Saturday, December 31, 2011


It's the LAST day of the year and I haven't posted since February. SHAME ON ME! I've been swimming (and keeping up my festive suits, such as this celebratory one that Kathleen Liston bought me last month for my 40th birthday), but I've also been working too much, and writing too little. So this is my NYE resolution: write. Part of that resolution includes this blog. Help me keep it! When you see me in the locker room, and I'm feeling especially vulnerable (naked), berate me for not posting enough. That should help. Hey, if I can get back to writing today, after 5,000 yards this morning and 10,000 yesterday morning, I should be able to do it any old day, right? Right.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Lane lines are our friends. Right?

I just want to start by saying that pulling on lane lines during backstroke doesn't mean you're a bad human being or anything. I can't say I understand it, especially with Tim standing up there recording on his clipboard who is a puller and who isn't (what else do you think he's busy writing down?), but it's not the worst thing in the world. Still...why? Why cheat now, at this age? Didn't we all learn that pulling on the lane lines was a no-no when we were in the 7-8YO age group? Do these same people also run with scissors whenever given the chance? Anyway, again, normally watching folks next to me yank on the lines and break off little shards of plastic is mildly amusing at most, but today, well, I got a piece of lane line stuck in the crotch of my suit mid fin set. No bueno. Sharp. And uncomfy. So hey, lane line pullers? Grrrr.

*warmup: 2 x 400's free (second 400 is every fourth length backstroke)

add fins for:

*100 back kick, 100 backstroke, 100 kick on stomach, 200 free
repeat 3x

*100, 200, 300, 200, 100 same pattern as above

remove fins for:

*4 x 50's back drill, backstroke, free drill, freestyle
repeat 2x

Saturday, February 5, 2011


Overheard this week in our lane:

Guy 1: "I did 18,000 yards yesterday."
Guy 2: "Oh. I went to work."

Yah. So how do you people with jobs do this February Can Do nonsense? (I love it Tim, I'm just saying.) I suppose I could take one day off and just swim. Sure. But 30 days? 20? Even 2? Impossible. I think I should get 1,000 yards credit for every hour I work. At that rate I'll be winning the contest.

*warmup: 7 x 100's

*3 x 200's free, 4 x 50's IM transition, 5 x 100's free
*1 x 200 IM, 2 x 150 free, 3 x 100 IM

*5 x 100 free with back/breast at the start and end

Friday, February 4, 2011

Still more camels

Sometimes different areas of our lives just can't resist from converging. This week has been a large week of camel references for me, and I just can't help but share. First, The Blogess, a crazily popular crazywoman blogger that I love (because, yes, I'm crazy), wrote a blog post about Juice in the City and was able to work in a reference to the camel I was once almost traded for in Istanbul. Then, today, Tim used a "two hump camel" as a reference for our double pyramid set. I mean, what are the chances? Have you ever heard Tim use the camel example? Because I haven't. So, I feel that a third camel experience may be coming my way this week. All I can do is make certain it won't have anything to do with my pants.

Today's double hump workout:

*warmup: 200 free, 100 stroke, 50 kick

*50, 100, 150, 200, 200, 150, 100, 50
repeat twice

*100 strong, 150 float, 50 stroke

Thursday, February 3, 2011

I have been seriously overlooked by the WSJ

Noah and I definitely should have been interviewed for this piece.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Reasons for swimming

Swimming reminds me that sips of cold dark morning air - okay, any air - are gifts.

Just another cliched indication that yes, the best things in life are free and also must be earned with hard work.

Today's workout:

*warmup: 200 free, 75 breast, 200 free, 50 breast, 200 free, 25 breast
*200 free, 4x25's fly to breast, 3x50's fly to breast, 100 fast free
Repeat 3x
*4x100's free including varying degrees of fly and breast