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  1. Day 2 of my attempt to learn to sprint

    by , January 3rd, 2012 at 08:25 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    It was hard. I felt so slow, sluggish and uncoordinated, but I push on.

    I did get one surprise this morning the pool was long course not short course.

    600 free
    10x50@1:00 odds drill/swim evens kick/swim
    8x25@:40 shooters w/fins odds burst & cruise evens easy speed
    4x50@1:30 torque drill w/paddles
    4x100@:15R shooter then easy free off each wall
    Pyramid CNS Stimulation 50's
    10x50@1:00 AFAP breakout and 3,5,7,9,11,9,7,5,3,11 fast strokes & cruise
    100 EZ
    4x25@1:00 parachute & fins 15m dolphin then cruise
    4x25@1:15 paddles & parachute
    2x50@1:30 free w/snorkle 15m kick/20m swim/15m kick
    200 EZ w/snorkle

    Total 3000 meters
  2. "You'll need to pick up the pace..."

    by , January 2nd, 2012 at 09:42 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    0.26% of my goal for 2012 complete!

    2000 yards at 2PM on the 2nd day of 2012. But I felt like . The cold I ended 2011 with is already on its way out, but in its wake has left me feeling like a shell of my normal self: low energy, cloudy/swollen head. The world seems like a really bad pirated version of itself recorded by someone's cell phone and uploaded to youtube!

    Needless to say the 2000 yards was not impressive:

    1. 10 x 50 on :50 for a warm-up.
    2. 10 x 100 on 2:00 (I would have liked to keep a shorter interval on this main set, but just wasn't feelin' it).
    3. 10 x 50 no rest (alternated hard/easy).
    4. Crawl out of the pool and slither over to the steam room.

    Hope to be back to normal tomorrow. Tired of feeling like Donatello's "Magdalene"; see this haunting photo of the sculpture on Wikipedia Commons:,_maria_maddalena_02.JPG

    Would rather feel like Donatello's bronze "David" (but with a speedo).
  3. Workout 1/2/12: Year of Jubilee

    by , January 2nd, 2012 at 09:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Solo at Rec (scy)

    200 FR/200 BK
    12 x 50's as:
    - Odds: FR/BK/one arm fly x 50 on :50
    - Evens: Kick same order as above on :55

    4 times through 4 x 100
    - Descend time: 1:30, 1:25, 1:20, 1:15
    - so ... Leave on :60, :30, :55, :20
    - q break to next :60
    - Swim FR 1st, 2nd, and 4th times thru
    - Swim BK on the 3rd flight
    - Now, break up the 100's as such:
    - 1st: 25 swim/75 fist drill
    - 2nd: 25 swim/50 fist drill/25 swim
    - 3rd: 25 swim/25 fist drill/50 swim
    - 4th: all swim - hard

    (that sounds way more confusing that it was swimming it - sorry)

    1 x Noah's Ark Pull with buoy on 7:00

    200 ez warmdown
    (3300, 60 min)
    I thought that our pool would be super packed today, but not so much. There was a noodler getting swim lessons in the "fast" lane, so I moved over one and split with 2 other folks. I can only think that the morning swims are even more busy with the first of the year.

    I spent the New Year working, but all was quiet. I stayed up until midnight and had some sparkling grape juice with the family before heading to bed. The first of the month service at the nursing home was moved to 9am, so after that I went to work from 10-2 (I'll get paid for 8 hours though).

    This afternoon I helped the high school team with flipturns. It is really neat to see the big differences in ability (some kids are first timers while others are on the town team) but cool how they all love swimming. They didn't mind the old dude giving advice, and seemed to learn something along the way.

    Tonight I was looking to get some yards in and that 4 x 4 x 100 fit the bill. That was really long to write up, but it went quickly. My fast 4th 100's on each turn were: 1:08, 1:05, 1:13 (bk), 1:07. I pulled the ARK at 6:23 - my shoulders were screaming at me a bit.

    Good news at the pool in that my swimming buddy Greg registered for Masters for the first time this year. He is a great swimmer and had fun at the squad meet a few weeks back. We'll time each other for the One Hour Swim at some point this month. That makes the NEM workout group of BAM 3 registered swimmers.

    Finally started to get some more snow here in my corner of the world. It's spitting right now, we'll have to wait to see if it sticks in the morning.

