Tuesday, April 22, 2014


I swam Saturday but then ate a lot that afternoon then just as much on Easter.  I was up too late Sunday night and when the alarm went off, I turned it off and was back asleep before my usual "guilt" of missing a day could set in.
Stomach was upset with me today.  I had a 5k workout and most of the sets I took from one of Gordon's workouts a few weeks back.
200 WU
8 x 100 Desc 1-4 and 5-8 on the 1:45
10 x 25 hard - breathing only 3 times on the :30
5 x 50 kick.  I made this into 250.  Just did not feel like stopping at walls
6 x 200 pull.  This set felt good.  Felt real muscle fatigue where I should.
3 x 100 on the 1:40
8 x 50 on the :50
It was at this point where I had to get out to use the bathroom.  This was my 3rd trip to the bathroom.  Every time I put real effort into my set, my stomach would tighten up and I would need to leave.
100 easy
10 x 50 easy.  Mixed in some breast and back.  Was going SLOW to keep my stomach at bay.
Glad to be swimming again but not happy my workout was not as good as it could have been due to stomach issues.
4000 SCY

Friday, April 18, 2014


I have been sick the past 2 days.  No idea where I got this new cold but I could barely function at work and I was in bed by 1900 each night.
KEARNS has set their pool for the 50 LCM style.  I did not care how bad I felt this morning, mentally I needed a break from 25 SCY pool.  I slept in until 0530 and was at the pool and in the water by 0600.
It was GREAT swimming 50 meters at a time.  I was so freaking slow it was actually funny to me.
500 easy
500 with snorkel
5 x 100 with paddles
4 x 100 on the 2:00.  The last one I went "faster" and got 1:30.  This made me laugh. SO SLOW!
100 easy

It was a good mental break to be swimming in the longer pool despite the fact that I'm still sick.

2000 LCM

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


Woke up at 0430 and stared at my bed for 5 minutes before finally getting moving.  I went to bed early last night but it did not help much.  I was still really tired from yesterday.

1000 WU
8 x 125 "Texas" IM - never knew it was called that.  50 fly then 25 of the rest then the 50 moves to back etc.
500 snorkel
500 pull with Finis paddles with snorkel
6 x 50 mixed up what I was doing
100 sprint - Hit 1:10.  This actually was nice.  I could have done better but I kept making small mistakes that add up to time
100 easy
1000 of easy swimming.  Put the snorkel on for last 500 and focused on slow technical pulls.

I felt like garbage today.  Each time I pushed off the wall it was an achievement.  It was THAT kind of day.  Days like this I remember what my old coach Marcia Cleveland would tell me, "Even Superman wasn't able to be Superman every day".

4500 SCY

Monday, April 14, 2014


Was up too late last night.  Not smart.
500 WU
6 x 75 kick down then harder strokes back.  All with snorkel
50 kick fast
ladders by 50 up to 200 then repeat back down - on way back down I had to go under :45 per lap on the 200, :40 on the 150, :40 on the 100 and sprint the 50.
10 x 50 easy.

3000 SCY


Swim meet today.
Did an easy warmup.  Got to mingle with some friends then it was time to swim.
I signed up for the 500, 200, 100 and the 100 IM.
The 500 I was hoping to go under 7:00.  I normally have the problem of starting WAY too fast then running out of air by 150!  I kept trying to tell myself to calm down and start slower then build up.
Here are my splits - 38,42,43,42,43,42,43,42,40,36.  Total time was 6:54.67.  I'm glad I got under 7 but if I would have started slower, I would have done better.
My 100 was 31.85 and 33.68  Total was 1:05.53.  I put down 1:05 so I was happy with this.
For a laugh I did the 100 IM.  My fly and back were GREAT.  I got 34.29 which I am is great.  The breast is where I died.  I'm SLOW at that stroke and have never been fast.  When I hit the wall, I was gassed and my free was pitiful.  2nd 50 was 42.99.  Total time was 1:17.28
The meet was nice but it started late and there were way too many breaks.  Time ran out and I was not able to swim the 200.  I honestly did not mind.  A family function was happening at 1300 and I promised I would be there.
During the meet, I mentioned to Josh that the family function was a get together at Crown Burger.  This was Patricia's late grandfathers favorite place to eat so we went there to celebrate him one more time.  Josh recommended skipping the burgers there and getting the beef burrito.  He described it and I was interested but he seriously undersold this item.  It was honestly one of the best burritos I have ever had...EVER.  I'll never go to crown burger and get a burger again!  Thanks Josh.

Around 1630, I met Sue at the GSL marina.  She wanted to get a little farther in the water than last week.  I just wanted to get in some colder water swimming.  Water temp was 63.  She adjusted well and we did the same route I did last Wed.  She had a great time and I did too.  Love swimming in that lake.

1300 SCY then .6 miles OW

Friday, April 11, 2014


Took yesterday off.  ZERO guilt!
Swim meet tomorrow so I just wanted to swim a little...real little!
500 WU
500 snorkel
3 x 75 swim/IM order stroke/swim
25 easy
5 x 50 on the minute.
Felt a little bit of sore from Wednesday but after 1000 yards it was gone.  Not sure how I feel about the swim meet tomorrow.  Normally I am excited then I get too worked up on the blocks and burn myself out halfway through the events.  I don't get the times I like and get a bit disappointed.  I'm trying to not care about this meet.  Maybe I'll calm down and swim efficiently then get better times.  I'll see if not caring works!  My theme tomorrow needs to me "Meh"!

2000 SCY

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

9Apr14 - Life Day!

This is my 1 year anniversary for being officially declared cancer free!  YEAH ME!!!!
I took the day off work and wanted to celebrate by SWIMMING!  I talked with my swim buddy and hero Grace Van Der Byl about feeds and my workout etc.  I'm trying a new formula for feeds and this would be the ultimate test. 
Got to the pool at 0500 and went right to it. 10 sets with a "particular" theme.

F-750 swim then 750 snorkel
U-20 x 100 on the 1:45
C-Ladders by 50 up to 300 repeat back down
K-10 x 50 kick with fins

C-5 x 200 pull with Finis strapless paddles
A-20 x 50 on the :50
N-20 x 75 Swim/IM order NO FREE/swim
C-Ladders by 50 up to 300 repeat back down
E-9 (200 swim then 50 back/breast)

I was aiming at 15,000 but time ran out.  I had a lunch date with my daughter and that is more important than 20 laps in the pool will ever be!
Sue joined me for her own workout around the "N" section.  I was getting a bit bored and asked her to swim next to me.  Despite that we did zero sets together, it is still a huge mental boost to be swimming with a friend.
When I got out of the pool, she had left me a message.  This was BEAUTIFUL.  Thanks Sue!

Love Ya!....sorry lady, I'm taken!

14,000 SCY total....YEAH!!!

Met several people at the Saltair Marina at 1630.  Water temp online said it was 50.  It was probably a tiny bit warmer than that but only in some areas.  In others, it was colder!  Carl and a swimmer from QUAC made it past the marina opening then wanted to head back.  Both said it was too cold and they had enough.  I went with them and I stayed at the opening laying on my back relaxing while I watched them swim in and get out...now I can swim!  Met up with the others and swam for a little bit.  It felt great.  I adjusted extremely fast and was actually warm while just wading watching the others go in.  Felt good to be in open water.  I could feel my 14k from this morning but I plugged along with a smile on my face.  50 degrees felt fine for me and I am not worried about San Francisco at all!
.6 miles OW
Forgot to mention that the CarboPro was FANTASTIC.  It's expensive like most formulas are but I felt great and knew it was working.