
    8. Walker Pool, Temple TX
    9. Kino Aquatic Center, Mesa AZ
    10. Eldorado Pool, Scottsdale AZ
    11. CYC Pool, Wilkes-Barre PA
    12. Austin Swim Club, Austin TX
    13. Fuller Park Pool, Ann Arbor MI

    (no international travel for me in 2019, but that will change in 2020)

    I swam in the following events in 2019:
    1. Attempt at Saguaro Lake, SCAR swim, AZ (made it about 9.5 miles)
    2. Roosevelt Lake, SCAR swim, AZ (10k)
    3. USMS Spring Nationals, Kino Aquatic Center, Mesa AZ
    4. South Texas Summer LCM Meet, Austin Swim Club, Austin TX
    5. Swim to the Moon (10k), Hell MI
    6. Bridges to Bluffs (10k), Knoxville TN
    7. Lake LBJ (3 miles) of Highland Lakes Challenge, Kingsland TX
    8. Lake Marble Falls (2 miles) of Highland Lakes Challenge, Marble Falls TX
    9. Lake Travis (5k) of Highland Lakes Challenge, Spicewood TX

    All-in, I swam over 641 miles in 2019, which is 110 miles more than my previous record, back in 2014. I hit record months of swimming for 7 months of the year (and no record lows). Here is my GTD Summary:

    Some highlights (other than the events):
    * I did my longest swims ever this year! Longest pool swim, longest o/w swim, etc.
    * This was the most swimming events that I've ever done in a year. Heck, 2 meets a year is nearly a record for me alone, but add in all the o/w events, and it certainly is a record.
    * Along with all of the swimming, I got involved in both my USMS LMSC and became a member of a national USMS committee (the D&I committee). I attended my first USMS convention, which was an experience in itself.
    * I met some incredible people throughout the year, all with a passion for the sport. Sure some are super athletes, while others are new. I'm always in awe at USMS nationals when the 80+ year-old heats swim.
    * I swam at Barton Springs more in 2019 than all other years combined. Almost every Sunday over the summer I made an early morning trek down, sometimes swimming 3+ hours. It is an incredible venue to have close by (about 30 min away), and great for o/w training.
    * I really enjoyed repeating the Highland Lakes swim. I hadn't done shorter o/w swim events in a few years, and after swimming longer stuff during the year, the short stuff at the end felt so fun. Plus it is nice to sleep at home and drive out in the morning. And Marble Falls is such a great place! (if anyone wants a good o/w swim, I can't recommend this one enough)
    * For the first time in my life (that I can recall), I swam on Christmas Day! Barton Springs was open ('swim at own risk') and it was such a blissful way to spend the day.

    Looking forward to 2020, here is what I'm looking at:
    * I'll swim my earliest o/w event (probably any swimming event) in the year ever. I'll be in Australia in a few weeks and a friend signed me up for the Portsea 2500m swim (outside of Melbourne). This will also be my first international swimming event.
    * I signed up for the S and R (Saguaro and Roosevelt) legs of SCAR again. We'll see if I'm successful with Saguaro if I want to do any longer swims. Otherwise, I don't mind just doing 10k events
    * Tentatively looking at the Deer Lake, Utah (10k) o/w swim in August
    * Considering either a repeat of Bridges to Bluffs (10k) or Swim the Suck (10 miles) in the fall of 2020. If I get in (sounds like it sells out in minutes), I'll do Suck, otherwise I really enjoyed B2B (so rare to have an o/w event where I can stay downtown and walk to the race start!)
    * Probably do Highland Lakes again to finish up 2020. Maybe I'll do the whole thing? That would be a change, Buchanan (the first) is a 10k!
    * As for meets, I'll probably swim in our Zone SCY meet in March (at University of Houston), and probably our local LCM meet again over the summer. Maybe a day or 2 at USMS spring nationals in San Antonio (this is the week before SCAR).

    I met a separate goal this year. It was very silly, but without even trying, I was getting close to visiting all 50 states. With doing B2B this year, I was adding Tennessee, and I visited a cousin in Kentucky around that event. So we made trips to Montana, Iowa, and Nebraska, and I ended up turning 50 in my 50th state (and visited 2 gals I went to high school with too).
    On that note, I'd like to try doing a swimming event of some sort (meet or o/w) in every state. I've only done this in a few so far, so I'm building up again.