    Oh, Jim asked me to change my avatar in order to get a shot at the blog TT, but I could only find a Shetland Sheep, not pony. Oh well, it will be useful if I need a scapegoat. Also, check out my post [ame=""]here[/ame] if you have an Android phone and want an app to store your swimming times - it is great!
    Tags: android, shetland
    Swim Workouts
  4. And there was joy in FortVille, Monday, Jan. 2

    by , January 2nd, 2012 at 05:32 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Warm up:

    600 various
    (300 swim, 300 kick)

    MF Work:

    20 x 25 shooters w/MF @ :35
    5 x belly, right side, left side, back

    8 x 50 breast w/MF, no pullouts @ 1:05

    8 x 50 fly drill w/MF @ 1:00

    50 EZ

    Aerobic Sprint Hybrid Set:

    30 x 50 @ 1:00 w/fins
    -- burst to 15 meter & cruise the rest
    -- :30 between sets of 10
    1-10 free
    11-20 kick w/board (5 flutter, 5 dolphin)
    21-30 speedplay (5 back spin drill, 5 fast hands breast)

    100 EZ

    1 x 50 AFAP dolphin kick w/board & fins
    23 high-24 flat

    200 EZ

    Total: 3800

    Core Work @ Gym:

    RC and ankle exercises
    flutter kicks on bosu, 100
    bicycles, 2 x 50
    long arm crunches, 2 x 50
    captains chair leg raises, 3 x 15
    power wheel roll outs, 2 x 20
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 2 x 15

    Stretching, 20 minutes


    Our kitty is found! We used a thermal sensing device and drywall saw to spring her. She was trapped between two beams behind a slanted ceiling wall. What a relief that was. I had read numerous horror stories on the internet about cats trapped behind walls for many days. Now we just have an expensive repair job. The only downer of the day was sending Fort Son back to college. But at least I didn't have a meltdown like I did in September.

    Finally felt up to doing a bit of speed work today. I decided to ease into it with a hybrid set that I've done before and really like. Definitely felt a little rusty. Hoping I can now ramp up the speed and lactate work.

    The pool and gym were full of resolutionists today. Not even cute outfits! I saw a few men in button down shirts and khaki shorts. Hope they clear out without hurting themselves in the next few weeks. I really disliked doing my drylands after swimming. I had no choice today as I had to swim before the HS teams came in. But I felt weak at the gym. Glad I didn't have weights planned!

    I posted my first workouts on the High Intensity Training thread. I may try to do my Wednesday workout later this week.

    Updated January 2nd, 2012 at 05:57 PM by The Fortress

    Swim Workouts , Strength Training and Dryland Workouts
  5. Monday, January 2nd, 2012 11:15am (2nd swim)

    by , January 2nd, 2012 at 04:02 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    WTH...let's start off the new year with a double!!

    I was still tired from my 6500 earlier today (literally out of the pool 4 hours before swimming this)

    300 Free
    200 Kick w/ board
    300 Free Pull
    200 IM Drill

    10 x 50 Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:47-:50s)

    4 x 150 Free @ 2:15 go fast!! (went 1:36, 1:35, 1:33, 1:32)
    This was tough, feeling the yardage from this morning.

    4 x 75 Free Pull "easy speed" @ 1:00 (:51s)

    100 EZ
    2500 Yards

    + 6500 from the a.m.

    9000 Yards for the day

  6. Wow.. didn't know I had some of these muscles

    by , January 2nd, 2012 at 01:33 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Since the workouts for this year were not yet posted I chose Leslie's Dec.31 workout with modifications. I had some interuptions to assist Jen and Tom with some coaching tips.

    400 Warm up
    8x50@1:00 Fly drill as 25 skull/25 underwater recovery
    40x25@:30 #1-10 Back shooter w/fins #11-20 Breast long pull outs #21-30 Back kick w/fins #31-40 Free
    break to assist Jennifer with her stroke
    3x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouys desc 1-3 went 2:45, 2:40, 2:35 was racing Jen and hoping she would make the interval
    20x50@1:00 Free w/fins alt 2x50 kick w/board 2x50 DPS
    8x50@1:00 Fly drills w/fins rt arm/lt arm
    200 warm down

    Total 4000 yards
  7. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -01/03/12

    by , January 2nd, 2012 at 11:25 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:30 4:15
    2 X 100 2:00 1:45
    Two rounds, round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 IM 3:45
    1 X 200 free 3:30
    2 X 50 1:15
    Three rounds.
    50's: Round 1:fly 2:back 3:breast

    1 X 100 loosen

    1 X 100 2:00
    1 X 75 1:30
    1 X 50 1:00
    1 X 25 :30
    Four rounds, all choice.
    Round 1: 25 is fast
    Round 2: 50 is fast
    Round 3: 75 is fast
    Round 4: 100 is fast

    8 X 25 fast :40
    No breath for 20 yards

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4400 M/Y
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  8. Monday, January 2, 2012 5:00am

    by , January 2nd, 2012 at 11:17 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    This morning was a tough one, especially after being out of the water for the Fri-Sun weekend. Friday was my own fault, I didn't get up with my alarm , Saturday I spent time at the hospital with my son (missed the 100x100s w/ the h.s. boys). Oh well, family first! My son is fine by the way. Sunday, there is nowhere to swim in this area ever on a Sunday.

