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  1. Sun Jan 17th, 2010

    by , January 17th, 2010 at 03:28 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun Jan 17th, 2010

    [ame=""]FINA BANNED full body tech suits for masters [/ame]

    my son dane just competed in the cheer nationals in Orlando

    PRACTICE & Meet


    2010 ST TXLA New Years Classic

    wore JAMMERS

    Meet Results

    RACED Men's 15 & Over 50 Free
    went 22.48
    got 9th, scratched finals

    I'm pretty pleased

    Tomorrow is:

    200 Free 1:50.70Y (tempted to go for a 100 time)
    100 Back 53.32Y
  2. Breathing is Good! Friday, July 17

    by , July 17th, 2009 at 09:48 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Survived the 100 fly LC today at Jr. Champs! Whew!

    I used the recommended 2 up, 1 down breathing pattern for almost the entire race. Out of force of habit, I had a couple of every others. I think this helped a ton; I felt stronger throughout the race with no disruption of rhythm! I still crashed and burned with 10 yards to go and almost couldn't recover the arms the last couple strokes, but it wasn't nearly as bad as last year. I went 2 seconds faster today unrested than I did last year when I was fully tapered (same suit, same pool). The time board showed 1:12.2, but the time was reported as 1:12.5. Splits were 33.6 and 38.8. Not great, but still vastly better than last year when I split 33/41.

    Race highlights:

    Had to swim in the final heat in lane 1 due to a couple scratches, which I hate. But I didn't catch any wake.
    Took 11 dophin kicks on the start out to exactly the 14.9 meter mark. Freaked out the poor kid.
    Took a coffee break on the the turn for big air intentionally.
    Floated at least a foot very slowly into the final wall. But I just couldn't bring myself to take another stroke.
    Mini's coaches said I looked very "strong." Mini said my stroke looked "good." (This is more feedback than usual. lol)
    Definitely going to use this breathing pattern again, and will likely try it in SCY. This may actually enable me to kick further in SCY ...

    I'm hoping I can make it out to swim my 100 back tomorrow. I spent about 2 and 1/2 hours in the car today going back and forth to the meet. Out A meet tomorrow AM is in Mt. Vernon, so it will be a bit of a rush unless I go straight to U of Md.

    Prelim TT:

    I saw the prelim TT came out. Unfortunately, I also see that both of the 100 backs I swam during the SCY season -- at the September Shootout in Cary NC and at the Auburn Invitational in Alabama were NOT on the list. I'm ticked about this. Both meet entry forms said the times would be submitted, I had received written confirmation from the meet director that my split request form & time were sent to the TT recorder, and the then DZ TT recorder sent me an email (which I believe I reported on my blog) confirming that she would submit the time. Yet both times are AWOL. I have sent emails to Ed Saltzman (DZ TT Recorder) and Mary Beth Windrath), but I doubt there is much that can be done. If not, I won't be attending meets in the Dixie Zone again. I know Cream Puff has had difficulty getting her USA times submitted as well. I'm just not a fan of incompetence. So while I'm very happy with my 100 fly time from today, this was kind of a downer. But I guess I know what I swam.

    Updated July 18th, 2009 at 02:53 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Men 50 Meters FLY Finals Texas Circuit #3 Jun 14th

    by , June 23rd, 2009 at 12:50 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    just found this

    I'm in lane 2
    FAR lane at the top of the screen

    Men 50 Meters Butterfly (final A)
    Texas Circuit #3, Austin
    Lee and Joe Jamail Swim Center
    Austin, TX, US
    Jun 14 2009

    Hill Taylor's 23.10 50 LCM SDK

    Updated July 15th, 2010 at 03:52 PM by ande

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  4. Monday, June 15

    by , June 15th, 2009 at 04:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Did almost the same workout I did the Monday before Zones:


    Warm up:

    750 variety swim, kick, drill

    Main sets:

    8 x 25 back shooters, no fins

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 build + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    2 x (50 AFAP back w/fins + 100 EZ)
    (went 25ish)

    2 x (25 AFAP free w/fins + 25 EZ)

    50 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP kick w/fins + 25 EZ)

    200 C/D

    Total: 2100


    Need to get my entries in for Nats ...