    Most important of all, my most recent mantra has been, "keep it fun." Years ago I thought I wanted to swim the English Channel some day. Well after 4+ hours in Saguaro in April, and the aftermath of that, I wasn't having much fun and don't think I want to think of the English Channel (solo, I'd definitely consider a relay). So I'm looking for swimming events that are mostly 10k or less (and an occasional 10 mile).
    A lifeguard recently asked me, "are you training for something or do you just like to swim?" I didn't know how to answer the question. If I don't like to swim, why would I train for anything? But I do like having some things on my calendar, it gives me a reason to get myself out of bed, especially on dark/chilly mornings, or on days when I'd rather turn over and sleep in (sleeping in is good sometimes too!)

    Updated December 31st, 2019 at 04:33 PM by aztimm

    Swim Workouts , Masters Swim Meets / Events , Planning
  7. Sunday 07282019

    by , July 28th, 2019 at 06:18 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Wow, it has been a while since I've posted here!!!

    I've been swimming. Generally:
    * M-W-F 3500 to 4200 at the nearby Sendero Springs pool (they kick us out at 7am, for another few weeks)
    * Tues/Thurs about 1000 after I'm done with everything else at the gym
    * Sundays: my long swims at Barton Springs

    I swam about 5-1/2 miles last week; I wasn't sure if I'd do a repeat of that or start to taper down (I'm swimming a 10k in 3 weeks).

    Arrived and splashed around 7:15am today. It seemed pretty busy when I started, and got crazy busy from about 7:45 to 8:30am (free entry until 8am, and lots of people seem to arrive just before then). So busy that I was thinking of bailing early. Around that point it got pretty cloudy; I thought it might rain (maybe it did sprinkle a bit). Then the crowds really thinned out. So I stuck with it, but didn't stop much, trying to take advantage of swimming, in case I'd get kicked out.
    I did 15 loops before I took any breaks/feeds. That's a tie for me; I did that once last year, but then stopped. Today I stopped, did feeds, and added fins for 3 loops.
    On the back half of my 18th loop I caught a guy who was about my speed (I was wearing fins), and I stuck with him a bit. I stopped, did feeds, took off the fins, and added paddles...and he waited for me. Did 2 loops with Agility paddles, and held with him rather easily. Then I stopped, more feeds, and went toyless for a last loop. I kept up with him, but it was a struggle (not sure if I was quite close enough to get any draft). The last 100m we pretty much sprinted into the shallow area. Then I took off my cap and goggles and told him I was done. He said, "already?" I said, "where were you at 7am???" (he then had a different tone, as I was a bit spent by the time I caught him).
    So it was another 5-1/2 miles today, and the last mile at near race conditions.
    I feel much more prepared for Swim to the Moon this year than I was last year. Well last year it was my longest swim ever. This year, I've already swum 2 x 10k's, plus an 8+ mile attempt at Saguaro.

    Here's a picture of Barton Springs when I arrived:

    And here when I finished:

    Air temp was around 78F when I started, 89F when I finished.
    Water temp was a brisk 71F when I started (about the same when I finished). It always takes my breath away when I first get in. I do a little breaststroke, then ease my way into freestyle. But each time I go I feel more and more comfortable with it. Heck, I remember when I was training there last year and let out some choice words when I entered. None of that today.
    Tags: open water
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  8. Sunday-Monday 0623-06242019

    by , June 24th, 2019 at 09:05 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Sunday AM, "open-water," swim @ Barton Springs

    --total of 18 loops, about 4.75 miles
    --stopped for feeds after 11, 14, 15, 17, then had some when I finished
    --wanted to see how long I could go before I started to feel like I might bonk. I've done 5k swims before with no feeds/water. but after I finish those, I'm done, and drink water. 11 loops was about how much I wanted to do, yet still swim more after.
    --11 loops without equipment, 3 loops with fins, 1 without equipment, 2 with Agility paddles, then 1 final without
    --I splashed at about 7am. there is free entry until 8am, and it gets busy about 7:30 to 8. when I stopped after the 11 (about 9am), the place had really cleared out. since I was stopping anyway, I asked someone getting in if the guards called people out, she asked a guard, and he said no it was fine to swim. was just very odd, but I had a good swim without running into the casual swimmers.
    --when I finailly finished and got out, I realized it was sprinking. just a light drizzle, I didn't notice while I swam. I heard it was like that for a while, so maybe that's why people left.

