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  1. 8|11|20 26.13 yd outside pool

    522 yds warmup with snorkel and fins
    50 fr off block: out 50pace/in 100pace
    50 fr off block: out 50pace/in ez
    522 yds drill

    swam 3x since last blog. Also a 400 m barefoot run on Strava showed 1:12 on aug 9
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  2. Tuesday 8/11/2020

    PM LCM Solo @ LRRC "Taper Day #8"

    400 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    4x50 @ 1:00 FL drill (mid-pool)
    50 EZ
    2x25 DIVE FAST 15M FL aim for easy speed!!
    50 EZ
    4x25 @ :35 V.S. FL (mid-pool)
    50 EZ
    50 DIVE FAST FL aim for easy speed!! (30.45)
    50 EZ

    200 EZ FR kick w/ fins + BD

    Total: 1400
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  3. Monday 8/10/2020

    AM LCM Solo @ LRRC "Taper Day #7"

    500 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    8x50 @ 1:00 "Progressive Freestyle" w/ SNKL
    300 FR kick w/ fins + BD
    4x50 @ :40 PINK
    4x25 @ :35 V.S.

    3x100 @ 4:00
    #1 - broken :10 rest @ 50 (1:01-)
    #2 - broken :10 rest @ 25/75 (1:00)
    #3 - broken :10 rest @ 25/50/75 (:59-)

    200 EZ FR kick w/ fins + BD

    Total: 2000
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  4. Request predictions! How low will USMS records go by 2070?

    by , August 8th, 2020 at 12:56 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    It's been a while since I have posted anything on my blog, and I suspect whatever readership I might have once had has withered away to practically nothing.

    But for you few putative (or imaginary) stalwarts who have faithfully awaited a new post in the once immensely popular Vlog the Inhaler blog, I humbly beseech your help.

    I am writing a story for Swimmer magazine on where USMS records are likely to be 50 years from now.

    There are a total of 1800+ individual pool records possible, so to narrow things down, I'm concentrating on two events in two age groups: the 100 yards free and the 400 yard IM in age groups 45-49 and 65-69.


    The current records here are pretty amazing, and the curves showing the trajectories since USMS began 50 years ago suggest there is likely plenty of room to drop.

    If you could send me your email address to jamesthornton1@comcast.net , I will send you my little prediction form plus graphs of the record trends. Thanks in advance.

    Alternatively, you could just post your predictions here. In any event, I need to have my story in by the 15th, so please act with some alacrity! Again, thanks so much in advance.

    PS if you could include any rationale
    behind your predictions (mathematical analysis, guess work, gut feeling, whatever) that would be fantastic!

    Note: current records and record holders are in red below.





    Name: _______________________


    Your predictions for records by 2070:


    Men 100 Free

    Now:45-49 (N. Grainger: 46.21) 65-69 (R. Abrahams: 49.42)

    By 2070 _________________ _________________




    Women 100 Free

    Now: 45-49 (E. Braun: 51.99) 65-69 (L. Val: 57.88)

    By 2070: _______________ _________________




    Men 400 IM

    Now:45-49 (N. Grainger: 4:01.32) 65-69 (R. Colella: 4:30.64)

    By 2070: ___________ _____________________




    Women 400 IM

    Now: 45-49 (K. Pipes-Nielsen: 4:32.87) 5-69 (L. Val: 5:21.70)

    By 2070: ___________ __________________


    Rationale for your choices:





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  5. Saturday 8/8/2020

    AM SCY Solo @ LRRC "Taper Day #6"/"Pace Day"

    300 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    4x75 @ 1:15 "Claire Lockridge" pull
    12x25 FL
    4 @ :40 drill
    4 @ :35 SMOOTH/perfect stroke
    4 @ :30 V.S.