    Nothing good to report otherwise. The plague of contagion from my daughter's middle school has infected her and my house. (Why do kids get strep and flu in June?!) Really busy week ... and I think I'm slightly b*tchy from resting more than usual. I'd like to crawl under a rock for a couple days!! lol

    Edit: Mini Fort has mono. I'm a little paranoid that I'm showing symptoms, and that may account for why I've been fairly fatigued lately. Hope not, as that would really mess up my summer swim plans. I know it's unlikely for adults to get it, but I've never had it before. Fingers crossed.


    200 back splits:

    Splits are up. It was my 3rd 50 that really stunk. I guess 1:21 + 1:26 isn't all that bad, considering the start always makes my first 50 fast.

    1:21.12 (42.66)
    2:05.27 (44.15)
    2:47.34 (42.07)

    (Still hoping to sneak into TT. I would have been 6th last year. But I bet Indy will be more popular than LCM Nats last summer.)



    Fell off the wagon again some this weekend, but I was barely home. Clean eating requires a lot of time, ability to get to the grocery store regularly and eating at home. Not bad, I just had to have a couple sandwiches on the run, a muffin, etc.

    Updated June 15th, 2009 at 10:17 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Sunday Jun 14th, 2009 MEET 200 im 50 fly

    by , June 14th, 2009 at 05:01 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sunday Jun 14th, 2009

    partial practice and meet

    Senior Circuit #3
    Fri June 12 - 14, 2009
    Austin, TX

    warmed up around 1200



    28 200 Individual Medley
    wore rocket science
    went 2:21.24
    30.13 cruised the fly
    37.91 1:08.04 cruised the back
    42.16 1:50.20 worked the breast
    31.04 2:21.24 worked the free
    scratched finals

    swam right next to todd bartee almost caught him, here's his splits
    1:08.71 (38.68)
    1:48.53 (39.82)
    2:20.96 (32.43)

    38 050 Butterfly
    went 26.95
    swimming it again tonight
    had a long glide touch


    50 fly
    wore rocket science
    went 26.74
    last year I went 26.03 at this meet
    last year I kept resting after nationals
    focused on strength and speed
    but not this year


    talking with wife about going to zones or nationals

    USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
    Fri July 18 - 19 2009
    Woodlands, TX
    Meet Entry Form

    Friday July 17th Aerosmith is playing with ZZ Top at the
    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands

    Updated July 15th, 2010 at 03:54 PM by ande

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  6. Survived No Float 200 LC, Sunday, June 14

    by , June 14th, 2009 at 03:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    200 Back LC, 2:47

    Well, I survived my first ever 200 LC. And it was a no float 200 back, as B70s are barred at USA-S meets. I guess I'm glad I did it, but I don't care to repeat the experience! It's just waaaay too far unless I start training 5Ks like Ande. I was sort of testing out the event to see if I could/should swim it at Nats. No, I'll opt to get a 50 back split on my 200 at Indy during the first day's events. I will happily embrace my weenie sprinter nature.

    Anyway, went a 2:47, which was about half a second slower than my converted time from yards. (I don't always believe converted times are accurate for us geezers anyway.) No idea on my splits, as they only post final times. Think they will probably be pretty dodgy. I tried to swim long and easy speed for about 150, but I still had nothing left the last length -- especially judging by the USA swimmer in the adjacent lane who made up almost a body length on the last length to touch with me. But, frankly, I'll still take the time, as I had a hard exhausting day on Saturday (officiating in the heat at a summer league meet, dance recitals, etc.) and had contemplating not swimming at all today.

    And BTW, can these kids learn to do backstroke starts?! I hate being a body length ahead at 15 meters and have them slowly creep up! I also played it safe on the start and took 12 or 13 SDKs, as there was an official sitting in a chair right at the 15 meter mark.

    Probably did about 2000+ meters with the warm up and warm down. I didn't even attempt to warm up in the competition pool, as it's such a mosh pit of kids. I got there early and warmed up in the rec pool.

