Saturday, November 29, 2008

Using the Force

This morning I slept in and went to Layton at 9:30. Cathi got up early to do a long run so I left the kids in Austin and Jacob's charge.

1000 - 1000 free
100 - 100 Breast Easy
1000 - 10 x 100's free pull on 1:30 (1:15 or less)
1000 - 10 x 100's IM Kick on 2:00
50 EZ

I was going to continue on, but kept thinking I should call home to get Cathi to bring the kids so I could give Jonas and Lucy a swim lesson. Then I would finish my workout while she was on her way.

When I called home Jacob called and said mom was kind of stranded and wanted a ride. I packed up my things and went home. Cathi called again and said she was on 2000 W in Clinton. I went to pick her up. Poor thing had run 21 miles and got really cold and tired and needed to get home. She was hypothermic. Her hands had no feeling and she was a complete icicle.

The situation kind of reminded me of when Luke was hanging upside down on the dingleberry at cloud city and needed help and used the force to call out for Leia. Maybe I have the force! After Cathi took a long warm bath, we took the kids back to Layton and I gave Lucy and Jonas a lesson. Which they really did well. Only thing is I'm gonna have to bring them back on a regular basis or it won't do much good. I really see both of those kids being young enough and skilled enough to be great swimmers.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Too much pie

Yesterday I did great for dinner. My portions were reasonable and I loaded up on Veggies and fruit, and laid off the mashed potatoes and dark meat. But after an hour of visiting they broke out the pie and man did I blow it! I pigged out. I bet I was over 200 when I was done.

Today Layton's pool was closed for laps so I went to SDRC and did the following:

1000 - 1000 free
1000 - 2 x 400 kick IM order, 200 IM kick
2000 - 20 x 100's pull on 1:30 (all under 1:15)
1000 - 2 x 400 kick IM order, 200 IM kick
1000 - 1000 free

6000 Yards total

Craig Barnes was swimming for the first hour I was there. He is pretty quick.

Tonight is a pie bash for my family so I hope to not do as bad as yesterday. Either way I'll be swimming tomorrow morning at Layton

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Thanksgiving Eve

Figured I wouldn't be swimming on Thanksgiving so I better at least get in on Thanksgiving Eve! Watched "Hancock" just before I left and thought it was a pretty good show. One of the best movies of this year anyhow, except for the record breaking number of "A-hole" words. Here's what I swam:

1000 - 1000 Free
1000 - 10 x 100's kicking with fins
100 - 100 EZ
1000 - 10 x 100's pull fast on 1:30 (get all under 1:15)
100 Breast
100 Fast (1:04)
50 EZ

3350 yards total - The lifeguards were looking antsy to go home so I got out 50 yards sooner. I know what it's like to be dying to go home from working late at night.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

A little crowded

When I got to the pool this evening every lane had two or more people. One kid was in a lane just floating and he moved over with his dad in another lane so I asked the only lady left in that lane if we could circle swim.

1000 - 1000 free warmup
800 - 2 x (50 OAF (one arm fly)/50 free, 50 OAF/50 back, 50 OAF/50 breast, 100 OAF)
200 - 200 free strong pace
400 - 4 x 100 IM's EZ
1000 - 1000 free (odd 100's 10 strokes per 25, even - 9 strokes)

3400 Yards total

My neighbor across the street, Brady Allred, did the Arizona Ironman this last Sunday. What a stud!

Monday, November 24, 2008

Almost missed it

This morning I slept through the alarm for about 10 minutes but was able to rush out the door in time to make it just in time. Swam the following:

400 - Swim, kick, IM, swim
400 - 400 Free
400 - 400 Kick
400 - 400 pull
400 - 8 x 50's Stroke on 1:00
400 - 400 descending
400 - 4 x 100's Free on 1:30
200 EZ

3000 total - Swam with Brad, John, Kevin. Craig Barnes, Kris Edwards and my old Bountiful sharks coach (I forgot his name) was in the fast lane.

In the evening I swam at Layton:

1000 - 1000 Free Straight
1000 - 20 x 50's kick w/fins Free/Fly on 1:00
1000 - 10 x 100's pull on 1:30 (Hold 1:10)
400 - 2 x 2 x 100's Breast EZ/ Free fast (1:08)

3400 Yards total

6400 Yards for the day - Not bad

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Oops I slept in

Went to bed late last night. The TV in our bedroom is really old and it finally died. So on the way to last night's swim I got a replacement at Walmart - it's only a 20" TV, no plasma, nothing fancy. But I had to set it up and everything and then watch the Biggest Loser show that Cathi recorded.

