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McGill Chill

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by , March 31st, 2012 at 12:07 AM (109 Views)
Dang, that 5:45am eastern alarm clock felt early and the 30 minute trek mostly uphill from the pad we rented to McGill University's Memorial Pool ( was chilly, but, after two days out of the water, it felt great to get this in with their Masters Team in SCM:

  • 1 x 1000: SKIPS
  • 12 x 25: on 0:40
    • odds max pushoff distance then easy to the wall
    • evens were something else that now escapes me
    • I mixed up freestyle and backstroke

  • 12 x 25: on 0:40, start from mid-pool / single turn
    • odds do underwater turns
    • evens focus on turns
    • I mixed up freestyle and backstroke

  • 20 x 50: on 1:00, start from mid-pool / double turns
    • Descend each set of 4
    • I went free, back, free, breast, fly/back/breast

  • 8 x 100: pull w/buoy
    • #1-4 descend on 1:50, 50 free / 50 back
    • #5 - #8 descend on 1:55 25 breast / 75 free

  • 8 x 75: on 1:30
    • odds 25 underwater no breath / 50 easy
    • evens 25 kick harder / 50 easy

TOTAL: 4,000 SCM


  • I didn't push much today ... and am not sure my body would've responded too well had I tried!
  • I got in most of my HVT workout #2 on Tuesday (4K of it), but never blogged it.
  • Canadian Trials have been a lot of fun thus far. I think my daughter's enjoying the experience and her times are holding up well (given that her big taper meet was just 3 weeks ago); our focus is on getting and feeling the experience rather than the times. It's gotta feel way different standing in that massive pool with the jumbotron at the other end of the pool and a mockup of a London bus right behind you, one official per lane, etc. Definitely a cool, but still intimidating event for a high schooler to experience.
  • The pool definitely has a high pressure / high stakes vibe going for it, but, with slightly less than 900 swimmers and a massive facility, it feels very comfortable and uncramped in the facility. My only regret is that I won't get to do a workout in the Olympic Pool.
  • We've met a lot of nice people -- swimmers, coaches, parents -- at the meet. Wearing Scottsdale Aquatic Club (SAC) t-shirts causes people to pause and many of them to open a conversation; we've run into many swimmers who have trained at some point in Arizona and one who was the teammate at a Canadian university of a girl who swam at SAC through high school.
  • We haven't yet made it to watch a finals session (too much other stuff to see in town), but will do so tomorrow night (women's 800) and Sunday night (men's 1500). Oh yeah, those short events are also happening (50 and 100 free) on those days. I did catch some solid swimming in the AM sessions.
  • We are also making the most of our time in Montreal; crepes were on the plate tonight and poutine tomorrow night! I love this city, but I always seem to show up in the winter. I can't wait to come for Worlds in the summer of 2014!

Pools / Open Water since 2007

One pool added in bold below.

