Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Much better temperature at Clearfield

The temperature at Clearfield was a litle better. Still warmer than I'd prefer, but livable. It was around 84-85. Masters was going on at the same time. I felt bad for the coach cause they were all newbies, no fast people. I did my own thing anyway:

1000 - Fast Free (13:38)
1000 - 10 x 100's free on 1:30
1000 - 5 x 200 IM's on 3:30
200 - 4 x 50's free drill on :50
400 - 8 x 50's free - 8 to 1 hypoxic breathing

Bilateral breathing today went well.

Swim after work

Since I had to go buy a hot water heater and replace it this morning, I missed my swim so I convinced Cathi to let me come home a little later and get in a good swim after work at the SDRC.

1000 - 1000 Free under 15:00
1000 - 2 x 500's kick. First set with fins, second without.
1000 - 10 x 100's free bilateral breathing on 1:30 (1:17 or so on each)
1000 - 5 x 200's pull on 3:00 bilateral breathing
1000 - 1000 free strong
300 - 100 fly, 100 back, 100 breast

5300 Yards total

Sunday, June 28, 2009

10K Swim planned for Saturday, July 25th @ pineview

I'm planning my first long open water swim this year (my first open Saturday this summer for something like this), on July 25th @ Pineview Reservoir. Here is the suggested route. I will be taking Austin and Jacob up with me. In the meantime I will preparing them with safety and rescue drills.

Here is the map of the planned route.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

New Personal Record on Distance - 8 mile swim

This morning I had the day off work because we're going to a family reunion in Albion, so I went swimming for a long swim. My goal was to get a new Personal Record for distance.

So here's my workout:

Do this set three times.....

1000 - 1000 Free < 15:00
1000 - 2 x 500 kicking with fins
1000 - 10 x 100's free on 1:30 (get all around 1:20)
1000 - 5 x 200's pull on 3:00
200 Breast

12,600 Yards so far then top it off with 1600 more yards:

1600 - 4 x 400's (Odd IM, Even Free)

14,200 yards = 8 miles

My breathing today was evenly distributed on left and right. Not exactly bilateral because I needed more air than once every three strokes, so I would breathe on the left side for half a length (5 strokes), and then switch. Sometimes I'd do a full length breathing on one side and then switch. But I was not lopsided today in my breathing.

Did this in about 4.5 hours. The last 45 minutes there was a lady swimming in the lane next to me who was NOT promoting pure thoughts. She had a perfect figure and was wearing a bikini. Usually those types of people are in there doing laps to show off, and get out after 100 yards or so. But she was able to keep going and ended up doing around 1500 yards by the time I got out.

I didn't get really exhausted until about 1000 yards left. I felt like my arms were a little "tingly". It feels like the muscles in my arms are getting "eaten" in the sense that I suspect that my body is using my muscles as an energy source and start burning calories via muscles. Which isn't a good thing. I only had two buzz bites throughout the workout and about 18 ounces of water. I should have eaten a powerbar or something halfway through. Anyhow I'll have a good lunch now.

Now we're off to Albion and I'm excited to ride up to Mount Harrison tomorrow. Checkout my fitness blog for details on that ride.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Dude - I'm out of shape

My ability to bilateral breathe over a distance more than 250 yards is diminishing. So I really need to spend more time in the pool. I can't say, Oh I'm riding 60 miles today that should give me enough aerobic exercise to not affect my swimming. It does. Nothing will get you better in shape for swimming, than swimming.