    Monday AM solo swim @ gym pool (SCY)

    1300 w/u various

    100 kick w/board + fins
    4 x 125, drill/free/stroke/free/drill
    100 kick w/board + fins
    850 free w/fins (1:26 pace)
    100 kick w/board + fins

    150 easy various

    4 x 200 @ 3:00
    4 x 150 @ 2:10/2:05 (odds on 10/evens on 05), pull w/buoy + Agility paddles

    200 w/d

    TTL: 4800 yards, 76 min
    Backstroke: 175
    Breaststroke: 300
    Freestyle: 4025
    Kick: 300

    I needed that longer warm-up to just stretch out after the long swim yesterday. felt pretty tight and really didn't expect to swim this much, but I started to loosen up.

    not sure if that 850 was supposed to be 800 or 900, but I intended it to be one of those.
    when I got to the 150s, I was really feeling good. the varying pace worked pretty well.

    I'm signed up for 2 10k swims now!
    Swim to the Moon, near Hell, MI
    Bridges to Bluffs, Knoxville, TN

    I'm on the fence if I'll do our zone LCM meet and/or (or neither) a 4k swim near Dallas in July.
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  9. Wednesday 06192019

    by , June 19th, 2019 at 06:39 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Wednesday AM solo swim @ Sendero (SCY)

    1200 w/u various

    100 kick w/fins + board
    4 x 125, drill/free/stroke/free/drill w/fins
    100 kick w/fins + board
    500 free w/fins (7:04)
    100 kick w/fins + board

    100 easy

    500 free (7:07)
    500 free w/Agility paddles + buoy (6:37)

    200 w/d

    TTL: 3800, 60 min
    Back: 175 yards
    Breast: 225 yards
    Free: 3100 yards
    Kick: 300 yards

    I went to the gym yesterday, felt so good on the treadmill I must have almost overdone it. Along with still having sore arms today, my legs felt tired too.
    When I got in the gym pool yesterday, I truly felt like just getting right out, my arms were so tired. I did 900 yards and felt pretty cooked.
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  10. Monday 06172019

    by , June 17th, 2019 at 09:48 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Monday AM solo swim @ gym pool (SCY)

    1300 w/u various

    100 kick w/fins + board
    4 x 125 done drill/free/stroke/free/drill
    100 kick w/fins + board
    600 swim w/fins
    100 kick w/fins + board

    100 easy

    4 x 200 @ 3:00

    250 swim with parachute

    250 w/d

    TTL: 4100, 68 minutes
    150 back
    250 breast
    3400 free
    300 kick

    we had horrible storms overnight and I got woken up for about 30 minutes. seemed to be a little of everything, rain, wind, thunder, lightning, and hail.
    I drove to Sendero this morning, but it was closed. not sure why, the storm was all over by then. I seriously thought of just going home, but knew I'd regret it. so drove to the gym.

    this was my 4th day in a row of long swimming (about 4000+) each day. when I first got in the water my triceps just felt so sore. I figured I'd do a warm-up, some kicking, some drills, then the swim with fins. I did a 200, came in on 2:50 so figured if I could keep doing that I might as well do a few. didn't really push any of those, but kept up a 2:50 pace (on the 3:00 interval).

    by the time I put on the chute, well I was quite fried. but I was curious how I'd feel. tomorrow is a gym day for me, but I usually do about 1000 swim at the end. my legs should be fine for treadmill at least.
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  11. Saturday-Sunday 0615-06162019

    by , June 16th, 2019 at 08:46 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Saturday PM solo swim @ gym pool

    1100 w/u various

    100 kick w/fins + board

    2 rounds:
    * 2 x 125 done as 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill w/fins
    * 25 easy free w/fins
    * 25 fast fly w/fins

    100 kick w/fins + board

    100 easy swim

    950 swim (I came up short, wasn't sure if short or over until after... 13:14/1:23 pace)

    150 done as 50 free/50 breast

    4 x 150 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy @ 2:05

    200 swim w/parachute (3:38)

    200 w/d

    TTL: 4200 yards, 68 min.