    I ended up going for as many 100s as I could put together this morning. My normal practice output is 1 hour/3000-3500 yards, so I was above and beyond that today and felt it when I got past my normal distances.

    10 x 100 Free @ 1:30 (1:15s)
    10 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:30 (1:12-1:14s)

    1:00 rest

    10 x 100 Free @ 1:25 (1:12-1:13s)
    10 x 100 Free Pull @ 1:25 (1:10-1:12s)

    1:00 rest

    10 x 100 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 2:00 (1:45-1:53s) did NOT cramp which is nice!!

    1:00 rest

    10 x 100 IM @ 1:40 (1:20ish)
    The first length of fly was like OWWWW after sitting idle on the kickboard in the last series.


    After this I sat for a little bit, feeling pretty much exhausted. I could've kept going, but new that I really shouldn't, and it wouldn't have benefited me any more.
    I noticed that the masters workout group was doing a 5 lane circuit workout where they were rotating lanes every 8 minutes. The fastest group was just rotating into a lane that was doing a set of: (I joined them for this one)

    3 x 100 @ 2:00
    • 1st easy
    • 2nd 10 sec. faster than 1st one
    • 3rd 10 sec. faster than 2nd one
    I went out conservative, probably a little too conservative, going 1:22, then 1:13, and finished with a whoppin' :57 on the final one. I knew I was blazing in the pool, but I didn't expect to see that fast either! The coach was quite surprised I did that after all the 100s as well.

    This was the final rotation of the circuit set, so then we did 4 x Dive 25s w/ easy 25 back after each one.
    1st one Fly (swam somewhat easy - didn't know we were getting timed till I hit - 12.5) probably could've been 11mid
    2nd one Back - did this just for the start and SDKs
    3rd one Breast - 14.7
    4th one Free - 10.5

    I'm not sure how accurate the coaches trigger finger is on the stopwatch. I don't think I was really 10.5 material at the end.

    6500 Yards

    In one workout, I made my FLOG happy! Yesterday it was cussing at me!!

    Congratulations! You are on pace for achieving your goal this year:
    My goal pace: 2.74 miles required as of today to reach my goal by the end of the event
    My actual current pace: 3.69 miles as of today
  9. 01.02.12 - Monday workout Challenge day

    by , January 2nd, 2012 at 09:29 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    Swam w/ Roger, Dave and Dave. Pool temp 82. Dropped backstroke today until after the Auburn meet. I'll substitute breaststroke in its place unless I'm doing a 200 IM (I'm swimming the 200 IM at Auburn and don't want to get used to doing the wrong order). Good start to the new year. Made 6 x 100 on 1:10. Wore a racing jammer to make it. Put on a drag suit when I was done.


    450 Warm up

    Challenge Set
    6 x 50 - :45
    6 x 100 - 1:10 (1:06, 1:08, 1:09, 1:11, 1:09, 1:08)
    50 Easy
    Would not have made this without Roger swimming next to me. I knew he was going to lock into 1:10s and all I had to do was stay even with him. After #4, it was looking hopeless since we kept bleeding time. After #5, we were somehow back on it and I decided I wasn't going to lose it with 100 to go. Roger took off and I chased as hard as I could but couldn't keep up. Thought I had missed it but it turns out he was just burning off whatever he had left and made 1:05. I was a couple seconds back at 1:08. Great start to the new year!

    3 Times through:
    * 2 x 50 Pull - :50 (Held :33)
    * 2 x 50 Kick - 1:10
    5 x 50 Breast - 1:00 Descend (:38 on last one)
    50 Easy

    10 x 100 Up/down kick - 1:40 (:10)
    5 x 50 Back - 1:00 Descend (I did Breast again :40 on last one)
    3 Times through:
    * 2 x 50 Pull - :40 (Held :35)
    * 2 x 50 Kick - 1:10
    5 x 50 Free - 1:00 Descend (:28 on last one)
    50 Easy

    6 x 100 Up/down kick - 1:40 (:05)
    5 x 50 Fly - 1:00 Descend (:38 on last one)

    200 Cool down

    (5500 Total)
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  10. Catchup drill, catching up on 3 workouts

    by , January 2nd, 2012 at 09:21 AM (Random Nonsense)
    I had an enjoyable busy weekend. I hope everyone had a happy New Year, even Geek.

