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  1. 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

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  2. 12|31|19 LCM 23 min = plenty

    by , December 31st, 2019 at 03:48 PM (Blog)
    10 x 24m fr on 1:00

    • 12m wide area, DFS, 1 breath

    2 x 50 fr fins on 2:00

    • 31, 27

    2 x 100 (50 fr fast/50bk ez) on 4:00

    • frs: 27, 27 / bks 50s

    2019 swimming related memory flash. Two meets after 2.5 years off due to injury-surgery. Spent some time swimming in nature: couple weeks in Aruba, a couple in Hawaii, a few more local places, lakes, waterfall ponds, and once in a very cold Edisto river. About 90% of OW swimming was done with fins.

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    Below: Aruba, Hanauama bay HI, Kahe point HI, and Edisto river in 57F water (swimming < 2 minutes)

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    Updated December 31st, 2019 at 10:21 PM by __steve__

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  3. 12|30|19 LCM

    by , December 30th, 2019 at 04:48 PM (Blog)
    500M bk with board fins 8:00

    100M slow sprint with board fins/snorkel

    50 fr w/t exaggerated kick driven 6 beat
    • each individual kick - steady and equal

    50 fr w/t kick driven 2 beat

    50 flutter kick fast 49 high

    50 fr ez

    18 x 15M on 0:30 breakout drill
    • every 2nd and 3rd from dig (w/o wall)

    50 head-up with fly-kick free, fins snorkel

    50 ez

    Updated December 30th, 2019 at 07:13 PM by __steve__

  4. 12|27|19 novice cold water plunge

    by , December 28th, 2019 at 12:29 AM (Blog)
    Went for a brief 55F water swim in the Edisto river taking advantage of abnormally low water temperatures. The air was close to 70. I actually did two swims, but no longer than 1 min for each time ha ha. Anything under 82F feels cold to me, but this wasnt a cold sensation, it was a little more like pain.


    Superset of 4x:
    0:55 airbike (~15 cal)
    ~0:45 curve (0.1 mi)
    10 rep 50 lbs DBBP
    0:50 static crunch at 45

    2 x 10 x 120 lbs 12 step-ups

    Superset 3x:
    20 x 115 lbs leg press each
    10 x ??? lbs cable pull downs
    10 x 50 lbs BB curls

    Updated December 28th, 2019 at 12:54 PM by __steve__

  5. 12|26|19 LCM

    by , December 26th, 2019 at 04:40 PM (Blog)

    200 bk / 100 fr with short fins

    5 x 150 (broken in 50s) on 5:00 as:
    50 fr fast (34, 3?, 29, 35, 30)
    50 flutter kick, on 2:00 (52, 57, 64, 58, ??)
    50 fr smooth on 1:00
    50 kick / 50 smooth without fins
    50 fr fast obviously with fins

    50 ez

    100 bk with fins

    Doesnt look like much but LC flutter kicking really packs the legs with pain

    Updated December 27th, 2019 at 12:34 PM by __steve__

  6. 12|22|19 drylands

    by , December 22nd, 2019 at 01:25 PM (Blog)
    The following 3 x with just few seconds rest:
    15 cal airbike ~0:54
    0.1 mi curve ~0:50
    DBBP 10 x 45lbs
    negative pullups 10
    lateral / front shoulder raises 20 x 5lbs
    1 min (8 cal) concentric tricep pushes on cross country ski fan
    ~1:45 Surya namaskar B ashtanga sequence

    Updated December 23rd, 2019 at 09:58 AM by __steve__

  7. 4K Saturday Aerobic

    Hey all - not much swimming for me this week - traveled to PA for the holidays and had a lot of packing and work to do. Hoping to get to the local YMCA tomorrow to do this workout. Happy swimming!

    W/U (1000):

    1000 skips (200 sw,kick,IM drill,pull,sw)

    Main (2700):

    4x300 swim @ 4:15/4:00/3:45/3:30 w/ fins
    6x50 @ 1:15 kick
    3x200 swim @ 2:45/2:35/2:25
    4x50 kick @ 1:20
    2x100 sw @ 1:10/1:05
    2x50 kick @ 1:30
    1x50 FAST
    1x50 easy kick

    300 easy warm down - sw/drill mix

    Total: 4000

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  8. 12|20|19 LCM

    by , December 20th, 2019 at 06:53 PM (Blog)
    Daughters Clemson graduation ceremony yesterday, shes a Chemical Engineer!! Very happy for her

    Easy swim today, about 20 minutes with short fins.