    I was going to head to Sendero, then randomly remembered something about a kids meet there. looked online and confirmed. had my own lane at the gym (a few others off/on in the other lane).

    Sunday AM solo, "open water," swim @ Barton Springs

    got in about 4.25 miles in 2:18 (maybe a little more distance, tough to say)
    my watch gave a strange graphic for distance; it goes out of the pool based on cell towers, I think (when I looked at 100 splits a few were :45 or so and that's a 50 for me, if I'm lucky).
    II had a late start, left home around 6:45. got there and both electric spaces were taken, so I had to pay and park in a normal spot.
    the pool itself wasn't too busy when I started, and truthfully while I was swimming I didn't really run into too many people (I think 3), and I didn't think it was too crowded...until I got out and could see everyone from the deck.

    I wasn't planning to swim yesterday, but with the sudden disappearance (and probably death) of Charlie van der Horst, I thought I should do something.

    my arms were tired fairly early on this morning (I guess that's what it is like if you do the full SCAR or other stage swims). Initially I thought I'd get in about 12 loops. I managed 8 before I breaked for my first feeds. Then another 6. Then 2 with fins. Then one last just to prove I could. Each loop is about 1/4 mile, so about 4.25 miles (+/-).
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  12. Saturday 06082019: Local meet, and Sun-Mon workouts

    by , June 10th, 2019 at 05:57 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    I did my 2nd, "meet," of the year on Saturday, which is rather rare. I haven't done more than one meet in a year (if at all in a year) in at least 15 years.
    when I saw the number of entrants per event on Friday, any hopes of being near my seed times (let alone any PB's) were quickly dashed.

    the meet was at the Austin Swim Club, way in the southwest part of town (a good 45 min drive for me). they have a tiny parking lot right there, which was full, so I had to park in a garage at a nearby office complex and hoof it over.
    I had signed up for the max/5 events
    there were 60 swimmers at the event.

    w/u: about 1200m. a little short of what I wanted (about 1500), but not bad. I hadn't been in a 50m pool in almost 2 years, but with the o/w training I've been doing, it really wasn't too rough of a transition to LCM.

    Event #2: 200 breast.
    My PB: 3:13.81, way back in 2003, when I was actually training breaststroke
    I swam a 3:17.59 back in 2011, when I was about 20 pounds lighter (running marathons/cycling).
    Saturday's time: 3:25.13 (I had seeded 3:33), not bad, considering that I'm not really training breast like I used to.

    Event #4: 400 free (I got about 2 minutes of rest after the 2breast):
    My PB: 5:37.30, back in 2012
    Last swim (2017): 5:48.16
    Saturday's time: 6:01.98 (my seed was 5:50). I'm not sure that more rest would have given me 10+ seconds, but I'm sure it would have helped.

    Event #7: 200 free (I did a 200 between events, relaxed a little)
    My PB: 2:46.19 (2002, the only time I swam it before)
    Saturday's time: 2:55.05 (had seeded at 2:40)

    Event #11: 100 breast (did 300 easy between events)
    My PB: 1:29.43 (2010, just slightly ahead of my 2002 time)
    Saturday's time: 1:36.65 (had seeded at 1:38)

    Event #15: 50 breast
    My PB: 41.35 (2010, and I spaced off the blocks and did a bunch of dolphin kicks, but no one noticed)
    Saturdays's time: :44.07 (had seeded :48)

    After that I did a 300 cool down, then got out, showered, and we had our LMSC meeting on-site. I'm an at-large board member so I figured since I was going to the meeting anyway, I might as well swim.