    Now, off to the summer pool to vegetate!
  7. Fri Jun 12th, 2009 Sen Cir Meet & warm up workout

    by , June 12th, 2009 at 06:19 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri Jun 12th, 2009

    SR Cir Meet & Practice
    2009 Texas Senior Circuit Long Course # 3
    wore a new Speedo FS PRO


    swimming this meet with Tyler, Todd, & David Guthrie, Jon Smiley hung out with us too. Saw Josh Davis today he was at the swim center working with the swim camp kids
    David and Jon asked me if I'm going to Nats, said Ande and tyler you ought to go Nats so we can do relays. So I brought it up with Beth.

    woke up at 4:15 to take my aunts to the airport
    did part of the team work out at 6:30
    went to whole foods
    came back, hung out, changed into PRO
    did a little warmup in a lane next to Dara Torres

    Tyler swam the 200 FL, told him I'd pay him 10 bucks if he kept his last 3 50's with in 025 of each other, then I changed it to half a second
    he went 31.21, 36.22, 36.87, 36.31 2:20.61
    so I didn't have to pay but he was close

    David G was pissed that USS rules don't allow swimmers to wear blue seventy or aqua zone suits

    04 400 Freestyle
    Starter had us take our marks then stand up twice before he let us start

    dove in SDKed
    swam smooth, 2 beat kicked, breathed every stroke, attempted to keep an even pace, should have gone out even easier, needed to finish stronger, I hoped to go faster
    needed to be tougher

    Wonder what I could have gone with better splitting and a rocket science suit?

    but it's a starting point and maybe an ending point
    47 Rasmussen, Ande 46 TXLA-ST
    33.48 1:03.89
    34.53 1:38.42
    35.36 2:13.78 1:09.89
    35.22 2:49.00
    36.03 3:25.03 1:11.25
    36.35 4:01.38
    35.39 4:36.77 1:11.74 2:22.99

    10 050 Freestyle
    36 Rasmussen, Ande 46 TXLA-ST
    breathed 3 or 4 times,
    wasn't super psyched
    last year in this same meet I went 24.50

    so the questions are

    Why didn't I swim the 50 as fast as I did last year?

    What can I do to swim faster in the next few months?

    Last year I:
    kept resting after nationals
    focused on strength and speed,
    did very little aerobic training
    was more psyched
    swam the race fresh and
    wore a blue seventy

    This year I:
    did longer harder training after nationals with little strength and speed work,
    swam the race after a 400,
    wore a speedo PRO
    rested 2 days

    think I'm going to scratch the 200 free
    so I can swim the 200 bk fresh

    14 200 Freestyle
    18 200 Backstroke
    20 100 Butterfly

    28 200 Individual Medley
    38 050 Butterfly

    Whitney told me to take the 200 back out in 1:05 high to 1:06 low

    here's the link to my blog about last years Sr Cir Meet


    6:30 - 8:00
    Whitney Coached
    TSC diving well
    swam with chris, todd, doug, marcio, ned, & larry

    Warm Up LCM
    assigned 1000
    did around 600

    she split the diving well in half
    6 lanes to race in heats
    5 lanes to warm down in

    4 x 50 fast for time in heats, 150 easy
    kept em smooth
    went 27, 25, 25, 23.9

    assigned: 4 x 100 fast from a dive in heats 100 easy
    skipped it

    assigned: 200 fast in heats 100 easy
    skipped it


    Senior Circuit #3
    Fri June 12 - 14, 2009
    1 Day away
    Austin, TX

    Events Entered:
    04 400 Freestyle
    10 050 Freestyle
    14 200 Freestyle
    18 200 Backstroke
    20 100 Butterfly
    28 200 Individual Medley
    38 050 Butterfly

    USMS South Central Zone Long Course Championship Meet
    Fri July 18 - 19 2009
    Woodlands, TX
    Meet Entry Form

    Friday July 17th Aerosmith is playing with ZZ Top at the
    Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion in the Woodlands

    Updated June 12th, 2009 at 09:55 PM by ande

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  8. Cactus Classic Day 3

    by , May 24th, 2009 at 06:38 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    Today was the last day of my "Farewell B70 Tour." I was expecting to feel pretty sore when I showed up this morning at ASU, but, while it took me slightly longer to warmup, I ended up feeling pretty good, controlled and happy with my swims.

    200 free:

    • Expectations: I swam this back in the summer of 2006 and went 2:10. Using the Swimming World time converter, my Nationals time converted to 2:02.8. I figured I'd be happy with anything in the 2:05 range.
    • Result: 2:03.65
    • Thoughts:
      • Wore my B70.
      • Pretty darn impressed with myself, I'll have to say. I swam very controlled for the 1st 150 and then just tried to build to the finish. I didn't get my splits, but it felt pretty close to an even split.
      • I tied for 16th and would've had to do a swim-off if I wanted to swim in finals. I never had any intention of swimming finals, though.

