Thursday, October 29, 2009

The Suit is HERE

Okay, so my Killer Quad suit arrived in the mail yesterday and I'm ready to go for Saturday. It is ridiculously cute, and also...ridiculous. I expect to get quite a good bit of teasing for wearing it (especially from my husband), and especially if I don't finish the darn Killer Quad, but I'm going for it. I personally think that everyone in Lane 2 (if not everyone in the pool) should be wearing this suit. And hey, here's the link to order this bad boy if you feel you would like to join me. Come on people!

Today's workout:

*warmup - basic free but I missed the instructions :)

*9 x 100's free descending by 3

add fins for:

*9 x 100's free alternating on 1:15, 1:20

*9 x 100's free alternating on 1:10, 1:30

*250 back warmdown

Monday, October 26, 2009

Timed Swims

Prepping for the big Halloween swim...I love this time of year. I also love that Tim gives us these patterns to work through during timed swims. Need to remember to use the patterns on Saturday for the hour-long!

*warmup: 8 x 100's odd with last lap kick, even with last lap stroke

*12 minute swim with pattern 25 2 count, 25 moderate, 25 push

*12 minute swim with pattern extended to 50's

*12 minute swim with pattern extended to 100's

*4 x 50's easy/hard

Thursday, October 22, 2009


As I swam this morning I thought about the phenomenon going on at Gunn High School right now. The fact that four kids in four months have killed themselves by stepping in front of the train (and eight to ten other attempts have been prevented by police!!!) is just mind-blowing. Teen suicide in general is awful and tragic. Teen suicide in clusters - in a trend that seems unstoppable - is scary as Hell. Suicide in clusters where the method is standing in front of a train...I just cannot imagine the level of self-hate and despair and anger? these kids must have been feeling. As a kid who experienced depression but couldn't even play chicken with another bicyclist without getting freaked, I just cannot imagine what it takes to stay on those tracks and let the train roll through. I feel for those kids, and the ones who are left behind.

This morning's pull set was indeed therapeutic for me.

*warmup: 800 free

add pull gear for:

*300, 400, 500, 500, 400, 300, 200
second half of "ramp" faster

remove pull gear for:

3 x 100's descending

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

I've done it.

I've threatened to buy a Killer Quad suit for a while now and, well, I ordered one yesterday. I am a complete tool, I know, but these silly suits make me laugh and actually look forward to getting up early and doing crazy amounts of yards during the Killer Quad. Here, for your viewing pleasure, is a preview of the suit. I expect double extra credit for getting super into the spirit of the Quad.

And today's workout was...

*warmup: 300 free, 50 other, 200 free, 50 other, 100 free, 50 other

*kick sets - so painful for me I can't remember, but tomorrow is long free, so we're good.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Prep for Halloween Hour Swim!

*warmup: 400 free, 200 3 count, 100 IM

*10 minute swim with every 6th length up tempo

*4 x 75's alternating IM and 3 count free

*10 minute swim with every 5th and 6th length up tempo

*2 x 75's alternating IM and 3 count free

*10 minute swim with every 4th, 5th, and 6th length up tempo

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Another Dynamic Duo

Well, Gary and I made it into the melons again, but we only finished in fourth place. More disappointing than our placing was the fact that no inappropriate comments about my chest size and melon earnings were made during the award ceremony this year. No fun. Anyway, it was another year of thinking the workout would be so low in yards that I'd need to supplement later in the day...until the workout was over and my arms hung so limply at my sides that I could barely carry my melon. Thanks Tim!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Rain Rain Stay Until Tomorrow

I'm a fan of swimming in the rain, but this morning somehow I slept right through my alarm and didn't get to swim during the storm. I plan to tomorrow morning, so I'm hoping it keeps thrumming down, but in the meantime, we had two great workouts yesterday and the day before that I want to make sure to get down (at least as much as I can remember of them):

*warmup: 150 free, 50 quick
repeat 4x

add pull gear for (odd swims fast, even moderate):
*400, 300, 200, 100
300, 200, 100
200, 100

remove pull gear for:
2 x 500's done as 25, 25, 50, 50, 75, 75, 100, 100 with first one easy second one fast

*warmup: 250 free, 200 IM, 150 free, 100 kick, 50 free

*4 x 100's IM with floating 25 kick and a descend 1-4
*4 x 100's free with floating 25 kick and a descend 1-4

*4 x 25's kick in IM order, 100 IM, 4 x 25's kick free, 100 free
repeat twice

*I know there was more but it escapes me

Friday, October 9, 2009

Dynamic Duo Practice

I can't shake the suspicion that if more people had shown up for practice this morning we would not have had to pair up in perfect 2's per lane and practice the dynamic duo, which is always harder than it sounds. But, that's what happened. And so...

