Friday, November 30, 2007

Swimming with Jacob

Yesterday the pool was closed and today I tried weaseling out of today's workout, but Cathi made me come. Jacob came too. Holy crap that boy is a good swimmer. He swam 650 yards this evening with us. Cathi came up with her typical 2000 yard workout:

600 - 500 Free, 100 EZ
500 - 400 Free, 100 EZ
400 - 300 Free, 100 EZ
300 - 200 Free, 100 EZ
200 - 100 Free, 100 EZ

2000 Total

I told Jacob to push off the wall whenever I did two flip turns. I noticed he was only 10 yards behind me when I got to the other end. Pretty fast little kid.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Breathing and Butterfly

750 - 15 x 50's Free Descending Breathing starting at 8 breaths down 7 back, 7 down 7 back, 7 down 6 back.... finish on 0 down 1 back. Success on all of them Last one wasn't as bad as I thought. Next time I'll go for 0 down 0 back.
250 - 10 x 25's Butterfly on 1:00
1000 total

Austin came with us today. I had a very tight fitting speedo that I quit wearing and it fit him perfectly. He swam 500 yards today and has quite a bit of cleanup on his form, but he was getting better and I was surprised with how well he was doing even at the end he did a 50 free straight and didn't feel overwhelmed. He said he wants to come everytime with us. We'll see. I told him he could come twice a week. I'm selfish. When I come I want to swim, not coach.

Monday, November 26, 2007

Fairly tough 2600 Yards

1000 - 1000 free pulling non-stop
100 - free to let Cathi catch up
1500 - 10 x {100 free on 2:00(@1:20), 50 free on 1:30 (@:45)}

2600 Yards total

Lifted Shoulders today
at lunchtime. Tonights workout was tough. Cathi came up with it. Would've been worse if the 1000 at the beginning was NOT pulling. Pulling for me is easier than normal swimming. Not so for some. Last Saturday was torture for me and it was only 1500 yards. Today was more and not as bad. Tomorrow will have to do some speed work as I felt like we swam 90% of the time and didn't get a whole lot of rest.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Slacker workout

Today Cathi and I started biking to the pool again. I was in a bad mood to start. It was cold and the biking wasn't as easy as I had hoped. Cathi was going fast and I just got a call only 2 minutes from home that Jacob was teasing so bad that it was torture for some. I told Cathi I would just turn around and take the car (with the bike rack) and meet her at the pool.

I went back home and gave Jacob a severe scolding, put the bike rack on my little car and drove to the pool. Surprisingly Cathi beat me there. I locked up her bike and we swam until they kicked us out. The lap swim time ends at noon. So we swam the following:

500 - 200 Swim, 250 (5 over unders (25 easy, 25 complete submersion swimming w/no breath)), 50 easy
500 - 5 x 100's on 2:15
500 - 100 Free, Breast, Free, Breast, Free

1500 Total

Not bad considering that we swam five times this week and normally only do four. Cathi swam 1700 and then ran home. She surely showed me up today.

Friday, November 23, 2007

After Thanksgiving Swim

500 - 250 EZ, 200 IM, 50 EZ
200 - Let Cathi catch up - swim with her
600 - 6 x {75 bilateral breathing, 25 no breath}
400 - 4 x 100 IMs
1000 - 4 x {100 (25 slow, fast, slow, fast), 75 (25 slow, fast, slow), 50 (25 fast, slow), 25 fast)
50 Grandpa swimming
2750 Total

Cathi biked to the pool, I drove to Big O Tires and then biked from there. Then after this workout we both biked to Big O to pick up the car, and Cathi ran home while I loaded up the bikes.

It was cold this morning! Good workout.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

21 Nov 2007

Forgot to log the details, but we swam around 2300 yards today.

20 Nov 2007

300 - Warmup
800 - 3 x 200 IMs
600 - 6 x 100's Free Descending on 2:30 (1:18, 1:15, 1:13, 1:10, 1:10, 1:10) Pull
900 - 3 x (150,100,50 free)

2400 Total

Tough workout. The 100's (especially the last three) kicked my butt.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Backstroke racing

Today I converted my old blog to this blogger format.

Yesterday Cathi came up with this familiar workout:

600 - 500 Free, 100 EZ
500 - 400 Free, 100 EZ
400 - 300 Free, 100 EZ
300 - 200 Free, 100 EZ
200 - 100 Free, 100 EZ
200 EZ

50 Yards backstroke sprint (Race the clock / Cathi). Did the 50 back in :39. Cathi did it in :45. She was pretty sore. She said I was being proud. But I wasn't. Just wanted to do something different to give her a challenge. Not a big deal. I can do 50 of any stroke, but if we did 100 back I don't think I could have beaten her time.

2250 total
Lifted arms today. Feels great.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

15 Nov 2007

600 - 2 x 300's (first 100 sprint (1:02)- took video, but camerawoman messed up.)