    100 back:

    • Expectations: I had no clue going into this, but figured sub 1:07 would be nice
    • Result: 1:06.13
    • Thoughts:
      • Wore my B70.
      • Happy again. I also tried to focus on negative splitting, mainly by revving up my stroke count on the last 50.
      • I do have to say this (maybe not for the last time): I do not like backstroke starts. When I swam backstroke in high school, we used to be able to do the "stand-up" start; I really miss those days as I can't seem to generate enough upward/outward propulsion on these starts. Guess I need to do some squat jumps in my drylands.

    50 free:

    • Expectations: Wanted to get under 26 as this seemed (again, if I trust the converter) to get me right near my best times in SCY and SCM.
    • Result: 25.90
    • Thoughts:
      • Wore my B70.
      • I contemplated trying a straight arm / windmill stroke for the 1st 25 as I've now practiced that on all of about 100 meters in workouts, but decided I'd get too tired.

    Overall meet commentary:

    • This was a lot of fun. To be honest, I was a little freaked out the 1st time I met one of the parents from our kids team when I was on deck in my B70. I got nothing but "high fives" and "way to go" from my fellow swimming parents. I'm glad I got over that anxiety and swam my first USAS meet.
    • I'll likely swim this meet again next year; given that it'll be a mere week after SCY Masters Nationals, I'll either swim great or be so wasted from Nationals that I sink.

    Updated May 29th, 2009 at 11:42 AM by pwb

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  9. Cactus Classic Day 2

    by , May 23rd, 2009 at 05:25 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    I had a fun, but tiring morning down at ASU for Day 2 of the Cactus Classic. Saw some awesome swims from Susan Von der Lippe as she seems to qualify 1st in whatever event she enters; Tall Paul was there in his Rocket Science suit and Dennis Baker continued to smoke. I haven't swum any of these events as a Masters' swimmer, so technically got 3 PRs.

    100 fly:

    • Expectations: I haven't swum this in LCM as a Masters swimmer, so really had no clue what to expect. I figured the "fast end" of what I could go would be just under a minute as my time from SCM (58.9) converts (according to the Swimming World conversion utility) to 59.6. I really didn't expect to be near that, though.
    • Result: 1:00.44
    • Thoughts:
      • Work my B70.
      • Shocked and awed with my time. I qualified 9th so could've come back for finals, but opted to scratch.
      • A smallish piano fell on my back at about the 80 meter mark and I really wondered if I could get to the wall!

    100 free:

    • Expectations: My SCY time converts to 55-high and I sort of hoped I could get under 56, figuring that with the two weeks post-taper from Nationals I'd be ready to sprint.
    • Result: 56.42
    • Thoughts:
      • Wore my FSPro
      • This actually hurt more than the fly. It was a full 2 hours after the fly, so no real excuse. Simon Percy, the Sun Devil Masters head coach, even commented on how bad my last 30 meters looked; "cramped and slowing stroke rate," I think were the words he used. My daughter said much the same.
      • My freestyle feels all messed up these days as I'm in this weird state of trying to change to a unilateral breathing pattern, but then get tired and revert to bilateral.
      • All things considered, though, not really a bad time.

    200 IM:

    • Expectations: My SCY time converts to 2:17- and I had a vision to get under 2:20 as that converts to about 1:59.99 in SCY.
    • Result: 2:19.90
    • Thoughts:
      • Wore my B70
      • After my 2 experiences dying in the 100s, I really cruised the fly and back and then tried to build the breast and free.
      • Very happy with the time, but it felt more like I was in the low 2:20s. Time would've been 2nd in the TT list for 2008.

    Overall commentary: I need to train LCM! The swims hurt more than any swim I did over the last 9 months in SCM and SCY.

    Updated May 29th, 2009 at 11:42 AM by pwb

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  10. 400 LCM Free

    by , May 22nd, 2009 at 11:39 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    Went down to the Cactus Classic today, my first USAS meet as a Masters swimmer, to do the 400 LCM free. Here's the tale of the tape:

    • Masters' best: 4:36.25 from 2003 Nationals at Rutgers
      • This is one of, I believe, ONLY 4 events I've competed as a Masters' swimmer in LCM

    • Goal time: I was mainly out to just get a time, but figured I could get under 4:30
    • Equipment: FSPro + speed cap + goggles
    • Result: 4:28.19 (split 1:03, 1:09, 1:09, 1:07)


    • I was pleased with this. It's not a stellar swim as my yards time converts to something like a 4:17/4:18, but given that this is 2 weeks post-Nationals and I have not done much during those two weeks, I'm happy.
    • My stroke is still messed up with respect to breathing. I really, really, really need to learn how to unilaterally breathe.
    • Dennis Baker rocked out a Masters WR for the 45-49 age group (in a B70), going 4:13-low. Saw a few other college guys wearing them.
    • Going to bring my B70 tomorrow and use it the rest of the weekend, one last hurrah to wear it into the ground while it's still in this legal limbo state.

