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  1. Day 1, NE SCM Champs

    by , December 8th, 2012 at 11:11 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    I am really happy with today's events, especially considering I was only in the water 3 out of the last 8 days before the meet. Minor glitches in every race, as there so often are, but I seemed to do better as the day went on.

    100 IM, 1:12.2

    My first big mistake right off the bat. I dove in and my hands separated on the dive with my left arm going down to my waist. I'm not sure this has ever happened to me on a start in a meet ... not at BU anyway. The same thing had happened to me earlier in warm up. So I spent some time wondering if I had been DQ'd, though this must be virtually impossible for officials to see. It certainly made me slower and took away my best weapon (my start and initial SDK). I soldiered on. Didn't feel that great on the last length. Last year, I was 1:11.99 here. I almost certainly would have been faster without that initial mishap, so was pleased with the end result especially given the stomach issues of the week. And it is still my 3rd fastest time of my masters career.

    50 free, 27.91, PR, NR

    My free felt very good in warm up, so I was optimistic, just a bit spooked about the start. Oddly, I was not really set on the start. I thought the starter said "stand," but quickly saw that he had not and got back down only an instant before the gun went off. I'm not sure the miscue hindered me as I still got off the blocks faster than the adjacent lanes. Definitely took a good look at the wall, , and without thinking took a breath quickly off the turn. I usually take one half way on the second length. Happily, my mental error mattered not. I touched in my best time ever, faster than my B70 swims. This had been my focus event for the meet; I've done much more AFAP freestyle in practice this fall with my shoulder better. I was still really surprised and thrilled. As Ande would say, the NR was "soft" and woud eventually be broken. I am no less delighted. My first NR in a non-dolphin kick event!

    100 fly, 1:09.3, PR

    I went thought the usual mental process of whether I should scratch this event. . I was tired and happy after the 50 free. And was also wondering whether perhaps a sickness taper was good for 50s, but not so much for 100s. But everyone else seemed like they were dreading it too, so I had company. And I thoroughly surprised myself! This is .5 faster than my B70 time from 2009. Last year at this meet, I went a 1:11. The race went well except that I swallowed a huge mouthful of water going into my third turn. I didn't get as much air as I wanted and couldn't SDK as far as I normally do off that wall. I definitely died the last 15 meters despite going out in what I thought was easy speed. I was just shocked when I looked at the clock. Karlyn later told me I swam a "ballsy race" because I was a tad ahead of her at the 75. The truth is that I never saw her or even looked for her because I assumed, based on her times and seed that she'd beat me by several seconds in SCM. I guess I have learned to swim my own races. I was astonished to beat AJ Block, lanes away, who beat me in yards at nationals. For the third event swim of the day, this is fantastic for me. This time makes me much more excited to do this race in yards! More easy speed or ultra fly in practice.


    A nice dinner after with fellow bloggers SwimStud, Mike and Tim and drinks at the hotel with Stud. Stud gets kudos for helping into my uncomfortable Arena closed back suit. I switched into an open back suit during my 2.5+ hour break before 100 fly and was much more comfy. Hoping for a little shut eye. But my hotel room is very warm. Who woud think I'd have to open my window in Dec. in Boston?!

    I think I will scratch the 100 free fairly early tomorrow. Don't need to do a split request and would rather swim the 100, if I want to, at the end of the meet in the 200 rather than before the 50 back.

    Updated December 8th, 2012 at 11:28 PM by The Fortress

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  2. Saturday 12/8/12

    by , December 8th, 2012 at 10:51 PM (Workout Swimmer)
    500 back/free
    500 P
    500 kick
    8 x 150; 100 IM, 50 free on 2:15
    100 easy
    8 x 100 kick on 1:00
    200 easy
    20 x 50; 5 free, 5 stroke, 5 free, 5 stroke on :45 & :55
    100 easy
    5 x 300 on 4:00
    50 easy (kids kept going, I was pooped)
    Total: 6500

    Pulled my right pectoral/shoulder muscle somehow while Christmas shopping today. Gonna be po'd if I'm not better by Monday morning. I'm barely on target for my GTD as it is - just 2 miles ahead of pace, so I can't afford to have to rest at this point!!
  3. Foggy beach day

    I had a wonderful swim at a fogged-in Brighton Beach today. The air temp was around 50, and the water felt a degree or two colder than last week. There were just a half-dozen of us out in the drizzly weather today, but the swimming was cold and glorious. The squawks of the seagulls were accompanied by the foghorns out in the shipping channel and we prepped to get in. I got in slowly, then swam for about 20 minutes, heading westward against the current to one of the jetties before turning around for a quick trip back. The water was fairly clear, and I loved how the spooky misty air seemed to envelope me as I swam along.

    When I got back to my starting place I wanted to stay in, but knew I should probably get out, as my hands and feet were getting a little numb. So I did, and was able to get dressed before the shivering and teeth chattering set in. Neither was too violent today, but it did seem to take a long time to warm up—probably because there was no sun helping with the process. But eventually the shivering worked its warming magic, and I was able to enjoy a bit of time on the beach before heading back home on the subway. I love winter swimming!