    50 EZ

    6x50 FL @ 200 PACE
    1 @ 1:10 (:30-)
    2 @ 1:00 (:29-, :29)
    1 @ :50 (:29)
    2 @ :40 (:29+, :30-)

    250 EZ FR kick w/ fins + BD

    Total: 1500
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  6. Friday 8/7/2020

    PM LCM Solo @ LRRC "Taper Day #5" or "Fifteen hundred on the house"

    Air Temp: 88
    Pool Temp: 82

    500 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull

    5x100 @ 1:40 last 25 no breath pull w/ SP + SNKL

    10x50 @ 1:00 FL kick w/ fins + BD

    Total: 1500
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  7. Thursday 8/6/2020

    AM LCM Solo (w/ LRAD) @ LRRC "Taper Day #4"

    200 SMOOTH FR
    4x150 @ 2:45 50 3/6 drill/50 Dressel drill/50 swim w/ SNKL

    2x
    200 @ 3:30 SMOOTH swim w/ 6-beat kick w/ SP
    4x50 @ 1:00 GOLF
    :30 REST
    3x100 @ 1:30 D1-3 to RED (1:14, 1:12-, 1:09, 1:15, 1:12, 1:08)

    200 FLOAT

    Total: 2400
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  8. Wednesday 8/5/2020

    AM SCY Solo @ LRRC "Taper Day #3"/"Pace Day"

    Air Temp: 74
    Pool Temp: 85*
    *At least 85, may have been higher. SCY pool doesn't have an aerator or chiller, and so it is always hot in the summer. Too bad, cause it is the competition pool for next week's meet!

    300 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    3x100 @ :10 rest 50 FR/50 FL kick w/ BD
    4x75 @ 1:10 "Claire Lockridge" pull w/ SP
    12x25 @ :30 FL
    4 - drill
    4 - SMOOTH
    4 - V.S.

    8x50 FL @ 200 PACE
    2 @ 1:10 (:29, :29-)
    2 @ 1:00 (:29+, :29+)
    2 @ :50 (:29+, :30-)
    2 @ :40 (:30+, :31-)

    4x100 @ :10 rest kick w/ fins + BD
    odd: FL
    even: FR

    Total: 2000
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  9. 8|4|20 SCM/SCY

    SCM 78F H2O
    500 warmup fins/snorkel

    SCY 86F H2O
    500 drill fins/snorkel
    500 back fins
    10 x 30 as 15m fast fr/15m ez stroke on 1:00
    4 x 15m fr sprint on 2:00
    200 ez
    4 x 25 kick on 0:30
    100 ez

    Updated August 5th, 2020 at 12:27 AM by __steve__

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  10. Tuesday 8/4/2020

    AM LCM Solo (w/ LRAD w/ modifications) @ LRRC "Taper Day #2"

    Air Temp: 70
    Pool Temp: 80

    400 (100 FR swim/100 3/6 drill)
    6x100 @ 2:15 12.5 dog-paddle head-up/12.5 dog-paddle head-down/25 FR w/ high recovery + fast kick/50 FR w 6-beat kick w/ SNKL

    5x100 @ 1:25
    1:00 REST
    4x100 @ 1:20
    1:00 REST
    3x100 @ 1:15

    200 FLOAT

    Total: 2400

    Club team did 6/5/4x100 with :30 rest in between each set. I dropped one and added :30 rest for "obvious taper reasons."
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  11. Monday 8/3/2020

    AM* LCM Solo (w/ LRAD) @ LRRC "Taper Day #1"
    *It was nice to not wake up at 4:25 am for a 5:00 swim, and instead wake up at 6:25 for a 7:00 swim!

    Air Temp: 70
    Pool Temp: 79+**
    ** When you get 6 straight days where the temperature doesn't exceed 90 degrees, wonderful things can happen to the pool temperature!