    Updated May 29th, 2009 at 11:43 AM by pwb

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  11. Wear B70 this weekend?

    by , May 21st, 2009 at 05:21 PM (Of Swimming Bondage)
    Unless I'm mis-reading the official statements of the two sanctioning bodies for the meet I'm swimming in this weekend --

    • USAS: [ame=""]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums - View Single Post - President Rob Copeland statement on FINA Release[/ame]

    • USMS: [ame=""]U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums - View Single Post - USA Swimming Statement on May 19, 2009 FINA Ruling[/ame]

    I could wear my B70 in the Cactus Classic as neither of these bodies are going to make any official changes for their meets until the end of the month.

    I don't need to as:

    • I've already gotten about 25 races in it, so have gotten my "money's worth" ... and
    • I was planning on wearing jammers anyway as I'm just out to get baseline times

    However, given that this is quite possibly the last meet where (at least in the US), the suit will be more towards the "legal" side of this ever-changing landscape, I just might wear it to see how the officials react (making sure to bring printouts of USAS official statements to the blocks) and to exact the last ounces of "value" out of the suit.

    As I've contemplated this, I think I'll also bring my FSPro along for Friday night's 400 free and likely swim in it after I see how I feel in warmups:

    • If I'm feeling good, I may as well wear it as it's likely the only 400 free I'll do this summer.
    • If I'm feeling bad, I may as well wear it as I'll need every advantage possible to keep up with the young pups.

    As this is my first USAS meet, I'll probably also do a little bit of "do as in Rome" and see if there are a lot of tech suits out there.

    The weather is cooperating with us -- high 80s to mid 90s versus the 105+ we've seen already here -- so it should be a nice weekend.

    Workout today
    Was going to get up to swim @ Cactus this morning, but stayed up too late reading last night ([ame=""] The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable: Nassim Nicholas Taleb: Books[/ame]). I did some gentle yoga and stretching, which is probably just as well as I could feel some lactate remnants from yesterday's swim.
  12. Austin Grand Prix Day 1

    by , March 6th, 2009 at 01:26 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Mar 5th, 2009

    DAY 1 Austin Grand Prix Psych Sheet

    believe the meet was dual sanctioned


    #05 100 Butterfly
    went 51.80
    Took it out hard and tried to hold on

    #08 200 IM
    went 1:58.39
    I was hoping to beat 1:58.9

    Event 12 Men 400 Yard Medley Relay
    1 Longhorn Aquatic-ST 'B' 3:28.46
    1) 25.83 53.32 Rasmussen, Ande 45
    2) 27.37 58.45 Bartee, Todd 39
    3) 23.21 49.93 Blessing, Tyler 36
    4) 22.38 46.76 Varozza, Michael 41


    Event 5 Men 100 LC Meter Butterfly
    35 Rasmussen, Ande 45 Longhorn Aquatic WENT 59.40
    27.88 31.52

    2009 South Central Zone USMS Championships
    Friday March 27 - Sun March 29, 2009
    21 days away

    May 8 - 10
    63 days away

    Updated March 6th, 2009 at 02:15 PM by ande

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  13. Meet Day 3 100 FL & 50 BK

    by , January 19th, 2009 at 01:48 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Monday Jan 19th, 2009

    SWAM In the meet today
    Results and comments blogged at
    short cut:

    100 fl
    50 bk

    NEXT MEET: USA Swimming Austin Grand Prix in Austin TX
    March 5 - 7, 2009
    45 days away
    Meet format: Short Course AM, Long Course PM
    Time Standards are up
  14. Practically Naked

    by , January 18th, 2009 at 09:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Ventured back to the pool today to swim another 200. The vlogger guessed it -- 200 IM. Naturally, I fully intended and would have preferred to swim it with my B70. Indeed, I brought my 23+ swims B70 to the pool for this very purpose!