    Saturday - LT day
    Lifetime SCM
    Warm up
    - 400 free
    - 200 back
    - 200 kick w/board
    - 200 back
    - 6x25 12.5 AFAP/12.5 ez on 60
    LT Set
    - 6x50 on 4:00 (30,30,30,29,29,29)
    Cool down
    - 300 ez

    Sunday - Technique Day
    Lifetime SCM
    Warm up
    - 400 free
    - 200 back
    - 200 kick w/board
    - 200 back
    - 10x25 on 30 w/fins
    - 10x25 on 30
    -- focus on keeping the hand high during the glide, just under the surface; EVF
    - probably more random swimming

    Monday - Hard Aerobic
    Team Practice SCY (No one on my intervals)
    Warm up
    - 300 swim
    - 200 kick w/fins
    - 300 pull
    - 6x50 drill/swim
    Main Set
    - 200 kick w/fins
    - 6x150 on 2:30 (40,40,38,38,38,37)
    - 6x50 w/fins alternate back/dolphin on back
    - 8x50 pull descend 1-4
    Cool Down
    - 400

    I really am enjoying LT day. It is so little yardage but leaves me completely destroyed. Getting down to 29s from a push was good for me.

    Sunday I wasn't expecting to swim because I thought the pool would be closed in the morning but Lifetime didn't close for the New Year, so we got in a quick morning yoga swim in.

    Today's 150s were the only really difficult set and it feels like I should be going faster on them given the rest. My goal was to swim under 1:40 and was probably a little too conservative early in the set.
  11. LT Sets

    by , January 1st, 2012 at 10:00 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I don't take credit for these, but you should be able to find out who should get it ... Most of it is from following qbrain and Fortress discussing ideas ...


    [ame=""]Speed Zone workouts[/ame]

    The Fortress posted this somewhere and I copied the text - not sure where to find it now:
    "On any real sprint set, you should do a slow recovery swim before the next AFAP effort. You definietly don't want to be just hangin on the wall. I generally do at least double the fast distance. You want the intervals to be generous so that it is a true all out effort."
    - 8-10 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ @ 3-4:00
    - 6 x 50 @ 4-6:00
    - Broken 100's at 6-8:00 - break 15 at 50 and 15 at 75. (You can opt to just kick the last 25 if your legs tend to die in a race)
    - 3 x (5 x 50 w/ fins) @ 1:30 -- 6/7/8/9/10 fast strokes (a Rich Abrahams set I did yesterday)
    - 5 x 100 @15:00 all out

    Jeff Commings - must be a fan of REM

    Updated February 17th, 2012 at 10:11 PM by rxleakem

    LT sets
  12. Sun Jan 1st, 2012 SCY went 9,400

    by , January 1st, 2012 at 08:09 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sun Jan 1st, 2012 SCY went 9,400

    Recently renewed my USMS membership for 2012 with TXLA / Longhorn Masters
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    Whitney Coached
    Scy UT Swim Center: main pool
    Noon - 2:00
    wore Speedo FS pro jammer
    trained with jim & korey
    beside Nate Larry Tyler & James

    Warm Up

    20 x 100 Fr on 1:20 (2000)
    Made em

    Rest 1:00

    Main Set:

    20 x 50 Fr on 0:40 (1000 / 3000)
    Made Em

    Rest 1:00

    20 x 100 Fr on 1:15 (2000 / 5000)
    made em

    Rest 1:00

    20 x 50 Fr on 0:35 (1000 / 6000)
    Made em

    Rest 2:00

    20 x 100 Fr on 1:10 (2000 / 8000)
    Made em

    Rest 2:00

    10 x 100 Fr on 1:10 (1000 / 9000)
    Made em

    rest 1:00

    400 swim down (400 / 9400)

    2012 Meets (I'm considering)

    March 30, 2012
    South Central Zones, SCY
    South Lake, TX

    April 25 - 30
    USMS SCY Nationals
    Greensboro, NC
    Order of Events

    July 5 - 8, 2012
    2012 USMS LCM Nationals
    Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
    Order of Events

    Aug 11 & 12, 2012
    South Central LCM Zones
    Palo Alto Pool
    San Antonio, TX

    2012 Training Phases

    Jan - Mid March
    do longhorn workouts as written

    Mid March - end of April
    SPEED, STRENGTH, & Meet Prep

    as written

    Jun to Early Aug
    SPEED, STRENGTH, & Meet Prep

    Aug (after zones) - Mid Oct
    as written

    Mid Oct - Dec
    SPEED, STRENGTH, & Meet Prep
    Swim Workouts
  13. No pool available soooo.... Walk/run

    by , January 1st, 2012 at 07:52 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    No choice today. I had to do something today so I did my old Body for Life cardio program. Most of it was walking at a decent pace and only ran for 4 minutes out of the 20 minutes I worked out for.

    Tomorrow I get back in the water. I am going to do one of Fort's recent workouts since I am anxiously awaiting her workout posts for this year.