    500 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    20x50 @ 1:05 5 each stroke I.M.O.
    3 - 25 kick/25 swim
    2 - 25 drill/25 swim

    8x25 @ :30 FAST FL
    1:00 REST
    2x100 @ 2:00 25 FAST FL/50 SMOOTH FR/25 FAST FL
    :30 REST
    2x100 @ 2:00 50 SMOOTH FR/50 FAST FL
    :30 REST
    3x100 @ 2:10
    #1 - 33M FAST FL/67 EZ
    #2 - 66M FAST FL/34 EZ
    #3 - FAST FL (1:12-)

    100 FLOAT

    Total: 2500

    Got a local meet they are trying to host the second weekend in August. I will be out of town Saturday and Sunday, but the meet is running Saturday through Monday, so I have entered the 200 I.M., 100 FR, and 200 FL for Monday morning. I won't do all three events, and may only do one. Also not sure if I will full shave. A lot of uncertainty around my plan of action still, but I figured I have worked hard enough, why not rest a little?
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  12. Saturday 8/1/2020

    PM LCM w/ Srdan, Felippi (his son), Trip, Noel, Larry, Dr. J and Frank (w/ Doug as Chief Split-Getter and General Clark as cheer squad) "An ugly, painful Lactaturday"

    Air Temp: 85
    Pool Temp: 80*
    *Great conditions today, but they didn't improve our speed :/

    400 swim every 4th 25 head-ups cull
    4x100 @ 2:00 25 dog-paddle/50 swim w/ 6-beat kick/25 BUF
    2x25 @ :10 rest 12.5 FAST/12.5 EZ

    6x @ ~ 5:00
    50 DIVE PURPLE (27.0, 28.5*, 28.1, 29.1, 29.9, 28.2)
    50 EZ
    *Slipped off the start on #2

    100 FLOAT

    Total: 1550

    Srdan and I suited up for this, him in his "Croatian National Team" leg suit, and me in my full body B70 Neuro Comp. This was the ugliest dive/lactate set I have done all year. It was hard to feel fast. As I pointed out during the set, when things started to unravel: there is nothing like a sprint set like this to show you how broken down you are.

    SHOUT OUT: Trip, who did 6x200 instead (maybe that would have been the wiser option?), 2 @ 4:00, 1 @ 5:00, 2 @ 6:00, and went 2:36, 2:36, 2:35, 2:34, 2:33, 2:31. Very impressive times. Srdan had the fastest 50 of the group with a speedy 26.8. Noel was the most consistent, with a 27.4 on #1, and then only having one other 50 above 29.0. Doug (FL) was a speedy 32.4 (32.1 on Srdan's watch) at the end of the set (he only did one 50, again, to show us that "it's just not that hard").

    Updated August 2nd, 2020 at 12:43 PM by Calvin S

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  13. Friday 7/31/2020

    AM LCM Solo (w/ LRAD) @ LRRC "The hardest set I have done in the last six months..."

    Air Temp: 73
    Pool Temp: 80

    500 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    500 pull w/ SNKL
    400 kick w/ fins + BD
    8x50 @ 1:00 "Progressive Freestyle" w/ SNKL
    5x100 @ 2:00 25 head-up front scull/25 dog-paddle/50 swim

    3x w/ fins + paddles
    4x25 @ :30 SP1
    :30 REST
    2x50 @ :30 SP1
    :30 REST
    100 @ 2:30 SP2 (:56, :56, :56-)

    9x100 @ 1:50
    #1 - 25 no breath/50 SMOOTH/25 no breath
    #2 - 25 no breath/25 SMOOTH/25 no breath/25 SMOOTH
    #3 - breathe every 6

    4x200 @ 4:30
    #1 - PINK (2:36)
    #2 - RED broken :20 at the 100 (1:10/1:10 = 2:20)
    #3 - BLUE broken :15 at the 50 (:32/:33-/:33+/:33+ = 2:12)
    #4 - PURPLE broken :10 at the 25 (2:04-)

    100 EZ

    Total: 5000

    So the hypoxic set in the middle of practice was the hardest set I have done in recent memory. I have had sets that hurt more at times, but given the sprints on top of sprints on top of sprints in the previous set, the 9x100 pushed me to the limit physically and mentally. Hypoxic set difficulty is as much about what the set entails as it is where in the practice it takes place. I completed the set, but I was seeing stars by the end of it!