    250 back
    500 free
    smooth breakouts
    slowmotion drill, shoulder driven

    Updated December 22nd, 2019 at 11:18 AM by __steve__

  9. Rainy Monday Workout

    I took a few days off last week, not a lot of time to get in the pool - 'tis the season for being busy. Also apparently I can't even vacuum my house without hurting my back these days, so today will be pretty light trying to stretch out this sore spot from a house cleaning campaign yesterday. Here's a lighter day if anyone needs it:

    W/U (1200):

    8x150 swim->pull->kick

    1&2 - swim @ 2:15
    3 - 100 sw/50 pull buoy only @ 2:15
    4 - 50 sw/100 pull buoy only @ 2:15
    5 - 150 pull w/ pads + buoy @ 2:15
    6 - 100 pull/50 kick @ 2:30
    7 - 50 pull/100 kick @ 2:50
    8 - kick w/fins @ 3:15

    Drill (600):

    8x75 @ 1:30
    odd - 50 drill/25sw RIMO
    even - swim free dps

    Kick (400):

    16x25 dolphin kob w/ fins @ :30

    Main (950):
    *all w/ pads

    200 sw @ 2:30
    150 sw @ 1:55
    100 sw @ 1:15
    50 sw @ :40
    100 sw @ 1:20
    150 sw @ 2:00
    200 sw @ 2:40

    50 easy

    Total: 3200

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    Updated December 16th, 2019 at 04:45 PM by rmjenkins14

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  10. 12|14|19 LCM

    by , December 14th, 2019 at 07:25 PM (Blog)
    480m fr with snorkel in 12m section
    work turns

    SET I

    10 x 50 fr on 1:00 fins
    breathe ea 3rd

    200 drills snorkel\fins

    SET II
    13 x 100 (50 fr/50 various) on 2:00 - 5:00
    breathe every 6, or 8, or 10
    various was bk, br, or drill
    fins throughout

    200 various drills fins\snorkel

    6 x 50 flutter kick on 2:00

    legs fried by kick set, 0:55 on first one

    Updated December 14th, 2019 at 08:13 PM by __steve__

  11. 12|12|19 just drylands

    by , December 13th, 2019 at 12:41 AM (Blog)
    Acidosis, Threshold, Flush Superset

    5x the following:
    15 cal (~0:50) airbike
    0.1 mile (~0:50) woodway curve
    (~1:45) Surya namaskar B ashtanga sequence

    Weights and strength: Legs, hips, lower back
  12. 12|10|19 LCM

    by , December 10th, 2019 at 10:23 PM (Blog)



    10 x 50fr on 1:00
    200 easy with fins

    50 ez flutter kick
    3 x 50 fast flutter kick on 2:00
    0:50, 1:00, 1:05
    legs felt blown-up after

    50 ez fr
    14 x 15m fr fast/15m ez bk on 1:00
    2-3 fast strokes then coast
    focus on breakout momentum

    200 ez

    Need to back off sprinting with effort and focus on light and fast. Feet were cramping from barefoot treadmill running yesterday.

    12|09|19 LCM

    4 x 50 on 3:00 fr wt board fins
    37, 34, 30, 27
    breathed 3 - 5x ea

    Updated December 11th, 2019 at 10:13 PM by __steve__

  13. Tuesday Short Distance Aerobic

    I had originally planned to use the 50s set below as a main set and do some stroke and kick work as well, but as I was swimming I thought I could add the 25s. I think if you want to make a whole workout from this pattern, start with 100s and work your way down to 25s for a total of 4000.

    W/U (1200)


    4 - swim @ 1:20
    4 - pull w/ pads + buoy @ 1:25
    4 - pull w/ pads, buoy and ankle strap @ 1:30

    Main (1200):

    16x50 swim
    Intervals in groups of 4 (no rest in between):

    2 min rest

    16x25 swim

    200 easy

    Total: 2600
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  14. Light Monday Workout

    So this weekend I was gone from Thursday to Sunday at an age group meet in Nashville for a meet for my daughter. Because of that, I haven't been in the water since Wednesday. I have to say it makes me a little twitchy spending 4 days at a pool and not being able to jump in it and get a workout in, but of course I can't be that crazy old lady taking up space during warm-ups!

    Today I kept it light to ease back in and because I was short on time. I did have a part 2 and 3 of this workout that I didn't do but may in the future, so I'll post the whole set if you're feeling ambitious.

    W/U (600):

    300 swim mix
    300 kick w/ fins

    Main (1600/3200/4800):
    Rd 1 - pull, Rd 2 - sw no equipment; Rd 3 - w/ fins (& paddles if you want)

    I only did round one of this because I'm trying to strengthen my pull, but if I had more time I would have completed all three rounds.


    1x100 @ 1:15/1:10/1:05
    1x200 @ 2:35/2:30/2:25
    1x300 @ 3:55/3:50/3:45
    1x400 @ 5:20/5:10/5:00
    1x300 @ 3:50/3:45/3:40
    1x200 @ 2:30/2:25/2:20
    1x100 @ 1:10/1:05/1:00]

    100 easy

    Total: 2300/3900/5600
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  15. IM Day - Needed a Freestyle Break

    This workout was from yesterday - I wasn't able to get in today, have to head to a swim meet for my daughter tonight. I needed a break from freestyle so did this as an IM/Stroke workout. Enjoy!

