Today during out Swimmers Choice 25's a swim mate piked "The Trudgen Crawl." Most of us where like "what"? So I found this about "The Trudgen Crawl" -
For distance swimming, the trudgen stroke is considered less tiring than the crawl and is essentially a fast stroke. It is named after John Trudgen, a British swimmer who died in 1902. Trudgen gained international fame for his swimming victories using this stroke. It became popular first in Spain, then spread to Latin America and finally to the United States. This stroke combines the arm motions of the crawl and the leg action of the sidestroke a modified scissors kick. Overarm strokes from a prone position are used, and the head remains on one side, for more natural breathing than in the crawl.
The important arm action of the trudgen is as follows: The stroke is started by pressing the arms alternately through the water with elbows straight. This motion is carried through until the elbow reaches the surface of the water close to the body. The elbow should then be lifted from the water until the hand emerges, and the hand is extended just above the surface until the arm is straight. When the hand enters the water, the arm should be pressed straight down for another stroke. As one arm presses through the water, the other reaches forward toward the start of the stroke. For the leg motion, one hip is kept about 4 inches lower than the other as the scissors kick is started. The body motion is a forward roll through the water. Co-ordination of arms and legs is important. The leg motion must be geared to the position of the hips. With the left hip low, the kick is performed as the left hand moves forward; then the legs are kept together as the right hand goes forward. With the right hip low, the reverse action is followed.
There are several variations on the basic trudgen stroke. The use of a frog kick will reduce the amount of body roll. The “double trudgen” is accomplished by using a frog or scissors kick with each armstroke. The “trudgen crawl” is a form of the stroke in which a scissors kick is used while one arm is pressing, and 2 or 4 crawl-stroke kicks are used while the other arm is pressing. (source: water-sports-guide.com)
You learn something new everyday! I didn't do it right!
Another month has gone by. I gotta admit I didn't do much running at all since I was still in recovery mode from some hip pain. But in the last week or so I did start small short runs. Just to check in and see how I'm feeling. My goal for the month was to just run since I didn't run at all in June. And I did run a tad less then 6 miles in total for the month. So that is a start. 5.95 miles isn't a whole lot compared to what I was running but it's a start. I'm not much of a runner when I'm pain free but boy is it hard to get back into running now that the pain is going away. I gotta pull the trigger soon on if I'll be doing another marathon again. Was thinking of doing a 1/2 Marathon in October but have decided not to do it. Mostly because the cost of traveling to the event. Decided that I'd rather do one or two swimming events in October instead. But looking at either doing the Disney World Marathon in Jan or doing the LA Marathon in March. Will make that decision by the end of August. With that said I'm putting my running goal for August at a very modest 16 miles for the month.
Now swimming. It seems like I didn't swim that much in July. In July I swam 29,550 yards. That's down more then 12,000 yards from June. Of course I did swim two Long Course Meters swim meets. One that was a full weekend and another one day so with tapering and swimming at the meet that takes a few yards away. So it's not too bad. At least I was swimming.
Past Months To Compare -
June I swam 42,000 yards
May I swam 47,950 yards.
April I swam 44,950 yards.
March I swam 62,125 yards.
February I swam 41,750 yards.
January I swam 42,300 yards.
In 2011 I've swum 268,625 yards.
I'd love to say it's the quality of swims and not the quantity but I am swimming at slower and slower intervals. Swimming in non-cooled pools is a bit of a challenge. I've never heard of such a crazy thing of as non-chilled or non-heated pools. This is Florida you'd think the pools would be cooled! It is what it is.
With all that said I am working harder then ever at the gym. From taking fun Zumba classes to getting my ass kicked in Boot Camp. All in all it's all a good thing!
Lane 1 - Reuters has "Swimming-Italy capture men's waterpolo world title. Italy won their first men's water polo world championships gold medal since 1994 when they beat Serbia 8-7 after extra time on Saturday. The final had finished locked at 6-6. Italy took the lead in the first period of extra time, only for Serbia, the winners at the last world championships in Rome, to equalise when Filip Filipovic scored."
Lane 2 - The WaPo has "FINA says no positive drug tests at world aquatics championships. wimming’s governing body says there have been no positive drug tests at the world championships."
Lane 3 - BondiLife has "Bondi Born Speedo & Aquabumps Collaborate. Two Bondi born icons – Speedo and Eugene ‘Uge’ Tan collaborate in spectacular style with the limited edition Speedo Aquabumps range of swimwear. The range features Uge’s beautiful photography of Bondi Beach which has been applied to the swimwear collection giving each piece a distinctive and unique appeal. The Speedo Aquabumps collection includes boardshorts for men, and bikinis and one pieces for women, as well a children’s range, available from August 2011."
Lane 4 - NZ Herald has "Targeting 2012 medal haul. The New Zealand swimmers' performances at the world championships in Shanghai this week have been cause for both celebration and concern."