    Updated July 31st, 2020 at 02:28 PM by Calvin S

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  14. Thursday 7/30/2020

    PM LCM w/ LRAD for part and w/ Trip for 200s @ LRRC "Straight-up Recovery"

    Air Temp: 90
    Pool Temp: 82

    500 swim w/ fins + SNKL
    20x25 @ :40 done as follows:
    - start at 12.5M line
    - 3 fast open turns
    - FR to the flags
    - FL or BR to wall
    - FAST turn into great kickout/pullout + fast breakout
    - alternated 5 FL/5 BR w/ :10 extra rest after each set of 5

    4x50 @ :00 SMOOTH FR kick w/ BD
    4x50 @ :10 rest 3/6 drill w/ SNKL

    3x200 @ 3:00 PINK

    100 FLOAT

    Total: 2100

    Needed to just float today I was so sore from yesterday's set.
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  15. 7|30|20 SCY


    SCM main pool 78F

    WARMUP
    500 fr snorkel/fins
    • still learning markings (without looking at wall)


    SCY therapy pool 86F

    DRILL
    10 x 25 br on 0:45
    • 2 kicks per cycle
    • try to keep feet from inside plane of knee

    SET
    7 x 50 fr on 3:00 from block
    • 29-30 +-1
    • 125 yd pace


    For the 50’s I tried to hold the same time of Calvin’s purple LCM 50’s on 5:00, and in order to do so, SCY on 3:00 worked. The 6th one went 28, but fell apart on #7

    Updated July 30th, 2020 at 06:33 PM by __steve__

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  16. Wednesday 7/29/2020

    AM LCM Solo (w/ LRAD) @ LRRC "Friday Fly Day and 'Lactaturday'...on a Wednesday?"

    Air Temp: 77
    Pool Temp: 81

    400 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    400 FR kick w/ fins + BD
    400 pull w/ SNKL

    4x50 @ :45 PINK
    1:00 REST
    4x50 @ :40 PINK

    4x100 @ 2:00 k/sw/dr/bld I.M.O.
    8x25 V.S.
    4 @ :40 FR kick w/ BD
    4 @ :30 FR swim

    100 EZ

    8x @ ~ 5:00
    50 DIVE PURPLE FL (30.5, 30.3, 29.7, 30.5, 30.4, 30.6, 31.7, 31.3)
    50 EZ

    100 FLOAT

    Total: 3200

    Was really happy with my times today. After a lot of FL yesterday, after not really having trained much LCM FL this summer, I actually felt surprisingly good. Held my stroke together well. This beard though, its like having a five pound weight attached to my chin. Every time I bring my head up to breathe I feel like my son is grabbing my chin and pulling me back down (something he actually does when we play in the water together). It's the longest my beard has ever been. Man do I ever need a shave/taper meet!
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  17. Tuesday 7/28/2020

    PM LCM Solo (w/ LRAD) @ LRRC "Friday Fly Day...on Tuesday?"

    Air Temp: 91*
    Pool Temp: 84
    * Heat Index of 100

    4x w/ SNKL
    75 FR swim
    50 FR kick H.A.S.
    25 scull
    :15 REST

    500 FR kick w/ fins + BD
    500 FR pull w/ SP + SNKL
    20x25 @ :35 w/ fins
    odd: UW FL kick on side (big kicks)
    even: UW FR kick

    10x50 @ 1:10 FL 25 drill/25 swim
    1:20 REST
    10x50 @ 1:00 FL swim

    100 EZ

    Total: 3200
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  18. 7|27|20 SCM/SCY

    7|26 Drylands
    Various Pushups (knee to elbows/nose)
    Pullups
    DB curls and presses
    Barefoot run (rubber track) 400M 1:13

    7|27
    SCM warmup
    500 fins snorkel
    • learn the markings


    SCY
    Video of starts and Br

    3 x 25 fr fast on 2:00 (25 ez drill)

