first water

IM-athon. Did a bunch of IM stuff today in an effort to mix it up. IM stuff hammers my breathing. I was panting like a dog after a couple cycles. And it came to my attention my butterfly form needs some work. There’s definately a rythm to the fly and I definately don’t have it.

da numbers:

  • 200m free/zipperswitch
  • 20 x 50m alternating IM @ 1:30
  • 200m fly drill
  • 200m short fin kick

first wood

Campused this morning with Andy. He did 5-1-5 on the bigs. I didn’t do much except kinda high-volume 2-finger hangs. Energy was pretty low. Because of an approaching appointment with the pulmonologist and this generally feeling like a flat session I went fast through my routine, not resting much, not trying epic hard stuff, instead focusing on the training stimulus.

first water

Swam again this morning. I had big plans for my 100m times today, only to massively disappoint myself. Maybe I didn’t mention this in writing but I’ve been entertaining the idea of my birthday challenge involving a 300m freestyle under 3 minutes. Needless to say, that does not look like an option any time soon.

da numbers:

  • 200m free/zipperswitch
  • 3 x 100m free @ 1:45
    • coming in between 1:20 – 1:40
    • This set killed me. 1:45 is smoking fast for me right now.
  • 200m zipperswitch
  • 3 x 100m free @ 2:00
    • This is a doable pace for more than 3 intervals.
  • 300m IM drill
  • 300m short fin kick


Because someone told me Tijiguas “has the best visibility in town”, I dove there yesterday. And while that same person purported visibility like “35 feet” at times, it looked like everywhere else in town yesterday. Maybe like 2 feet better visibility. That translates to 3 feet total. I dove at depths between 20 and 30 feet with Elhanan and the word I will use to describe it is ‘murky’. Let me say, if you live in Hawai’i, DO NOT MOVE. It doesn’t get any better.

first water

Swam some longer sets today, felt like good training.

da numbers:

  • 200m free/zipperswitch
  • 400m free
    • came in at 6:50
  • 50m zipperswitch drill
  • 300m free
    • came in at 5:00
  • 50m zipperswitch drill
  • 200m free
    • came in at 3:15
  • 50m zipperswitch
  • 100m free
    • came in at 1:25
  • 250m short fin kick

These times are not good. But I did want this to be my first bench mark at distances between 200m and 400m. There is clearly some work to be done, but eventually I will want to have 100m splits under 1:00 for 300m, 400m and 500m distances. I really don’t think that’s too much to ask.

Saturday again

The Tor, again. Micah, Justin, Hawk, Marcela and I gave the Tor our best on Saturday. And again, it wasn’t good enough. Micah had big plans for The Sea – didn’t happen. Marcela and Hawk had planned on crushing Power – way didn’t happen. I thought I might take down No Skill – ridiculously did not happen. I don’t know what Justin’s plans were but I’m sure he got shut down as well. For the 37 thousandth time this god-forsaken season I fell on that hell-pile 12c variation. And that was after I redpointed Better Than Chips, which is way harder. I don’t understand it. In my defense, things did feel slick. Marcela had one of the gnastiests falls I’ve ever seen when she skated off the first move of The Sea, nailing her back on a rock at the base. So, something was clearly going on here. Add to that the mass Tuesday-thinking delirium we all shared and you have a recipe for disaster at Owl Tor.

da routes:

  • Power of Eating (5.11d) – Redpoint
  • Auto-Magic (5.12a) – Redpoint
  • Better Than Chips (5.12d) – Took at the jugs, lowered.
    • Yeah, I took here cuz I forgot an extra draw. But not before 4 attempts at catching one thrown from the ground. Shredding.
  • Better Than Chips (5.12d) – Redpoint
    • Good. Ran it out a little. Good burn.
  • Power of Eating – Ran up to the third to last draw to get photos of Micah, then lowered.
  • No Skill (5.12c) – Fell right after the jugs, lowered.
  • The Natural (5.12b) – Took at the crux.
    • Here I was trying to work out a new sequence. Gave up. It sucks.

luxury does not equal rad

Bridget got me in to the Coral Casino yesterday. I can’t tell if it’s trying to be a gym or spa or pool or what. But I can say it accomplishes none of these well. The “weight room” was friggin’ laughable, which I would have laughed at had I not been so pissed mid-workout that they would even call it such. To mention just a few annoyances: the dumbbells stop at 75 lbs, there are no barbell weights, the machines are insane, half the space is for treadmills, at least one trainer has a pony tail (and he’s a dude) and everyone there at the time was super not inspiring. On the plus side, I was so bitter the staff treated me like family because I behaved exactly like a rich Montecito prick. It’s like they don’t know what to do if you ask. Responses were much better when I demanded beligerantly. And after 3 seconds with the “guy” at the front desk I was happy to oblige. There’s one more thing cool about the Coral, I guess – flat panel TVs in the locker room. Not to mention the locker rooms are marbled out. Rad. But oddly, I felt myself longing for the parade of old dudes strolling around with their junk all everywhere talking way loud about baseball and inane things. Next stop, the pool. The pool’s really nice. 50m. Actually, 50m plus one foot, I’m told. That way they never get asked to host a swim meet. What? Assholes? No! So, I cranked out some apnea 50’s with the long fins. I’m getting better at those. Something else I would not have expected from the Coral, a nugget index of 0. I’m not sold on the place.

first water

Was not feeling the eye of the tiger this morning. But I dragged myself to the pool, focusing once again on my pitiful stroke technique. Lots of zipperswitch, freestyle, IM drills and fin work. I’m starting to realize my years in the weight room have not done me any favors in the pool. It’s been an effort to stretch out my stroke. I’m statically stretching tons and concentrating a bunch on good mechanics. And things maybe are starting to come together I feel. Today I was focused on relaxing my movements, not something I practiced with the weights, and getting a good stretch at the top of my latissimus, just below and behind my shoulder, at the end of my freestyle catch after my leading hand enters the water. Some points for me to remember regarding freestyle:

  • extend to air – stretch out your entire body to get a breath at the surface
  • elbows high in recovery phase – roll to the side, elbow bent at 90 degrees
  • break elbow catch – elbow stays level with the shoulder during the catch phase, sets up to pull with hand and whole forearm surface, utilizing the latissimus to pull – do not lead with the elbow, do not tuck it in
  • butt high – roll hips back

today’s numbers:

  • 200m free
  • 6 x 100m zipperswitch/free @ 3:00, alternating zipperswitch drills and free stroke every 25m
    • coming in between 1:55 – 2:05
  • 8 x 50m IM drill @ 1:30, alternating the IM strokes
    • coming in between :35 – :55
  • 400m short fin kick drill