    Overall meet thoughts:
    I registered and swam way too many events for a 2-hour meet. I imagined there would be at least 2-3 heats of 100 fly in between my 2breast and 4free (perhaps several heats of 2breast too). there was 1 heat of 2breast (3 swimmers).
    basically if I do a meet like this again, no more than 3 events, if I want them to be anywhere near PB's.
    It was nice to catch up with some guys who I used to swim with when there was a masters group at Sendero, and I think I convinced at least 1 to join me for some crazy swims at Barton Springs (still working on the other). I met a few guys from the team who I affiliate with (when I saw my name highlighted on a heat sheet it almost freaked me out). and I met a guy from a swimming Facebook group. so there's that.

    given my focus on open water, I expected my breast times to be slower, and they were, but all better than my seed times, so that's a plus.
    I really wanted my free events to be better...but I think it was just a lack of rest. I did the 5free at nationals (the first event of the day), and put that time into swimswam's calculator to get a time estimate (then added a few seconds), but I just had no recovery (well that's my excuse at least).

    I'm debating if I will do the zone LCM meet next month, at Texas A&M. I did it 2 years ago. fantastic facility. usually gets a decent amount of swimmers (about 250), so enough time between events to swim down/warm-up and relax, but not endless like at nationals.
    competing with zones is the Bear Lake 10k (in Utah). definitely a bit more pricey (flights, probably 4 nights in hotels, rental car). but that is my thing right now.

    Sunday PM swim @ gym pool:
    drove to Sendero, but they were closed, some issue with chemicals. drove to Creekside, but they had 2 lap lanes set up, and both looked crazy. so I drove to the gym and had a lane to myself (a guy asked to circle with me just as I was finishing up).
    got in 4500 yards, not really anything inspiring. really wanted to swim to work on any soreness from the meet. there were 3 x 500s, one with fins, one without toys, and one with Agility paddles + buoy.

    Monday AM swim @ gym pool
    again, drove to sign of life. so went to the gym, and had my own lane.
    1200 w/u
    100 kick w/fins + board
    4 x 125 w/fins, done as 25 drill/25 swim/25 stroke/25 swim/25 drill
    100 kick w/fins + board
    500 swim w/fins
    100 kick w/fins + board
    5 x 300 @ 4:30 swim (no toys)
    300 w/Agility paddles + buoy
    250 swim w/parachute (free)
    250 w/d
    TTL: 4800 yards

    --my first 300 (of the 5) seemed very slow. so much that I did it on 4:35, and thought I'd need to do the rest on that interval. but the others just really clicked and I kept the 4:30 (was always on :05 or :35). maybe I should have done 100 easy without toys first. could have been going from kicking, who knows. times were 4:23, 4:12, 4:13, 4:17, and 4:17, then 4:08 with the toys.
    --I'm trying to swim at least 200 with a chute during most of my swims now. it is supposed to simulate swimming against a current/wind and be good for o/w training. I had planned to swim 300, but miscounted. that time was 4:42, so it really does slow me down.
  13. Sunday 05192019

    by , May 19th, 2019 at 08:11 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Sunday AM swim @ Barton Springs

    as I walked down the stairs to the pool deck I was greeted with an amazing sunrise:

    I staked out a place to put my stuff and got set up. I like to put my deck things near the 1/8 mile marker (it is 1/8 mile from there to the dam). had these things there:
    * water bottle
    * Gatorade
    * fins
    * Agility paddles

    grabbed a cap and goggles and made my way into the water. air temp was around 75F and quite humid when I started so the 70F water felt really nice. I broke my set up as:
    * 6 loops swim
    * 5 loops swim
    * 3 loops swim w/fins
    * 2 loops swim w/Agility paddles
    * 1 loop swim

    at each of the breaks I did feeds. I'm trying to get my body adjusted for feeds of water-Gatorade-water, so that's what I did today. each loop is about 1/4 mile. I saw a clock that didn't have the correct time, but when I was swimming a loop took about 10 minutes, and I was slightly faster with fins then paddles. of course on the last loop I tried to keep that same pace or even go faster. right when I was finishing I saw a guy swimming with large paddles, so I had to pass him (we actually chatted after I finished, he was doing feeds, and we know many of the same people)

    my Apple Watch said I swam 4.14 miles in 2:27:36 (the time includes feed breaks). the distance can be a bit flakey, as it depends on cell towers for my watch (sometimes it is 2 miles or more further than I know that I swim there).