800 - 4 x 200's free on 4:00

600 - 6 x 100's free on 2:15

400 - 8 x 50's free on 1:00

2400 total

Had pack meeting just before this swim and Cathi was late getting back afterwards so we had to hustle to get off today. All the lanes were taken by the time I got there. I got in a guys lane and he moved over with his buddy so I was able to push my way into a lane for Cathi and myself. Was happy with the 1:02 on the 100 free. Another month and I bet I get under a minute. I'm really thinking about lifting at lunch rather than ping pong starting Monday.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

14 Nov 2007

500 - 500 free

2100 - 7 x {200 free on 4:00, 100 free on 2:00}

100 - 100 free Sprint (Got it in 1:05)

2700 total

Cathi came up with this workout. The 200's were getting tough. Felt like seeing what I could a 100 in at the end of the workout. Swam strong and did it in about 1:05. Would like to try it at the beginning of the workout sometime. Mayble I'll take some vid and post it.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

13 Nov 2007

100 - 100 IM Warmup

500 - 500 free

100 - Grandpa swimming (so Cathi could catch up)

1200 - 6 x 200's on 4:00 (Pulling)

300 - 3 x 100's on 2:00

300 - 6 x 50's on 1:00

100 - Grandpa swimming cool down

2600 total

The 500 felt great. I was able to finish strong and I was in the zone. The 200s were good cause I was pulling and I felt like I was going so dog slow, but was going at a good pace. The 3 x 100's afterwards felt like I was not getting efficient strokes, but most of that was because I quit using the big hand paddles from the set before. Very good workout. Personal record since Cathi and I started on the distance swam in the one hour we have.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

8 Nov 2007

2100 - 3 x {500 free, 200 free}

100 - Grandpa swimming

2200 total

Met Cathi at the pool since I drove directly from work. Had to stay late to monitor a lengthy processes which was running to make sure it didn't run out of memory after making a tweak. Didn't eat very good at all today and while in the middle of the big set I got out and went to the front desk to a get a drink of water. Was getting dehydrated. Cathi came up with this workout. The 500's were torture!

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

7 Nov 2007

200 - 200 Warmup

750 - 10 x 75's free (First 25 slow, Second 25 build up, Third 25 strong and fast)

1000 - 5 x 200 IMs

250 - Cool down

2200 total

Lack of sleep is catching up with me. Need to sleep in a little tomorrow. Good workout considering I didn't have much energy to start with.

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

6 Nov 2007

600 - 500 free, 100 free

500 - 400 free, 100 free

400 - 300 free, 100 free

300 - 200 free, 100 free

200 - 100 free, 100 free

300 - Grandpa swimming with Cathi

2300 total

Very hectic evening. Got home just in time for Cathi's Music to my Ears group. Got a bowl of grape nuts real quick before rushing off to Austin's class field trip to the Apple Store in Salt Lake City. Each kid had a slightly different edited version of the same movie. With the content of each movie being the same it got really boring and I could see right through the salesmanship of many of the young and "hip" young salespeople, who danced to any type of music playing in the films. They must have taken hundreds of minutes of film coverage with each sales person (probably 4 of them) taken pictures and video constantly of us watching the repeating film.

Some of the kids did a dance which got me looking at the clock. I needed to be home in time to swim so when Mrs. Sorte wanted to take all the kids to Ben and Jerry's afterwards is when Austin and I bailed. The evening in my opinion was a waste of time and thought that the way the kids could have learned how to edit things could have been done better. Instead of having each kid edit the same film. Have the content be different too. At least so those watching all of them don't have to watch the same stuff over and over.

Crap! This is a swimming blog, not a rant blog. So I'll stop there. Night from hell! Made it in time to swim so that's good.

Monday, November 5, 2007

5 Nov 2007

200 - 200 Warm up

900 - 2 x 150 free, 3 x 100 free, 2 x 150 free

600 - 3 x 200 free pulling

300 - 3 x 100's free fast

150 - 3 x 50's on 1:00

100 - Grandpa swimming with Cathi

2250 total

The pulling set felt slow, but it was just that I'm using super massive hand paddles. When I went to the 100s it felt like I would take 50 strokes to get to the other side. But it was just the contrast with only taking probably 10 strokes when using paddles. Really enjoying swimming and not killing myself either.

Cathi and I are running together in the morning 3 times a week for a total of 4 1/2 miles. (I run exactly half when using my GPS (run .05, walk .05)) Will lessen the walk part as time goes on. I've never been a runner and Cathi is running out of partners so I'm doing this purely as a way to give her a partner. I hate running, but I'm doing it now out of sympathy for her working out alone. That's the worst. She thinks I'll get addicted, but so far its a 9 (out of 10) on the "I hate this" scale.

Thursday, November 1, 2007

1 Nov 2007

600 - 500 free, rest, 100 free

500 - 400 free, rest, 100 free

400 - 300 free, rest, 100 free

300 - 200 free, rest, 100 free

200 - 100 free, rest, 100 free

100 - 50 fly sprint (:35), 50 Grandpa swimming

2100 total

First time doing 500 without stopping in years. Got a second wind around 350 or so. The other sets were relatively easy as well. Felt good about my 100's (Got them all 1:10 - 1:15) and 50 fly (:35) as well as the distance sets. Very good day and having fun!