I'll be blogging live from the 2007 SPMA SCM Regionals Swim Meet Saturday and Sunday this weekend. Well blogging about my events at least. Thanks to the wonder of the iPhone I'll be posting during the day. Keep posted and refresh!
Growing up in the 70's every little boy wanted to be Evel Knievel. One year for Christmas my parents bought me the Evel Knievel stunt bike set. I never even thought of that toy till today when I read the news the he had died. Check out this great YouTube Video of the toy in action. Rest In Peace Evel. You are my hero still!
Since I am not swimming the 1500 today at Regionals I headed to swim practice to swim outside in the rain.
Warm Up was a 300 Swim and a 300 Pull. Then we moved on to a kick set. 200/150/100/4x50's.
Main Set: 300 Free on 4:00 3x150's on 2:10 Choice (I did these Fly) 3x150's on 2:14 Choice (I did these Back) 300 Pace. At each 100 I lifted my head out of the water to see my pace times. 1:09/1:08/1:05 to get a 1:22.
Last Set: 200 Free on 2:30 4x100 Free descend on 1:20 200 Pace
Swimming at an outdoor pool comes with the chance of swimming in the rain from time to time. This morning was one of those times. When I left the house at 5:41 (yes that exact time everyday) a few drops hit my head. As I climbed into the car and rolled past the three stop signs on my street towards Robertson the rain started to come down a bit more steadily. Once at the WeHo pool the drizzle turned into a rain shower. We still all dived in and did our warm up in the rain. As the workout went on the showers turned back to drizzle and back and forth a few times. The good news was the intervals were pretty tight so not much waiting at the wall in the rain.
Before a swim meet like Regionals a swimmer even a Master Swimmer will shave down. This is the one thing I hate the most. I turn it into a 2 Night Project. The 1st night I use the electric shaver and shave my legs, belly, chest, arms and arm pits. Here is how it looks:
A glass of wine before you start helps. Friday night the razor and shaving stuff come out.
I will be scratching or not swimming the 1500 SCM Freestyle. The last two years I've had to drive during rush hour to Long Beach, warm up, swim and then drive back to Beverly Hills and work for the rest of the day. It's too stressful and just a pain in the ass. With the Holiday last week I just couldn't get the day off from work for a swim meet. I'll swim Saturday and Sunday but will just swim at practice tomorrow.
One of the main reasons I joined a Masters Swim Team is for the motivation that swimming with others brings me. Okay maybe I'm a bit competitive and swimming next to someone makes me go faster. Still for me it's the way I need to train. But with SPMA SCM Regionals this weekend in Long Beach I am tapering so that means no weight training this week. Instead of hitting the gym on Tuesday and Thursday of this week I've headed to the Lap Swim at the West Hollywood Pool. After paying my $2.00's I jump in the pool and do my thing.
Before I actually leave home I jot down a short workout. Nothing too hard but also not too easy. I only have about 40-45 minutes to swim as the Lap Swim starts later than our usual morning swim so my workout is perfect for a tapper week.
Main and Only Set: 300 Pull Free on 4:00 4x100's Free on 1:20 200 Pull Free on 2:40 4x100's Free on 1:20/1:15/1:10/1:10
100 Warm Down
The Lap Swim at 6:30 is empty enough that I had my own lane. In the next lane over was a fellow team mate doing his thing. We mumbled hello and good bye and just went out own way. I do like these morning swims even if I'm on my own. I can tailor the workouts to what I want to work on. And without someone chomping on my feet I can take my time doing my streamlines off of each turn. My turns are the worst and my streamlines are well not streamline at all. Today I was able to make sure I did as best as I could. I also worked on my hand entry. Yesterday while goofing off looking up swimming stuff on the internet I found one of Total Immersion Swimming's Videos about hand entry. The video had a moment in it about hand entry. So during my 300 and 200 Pulls I was watching my hand entry and pull. It's a bit too late to change my stroke before this weekend but it's something down the line I need to look into.
We swimmers are a funny bunch. Before swim meets we shave our bodies and
remove all the hair that is exposed to water. Last night I went and got my hair cut. It was getting messy and way past due but I held off to a few days before the swim meet this weekend. I hate wearing swim caps. Tonight or tomorrow night I'll be entering a warm bath and shaving my legs and arms. Ugh! I hate shaving. After shaving it feels great jumping in the water and swimming. But a few days after the meet I'll be at the gym in shorts and my pale white legs will look like legs of a sickly guy. Maybe I can tan after the meet.