Pools I've trained in since 2007

  1. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  2. Brophy Sports Campus (Phoenix, AZ)
  3. Lifetime Fitness (Scottsdale, AZ)
  4. Lifetime Fitness (Skokie, IL)
  5. Lifetime Fitness (Austin, TX)
  6. Somerville YMCA (Somerville, NJ)
  7. Raritan Valley Community College (Branchburg, NJ)
  8. IUPUI Natatorium (Indianapolis, IN)
  9. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
  10. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim CenterTucson, AZ)
  11. Talisman Sports Complex (Calgary, Alberta)
  12. U of Lethbridge Max Bell Swim Centre (Lethbridge, Alberta)
  13. Crystal Pool (Victoria, British Columbia)
  14. Oaks Christian School (Westlake Village, CA)
  15. Lifetime Fitness (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
  16. Jewish Community Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  17. McDowell Mountain Ranch Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  18. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
  19. The Olympic Club (San Francisco)
  20. Janet Evans Sports Complex (Fullerton, CA)
  21. Woollett Aquatic Center / Irvine High School (Irvine, CA)
  22. Bruce Hazard Pool @ Mission Valley YMCA (San Diego)
  23. UCSD Canyonview Pool (San Diego)
  24. Villanova University (Philadelphia, PA)
  25. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
  26. Hilton Head Island Rec Center (Hilton Head, SC)
  27. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
  28. Westin Sohna-Gurgaon (India)
  29. Reading Central Pool (Reading, England)
  30. Optimist Park (Raleigh, NC)
  31. Pullen Aquatic Center (Raleigh, NC)
  32. NOVA Aquatics Center shallow pool (Richmond, VA)
  33. Lifetime Fitness (Cary, NC)
  34. Philadelphia Airport Marriott
  35. Berkeley Aquatic Club (Berkeley Heights, NJ)
  36. Chatham County Aquatic Center (Savannah, GA)
  37. Lifetime Fitness (Tempe, AZ)
  38. Clark Swim Center (Walnut Creek, CA)
  39. Holy Names University (Oakland, CA w/Manatee Masters)
  40. B.A.D.A.S.S. Pool (Scottsdale, AZ)
  41. Summit YMCA (Summit, NJ)
  42. George Washington Rec Center (Alexandria, VA)
  43. ACAC (Midlothian, VA)
  44. Centennial Indoor Pool (Cranford, NJ)
  45. Mission Viejo Dive Tank pool (Mission Viejo, CA)
  46. Mesa Carson Westwood Aquatic Complex (Mesa, AZ)
  47. Lifetime Fitness (Goodyear, AZ)
  48. Victoria YMCA (Victoria, BC)
  49. Issaquah Julius Boehm Pool (Issaquah, WA)
  50. Charles Hadley Pool (Miami, FL)
  51. Pompano Beach Aquatic Center (FL)
  52. Culver City Municipal Plunge (CA)
  53. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Baker Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
  54. Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center (Beaverton, OR)
  55. Mt Hood Aquatic Center (Gresham, OR)
  56. Juniper Swim & Fitness Center (Bend, Or)
  57. George Haines International Swim Center (Santa Clara, CA)
  58. Renaissance Club Sport (Aliso Viejo, CA)
  59. Rengstorff Pool (Mountain View, CA)
  60. Coronado Municipal Pool (Coronado, CA)
  61. Eagle Park (Mountain View, CA)
  62. James City / Williamsburg Community Center (Williamsburg, VA)
  63. NOVA Aquatics Center deep pool (Richmond, VA)
  64. Belmont Plaza outdoor pool (Long Beach, CA)
  65. Laguna Beach HS Pool (CA)
  66. Lifetime Fitness (Florham Park, NJ)
  67. USF Koret Aquatic Center (San Fran)
  68. Lifetime Athletic (Vernon Hills, IL)
  69. Stanford Avery Aquatic Center - Bellardi Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
  70. Fremont Hills Country Club (Los Altos Hills, CA)
  71. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
  72. Burlingame Aquatic Center (Burlingame, CA)
  73. Medgar Evers Pool (Seattle, WA)
  74. McGill Memorial Pool (Montreal, QC)

Pools I've competed in since 2007

  1. UT Swim Center (Austin, TX)
  2. ASU Mona Plummer (Tempe, AZ)
  3. Rutger's Sonny Werblin (Piscataway, NJ)
  4. Mission Viejo Nadadores (Mission Viejo, CA)
  5. U of Arizona Hillebrand Swim CenterTucson, AZ)
  6. Rinconada Pool (Palo Alto, CA)
  7. BEST Swim Club (Phoenix, AZ)
  8. Clovis North High School (Fresno, CA)
  9. YMCA Aquatic Center (Orlando, FL)
  10. Kino Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
  11. Georgia Tech Aquatic Center (Atlanta, GA)
  12. Cactus Aquatic Center (Scottsdale, AZ)
  13. Desert Breeze Pool (Las Vegas, NV)
  14. Saanich Commonwealth Place (Victoria, BC)
  15. Skyline Aquatic Center (Mesa, AZ)
  16. Glendale Foothills Aquatic Center (Glendale, AZ)

Open Water courses trained/competed in since 2007

  1. Tempe Town Lake (Tempe, AZ)
  2. Lake Pend Oreille (Sandpoint, ID)
  3. La Jolla Cove / Pacific Ocean (La Jolla, CA)
  4. Greenwich Cove (Greenwich, CT)
  5. Flathead Lake (Montana), both Somers Bay (training) & Polson Bay (competing)
  6. Saguaro Lake (Arizona)
  7. Lake Pleasant (Peoria, AZ)
  8. Atlantic Ocean - Ft. Lauderdale
  9. Elk Lake (Oregon)

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  1. knelson's Avatar
    So cool! Maybe in four years your daughter will be in it for more than just the experience.
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    So cool! Maybe in four years your daughter will be in it for more than just the experience.
    Thanks. Time will tell. The Canadian women, in general, with their top 1 or 2, seem to be quite competitive on the world stage (e.g., they said Brittney MacLean's 400 time ranked her 5th in the world thus far), but they don't have the depth that exists in the US. The Canadian men have a few standouts (e.g., Cochrane, Hayden), but seem to not have as many making the FINA 'A' Olympic cuts as do the women. Swimming Canada, though, has made a lot of progress over the last few years and I suspect they'll get much stronger by 2016.
  3. knelson's Avatar
    When you consider the population of Canada is roughly 1/10 that of the US, then they really aren't doing too bad.