    But as fans of Vlad the Vlogger, that evil disseminator of private text messages, already know, I busted a huge hole in the suit. A friend, scyfreestyler, said: "I told you to kick ass, not show ass." Fortunately, for everyone involved, I did NOT pull a Laura Smith, as my wardrobe malfunction occurred in the privacy of the locker room. Right on the heels of having set a PR by shimmying into it in 2 minutes flat ... Perhaps that was a sign ... Spurned, I reached into my bag and, lo and behold, I left the Hineck Pro I wore for yesterday's 200 back on the drying rack ... So I was forced to borrow a dry suit from my daughter: bright pink floral Splish suit.

    Thusly attired, and with 30 years of rust, I rather cautiously approached the blocks for the event. I was spurred on by the sure knowledge that my daughter would never let me live it down if I didn't swim (and would be thrilled to be so much faster than me) and that Stevenson (or others) would haul out the "ninny" word. So I gamely gave it a whirl and finished in a 2:26.35.

    I must confess I completely bonked on the last 50. No gas left at all. I was also coffee breaking on the turns. Don't know what my splits were as I was swimming in a different pool than my daughter. (Her coaches sometimes get my splits.) Still, I was happy with the time, and suspect I would have gone roughly 2 seconds faster if properly clad.


    Woke up today and despite a lot of stretching and fluids my calves were still sore from the cramping yesterday. They cramped again right on the start. I think this reduced my enjoyment of the race. I felt like I was SDK-ing like a wee baby. lol Stud says I need to try tonic water.

    I also wish I could say I liked this event like Hulk, but, truly, I did not. That was the most pain I've felt as a masters swimmer since the piano fell on my long course 100 fly this summer. Ack. This event might have been a little ambitious for me, and is definitely not for drop dead sprinters. The 200 back seemed comparatively easier. But, still, I'm glad I broke out of my comfort zone this weekend and tried two new events.

    I took 3 strokes from the flags before flipping on backstroke today. Was very close to the wall. I guess now that I have a ripped B70, I can haul the thing with me to the pool and practice turns in it. (Tank underneath of course.)

    Didn't swim the 100 back today. My seed time hadn't been changed in the system. Wouldn't have gotten enough rest. Reminder never to even think of doing back to back events.

    I really didn't enjoy swimming without a tech suit and have no intention whatsoever of repeating this incident!!!!!! I guess I know not to push B70's 25 swims promise without a back up suit.

    Updated February 10th, 2009 at 10:29 AM by The Fortress

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  15. 30 Year Hiatus Ended! Sat., Jan 17

    by , January 17th, 2009 at 08:56 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Broke out of my drop dead sprinter mold today!

    Swam the 200 back for the first time in 30 years. (Never swam it as a freshman in college because we had a designated backstroker.) I'm glad I did it too, even though it's a decidedly different kind of pain than sprinting -- an insidious creeping all over kind of pain. Couldn't do it on a regular basis though.

    I was secretly hoping to go around 2:26, as that was the cut off for Top Ten last year. Went a 2:22.36 ... very happy with the time. The swim, however, was, er, an adventure. Calves cramped slightly on the start. But mainly I had a hard time negotiating all the turns. Ideally, I need to take 2 and 1/2 strokes from the flags in before flipping. If I take 2, I glide in; if I take 3, I jam the wall. Decided to take 2 today and glided in big time to most of my turns. My streamlines off the wall weren't so great either. Didn't want to SDK much, but overcompensated and broke out too early. Obviously, my inexperience showed. These things never really discourage me, though, they just make me realize I could go faster if I fixed the problems.

    Despite how blastedly tired I felt when the race ended and now, I'm not completely dissuaded from trying it again. (This thought does not apply to the 200 fly, which I still will not try under any known circumstances.)

    Don't know what my splits were as the results aren't posted yet.

    Still trying to decide whether to swim the 100 backstroke right before my secret event tomorrow or just the secret event. Probably just the latter unless I wake up loads of energy. I love cruising into USS meets and only doing an event or two with no pressure for practice.

    I did end up signing up for the 200 backstroke at Auburn, though not the open 100 as it's right before the 50 fly. So I have to decide whether to swim it for a 100 split or just swim it. It would be my last event of the meet. And, by the way, I can't imagine swimming any event within a couple hours of a 200. Those are hard to recover from.

    Updated February 10th, 2009 at 10:29 AM by The Fortress

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