Thursday, April 29, 2010

Brown Shark

Monday someone dropped anchor in the pool (hopefully not a Masters swimmer), and so Tuesday morning we all arrived to a pool that was "not quite at the right chemical levels to make the water safe". Soooo, instead I busted out a warm-swim in the lap pool, and thank goodness the tent was down! It was a rare treat to quickly swim through 5 x 500's in 85 degree water, but I wouldn't have wanted to be "bubbled in".

And today? No sharks in sight! Just a great workout:

*warmup: 400 free, 200 free to stroke, 100 kick

add pull gear for:
*4x100's free on shortest interval, 200 relaxed
*3x100's free on shortest interval, 200 relaxed
*2x100's free on shortest interval, 200 relaxed

*100 fast, 400 relaxed
*100 fast, 300 relaxed
*100 fast, 200 relaxed

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

No Skate Day

Although my new skateboard is supposed to come today, we will be waiting until at least Thursday for me to attempt some tricks, due to the rain. Sigh.

*warmup by lengths: 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 odd ones with 2 lengths stroke included

add pull gear for:

*600: 100 regular, 25 breath control every 6 strokes, 25 sprint
*500: 75 regular, 25 breath control every 5 strokes, 25 sprint
*400: 50 regular, 25 breath control every 4 strokes, 25 sprint

remove pull gear for:

2 x 450 done in repeating pattern:
1. build by 25 starting at 25 up to 100 free regular, then 25 sprint, 25 recovery back
2. reduce by 25 starting at 100 down to 25 free regular, then 25 sprint, 25 recovery breast

Monday, April 19, 2010


Things are fun and sunny and busier than I could have ever imagined. The kids and I have taken up skateboarding (my new board should arrive tomorrow just in time for more rain, booooo!), we have soccer and baseball (at least 4 games per weekend), allergy shots 2x a week, my company's launch quickly approaching (day after Mother's Day), my son's birthday, Mother's Day, school winding down (lots of "parent participation" activities going on there...not so pleased about watching the wedding of "Q" and "U" at my son's Kindergarten class this week, wtf???), and of course the upcoming family wedding that all 4 of us are in and requires two trips back east in the next 8 weeks. Phew!!!!!!!!!!! Swimming's a breeze, I tell ya.

*warmup: 300 free, 3x100's stroke to free, 3x50's kick
add fins for:
*4 x 400's every other length drill
remove fins for:
*100 drill, 75 kick, 50 regular swim, 25 sprint
repeat 2x
*6 x 50's descend 1-4, warm down 5,6

Friday, April 9, 2010

Last night and this morning

Last night, my son Wilson said "That was one of the best days of my life today." I have to say, it was one of my best days too. And it was just so...simple.

It was just a pleasure to watch my two sons and their close buddy skating all afternoon; to watch them help each other, not fight ONCE, and work hard at what they were loving doing, as well as collaborate on what they should try next.

We were at the school with a perfect downslope, no cars, no one else around, just hours of them doing tricks and showing off for me and laughing. And sunshine. And I could just be quiet and watch. By the end of it I decided I'm getting a skateboard for myself. And I found the perfect one. Check THIS out.

workout this morning: many many 200's free and 100's and 50's stroke :)

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


If you didn't watch the NCAA men's basketball final last night, you missed the equivalent of a riveting movie. Best basketball game I've ever seen, I think. Buzzer shot, one point game, all that. Tonight, don't miss Stanford women playing in the final!

In other news, Easter was Sunday. Surprise. Here's a picture of my little bunnies. Cute, ain't they? I didn't get squat from the big Easter Bunny and I'm not pleased.

*warmup: 200 free, 50 kick, 2x100's free, 50 kick, 4x50's free, 50 kick

*4 x 100's free done as: 75 moderate, break for 5 sec then 25 sprint; 50 moderate, break for 5 sec then 50 sprint, and so on until last one is all fast
Repeat 2x then do 100 easy

*4 x 100's fast broken at the 50

*50's sprints going as low as you can go on interval. Start at 60sec, down to 30 sec, then start over