    overall the swim felt great! I'll probably go back next Sunday and go a little further.
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  14. Friday 05172019

    by , May 17th, 2019 at 02:23 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Friday AM solo swim @ Sendero Springs (SCY)

    one of my downward ladder sets:

    1000 w/u various
    900 swim free (12:43)
    800 swim w/fins (mixed in some back and breast) (11:22)
    700 free (9:56)
    600 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy (8:03)
    500 free (7:04)
    400 pull w/Catalyst paddles + buoy -- did 450 by mistake, then an extra 50 (5:58 + :38)
    300 free (4:17)
    200 breast (3:05)
    100 free...what I had left! (1:13)

    100 easy kick w/board + fins
    300 w/d

    TTL: 6000 yards

    Back: 175 yards
    Breast: 450 yards
    Free: 5275 yards
    Kick: 100 yards

    my speedy friend showed up around 7am, just as I was feeling like fading away, perfect timing to give me someone to chase. was a good set for how I felt today.
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  15. Wednesday 05152019

    by , May 15th, 2019 at 03:47 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Wednesday AM solo swim @ Sendero Springs (SCY)

    1400 w/u various

    100 kick w/board + fins
    2 x 125, done 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    2 x 125, done 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    100 kick w/board + fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    400 stretch out swim w/fins (5:37)
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    100 kick w/board + fins

    100 easy

    4 x 400 @ 6:00 (5:34, 5:29, 5:28, 5:25)

    4 rounds:
    * 25 free @ :30
    * 50 breast @ :55 (:37, :40, :37, :38)

    2 x 150 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy @ 2:10

    200 w/d

    TTL: 5300 yards, 88 minutes

    Fly: 100 yards
    Back: 175 yards
    Breast: 425 yards
    Kick: 300 yards
    Free: 4300 yards

    got there a little earlier but stayed probably as long as normal. when I was doing my 400s, a guy about 2 lanes over seemed to be a similar speed. I'm not sure what he was doing, but it was nice to have someone to pace off of. No, I didn't plan to descend those, it just happened that way. my lungs felt like they were burning when I finished...then after 25 free went right into some breast!

    I finally signed up for the local meet last night:
    Swim Meet Events
    Event Number Sex Distance Stroke Time
    2 Men 200 LCM Breast 3:33.00
    4 Men 400 LCM Free 5:50.00
    7 Men 200 LCM Free 2:40.00
    11 Men 100 LCM Breast 1:38.00
    15 Men 50 LCM Breast 48.00

    I'm slightly worried about the time between the 200 breast and 400 free. I'm hoping that there will be at least one slower heat of 400 (maybe a faster heat of 2breast) in between; that could give me 10-15 minutes rest (20 if I'm very lucky, I don't think the 100 fly will take too long).

    I really need to be doing more breast in my workouts.... Probably almost twice the amount, and more quality too.
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  16. Monday 05132019

    by , May 13th, 2019 at 01:12 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Arrived home around 2pm.
    Got car unpacked, unpacked stuff from trip.
    2:34pm: was in the water at Sendero
    (I don't remember exactly what I did, but got in 4800 yards, and it felt magical after traveling).

    Monday AM solo swim @ Sendero Springs (SCY)

    1400 w/u various

    100 kick, w/board + fins

    2 x 125, 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins

    2 x 125, 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins

    100 kick, w/board + fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    500 free, stretch-out swim, w/fins (6:57)
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    100 kick, w/board + fins

    100 easy free

    2 x 500 @ 7:30 (7:07 and 6:58)
    4 x 50 breast @ 1:00 (:39, :43, :41, :42)
    2 x 300 @ 4:30, pull w/Agility paddles + buoy (4:00, 4:05)

    300 w/d various

    TTL: 5100 yards, 82 minutes

    Fly: 100 yards
    Back: 200 yards
    Breast: 450 yards
    Kick: 300 yards
    Free: 4050 yards

    air temp was around 60. water felt a little cooler than yesterday (I felt warm then), but it could have been the air helping.