    As I am thinking about what to swim at Nationals this year I am not sure what to pick. 3 events are set in stone, the 50 Fly, 50 & 100 Free. 200 Fly and 200 Back are two of my usual staples as is the 1650 Free but I am debating about doing the 1650 Free since I always get hit by allergies in the Spring and that makes for a miserable 1650.

    Perhaps I should do the 100 Fly. I am open to sugestions and ideas of what I should swim. I will also see how I do in the next kids meet.
  14. 2012 - Day 1

    Nothing like starting the year off with a bang.... and a PR!

    I would have been content with a nice long 10,000 yard pool set... a standard 100x100... or maybe something a little more creative, but since no pool within 50 miles was open today, I decided to join CIBBOWS for a New Year celebratory ocean swim. An unseasonably warm winter so far has brought the ocean temperature slowly down to 45 degrees... only 5 degrees colder than my last Brighton Beach swim the weekend before Thanksgiving, so I was feeling rather positive that I could swim for at least a mile... maybe more.

    I got in the car at 8:00 AM. Outside temperature 31 degrees... a little frost on the windshield. Ten minutes drive I was in New Paltz... grabbed a cup of coffee and headed for the NYS Thruway... outside temp: 36 degrees. This is looking good.
    XM radio deep tracks and coffee house kept me company until I was within range of WNYC (one of new york's public radio station)... classical music... not in the mood... switch to some Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds cd's... that'll put things into perspective. Over the George Washington Bridge, the Hudson looks flat. The sun is shining... outside temp: 42 degrees... open moonroof. 30 minutes later I'm at Brighton Beach. The streets are empty but there is a lot of activity on the boardwalk. I'm the first swimmer to arrive... outside temp: 46 degrees.

    I pace around a bit wondering if anyone is going to show up here, or head down to Stillwell Ave to marvel at the invading swarm of humanity gathering for the annual Polar Bear dip. The water near the Coney Island Pier is busy with Police and Fire boats, even though the Bears aren't scheduled to plunge for a few hours. Hsi-Ling and John H are the first to show up, and soon 20 others spread their gear out at the usual spot. There is no hurry to suit up and get in, but there is a lot of discussion about it! Brad and I formulate a plan to swim to the white building (at the east end of BB) and back... a distance of one mile. He warns me to give him a head start as he is slow getting in... knees then hips then shoulders then a little heads up breaststroke... I don't know how people do it like that. I'm a kamikaze.

    Brad starts his entry routine, I already have my earplugs in and a silicone cap on... check to make sure my goggles are seated well... parka off and to the water. Brad is up to his waist. I start to wonder if this is a good idea. Its three degrees colder than I have ever swum in before... a measurable difference for sure, but I'm a little older (yes) and wiser (debatable) now...

    I turn my back to the water, and facing the boardwalk, close my (goggled) eyes... taking deep breaths, I talk myself through the doubt. "Its a perfect sunny day"... "Its only a mile"... "Its only 3 degrees colder"... "Etc".
    Eyes open, turn around. Brad is breaststroking; the final stage of his entry ritual. Its go-time.

    I run in up to my waist and dive in. It hurts. Its cold. It feels like someone slapped my neck, both sides simultaneously just below my jaw line, I gasp for air, and again until it becomes a steady rhythm. Breathing left (beach side) I soon pass Brad who is still doing breaststroke... sorry, can't stop now, I'll have to double back when things even out a bit more. After a few minutes I am able to settle into a comfortable pace. My hands and feet are getting cold, ironically, I look forward to this sensation as a sense of inner warmth always follows. Some say a loss of dexterity is a sign of hypothermia, but I've found that this happens so early into a cold swim for me that it is more of a sign that my blood is staying in my core... where I prefer it to be. I turn back often to see where Brad is at... always about 25 yards back and swimming steadily. I get to the white building, swim back to Brad, and we continue to the white building again together. I feel good now, but its no time to chat so we start right back west.

    With Brad on my left (ocean side) I alternate breathe all the way back. When we are a few yards from our starting point, we are greeted by another swimmer heading east. It takes me a moment to realize that its Rachel. A hug and a frozen faced, bells palsy-like mumble of apy ooo ere, and I decide to join her for a round trip to the large rocks east of Grimaldo's chair... probably 800 yards. We pass the jetty and head back. With a little more than 150 yards to go, a dreamy feeling paid me a visit, so I headed for the shallows. My face was pretty frozen, and I wasn't closing my mouth after each breath... taking in a bit of water each cycle. I found it cool and refreshing. This I took as a sign to get out. I exited the water and ran on the beach for a few minutes before joining the rest of the gang.

    A little over 40 minutes @45 degrees! (a new low!)