So this morning when I heard the alarm, I hit snooze a few too many times. I finally got up at 6 am which is when I was supposed to actually be in the water in Bountiful. So I got up and still went, I just didn't swim with the Masters team. I did see Kristen on her way out and she gave me the rest of the ribbons from last Saturday's meet.

1000 - 1000 Free
400 - 4 x 100's Kick IM Order
900 - 3 x 300's on 4:00
200 - 100 one Arm fly EZ, 100 Free EZ
450 - Ladder starting at 200 and going down by 50's (on :45/50 yd)
50 Grandpa swimming

3000 Yards total

The heel on my right foot is all bruised up and I'm limping around, but able to swim just fine with it. Just a little paranoid of the walls.

Stayed late in SLC. Went to Family History Library downtown till 8:00pm then drove to Layton Surf N' Swim. Did the following:

1000 - 1000 Free
1000 - 10 x 100's (odds easy, even fast)
200 - 200 IM Kick
500 - 10 x 50's descending breathing (10 - 1) on 1:00
100 Breast
200 - 100 Touch and Pull, 100 Fast

3000 Yards total

6000 for the day. Not bad.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Tonight I did the following:

200 - Helped pull lane lines over to the other side.
1800 - 1800 Free in 25:28
200 - 200 Long strokes
1000 - 1000 Pull
200 - 8 x 25's kick - odd Fly kick, even free
600 - 6 x 100's free descending on 1:30

4000 Yards total

During the first 100 of the last set I did a flip turn and hit my right heel right on the edge of the gutter. Oh man did that hurt. My heel went purple and its all bruised up, but I don't think I broke a bone in my foot like the last time I did that. Good workout though.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Swimming with SDRC again

This morning I swam in the third to fastest lane to start, then moved over to swim with Brad Butters and John.

300 - 300 EZ
400 - 6 x 75's Drill, Swim, Drill on 1:30
1000 - 5 x 200's free on 3:00
400 - 4 x 100's kick IM order
500 - 500 Pull descending every 100 (1:15, 1:14, 1:14, 1:13, 1:11)
400 - 16 x 25's IM - First half (odd fast, even slow) Second half (odd slow, even fast)
200 - 200 EZ

3200 Yards total

This wasn't as tough as last time. Wasn't pushed as hard. I should probably go to the fast lane next time. I went first after the 1000. Maybe am feeling the effects of having shaved for last week's meet. Will probably come on Wednesday this week.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Results of the 2nd Annual South Davis Recreation Center Masters Swim Meet

Early this morning Cathi, Jonas and I went to the SDRC for the 2nd annual South Davis Masters Meet. There were over 100 swimmers in this meet so it was very well attended and Kris Edwards and crew did a fantastic job organizing and executing the flow of the meet.

Here is what we swam -

50 yd Freestyle: 25.51 - 1.85 seconds from PR
100 yd Freestyle: 55.84 (4th place overall) - 4.94 sec from PR - This time sure beats what I did exactly one year ago: (1:02)
200 yd Freestyle: 2:02.36 (2nd place overall) - 6.76 sec from PR
500 yd Freestyle: 5:51.13 - 26 sec from PR
1650 yd Freestyle: 21:16.48 New PR!

50 yd Backstroke: 42.55
100 yd Backstroke: 1:33.20
200 yd Backstroke: 3:26.67
1650 yd Freestyle: 30:19.76

I went faster than all of my seed times and goals for this meet. My goals were:

50 Free: Under 27.86
100 Free: Under 1:00
200 Free: Under 2:10
500 Free: Under 6:00
1650 Free: Under 22:00

Cathi recorded my 100 splits on the 500:

100 - 1:03
200 - 2:15 (1:12)
300 - 3:27 (1:12)
400 - 4:40 (1:13)
500 - 5:51.13 (1:11)
Average 100 (1:10.23)

I was very pleased with all of my events. It was an answer to all my prayers to get those times. Now next meet I'll have a high standard to beat. The only event I did that is a personal best is the 1650 (Only because I didn't do that event in High school or college).

Click the picture below for a video highlight.
From Swimming

Here are the official results.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Swimming Strong

Last night I swam at Layton the following:

1500 - 1500 Free (21:38)
1000 - 1000 Free Pull set
1500 - 1500 Free again

4000 Yards total. I made an effort to count the number of strokes per 25 yards and my typical stride was 10 full strokes, sometimes if I made an effort to kick harder and pull all the way through I would do 9.5 and in a couple cases 9 strokes, but 9 - 10 was the range. Counting my strokes keeps my mind focused on each stroke and making them as efficient as possible.

