Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thursday November 28, 2013

Thought about swimming at Barton Springs this morning (with a wetsuit), but the air temp of 34 seemed a bit extreme.  My shoulder was still a bit sore from yeaterday's workout anyway; I swam at Life Time and didn't ice it after practice as I usually do.  I am still waiting on publication of the final 2013 lcm top ten list.

On Monday I swam in the diving well with Kristy and Sharon, next to Dick, Joe, and Jeff.

Warm up:
1200
Main set:
5 x (150/100/50 @ :40 base/4 x 25 @ :30 alternating fast and no breather); averaged 1:44, 1:09, :34 on the last three rounds
3 x (4 x 125 pull @ 1:45, last 25 one breath/4 x 50 kick with fins @ :40)

5300

Lifted weights Monday evening.  Missed practice Tuesday because of an early meeting.
Yesterday I swam at Life Time in the indoor 25 meter pool because practice at UT didn't start until 0730 and I did not have the day off from work.

Warm up:
1200
Main set:
25 x 100 @ 1:30, held 1:19 (1500 race pace), my best effort yet on this set
200 easy

3900 meters

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday November 23, 2014

Swam in the main pool at UT with Larry and Sharon.  Whitney coached.

Warm up:
1800 ladder
Main set:
5 x (choose your distance) @ 2:30, descend; pulled 200s and descended to 2:18
100 easy
4 x (choose your distance) @ 2:25; swam 175s and descended to 2:01
100 easy
3 x 175 @ 2:20, descended to 1:58
100 easy
2 x 175 @ 2:15, went 2:06 and 2:02
100 easy
1 x 200, went 2:11
100 easy

Thursday November 21, 2014

Swam IM workouts Tuesday and Wednesday. This morning I shared a lane with Larry, Joe, and Sharon.  I arrived a few minutes late because of an early admission at the hospital and left after the main set because it was time for work.

Warm up:
4 x 300
Main set:
40 x 50 @ :40, every fifth non free.  Held :33-:34 on the free.  Four years ago I managed 50 x 50 on :40 at Nitro but took a break halfway through and was unable to hold :35s despite drafting off of Kirk.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Monday November 18, 2013

Yesterday morning I swam 3600 yards in Barton Springs which was for the most part deserted.  The air temp was in the 70s so I didn't need a wetsuit.  This morning I shared a lane with Larry and Kristy in the diving well next to Dick, Sharon, and Ben.  I led my lane.

Warm up:
900
Main set:
500 @ 75%, went 6:15
4 x 25 IM order
400 @ 80%, went 4:52
4 x 25 fly with one breath
300 @ 85%, went 3:30
4 x 25 IM order
200 @ 90%, went 2:16
4 x 25 free, no breath
100 free @ 95%, went 1:02
100 easy
5 x 100 @ 1:25, 80%, held 1:12
100 easy
4 x 100 @ 1:25, 85%, held 1:10
100 easy
3 x 100 @ 1:25, 90%, held 1:08
100 easy
2 x 100 @ 95%, held 1:05-1:06
100 easy
1 x 100 @ 100%, went 1:01
100 easy

4900

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Moving on

My Dad passed away on October 23 at the age of 91.  He'd had a fine, long life, but still I had hoped he would be with us for a few more years.  Fortunately my sisters and I had arranged to bring him home from the hospital on hospice, so we had the chance to say good bye.  He told me not to cry (but I did anyway), and I said I would miss him (which I do).  We spoke of many things during his last days, including his love of swimming.  I had convinced him to join USMS and begin competing after my mother died in 1999, and his daily workouts gave his life purpose and meaning.  He won medals at local, state, and national competitions and achieved ten top ten times.  He said that he regretted not having had the opportunity to compete in his new age group.  A day before he died he told us that if we could somehow find a way to drop him into his favorite pool he was confident that he would be able to swim.

So this past week has been bittersweet as I have swum personal bests in meets (19:45.78 in the 1500) and in practice (37:19 in a postal 3K) and finally made a top ten list (tenth in the 800 free) but was unable to share my successes with him.  Yet I have kept swimming because that was what he was going to miss the most, and I have swum with a sense of gratitude that I am still able to do so.

So long, Dad.