    The after drop hit me and so the shivers began. Lots of hot tea made its way around, and the sun was still shining, so the warming process was uneventful. Everyone started making their way west to Stillwell to join the Polar Bear festivities.
  15. Sat Dec 31, 2011 scy

    by , January 1st, 2012 at 07:16 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Sat Dec 31, 2011 scy

    Today I renewed my USMS membership for 2012 with TXLA / Longhorn Masters
    Don't have a team? Consider registering with us.

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    Today was Fast Friday, Marcin from Rocket Science showed up around 6:45 to let folks try out their new suits

    Whitney Coached
    LCM UT Swim Center: main pool
    7:30 - 9:00
    wore Speedo endurance jammer
    trained with max beside jim & James

    Warm Up

    Main Set:

    [B]4 rounds of

    500 fr desc by rounds
    Rest 1:00
    400 fr mod

    R1 5:50
    R2 5:35
    R3 5:24
    R4 5:21

    2012 Meets (I'm considering)

    March 30, 2012
    South Central Zones, SCY
    South Lake, TX

    April 25 - 30
    USMS SCY Nationals
    Greensboro, NC
    Order of Events

    July 5 - 8, 2012
    2012 USMS LCM Nationals
    Qwest Center, Omaha, NE
    Order of Events

    Aug 11 & 12, 2012
    South Central LCM Zones
    Palo Alto Pool
    San Antonio, TX

    2012 Training Phases

    Jan - Mid March
    do longhorn workouts as written

    Mid March - end of April
    SPEED, STRENGTH, & Meet Prep

    as written

    Jun to Early Aug
    SPEED, STRENGTH, & Meet Prep

    Aug (after zones) - Mid Oct
    as written

    Mid Oct - Dec
    SPEED, STRENGTH, & Meet Prep
    Swim Workouts
  16. TT Blogs 2011

    by , January 1st, 2012 at 05:15 PM (Vlog the Inhaler, or The Occasional Video Blog Musings of Jim Thornton)
    The competition was, as always, extremely tough this year in USMS blogging. There were a number of familiar names in the Top Ten this year, and a few surprises, too.

    Congratulations to all those who made Top 10 based on the three statistical categories from which the record books are written:

    1. Total number of entries (the Clydesdale Cup, named after the sweaty little workhorse that pulls its weight steadily, ploddingly, and largely without whinnying lament)
    2. Total number of comments (the Pretty Pony Puff Princess Award because this is, let's face it, a popularity contest/gauge of the blogger's appeals to swimming cliques)
    3. And finally, Comments to Entries Ratio (the Thoroughbred Championship Prize, i.e., the only one of these Top Ten blogging categories that really means anything--an excellent proxy for literary excellence combined with swimming magnificence and genuinely deserved adulation. Interestingly, this is also the only category that the USMS leadership is seriously considering awarding the winner with All American Prime status, the "Prime" meaning that it is just a notch above ordinary All American status.

    I am sure everyone is very nervous, so I won't drag things out any longer. Let me now open the envelopes in sequence.

    Total number of entries

    Congratulations to our perennial Clydesdale Cup winner, Leslie "the Fortress" Livingston! You go, girl! Did anyone else think they had a chance? Neighhhh!

    Total number of comments

    Oh. My. God. ! The Fortress does it again, easily capturing the Pretty Pony Puff Princess Award with nearly 13,000 comments! If you could bottle this kind of well-deserved popularity, you couldn't keep it on the store shelves!

    Comments to Entries Ratio

    I can't believe it! Honestly, this is embarrassing! Had I any idea that I was even in contention for the top award in swim vlogging in any medium across the world and in any language, I would never have covered these blogging awards in my, well, er, I guess I have no choice but to call it what it is, my top-Thoroughbred-Championship-Prize-winning-All-American-Prime-Potentially-Earning blog! Thank you all SO MUCH for this!

    It's going to take some getting used to this idea that I am a National Treasure. Please, give me a little time.
    The cat of deserved fame may have my tongue for a little while!

    Meanwhile, feel free to discuss amongst yourselves this incredibly good news about me--a brilliant end to 2011, and even more brilliant start to 2012--in the infinite commentary space below.

  17. New Year's Dip

    I had a beautiful swim in the gulf today. The water was a gorgeous turquoise green, and very sparkly in the bright sunlight. A northwest wind had tamped the waves down a bit from yesterday’s boisterousness, and with less wave action the sand that had made the water cloudy settled out, making for great visibility. I could see the bottom everywhere I swam, and when I looked out underwater into the distance the delicious greenness just seemed to go on forever.