This morning I swam at SDRC on the way to work. Cut the yardage down so I can get a tapering effect. Tomorrow I'll just swim 1000 or so and then take Friday off. Meet on Saturday. Here's what I did this morning:

500 - 500 Free (6:00 even) That's awesome. I would love to get under 6:00 at the meet.
400 - 400 Free Count the strokes and keep them under 10 per 25.
300 - 300 Free Count strokes and get time (3:05) That's really unbelievable. I must have miscounted cause I didn't go that fast. So I did an extra 50 breast to make up for the miscount.
200 - 200 Free fast (2:22) I want less than 2:20 at the meet
100 - 100 Sprint (1:04) I want 1:00 or less at the meet.
200 kick
100 Touch and Pull
100 Kick on Side for 50 and one arm for 50
100 Breast

2000 Yards total

Monday, November 10, 2008

Swimming with SDRC Masters

This morning I got up early (4:50 am) to get out to the SDRC to swim with the masters. It rained all night and was wet and cold this morning. I got there early enough to sit in the hot tub for a few minutes. I saw Coach Andrew setting up the lanes and started swimming the workout which he posted in the lane I was in:

300 Free, Drill, Kick
250 - Started the main set, but then had to start over, since other people in the lane were caught up.
500 - 500 Free Long strokes @ 80%
500 - 5 x 100's free on 1:45
500 - 5 x 100's free Pull on 1:30 (Had to use the crappy paddles and buoy that SDRC had)
250 - 5 x 50's free sprint on 1:00 (:35)
500 - 5 x 100's free descending (:10 rest between each one) (1:10, 1:10, 1;12, 1:15, 1:20) I went out too fast! I had Kris pass me at the third one. I wasn't getting faster but slower and more tired.
200 - 200 Cool down

3000 Yards

Steve, Kris and Steve were all in my lane. About the same as far as speed goes. Not a bad workout, but much more broken up and faster than I've been doing. That's good. I think I'll start doing this on Monday mornings. Will swim tonight and then Tuesday and then taper on Wed and Thur. Meet on Saturday.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Talk with Kris

Yesterday evening Cathi and I attended World Joy dinner with Bill. Didn't make it back in time to swim, so I went this morning instead at SDRC.

1000 - 1000 yards free
1000 - 100 Fly kick, 200 Free, 100 Free kick, 200 Free, 100 Br kick, 200 Free, 100 back kick
1000 - 5 x 100's on 1:30 (1:15 - 1:18 on all), 10 x 50's on :45 (:35 - :40 on all)

3000 Yards total

Met with Kris Edwards and talked about tris. She said Jordanelle isn't good, but St. George is awesome. Will keep that in mind when I do next summer's tris. She encouraged me to come to Masters at Bountiful, and that Monday's are their distance day. That is tempting. I would like some distance training.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

CIrcle swimming

I like circle swimming. There's something about it that brings back memories of swim team life. Swimming solo isn't very fun or motivating, but when you have a group to swim with it sure makes time go by faster. Today there were a couple of other people who joined my lane, when I was in the middle of my first 1000. But then they moved over to join a couple of other people the next lane over. I was alone again. Whatever.

2000 - 2 x 1000's free on 15:00
1000 - 100 Fly kick, 200 Free, 100 Free kick, 200 Free, 100 Breast Kick, 200 Free, 100 Back Kick
600 - 6 x 100's free descending on 2:00 (1:25, 1:20, 1:17, 1:12, 1:10, 1:05)

3200 Yards total

Tuesday, November 4, 2008


I've been eating like a total pig the last few days. Candy, junk, cake, greasy pizza, you name it. Today I felt my stomach poking out - feeling bloated. I suck.

1000 - 1000 free
1000 - 5 x (100 Breast, 100 Free fast (1:10) on 2:00)
1000 - 100 Free on 14:23
400 - 4 x 100's drill (touch and pull, fingers out ladder, Breast)
200 - 200 Free Strong

3600 Yards total

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Trying to burn off all that candy

Yesterday I ate a bunch of candy so I got up early to swim. When I got to Layton Surf N' Swim it was all black. The hours said that it opened for laps at 8 am. It was 6am. So I booked it over to SDRC and swam the following:

6000 - 6 x 1000's free on 15:00

I did all of these 14:00 - 14:30 so I didn't get a whole lot of rest, but enough. Plus I wasn't really going all out on any of these. On the last two I needed something different cause I was getting bored, so I did 50 yds long pull and deliberate strokes, then 50 fast arms focusing on a strong and fast pull as soon as my hand entered the water.

6000 yards total. Now for biking this afternoon