    W/U (800):

    400 RIMO 50sw/50dr
    4x50 kick @ 1:00 - IMO on back
    8x25 Pull @ :45 - IMO w/ pads + buoy

    Main (2000):

    1x200 IM @ 3:10
    4x25 Fl @ :30
    2x150 IM @ 2:30 - 25fl/25bk/50br/50fr (mix this up as you like)
    4x50 Bk @ 1:00
    3x100 IM @ 1:30
    4x75 Br @ 1:20
    4x50 IMO @ 1:00
    4x100 Fr @ 1:15

    Kick (500):

    5x100 kick w/ fins @ 1:30 - desc 1-4, hold 5

    100 easy

    Total: 3400
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  16. 12|3|19 SCY

    by , December 3rd, 2019 at 11:21 PM (Blog)
    10 x 50 fr on 1:15
    10 x 50 on 2:30 most were fr
    4 x 25 on 0:30 flutter kick
    10 x 25 on 0:46 flutter kick
    800 various drills and things with fins

    2150 yds

    Updated December 4th, 2019 at 11:06 AM by __steve__

  17. 12|2|19 SCY

    by , December 3rd, 2019 at 11:53 AM (Blog)
    250 fr warmup
    4 x 50 bk on 1:15
    6 x 50 bk on 1:30
    500 bk with fins
    200 ez fr with fins
    10 x 25fr nbs on 1:15

    Then kicked out of pool for an non-swimming related scheduled class

    1700 yds

    Updated December 4th, 2019 at 09:10 PM by __steve__

  18. Black Friday and Cyber Monday Workouts

    Hey all,

    Not much swimming last week because of poor pool conditions - but Friday I managed to get one in that I really liked and wanted to share. Below is today's workout which was more aerobic focused, and Friday's which was a fun ladder.

    Friday, 11/29 - Ladder:
    For this workout, the distances with "50" all have the same pattern: Half the swim / 50 FAST / other half negative split from first half. For example the 550 would be:

    1. 250 swim to touch. Wait until the next closest 0 (if you come in on :32, leave on the :40). Same pattern throughout.
    2. 50 FAST to touch. :30 sec rest
    3. 250 swim - negative split from first 250. :30 rest interval.

    As the distance goes down, so does the rest after the 50 fast and second half of the swim. So the 450 gets :25 rest, the 350 gets :20, etc.

    Set (3900):

    1x600 swim @ 8:00 - warm up

    1x550 broken swim: 250 swim to touch (>:10 rest) / 50 FAST to touch. :30 rest / 250 swim negative split from first. :30 rest.

    1x500 pull @ 7:30

    1x450 broken swim: 200/50/200 - same pattern with :25 sec rest

    1x400 kick w/ fins @ 6:00

    1x350 broken swim: 150/50/150 - same pattern with :20 rest

    1x300 pull @ 4:30

    1x250 broken swim: 100/50/100 - same pattern with :15 rest

    1x200 kick w/ fins @ 3:00

    1x150 broken swim: 50/50/50 - same pattern with :10 rest

    1x100 pull @ 1:30

    1x50 FAST

    100 easy

    Total: 4000

    Monday, 12/2:

    W/U (800):

    300 swim fr/bk/br by 25
    200 kick w/ fins
    6x50 @ 1:00 drill w/ fins - catch-up/fingertip drag/flick x2

    Main (1200):

    6x200 swim @ 2:30
    *choose a challenging aerobic base interval, I was getting between 5 and 8 sec rest4x50 @ 1:00 - easy swim fr/bk by 25

    Speed (500):

    10x50 @ 1:00 best avg
    *For this my goal was to stay under :30. I plan to do this once every two weeks and drop the interval each time by :05 and maintain the times from today.

    200 easy warm down

    Total: 2900

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  19. 12|1|19 SCY

    by , December 1st, 2019 at 07:32 PM (Blog)
    10 x 50 on 1:00
    4 x 50 on 1:05
    3 x 50 on 1:15
    3 x 50 on 1:30
    500 drills fins
    5 x 25 fr <95%+flip+ez bk on 3:00
    5 x 50 fr (15m >95%) on 2:00
    4 x 25 flutter kick on 0:30
    10 x 25 flutter kick on 0:45
    400 with fins and snorkel various
    2 x 50 (25 fly / 25 ez) on 2:00 fins

    2750 yds

    Updated December 4th, 2019 at 09:16 PM by __steve__

  20. 11|29|19 and 11|30|19 SCY

    by , December 1st, 2019 at 03:17 PM (Blog)
    Still in Alaska
    Nov 29

    10 x 50fr on 1:00
    500 ez with snrkl
    50 bk
    200 bk fins
    7 x 50 (15m fast) on 2:00
    4 x 25 flutter kick on 30
    10 x 25 flutter kick on 1:00
    500 drill with fins various

    2250 yds

    Nov 30
    Had only 20 min

    100 ez fr wu
    200 ez fr fins
    800 straight through fins snorkel
    as 175 fr / 25 fly order

    1100 yds

    Updated December 4th, 2019 at 09:19 PM by __steve__