So with that said, I'm disappointed to say I'll only be swimming twice this week as we'll be on a family reunion for half this week. Here's today's swim:

1000 - 1000 Free (Bilateral first 250, alternate breathing sides every 25 from that point on)
1000 - 10 x 100's free on 1:30 (breath every stroke, alternate sides on 25)
500 - 5 x 50's (25 fly, 25 free), 5 x 50's (back, breast) on 1:15
500 - Hypoxic 50's on 1:15, 1:30 10 down to 1 breath per 50
1000 - 1000 free (same as warmup)

4000 yards total

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Results of the Utah Summer Games

I signed up for all five freestyle events:

200 Free - Goal time: 2:15, Actual: 2:22.71*
1500 Free - Goal: Under 22:00 Actual: 21:47.08*
400 Free - Goal: 5:00, Actual: 5:21.69*
100 Free - Goal: 1:00, Actual: 1:03.56
50 Free - Goal: Under :30, Actual: :29.49

* New Utah Summer Games record for 35-39 Male Division

I was able to beat my goal on 2 out of 5 events. Couldn't expect to do as well as meets in the past since my training has not been up to par. Haven't been in the pool as often as I'd like. I think I'm spreading myself too thin with the bike training as well. And my running training? Almost non-existant. I took alot of video, although I'm not sure how much fun it would be to watch it. My stroke is too "bobbing". There is too much roll. I plan to swim early Monday morning. Then again on Thursday morning before we leave for Albion. So twice a week is the minimum and I'm at least getting that this week.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Swimming in a hot tub, I mean Clearfield pool

Found out that the Clearfield pool has lap swim from 9 - 10:30 so I went over since I slept in this morning. I immediately noticed that my ward's Teachers were there getting their swim check for camp this year. Matt Yeates was in swimming some laps. Didn't recognize him until he said hello. My swim was tough cause it was about 10 degrees warmer than I'd like.

1000 - 1000 free warmup (although I was warm just getting in!)
1000 - 2 x 500's kicking
1000 - 10 x 100's free pull on 1:30
500 - 5 x 100's IM
100 Free Drill

3600 Yards total

I almost bought a punch pass. I'm really concerned about the water temp though. Too hot!

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Very cool channel swimming list

I found this site (http://home.btconnect.com/critchlow/ChannelSwimDatabase.htm)which contains a comprehensive spreadsheet of all the successful English Channel swims.

Definitely a treasure chest of information and resources! Will have to spend some time going through it!

Swimming with the Surfers

This morning the water was too warm. I'm definitely not going to get acclimatized to cold water coming to Layton. Anyhow I did the typical:

1000 - Free (14:08)
1000 - 2 x 500's kicking
1000 - 10 x 100's pull drill on 1:30
600 - 16 x 25's sprint (odd fly, even free) on :40
100 - Windshield Wiper drill (kicking while skulling on stomach with face in)
300 - 3 x 100's free easy

4000 yards total

A guy a couple lanes down asked if I was doing Boise this weekend. I said not till next year. He said he's doing it and a little worried as it's his first half. He said he's excited to get it done with so his training can not take so much priority.

At the end of my pulling set I was bored and saw that the Surfers coach was giving them a new set of speed work so I joined them on the 16 x 25's and windshield wiper set then warmed down.

Tomorrow I need to bike to the pool so I can go directly to work from there.

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

A Little speed work

1000 Free warm up (14:20)
1000 - 10 x 100's free build up on 1:30
1000 - 5 x 200's IM on 4:00 (or less)
500 - 500 Free
500 - 10 x 50's free on 3@1:00, 3@:55, 3@:50, last one @:45

4000 Yards total

Not the best day ever.

Monday, June 1, 2009

Almost bagged it

Was feeling a major case of lack of motivation and almost biked in to work instead, but realized that I'd be kicking myself at the summer games if I didn't do my absolute best to get in the water this week so I reluctantly got my suit on and went to the pool:

1000 Free warmup
1000 - 2 x 500's kick
1000 - 10 x 100's pull on 1:28
600 - 12 x 50's free fast on 1:00 (all under :35)
100 Breast
200 Free strong
100 EZ

4000 Yards total

A bit slower than normal. It's harder to bilateral breathe too. I was feeling a bit depressed over last Saturday's SDRC Sprint meet.