first water

Went to a new pool this morning – the Carpenteria Community Pool. It’s pretty nice. No long course but a sweet little short course of about 12 lanes. The temps were warm, which I’ve grown fond of as I’ve “matured”. I used to hate warm pools when I swam the 500. At 6:00 AM though, cold water is massively un-inspiring. My times during a 200 set were good, easily ten seconds quicker than on recent days.
da numbers:

  • 2 x 100 free/zipperswitch
  • 4 x 200 free @ 4:00
    • coming in between 2:50 – 2:55
  • 2 x 200 pull w/ paddles @ 4:00
    • coming in ~ 3:10
  • 200 dolphin kick drill w/ short fins
  • 200 apnea drill w/ short fins

wish every day could be Saturday?

I don’t. That would mean I throw myself on Tor routes 7 days a week. One day is enough. Especially when it’s a volume day. Last Saturday was such a day. 5 redpoints. 8 laps.
da routes

  • Power of Eating (5.11d) – redpoint
  • Auto Magic (5.12a) – redpoint
  • The Natural (5.12c) – redpoint
  • No Skill (5.12c) – redpoint
  • Better Than Chips (5.12d) – redpoint
  • Hell of the Upside Down Sinners (5.12b) – 1 fall
    • I grabbed the chains. Yep.
  • Anchor Punch (5.12a) – 1 fall
    • At this point I’m just pissed. So, I didn’t really care. Waited about 10 minutes after Hell before starting up this gem.
  • When the Sea Doesn’t Want You (5.12a) – 2 falls
    • 2 falls. Not caring at all at this point. Waited 10 minutes, tops, between Anchor Punch and this. Obviously, I still had tons of energy. Unstoppable, really.

first water

Swam some IM at GVAC this morning. IM’s are tough, man. I try to stay relaxed as I get tired, resist tightening up, which is good for my stroke but hammers my lungs. I’m just panting like a dog during sets. Gotta be good for me, I suppose.

da numbers:

  • 2 x 100m free/zipperswitch
  • 16 x 50m alternating IM strokes @ 1:30
    • tons of rest between 50’s – I’m never coming in after 1:00
    • 50m free’s had me coming in between :30 – :35
    • all strokes felt better today
  • 200m free /w paddles
  • 200m dolphin kick w/ short fins
  • 200m apnea drill w/ short fins

first water

As I’m still not over my cold, swimming this week has not been stellar. I took all last week off – no climbing, no swimming, no anything not conducive to recovery. And I can’t take it any more. My symptoms now are confined to my head and sinuses but I can’t stand not training for another week. I won’t do it. Anyways, worked on my stroke a bunch this morning. Counting strokes is harder than one would think.

da numbers:

  • 2 x 100m free/zipperswitch
  • 12 x 50m free @ 1:00
    • coming in around :40
    • This was not fast. I was trying to count strokes here and get that number reduced in an effort to stretch out my stride. As I said, counting is difficult, nearing impossible today. I was around 20 – 25 strokes per length.
  • 4 x 100m free w/ paddles @ 2:00
    • coming in around 1:40
  • 300m dolphin kick w/ short fins
  • 100m apnea drill w/ short fins

first water

today’s swimming routine:

  • 200m free/zipperswitch
  • 5 x 100m free @ 2:00
    • coming in between 1:30 – 1:35
  • 5 x 100m free/zipperswitch alternating 25m @ 2:30
  • 100m free w/ dolphin kick
  • 100m pull w/ paddles
  • 200m kick drill w/ short fins

you don’t have to wonder what the worst route in Santa Maria is

It’s called The Natural. It’s super short, has a super awkward one-move crux, and it sucks. And it shut me down on Saturday. Four times. Micah and Elhanan went to the Tor with me. That made things cool. If not for them, had I been left alone to epically flail on stupid Natural, I would not have had a good day. Micah sent Auto Magic with ease, first go of the day, his first redpoint of this route and maybe of this grade. That’s kind of amazing since he boulders stupid hard. Elhanan just looked good.

my numbers:

  • Power of Eating (5.11d) – redpoint
  • Auto Magic (5.12a) – redpoint
  • 4 x The Natural (5.12c) – falls at the crux
  • Better Than Chips (5.12d) – clipped the last draw and took
  • Anchor Punch (5.12a) – redpoint
  • When the Sea Doesn’t Want You (5.12a) – redpoint

also on Saturday: rodeo clipping (watch your ladies)

welcome back, failure

Fresh on the heels of last weeks redpoint extravaganza, was this weeks’s typically grim Saturday Tor session. In my defense, it was hot and I got on some new routes (new to my volume training routine anyway), The Natural and Hell of the Upside Down Sinners. Jud witnessed Owl Tor, in all her glory, for his first time. No doubt, the pleasure is all his. Marcela made a defiant appearance despite the Tor’s attempt on her life 2 weeks earlier. Continuing his recent trend of substantial weekly progress, Justin linked large sections of Power of Eating and dialed in the bottom of When the Sea Doesn’t Want You. Phil too looked leagues better this Saturday compared to last, this his second day back.
my routine:

  • Power of Eating (5.11d) – redpoint
  • Auto Magic (5.12a) – redpoint
  • The Natural (5.12c) – fell at the crux
    • I remember now why this is commonly known as Santa Maria’s worst route. Truly ridiculous.
  • Hell of the Upside Down Sinners (5.12b) – redpoint
    • Good burn. I haven’t been on this in a couple months and haven’t redpointed it this year. It was a bit of a fight.
  • Better Than Chips (5.12d) – fell at the crimp after the jugs
    • After mysteriously falling right after leaving the Chips jugs I decided to give up on the BTL finish for a new sequence in to Pro Skill. It’s hard. And weird.
  • Anchor Punch (5.12a) – 1 fall at the crux

more Shed, please

This was the first week in months (like 6 months, I think) that I trained twice at the Shed. No agenda, just wanted to get adjusted to the Tuesday/Thursday thing again. So, I took things real slow, kept the volume low and had fun. Both days felt good, Tuesday better than Thursday, obviously. But after a slow warm up on Thursday I got things going a little. I put up a new route, at least. And today my hands are feeling it. Good training but a volume to be cautious about.