    the pool was crowded when I got there and I went to the far side, which gave me great views of the sunrise later in the set. plus I don't often go to that side, so a different perspective on things. just felt really good in the water.

    then before I showered, I weighed myself (have a fancy Tanita scale):
    weight: 178.8
    body fat: 12.7%
    BMI: 25.0
    that's the lowest for everything since I was cycling centuries, around 5-6 years ago. when I travel I eat horribly, so I'm sure the weight will creep back up to my normal by the end of the week (usually around 182).
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  17. Friday 05102019

    by , May 10th, 2019 at 05:21 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Friday AM group swim @ Wilkes-Barre, PA CYC (SCY)

    visiting family in NE PA and met up with a gal who I met in AZ a few weeks ago swimming SCAR. we actually went to the same high school (about 10 years apart); neither of us swam in school, but both swim now. she regularly swims with another guy, so we had 3 doing the same set (I bailed early):

    350 w/u

    200 kick, fins!
    (I mixed in some drills where I put the board between my legs)

    3 x 550 @ 8:00 (they did 500s)

    12 x 25 @ :30, IMO (I did fly drill)

    4 x 300 @ 4:15 (I think they did 250s)

    12 x 25 @ :30, just 1 breath

    500, wearing what seemed like a HUGE parachute!

    500 swim

    100 w/d

    TTL: about 5100 yards, 90 min

    my high school used this pool for the swim team...well the facility's pool, but the pool itself was a different one. this one was built about 15 years ago, an extension off of the back of the old building. they hosted a masters meet once, which seemed to do well, but of course when I wanted to do it one year the meet director spaced out and that was it.
    a friend from high school (who was on the swim team) used to coach a kids group here, and on a prior visit I swam with them, so I had been in this pool before.
    it was nice to actually swim with others, doing mostly the same thing (I added 50 here/there rather than just stand around).

    I hadn't used a parachute in years! when I swam with the Mesa masters team, Paul used to have us do that once in a while. I went from being super speedy to being the slowest of the 3 today. I might have to add one to my toy bag... I hadn't done breath control in ages either. or specific IM sets. maybe I just need to drop in with a masters team every once in a while.

    at least now when I visit, I can just give these folks a shout and show up.

    oh the pool was extremely busy. we were in 2 lanes, there were a few other lap swimmers, a few triathletes. then suddenly a water polo group showed up and took 3-4 lanes. it really is nice to see so much aquatic activity in my hometown. and I did give the friend who used to coach a guilt trip, maybe he'll get back in the water (funny that everyone who swam on the swim team then, winning our division at states even, none of them swim anymore).
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  18. Wedneday 05082019

    by , May 8th, 2019 at 09:58 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    AM: got in 1600 at the gym after other gym stuff
    PM: stopped by Deep Eddy and got in about 1700 (the pool is 33.3 yards long) after work/before a meeting

    Wednesday AM solo swim @ Sendero Springs (SCY)

    1100 w/u various

    100 kick w/board + fins
    2 x 125, done as 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins

    2 x 125, done as 25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins

    100 kick w/board + fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    400 swim w/fins, done as 75 free/25 stroke
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    100 kick w/board + fins

    100 easy free

    2 rounds of:
    * 300 @ 4:30
    * 2 x 150 @ 2:15
    * 3 x 100 @ 1:30
    :30 rest between rounds

    100 easy free

    50 fast breast @ :55
    50 easy free @ :55

    50 fast breast @ :55
    50 easy free @ :55

    100 fast breast (1:30)

    300 w/d various

    TTL: 5100 yards

    Fly: 100 yards
    Back: 225 yards
    Breast: 450 yards
    Kick: 300 yards
    Free: 4025 yards

    There was a constant drizzle while I swam, maybe a little actual rain here/there. I was thinking the lifeguards would have pulled me but I managed to get in my full workout.
    Even though I swam last night I still felt good today. Really enjoyed that, "fun with 300s set."
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  19. Monday 05062019

    by , May 6th, 2019 at 03:21 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Monday AM solo swim @ Sendero Springs (SCY)

    1500 w/u various

    100 kick, w/board + fins

    2 x 125 (25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill)
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly

    2 x 125 (25 drill/25 free/25 stroke/25 free/25 drill)
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly

    100 kick, w/board + fins

    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly

    500 swim w/fins (75 free/25 stroke)

    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly

    100 kick, w/board + fins

    main sets:
    4 x 300 @ 4:30 (4:10, 4:14, 4:11, 4:09)

    100 easy

    3 x 100 @ 1:45, done as:
    * 50 breast/50 free
    * 25 free/50 breast/25 free
    * 50 free/50 breast
    100 easy free @ 1:45
    100 fast breast

    300 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy

    300 w/d various

    TTL: 5400 yards, 90 min

    Fly: 100 yards
    Back: 300 yards
    Breast: 550 yards
    Kick: 300 yards
    Free: 4150 yards

    I actually tried to swim yesterday. Drove to Creek Side, but it looked way too busy (parking lot was a mess), didn't even get out of my car. Drove to Sendero, but that was closed for a swim team party. Briefly thought of driving to Deep Eddy...but with Barton Springs closed due to flooding on Friday, I'm sure that was crazy. Just wasn't in the mood for the gym pool. Probably need a break anyway, after 6 straight days.

    today's swim felt pretty good. I always try to get in at least 10% non-free; today was about 20% (10% breast). I always feel like I'm in better shape when I swim at least a 100 of each stroke during a workout.

    those 300s just felt so smooth. I like doing different distances, gives me a taste of a little controlled swimming.
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  20. Saturday 05042019

    by , May 4th, 2019 at 06:43 PM (aztimm's training blog)
    Saturday afternoon solo swim @ Sendero (SCY)

    1100 w/u various

    100 kick w/board + fins
    4 x 125 (drill/free/stroke/free/drill)
    100 kick w/board + fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    500 free w/fins
    25 easy free w/fins
    25 fast fly w/fins
    100 kick w/board + fins

    main sets:
    2 x 400 @ 6:00 (held 5:32/5:33), right into
    2 x 300 @ 4:15 pull w/Agility paddles + buoy (held 3:58), right into
    2 x 200 @ 3:00 (2:45 and 2:42), right into
    100 @ 1:45, 50 breast/50 free (1:23)
    100 breast (1:28)

    300 w/d various

    TTL: 4800 yards, 78 minutes

    50 fly
    175 back
    350 breast
    300 kick
    3925 free

    I was toying with swimming for a while. when we were out running errands, I got a McDonald's chocolate shake and it was sitting in my stomach; I felt like a beached whale. so I figured I might as well get wet

    had no idea what I would swim, but as I was doing my drill sets this came to me and worked out wonderfully. I feel like I'm back, and swimming my usual intervals.

    I don't think I was alone in the pool at all. there was a guy there when I got there, he left but someone else showed up. then 2 others (I think a husband/wife). temps were around 75-80, some high clouds off/on. water felt a little warm, I'm guessing low 80s.

    they finally announced the event order for our local meet:

    I definitely want to do the 400 and 200 free. I'll do either the 100 free or 200 breast (they're back-to-back and I'm afraid I'd get no rest for the 2breast if I did both).
    I'll do the 100 breast, and either the 50 free or breast (again back-to-back). I'm not much of a might just go with breast there. I'm not much of a flyer (I can probably do a sad 50), and I could do back but I'm just not fast (I've done the 50 a few times).
    I'm leaning toward:
    200 breast
    400 free
    200 free
    100 breast
    50 breast
    there aren't very many USMS meets in Austin; maybe one or two a year. I'd expect about 50-75 people to show up (maybe more if some come from San Antonio). warm-ups start at noon, the meet starts at 1, and I'm guessing it will be done by 4. there's an LMSC board meeting after, and since I'm on the board I might as well swim too. actually some of the board members are from San Antonio, so I'm sure at least a few folks will come from there (probably an hour drive to the meet pool).

    I think I figured out a good 10k for this summer too (well maybe I'll try to do 2 if I can):
    I have a cousin in the SLC area and he will probably paddle for me (he's an ultra parked at the SLC marathon finish, ran to the start, then ran the race from start to finish). figure I can get in a good swim and visit in the same trip.
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