    Good luck to everyone swimming in meets this weekend!
  4. Sat, Dec. 8, 2012 8:00-10:00am

    by , December 8th, 2012 at 03:10 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    A couple hours at work this morning got me up at 5:00am, but at least I got something done and a few dollars in my pocket. I was very tired as I arrived at the pool though. Combo of last night's practice, plus work, plus a.m. swimming...I'm gonna sleep good soon.

    1000 Choice (500 Free/500 Back)

    10 x 125 SDK w/ fins @ 2:00 (75 Build, 50 Fast) - went 1:35-1:40s

    Main Set: 10 Rounds of
    • 100 Free @ 1:30 cruise (was 1:06-1:10s)
    • 2 x 25 Free @ :45 AFAP Sprint (~:14s)
    150 EZ

    3 x 300 Free Pull EZ @ 5:00 (went 4:00-4:20)

    Killer End:
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:15 (held 1:09-1:10)
    1:00 rest
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:10 (held 1:07s)
    1:00 rest
    4 x 100 Free @ 1:05
    • made 1st - 1:03
    • missed 2nd - 1:07 (took 3 seconds left @ 1:10)
    • missed 3rd - 1:06 (just left a couple seconds later
    • ~ 1:15 on the 4th one.

    500 EZ EZ Stretch out cool down

    6500 Yards

    for a measley total of 34,300 yards after 6 practices this week.
  5. Sat., Dec. 8 - Combo Speed and Undurance

    Swam at the Huntsville NAT with Peter, Dave M. (Dave B. was a no-show again), Bob, and Bob. Brook was supposed to go home from the Rehab hospital yesterday - hope that is the case. But it will be a while before he is back coaching.

    In the meantime, we had a different type of workout. So, instead of splitting the 100's into 3 sets of something different with different intervals, I decided to swim them straight through. Result - I swam more 100's at one time at a faster pace than I have ever swam any set of 5 or more on 1:30 (with no paddles either). So, a pretty good workout today.

    200 Free (2:45)
    30 x 100 Free on 1:30 (held all between 1:17 and 1:18 - Around number 21 it began to get harder to finish each 100 and my times slipped from 1:17 - 1:18 to 1:18 to 1:19)
    200 Kick
    5x100 Back on 1:45 (held around 1:33 to 1:35)
    5x100 Back w/paddles on 1:30 (started at 1:25 then slipped - basically swam last 2 straight thru)
    200 Kick
    2x50 Fly on 1:00 (at least I did some fly)
    500 Back w/paddles - 7:12
    200 Free w/paddles - 2:40
    50 Free

    5450 yards
    105 minutes
  6. Last swim in home pool for 2012

    by , December 8th, 2012 at 01:43 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Saturday, 12/8/12

    The city pool closes for the rest of the month after today. I've never quite understood why other than the "that's what we've always done". They claim it's for maintenance but when they re-open in January there's not much evidence of that.



    Warm up (800)
    300 back & free
    3 x 100/15sr (50 scull w/fast kick & fins – 50 build to strong)
    4 x 50/1:05 kick

    Main Set (2200)
    3 x 10 minute continuous swims/60sr
    1 = moderate, 2 = strong, 3 = stronger
    Count laps
    -- did 3 x 700 - #1 at 10:20, #2 at 10:15, #3 at 10:12

    50 swim – 50 kick

    Backstroke Set (600)
    1 x 200 build/3:30 went 3:15
    2 x 100/1:45 NS went 1:30-31
    4 x 50/1:00 43-44 on these

    Warm Down
    Talk to girl in adjacent lane for 5 min then 100 easy

    Total: 3700 yards
  7. Saturday, December 8, 2012

    by , December 8th, 2012 at 01:33 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Catalina Isle Community HOA Pool (1 Length/12.5 yards)
    Air temp of 74, pool at 77, 100% water clarity.
    Sunny skies with humidity at 49%

    Warm Up
    200 yds FR

    *Set 1*
    1x1000 FR increasing effort 50% to 75% by 250 1-4

    *Set 2*
    2(1x500 FR, 1x100 BR Kick) on :30 rest
    • negative swim second 250 each 500

    *Set 3*
    4(1x250 FR, 1x100 BR Kick) on :30 rest
    • each 250 as: 100 smooth, 100 strong, 50 fast

    *Set 4*
    8x100 on :15 rest
    • 1-3-5-7 dolphin kick w/board
    • 2-4-6-8 sculling, 1 breath per length