    I swam easy about 500 meters down the beach and back, then floated and played for quite awhile. I was wearing a red swimsuit, and when I submerged and looked up at the waters’ surface I could see its reflection surrounded by the turquoise water. The floor of the gulf was pockmarked by ghost shrimp tunnel entrances—they look like small anthills, and feel a little crunchy when you step on them. I felt them yesterday when I was in, and could see them today. I tried not to put my feet down too much, because I didn’t like the idea of wrecking the little shrimpie’s homes. I did dive down to get a closer look at them. Sometimes small gobi fish hide out in these tunnels but I didn’t see any today.

    The population of ghost shrimp tends to fluctuate quite a bit down here—when it is high, they produce lots of castings, which float up on shore and mark the outline of the waves:

    I just started seeing these lines the last couple of days—they weren’t here when I first arrived. I’m guessing the recent warm weather may have something to do with the ghost shrimp boom.

    There are also spots in the gulf where there are lots of castings in the ridges on the bottom—I mostly try to avoid these, but when I do swim over them they are quite a bit warmer than the surrounding water. Maybe the dark castings absorb more heat than the white sand—the same thing happens when I swim over the occasional dark rock formation.

    I also saw a few clear jellies on the beach this morning—luckily I didn’t run into any when I was swimming. There have been purple flags up for the last few days, but I have seen only a few jellies in the water or on the beach. Here’s a nice fresh one that rolled in just as I was walking past this morning:

    I have been enjoying the days in the 70s, but the weather is supposed to return to more seasonal temps tomorrow. This year 4 out-of-town teams are doing training trips at the pool. I might go in tomorrow for an early-morning lc swim.
  18. One for the road!

    by , January 1st, 2012 at 04:25 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    "You road I enter upon and look around, I believe you are not all that is here,
    I believe that much unseen is also here"
    --Walt Whitman, "Song of the Open Road."

    The New Year opens up before us.

    The FLOG that took a year to fill up with yards and miles is now empty again... A new journey begins:
    My Go The Distance 2012 Progress
    0.00 miles swum (=0 yards, =0 meters).
    50.00 miles (= 88,000 yards, = 80,467 meters) to next milestone (50 miles milestone).

    My Go The Distance 2012 goal: 417.00 mi. Progress towards goal:
    You'll need to pick up the pace to achieve your goal this year:
    My goal pace: 1.14 miles required as of today to reach my goal by the end of the event
    My actual current pace: 0.00 miles as of today

    I'll need to pick up the pace! Haven't seen that in a while. The journey will start again tomorrow--Y is closed today and I'm fighting off a nasty cold anyway.

    The road is there, filled by our journeyings. Walt Whitman--what a way to start 2012, by the way!--says of the road later in the same poem:

    "Here is realization,
    Here is a man tallied--he realizes here what he has in him,
    The past, the future, majesty, love--if they are vacant of you, you are vacant of them"

    So, I look forward to continuing down that road and finding the things that can't be seen, Whitman's "much unseen," but the things that are most important.
  19. New Years Day 50 LCM Free!!!

    by , January 1st, 2012 at 04:11 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Begin week #5 of 6

    In true chowmi fashion, the longest blog post will be over one measly 50 free!

    After Polar Bear Swim, 12 noon
    SMU LCM pool
    From the blocks; swam by myself

    Wore ripped Speedo LZR Racer Kneeskin
    Double cap with "wrinkle free" TYR cap
    No goggles
    2 breathes (my usual pattern)

    Bobby: 28.3
    Jim 28.1

    Commentary I:

    Very solid. Not exceptional, and I really thought I could go under 28.0. But, considering I went 28.2 to 28.7 last summer in meets, that is very good. Also, sectional cuts are 28.49, so bragging rights I can do it in workout.

    I suspect all else being equal, I am good for an immediate .50 improvement in a real race. That woud put me at 27.6 to 27.8.

    Using today as the bar:

    My goal time:


    28.00+ - not good - I could just gut my way there;
    27.99 - acceptable
    27.73 - best recent time
    27.59 - GOAL TIME++++++++++++++++
    27.29 - next step to 26
    26.99 - the next stairstep

    Commentary II:

    Things I need to improve:

    1. First stroke off the dive was "short". I need to work into in, not rip too fast and lose momentum;

    2. Breathing pattern and timing was fine. But the breath itself was really, really off. Bobby said the 2nd one I nearly stopped and lost time, plus my body position changed.

    3. Could charge the wall more with extra gut effort at the end.

    Even with that, the overall time indicates I am doing enough "right", but we are talking .3 for the breath, .1 for the breakout, and probably .2 to .3 for overall speed and finish. That's up to .7!!!