    10 x 15M fr AFAP on 2:00
    • started after X:00 change-up
    • kept hitting the :09 (8’s)

    9 x 50 fr on 1:00 fins/snorkel
    • evens fast

    2 x 50 flutter kick on 1:00
    • 0:48, 0:52

    Updated July 28th, 2020 at 12:11 PM by __steve__

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  19. Monday 7/27/2020

    AM LCM Solo (w/ LRAD) @ LRRC

    Air Temp: 73
    Pool Temp: 81+

    500 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    500 FR kick w/ fins + BD
    300 pull w/ SP + SNKL
    400 swim 50 FR/25 double-arm BK/25 BK swim
    10x50 @ 1:05 w/ fins
    odd: alternate 4 BR strokes/4 FL strokes
    even: 25 BR/25 FL

    3x
    4x25 @ :40 BK w/ first 10 strokes spin drill
    :20 REST
    4x50 @ 1:05 V.S. BK
    :40 REST

    2x200 @ 3:20 100 FR kick/100 FR swim (kick w/ BD)
    100 @ :30 REST SMOOTH
    2x200 @ 3:10 50 FR kick/100 FR swim/50 FR kick (kick w/ BD)**
    100 @ :30 REST SMOOTH
    3x200 @ 2:35 D1-3 (2:31-, 2:30-, 2:28-)
    ** I missed the send-off on the second one.

    100 EZ

    Total: 4800
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  20. Saturday 7/25/2020

    PM LCM w/ Trip, Srdan, Larry, Frank Lorge, Ainsley Jenkins, + Doug as Chief Split-Getter "Lactaturday"

    "Game the same. Just got more fierce." ~ Slim Charles, The Wire

    Air Temp: 90
    Pool Temp: 82

    400 swim every 4th 25 head-up scull
    300 pull w/ SP + SNKL
    200 FR kick w/ fins + BD
    4x25 @ :30 V.S.
    50 EZ

    1x @ 9:00
    200 DIVE PURPLE (2:12.2 --> 1:03.2/1:09.0)
    200 EZ

    2x @ 7:00
    100 DIVE PURPLE (1:02.3, 1:03.6)
    150 EZ

    4x @ 5:00
    50 DIVE PURPLE (:29.8, :29.6, :29.4, :29.0)
    100 EZ

    100 EZ

    Total: 2650

    SHOUT OUT: Where to begin. Frank made a guest appearance at 69 years young and did backstroke. Ainsley Jenkins is one of the club swimmers, and has done the same amount of sprinting I have all week, plus doubles on Monday and Wednesday. Trip opted to do a second 200 dive in lieu of 4x50, but then did a bonus 50 at the end. I was pleasantly surprised with my results given how much sprinting I have done this week. Srdan wore a leg suit, and I wore my LZR jammer, just to try and "feel" a little speed.

    FULL RESULTS:
    Calvin - 2:12.2 (1:03.2/1:09.0), 1:02.3, 1:03.6, :29.9, :29.6, :29.4, :29.0
    Srdan - 2:15.3 (1:03.2/1:12.1), 1:07.7, 1:06.6, :28.9, :29.1, :31.3, :27.6
    Ainsley - 2:19.5 (1:09.0/1:10.5), 1:04.9, 1:03.6, :30.3, :30.5, :30.1, :32.0 (FL)
    Trip - 2:27.4 (1:11.9/1:15.5), 1:09.1, 1:08.1, 2:27.5 (1:11.5/1:16.0), :32.3
    Larry - 2:36.2 (1:15.6/1:20.6), 1:12.8, 1:18.5, :34.7, :34.6, :36.7 (FL), :39.2 (I.M.)
    Frank (BK) - 3:21.1 (1:39.2/1:41.9), 1:35.6, 1:35.6, :44.4, :44.6, :44.0, :51.5 (he cramped at the 25M mark on last one)
    Doug - :28.63 (12.56/16.07) <-- did one at the end on his own to show us how easy it is!
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