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Tuesday, 7 February 2006

Topic: Workouts
1000 warm up (finished in 18:03)
5 x 200 (@ 4:30)
5 x 100 (30s RI, breathe every 4 strokes)
5 x 100 kickboard
--- odd: breaststroke
--- even: flutter kick
3 x 250 pull
250 free (w/fins)
Total: 4,000 yards

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 11:09 AM MST
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Monday, 19 December 2005

Topic: Workouts
1 x 1000Y freestyle
3 x 200 freestyle
3 x 200 backstroke w/fins
odd 25 - kick
even 25 - swim
3 x 200 pull
1 x 200 freestyle
1 x 500Y kickboard
50 FR
50 BR
TOTAL: 3500Y

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 8:55 PM MST
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Monday, 14 November 2005

Topic: Workouts
warmup
200 FR
100 K
200 CHOICE

2 X 200 (1 min)
1. 200 FR
2. 4 x 50 (10s)
3. 2 x 75 1 x 50 (20s)

10 x 50 @ 1:35

75 swim - kick - swim
25 build
50 25 fast 25 EZ

3 x 100 (2:00)

200 cool down

TOTAL: 2550 yards

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 10:11 AM MST
Updated: Monday, 14 November 2005 10:30 AM MST
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Tuesday, 1 November 2005

Topic: Workouts
1000 FR (9:02, 14:42, 18:33)
16 x 50 4 FLY (fins), 4 BK, 4 BR, 4 FR {20s}
200 BR kick (w/board)
5 x 200 BK {30s} (3:40 - 3:50)
2 x 250 pull
500 pull
500 kick - odd 100 FR, even 100 BR

TOTAL: 4500 yards

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 9:05 PM MST
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Thursday, 27 October 2005

Topic: Workouts
1000 FR (18:44.66)
800 - 14:54
5 x 200 BK (3:32.67)
3:50, 3:45, 3:50, 3:48
5 x 200 FR pull (3:20 - 3:30)
8 x 50 (w/fins)
1 & 2 FLY, 3 & 4 BK, 5 & 6 FR, 7 & 8 BR (no fins)
500 kickboard
odd 100 - FR; even 100 - BR

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 10:47 AM MDT
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Tuesday, 25 October 2005

Topic: SCY Nationals
If I'm going to qualify for nationals next summer (short course yards), I have a loooooong way to go. The obvious reason is because I'm out of shape. Out of practice, to be more accurate, since I've not been swimming regularly since March but I'm at the same pace I was when I stopped, at least with the longer distances. That, in a way, is a good thing since those are the events I'm trying to qualify in.

My practice times in both the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke have obviously slowed down. In the past, I was regularly swimming 3:30s in practice for the 200 backstroke with all 10 200s in the set ranging from 3:12 - 3:30. Today I was 3:38 - 3:55. My range in the 200 freestyle recently has been 3:45 - 4:00 and I used to consistently swim 3:40s or better.

Based on times today, here's where I stand:
MY TIME QUALIFYING TIME
200 BK 3:38 2:32.60
500 FR 9:12 6:02.80
1000 FR 18:52 12:51.45

I'd like to prove that the Adidas slogan "Impossible Is Nothing" from the Athens Olympics last year is correct. Right now, qualifying really does seem impossible. How could I possibly improve my times so significantly in just eight months? I haven't told anyone in my family ecause they will just discourage me as usual.

Besides the fact that I don't have the slightest clue how much training is required for such a feat. Eventually I'll obviously have to take up weight training again, but do I need to take up twice a day workouts too?? I obviously need to get used to once a day workouts again before diving into twice a day workouts (no pun intended). Even when I was competing at a younger age, I was never training to qualify for state, nationals, or any other competition that required a qualifying time.

This is what happens when none of my friends are even remotely interested in ANY sports so I feel like I am completely alone in this. Not that it's going to stop me from trying since I'm used to being the only one of my friends even slightly interested in sports, but it would be so nice to have people to talk to about it instead of just writing in my journal about it. Or at least peole who are going to be different than my parents and actually support me whether I qualify or not.

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 6:14 PM MDT
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Topic: Workouts
1000 FR - 18:52
500 - 9:12; 800 - 15:01
10 x 200
odd - backstroke (3:38 - 3:55)
even - FR pull (3:25 - 3:35)
500 swim
500 kickboard

TOTAL: 4,000 yards

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 5:49 PM MDT
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Sunday, 16 October 2005

Topic: Workouts
Thursday's workout

I wasn't actually swimming with the team, but their workout was still written up on the board so the two sets I did were taken from the workout. I do this whenever I can so that I am not always doing the same workouts all the time that I come up with on my own. The 800 at the beginning and 500 on the kickboard are my own things that I regularly do when I'm swimming on my own.

800 freestyle (time: 14:34 ... I just need to drop 2 1/2 more minutes to qualify) Since I'm trying to qualify in this event, I'm doing one at each workout to build up my strength/endurance

First set:
4x200 1. choice (backstroke) 2. freestyle with the buoy thingy between my legs 3. kick, no board, IM order (50 fly, 50 back, 50 breast, 50 free) 4. choice (backstroke)

For those who don't know, choice just means anything other than freestyle, and since the 200 backstroke is my other good event, I always pick backstroke.

Second set: drills (I absolutely hate drills!!!!) I haven't done any proper swimming drills since ... my 3rd year of high school
4 x 50 one arm butterfly
4 x 50 six kick backstroke (take a stroke every six kicks
4 x 50 small arm breaststroke .. whatever that is, I just did regular breaststroke since that's by far my weakest stroke.
4 x 50 six kick freestyle (same as w/backstroke ... take a stroke every six kicks)

God do I hate drills.

Last of all: 500yd on the kickboard to build up my leg strength.

Oi! Just writing that out made me tired! There was also another set involving 5 150s but I skipped it because I was tired. :)

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 12:37 AM MDT
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Topic: Upcoming Swim Meets
2005 Denver Athletic Club SCM Championships
November 18-19, 2005
Denver Athletic Club - Denver, Colorado
Events I've entered: 200M, 400M, 800M, and 1500M freestyle, 200M backstroke

2006 COMSA SCY Championships
April 7-9, 2005 (tentative)
University of Denver - Denver, Colorado
Events I'm planning to enter: pending official meet information posting which lists the events they're offering.

Meets I'm trying to qualify for:
2006 USMS SCY Nationals
May 11-14, 2006
Coral Springs Aquatic Center - Coral Springs, Florida
Events I'm trying to qualify for: The 1000YD Freestyle and 200YD Backstroke for sure, and possibly the 500YD Freestyle as well depending on how things develop

2006 XI FINA World Master's Championships
Avery Aquatic Center, Stanford University - Palo Alto, California
Events I hope to qualify in: 400M (tentative) and 800M freestyle, 200M backstroke
Events I'm trying to qualify in:

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 12:06 AM MDT
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Wednesday, 12 October 2005

Mood:  lazy
Topic: Workouts
Wow I can't believe it's been a whole six months since I last wrote in this thing. I finally have a meet to train for, which means I have to start swimming again for real. I swam on Monday for the first time in I don't know how many months. Pretty non-exciting workout:

500 warm up
5 x 200 freestyle
5 x 200 odd-freestyle/even-backstroke
500 kickboard

Now I just have to try to get myself motivated to swim every day again, plus I need a new swimsuit badly...but hey at least it's not see-through since it's got lining all the way down instead of just on my chest area. Now to look up my times from last year's SCM meet.

Posted by invisiblerobotfish at 1:35 PM MDT
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