    What to focus on for the last 2 weeks:

    Week 5:
    Main set #1: 25's with dive breakouts and variable/build speed - emphasis on breathing and keeping up speed/body position. Probably no more than 16 x 25's total. Bobby suggested I take the 2nd breath TO THE OTHER SIDE due to whatever weirdness I am doing on my regular side. I think I will do 25's with 2 breaths, trying this out (left then right). I probably will NOT do this unless it really feels better or noticable affects overall speed. But something to consider for practice and implementation next summer or in SCY. (ETA: Tuesday)

    Main set #2: 50's broken with emphasis on back half speed (25 on :20, blast back) and also attention to the breath. Probably no more than 8 x 50's total. (ETA: Thurs or Fri)

    Moderate vasa and dryland this week #5 of 6.

    Week #6:
    Sun LCM - refrain from full 50 sprints; probably a few rotating 12.5 of the 50 sprints
    Wed - 25's and dives
    Sat - AGP 50 free

    One light vasa/dryland day before Tues.

    Commentary III:

    I hear the meet filled up. Quickly. I assume i'll be in the B flight heats, which will work better for me. I have a full docket day and will not leave DFW until 6pm, so I will get in very late and need more recovery time Saturday AM. But if they don't split the prelim heats, that is still ok since the 50 free is the last event.

    Today's dry run was a good time to practice warming up around a bunch of faster people and the mosh pit of people doing different stuff. It reaffirms my decision to stay out of the LCM pool except to familarize myself with the blocks and any clearly identifable markers, which I don't really need, but it's nice to know. I won't race with goggles.

    The meet will be a zoo. It will be the assembly line get up and go when it's time for my heat. No fanfare, just the starter trying to get through upteen heats of prelims. Today was a good practice run for all the team stuff going on, group pictures, and when Bobby and Jim weren't attending to 100's of other swimmers, it was "ok, let's go" and on the blocks and off I went.

    Austin Grand Prix
    Info & Pysche Sheet

    Updated January 1st, 2012 at 04:27 PM by chowmi

  20. Splitting posts

    by , January 1st, 2012 at 12:00 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Race stuff:
    [ame=""]200 im[/ame]

    [ame=""]400 im[/ame]

    [ame=""]lots of splitting info[/ame]

    A big shout-out to Ande for sharing these

    500 free thoughts

    One strategy pwb likes:
    Cruise your 1st 100 and count your strokes on the 4th lap Hold that stroke count (think of nothing else) for the next 250 BAM! You're already at the 350 mark - 70% of the race done
    Gently build the next 100 Aggressively build the last 50 into a sprint-like furry of 12-beat kicking and no breathing from the flags to the finish Pump your first like Phelps and maybe sit on the lane line if you're feeling really cocky and chuffed with your time
    Pwb on warming up for the 500:
    Of course, it all depends upon what the warmup scene is like. If it's a taper meet for me and the 500, I'll typically do something like: 400 IM - easy kick-drill by 25s (too me, this is the best way to just ease into the pool, get the full range of motion for legs, arms, core) Then I might do something like 12 x 50 where I go 4 descend freestyle on an interval that would give me about 15 seconds rest above my target race pace (e.g., 45 seconds), trying to hit the last one at target race pace 4 on 1:00, going IM order, build swim 25, then build kick 25 4 free on that same interval, holding target race pace

    At this point, if the race pace is easy and I feel warmed up, I'll do a 50 to 100 cool-down If I feel like I still need some more revving up, I'd do something like 1 x 50: easy - just to relax from the previous set of harder 50s 4 x 25: either doing cycle 4 - build-up, build-down (e.g., start fast and get easy), all easy, all fast

    1 x 50: easy 2 x 50: trying to hit the race pace again 1 x 50: easy

    In general, for a taper meet, I'm going 1,000 to 1,250 warmup. If it is a mid-season meet, it takes me a lot longer to warm up, so I'd go 1,500 to 2,000.

    The other thing I like to do, especially for my 400 IM and 500 or longer, is to time my warmup so that I finish 20 minutes ahead of the race. That allows me enough time to dry off, put on a fast suit and get behind the blocks, feeling rested, but still warm.
    [ame=""]200 fly[/ame]

    more 2fly, with training
    Originally Postedby jaadams1:
    Yesterday one of the guys asked me for some last minute fly advice before his first ever 200 Fly, and I told me to "pick a breathing pattern, and stick to it." If you're constantlythinking about 2 up, 1 down during the swim, then 1) it won't hurt as bad, and 2) it will naturally keep your hips up rather than slowly sinking by breathing every stroke.
    Stroke helps:
    [ame=""]quicksilver's back tips[/ame]

    Redbird's backstroke rotation article link

    [nomedia=""]Coach Marsh - How much elbow bend in Backstroke? - YouTube[/nomedia]

    Oct Streamlines Rotation Drill

    OW helps:
    SA's Ederle report with nutrition info

    Updated March 31st, 2014 at 11:37 PM by rxleakem

    Reference: strategy