*warmup: 400 free, 300 IM, 200 kick, 100 stroke

*100, 75, 50, 25
*75, 50, 25

*alternating with your partner, 20 x 50's sprint!

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Old School, Outa Nowhere

It's not even old school week and today I got an Old School Treat :). This is good, because last night I made "Monster Cookies" from a recipe I found here, and I ate up nearly the whole batch. They were really goooooood.

Swum them off with:

*warmup: 400 free

*3 x 300's descend 1-3
Repeat 3 times, with 9th 300 strongest

*3 x 50's descend 1-3
Repeat 3 times, with 9th 50 strongest

*3 x 25's descend 1-3
Repeat 2 times because it's time to shower

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Swim Across America with Judy!

PHEW! Judy has saved lives by swimming, and now saved me from needing to come up with a blog topic for today. I'm so slammed at my normal job that I can barely get to the pool, let alone write about it. I promise to be better after this week. Until then, here is the great story of Judy and John and Nancy and tons of other MM studs that got out to swim on Saturday! Guest post by Judy:

Swim Across America, We made waves in San Francisco Bay to fight cancer! 2009

At 5 am I drove to the Edgewood Road Park and Ride to meet Menlo Master Eva Gottstein. We loaded the gear into her tiny classic car and drove up to San Francisco. Eva and her husband are expecting their first child and were married just about one year ago at Crissy Field, she decided that perhaps the Bay Swim would need to wait a year. Eva has a stuffed animal company called Sigikid, to support Swim Across America she is donating 50% of the proceeds from their Guardian Angel product line. This will continue through December.

We arrived at Crissy Field shortly before 6 and it was a flurry of activity. All the usual suspects were there and it seemed like countless volunteers as well. I tried to make myself useful; I had a great time hanging banners in the dark and greeting friends and teammates. Some of my students from the Los Altos High School Interact Club showed up as volunteers. This year I was swimming on my friend Susan’s team; Team Susan Survives. There were 33 of us that registered to swim for Susan who is recovering from very major surgery to treat her 3rd cancer.

The full moon was hanging over the water, just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge; it was absolutely gorgeous. As the sun came up we noticed that the wind and water were both very calm…. Ah… relief, last year we had very challenging conditions. (One can be so easily fooled!)

More teammates showed up at the pier. Several Menlo Masters, John Goldman, Mike Dorsey, Paul Laustsen, Chris Kellerman, Nancy Prouty, Anne Young, Louise Feeley and her husband’s young cousin Danny, Stephanie Couch, Joan Caldwell and my colleague Ryan Carter were all swimming for Susan, although most of them had never met her! Menlo Master Diana Spieker and her family were also there, they formed Team Poohstrong to honor the memory of a dear friend.

We boarded the ship and started our journey to the Golden Gate. There were seals frolicking in the waves, the sun was shining and it still seemed like gentle surf. Janel Jorgenson, executive director of Swim Across America made a short speech and opened the mike. We did some group bonding, Susan spoke a little and so did a few others. Gary Emich, Susan’s co-event director gave us swim instructions and we jumped into the San Francisco Bay about 100 yards east of the South Tower of the Golden Gate Bridge. Did I say gentle surf?

At first I thought the waves were from the boats, we were completely surrounded by support craft… but as I started swimming I noticed that we had surf as big as last year. One of the kayakers was yelling…. Follow the lead boat, follow the lead boat… what he didn’t know is that most of us were too low in the water to see the lead boat. OK, nothing left to do except enjoy the view, reflect on why I was swimming and, oh yeah, swim.

The good news, again I did the swim without a wetsuit, this year the water temperature was almost 10 degrees warmer at 62 degrees. (For those of you that think that’s balmy, our competition pool is heated to 81 and our instructional pool is heated to 86 degrees.) I was comfortable for the whole swim. At one point I saw John Goldman and we chatted briefly. I said I would follow him and then had a brief chat with Janel and John was gone. We remarked on the surf and she told me that lots of swimmers were being picked up by support craft. Some time later I looked up to sight and there was a Zodiac with one of my teammates. They were encouraging me to climb in…. climb in? I wanted to swim and kept going. Sometime after that I was told that I was off course and needed to be repositioned a kayaker was there who said that he would stay with me until I was picked up…. I didn’t want to get picked up. John, the kayaker said ok he would who stay with me for the duration of the swim. All of a sudden there was a second kayaker and I looked it was Barbara a masters swimmer! The two of them kept me between the kayaks and guided me to shore. I am very grateful for their kindness. Although it was not an easy swim, I still enjoyed it! I was one of the last people in… I thought it was a pretty tough swim. Herb and my friends greeted me on the beach. We ate some chowder and enjoyed the rest of the day!

With your help when everything is said and done Swim Across America will have raised close to $300,000. This is 1.5 times what we raised last year. The money goes to USCF Children’s Survivorship Clinic and Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute. Thank you for your support and your WARM wishes!