Monday, January 30, 2012

Sh*t Triathletes Say

Triathletes are so annoying. I know because I was one of them. Check out this video - so true.

200 free, 100 IM
150 free, 100 IM
100 free, 100 IM

pull gear for:
500 free descending, 200 drill
450 free descending, 200 drill
400 free descending, 200 drill

gear off for:
2 x 100's fastest ave possible
1 x 50 drill
repeat 3x

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Shower Power Plays and Shower Etiquette

First of all, this is all to be taken with a big grain of salt. Some of my favorite people on the team violate my shower etiquette rules, and I still love them. But, I still think this stuff is fascinating.

So, I don't know how it is in the men's bathroom, but up in the women's, we only have one good shower out of six. The odd thing is, the good shower location rotates. By far, the good shower used to be the handicapped one in the corner. It stayed on continuously, so one didn't have to perform the annoying 20 second interval pump to keep one's shower going. It's a large area, which allowed those who violated shower etiquette to have plenty of room for leg shaving and exfoliating. Most importantly, the water in that corner shower was hot, and the water pressure was strong. Today, that shower is cordoned off by ominous yellow caution tape, as if a heinous crime had occurred there (we have no idea why the tape is actually there). But even before it was condemned, it had ceased to be the good shower. Mysteriously, its water pressure wilted and like an athlete past his prime, was ignored. No one queued up for it any longer.

After that era, the shower directly across from the condemned took flight. The strong water pressure and temperature seemed to morph that way. Then, there was a little bit of a locker room renovation and for no known reason, the city decided to grant only the first shower in the row closest to the lockers (call it shower #1), a new handle. Behold! It was a handle that enabled the shower to stay on continuously. The water was hot and the pressure was good. It still is.

Which brings me to the human side of this drama. There is no 5:45am swimmer today that does not know that shower #1 is the most coveted shower. It is so much more satisfying to shower in it, that I personally admit to jumping out of the pool before warm-down from time to time to snag it. (I have not yet sunk to placing all my shower gear in the shower to try to reserve it however).

Why do I sometimes sacrifice a few burned calories to get into the locker room early? Because, just as showers should not take longer than 2-3 minutes when other folks are waiting their turn (long shower takers be damned!), who gets which shower should be determined based on a FIFO system. If I want my choice of shower, I need to get in there first. Alas, we have some folks refusing to take lesser shower stalls that are wide open, and instead to verbally declare to all that approach the stalls that they are "making the decision to wait for shower #1." They then hover near the person who was lucky enough to snag #1 and is just trying to enjoy their quick 2 minute shower, and refuse to use other stalls while guiding folks who walk up to the line toward them. This, to me, is basically like saying "HA! Too bad, I'M NEXT for the best shower because I decided I deserve it more than you do!!!!!" even though, to be honest, you're not actually next. You should have taken the first empty shower, baby.

The people who wait for shower #1 are generally the same people who shave their legs in the shower, and spend time talking to others instead of washing their hair. But my absolute favorite etiquette breach is toothbrushing. Not only do I not want to think about the fact that if one is brushing their teeth now, they likely didn't brush their teeth before they breathed all over me between sets in the pool, but I really don't want to slip all over their spit as I follow them in line (another good reason to skip warm-down, obviously).

In the end though, these same people are also often enough, the very same who do the covers. And that, I will admit, trumps all. If you get to 5:45 workout EARLY and are willing to risk toe injuries and frozen hands to prepare the pool for me, I salute you. And of course, I should always offer up shower #1 to you when presented with the opportunity. If I don't, just go ahead and tell me to step aside. You deserve it.

*warmup: 600 free, 200 IM

*main set: with pull gear
2 x 200's match time (3 min interval)
1 x 300 flow (4:30 min interval)
2 x 200's match above time -5 sec
1 x 300 match 300 time above
2 x 200's match above time -5 sec
1 x 300 match 300 time above

*last set: gear option
9 x 50's descending in groups of 3 on the :45

Thursday, January 12, 2012

4AM Coffee

This morning when I woke up at 4 to work and started to make my normal cup of hot water to drink I wondered "what the hell am I doing drinking hot water right now? I deserve some coffee." So I busted out the new single drip cone system and Philz coffee that Noah has adopted since taking up coffee drinking, and powered down a few cups. Boy was workout fun this morning. I was en fuego. Couldn't be stopped. That caffeine stuff really is a drug. Forget steroids, they should start testing Olympic athletes for illegal Philz coffee intake before races.

warmup: 600 free

main set:
2 x 200's free, match the time
400 free match combined time

2 x 150's free, match the time
300 free match combined time

2 x 100's free, match the time
200 free match combined time

last set: 750 free broken as: 200 moderate, 2 x 50's speed to match, 150 moderate, 2 x 50's speed to match, 100 moderate, 2 x 50's speed to match

warmdown: 150 drill

Monday, January 9, 2012

I Dislove Breaststroke

I just don't like it. I wish I did; done right it is a tough workout. Even though non-swimmers think it is the "easy" stroke, that doesn't make it an easy stroke. Or maybe I'm just not coordinated. Either way, I cannot help but groan when Tim says "breaststroke". I've sworn I wouldn't kvetch any more about it many times, but it happens anyway. Thank God for the nice solid reps of freestyle in between the breast.

warmup (all distances free with last 50 breast) : 200, 150, 100, 50

main set:
100 breast kick, 75 breast double kick, 50 fast breast, 25 breast on your back
3 x 200's free descending

100 breast kick, 75 breast double kick, 50 fast breast, 25 breast on your back
3 x 150's free descending

100 breast kick, 75 breast double kick, 50 fast breast, 25 breast on your back
3 x 100's free descending

last set: 2 x 50's breast, 2 x 50's free

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Winter Swimming

The car thermometer read 38 this morning - balmy! When I see 29 (and that's happened a few times this winter), I admittedly get happy. The lower the temperature, the higher my desire to just get the fuck in the pool as I'm standing on the deck in my swimsuit. It's dark and cold, and sometimes my feet go numb. At that point an illuminated turquoise rectangle of 80 degree water looks like Bahamanian paradise, and I'm in as soon as Tim or a lifeguard shows up. When I try to swim at noon, or even in the 40's, there is less urgency, and potentially less of a positive temperature shock when I enter the water. So there you go. Winter swimming in the dark is the BEST!

warmup: I digressed and lost count, but I think it was a cut down by 50's from a 250 to a 50.
main set: 200, 250, 300, 350, 400, 300, 200 free
in between each, a 50 of stroke drill to kick
end set: fast 75 IM, fast 50 free, fast 25 stroke

Friday, January 6, 2012


Good news: bobbing made it back into the workout today. Sure, it's not a great stamina builder (especially not at the one-time 25 yard distance), but it makes me feel like a kid again. Somehow the entire hour became a game when Tim called out a 25 of bobbing. It's the little things.

250 free
4x50's swim, kick, drill
250 free

300 free to stroke
150 one arm to kick
100 IM
4x50's max speed free

300 free to stroke
150 one arm to kick
100 IM
8x25's max speed choice

25 bobbing (the ole horizontal bob is back!)
25 max choice
25 sideways eggbeater
75 max choice
25 backwards free
25 max choice