    200 FR warm down

    • A beautiful sunny SWF morning. Did FR endurance maintainence, BR & Dolphin kicking, and sculling.
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  8. 12.08.12 - Friday workout

    by , December 8th, 2012 at 10:39 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Dave, Dave, Bob and a couple others at HSA. Had a surreal swim experience today. We were about 3500 yards into the workout doing 11 100s on 1:20. I had just started descending my pace for the last 5. Suddenly, a ring goes off like from a phone in an old black and white movie. It literally sounds like it is coming from the center of my head. I look around for a phone and then realize I'm still in a swimming pool. The ring stops so I assume that I just heard something the wrong way or maybe the current song being played on the sound system has a phone ring it in. I got a grip back on my sanity and kept pushing forward. A few seconds later, it rings again... and again. It is clearly a telephone and it is coming from inside my head. Now I'm starting to think I'm still asleep and dreaming that I'm at swim practice. But for a dream, things seemed awfully real. And usually when I dream about swimming the people swimming with me typically aren't my teammates. So, then I theorize that maybe I'm swimming too hard and I'm having some sort of hallucination. Suddenly, the rings just quit. After the interval, Dave said he heard the same thing. He had stopped temporarily because he though something was going wrong. We look up to see the coach ending a conversation on her cell phone. Apparently, another coach had called her a few minutes prior to make sure she opened the pool up for the masters. Her ring tone was set to and old phone sound and somehow the acoustics of the Nat were projecting the sound straight into our heads. Bizarre but at least I know I'm not going crazy.


    900 Warm up (6 x 100 Swim/50 kick)
    100 Easy

    12 x 100 Pull - 1:15 (Made 1:08-1:10, 1:05 on last 2)
    11 x 100 IM - 1:30 (1:22-1:25)
    11 x 100 Free - 1:20
    * 1-6 Hold pace (1:15s)
    * 7-11 Descend (1:13, 1:12, 1:10, 1:10, 1:10)
    Couldn't seem to descend past 1:10s.

    4 x 200 Kick w/ fins - 3:00

    8 x 25 IM Order - :30

    400 IM Easy cool down

    (5800 Total)
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  9. Sat morning 12/8/12

    500 mix up

    2 x through
    (RD 1 free, RD 2 breast)
    2 x 100 @ 1:15, 1:40
    4 x 25 sprint kick @ 1:15
    75 swim @ 1:00, 1:20
    2 x 25 drill @ 45
    50 cruise @ 50, 1:00
    2 x 25 sprint @ 45
    25 EZ @ 45
    2 x 25 @ 1:00 no breather

    50 EZ

    4 x 200 @ 3:30 cruise done as
    -50 3 left arm, 3 right arm
    -150 breathe on the "wrong" side

    50 EZ

    400 pull negative split
    -first 200 1/5, second 200 1/3

    4 x 50 @ 1:15 working on body position
    -3 free strokes, 5 backstroke strokes

    4 x 200 @ 2:00 backstroke negative split

    150 w/d


    Only five of us today! Five people with completely different skill levels. Plenty of rest so we could really go fast or work on some technique. One of the benefits of the small turnout is that we get lots of feedback and we can slow it down a little. Time for chores and then get our two girls ready for the Christmas parade. One dancing and one doing gymnastics in the parade. Thankfully I don't have make-up duty.

    BTW, I thought I had pulled up the wrong website this morning. I like the new look but haven't had time to play with it much.
  10. Fri, Dec. 7, 2012 7:00-9:00pm

    by , December 8th, 2012 at 01:54 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Tonight was a great night for a workout (meaning I felt great), and another plus was that there weren't a lot of folks at practice either, so we were really spread out compared to normal. Our 3 lanes had 3, 2, and 4 swimmers in them. I was in the lane with 2 swimmers, so I had it made!! No one over age 13 was there either, besides this 35guy having fun.


    500 Free DPS
    100 Fly Drill 1 right, 2 reg., 1 left
    100 Back Drill 3-8-3
    100 Breast Drill 1 pull, 2 kick (did w/ dolphin kick)
    100 Free "Popov" drill
    100 IM Sprint - again no breast kick for me
    had enough time so I did another 200 Free waiting for the others

    10 x 100 SDK w/ short fins @ 1:25 (went 1:20-1:23s)

    Again, split for the taper kids going to Sr. State meet. For us non-taper folks:
    Main Set:

    6 x 300 Free @ 5:15 Desc. 1-3
    • target HR/10 sec. is #1 24, #2 27, #3 30 (which is 180 BPM)
    • I managed to control myself and actually went easy on the first ones
    • First Round of 3: 3:40/3:27/3:18
    • Second Round of 3: 3:40/3:22/3:12
    200 EZ
    Quote Originally Posted by from FB:
    I finished a set of descending 300s Free w/ a 3:12. Not bad for in practice, from a push, at the end of an 1800 yard set. For reference, my season best time in the 500 is a 5:18, so I'm doing good. Very confident this season on my distance freestyle...I just can't wait to prove it later!
    500 Flutter Kick w/ board - not fast, but not "social kick" either. Tried to avoid cramping on my pushoffs...

    16 x 50 IM Order @ 1:15 (4 each stroke)
    • 1) Drill
    • 2) Build to fast
    • 3) Rev. Build from fast to relaxed/cruise
    • 4) FAST (went :29 Fly, :34 Back, N/A Breast, :26 Free)

    300 Free Pull EZ

    5800 Yards

    Great workout, and I can't wait till when I get a chance to show off my distance skillz...