Lnae 5 - RTE Sport has "Mixed week for Irish swimmers in Shanghai. Ireland's campaign at the World Long Course Swimming Championships in Shanghai has come to an end with no Irish swimmers in action on the final day of competition after Gráinne Murphy withdrew from the women's 400m Individual Medley heats, due to not feeling well."
Lane 6 - Penn Live has "GOING DEEP: Swimming has saved Dee Saxe, 53, time and time again. There's tough, and then there's Dee Saxe-tough. The 53-year-old swimmer competed in six events in the 2011 Senior Olympics despite suffering a herniated disc in her back three months prior."
Lane 7 - Masters Swimmers should cheek out the 3rd Annual Rowdy Gains Masters Classic at rowdygainesclassic.com.
Lane 8 - Democrat and Chronicle posts "Mini 'tri' gets kids on move. At 7:30 in the morning on Saturday, when many kids his age are catching some extra summer shut-eye, Eliad Kane was getting ready for a little activity in Genesee Valley Park. He was participating in the first Rochester Kids' Triathlon, a combination of swimming, biking and running for about 200 kids from ages 7 through 17."
Sunday! Okay so this past week I really haven't been swimming or doing much at all. No weight training or running. But I've had my nieces and nephews in town so I've been busy having fun. Spending three days poolside and in the pool horsing around. That is hard! It was almost a workout. But my excuses are gone back home so it was time to get back in the pool. I printed up a workout I was sent last week that I hadn't swam and headed towards the pool.
The email workout - the water is hot, so be careful.
1x200 kick with fins
4x100 on 1:45 - k, r, l, s
2x50 sprint kick on 3:00 - no fins
6x75 pull on 1:15 - no paddles, just a pull buoy
6x50 free on 1:10 -alternate between a kick/drill and a sprint/pace 50
3x100 kick of your choice - rest 20
50s of your choice
cool down! Ha!
So I did the workout on my own almost exactly as sent. The 4x100's k,r,l,s I did them on 2 minutes. The water was so hot I wasn't going to kill myself. The water was too hot to even push myself at all. I just kept a decent pace trying to hold it together. After not much swimming in the past week that was a tough enough job never mind doing it in hot water. For my 50's at the end I did 3 Rounds of 4x50's on 1:15 Pulling. With breath control for each round 3, 5 and 7. So far this was 2,850 yards. Then started with everyone else...
200 Kick (200/3050)
4x75's Kick/Drill/Kick One of each stroke on 1:40 (300/3350)
4x100's IM on 2:30 Descending by 5 seconds. I did 1:28, 1:24, 1:17 and a 1:10. Not terrific times but not horrible. (400/3450)
We then did 10x25's. (250/3,700) Each swimmer got to pick what each 25 would be. And that was it. Total workout today was 3,700 yards. I gotta admit it was hard to get myself going out of the pool but now that I'm done I'm glad I swam. Gotta get back to swimming! Been such a lackey. I should hit the gym for weight training but may skip it today and watch swimming on NBC at 1pm EST (check local listings.)
Lane 1 - The Australian posts "Not even Ian Thorpe can stop King James, says van den Hoogenband. T will be 'almost impossible' for any 100m sprinter to catch James Magnussen in time to deny him the Olympic gold medal in the 100m freestyle in London next year, according to dual Olympic champion Pieter van den Hoogenband."
Lane 2 - The Roar goes with "Magnussen sets the pace in the post Super Suit era. 'Where the hell did he come from?' A fair call from Michael Phelps, the 14 times Olympic gold medal swimmer, after James Magnussen had whupped the American in the first leg of the world championship 4 x 100 relay final in Shanghai. It was a phenomenal swim: 47.49, the fastest ever apart from Eamon Sullivan and Alain Bernard, and eventually Brazilian Cesar Cielo’s 46.91, all in a super-suit – now banned."
Lane 3 - Herald Sun chimes in with "Missile shaping up to be a perfect threat. AUSTRALIA'S new king of the pool has one big advantage over his rivals - his body. Experts have revealed the physiological attributes that have given James 'Missile' Magnussen the near-perfect body for swimming. He is already a remarkable match for Ian Thorpe's height and weight, but it is his enormous arm span that is the envy of the pool. The 20-year-old's arm span-to-height ratio is credited for contributing to his explosive performance."
Lane 4 - In other swimmer news The Age has "With a new story to tell, Huegill on verge of another chapter. GEOFF Huegill is on the verge of having a story to tell the grandchildren as he is set to line up against American superstar Michael Phelps in the 100 metres butterfly final tonight."
Lane 5 - The Denver Post has "Missy Franklin impresses in U.S. relay victory. About 30 minutes after winning a bronze medal in the 50-meter backstroke, Missy Franklin led off the U.S. women's 4x200-meter relay team at the swimming world championships with an effort that made her teammate Katie Hoff exclaim with wonder."
Lane 6 - The Telegraph has "Cesar Cielo in more hot water following slit-eyed gesture in China. You would have thought Brazilian swimmer Cesar Cielo had attracted enough controversy in Shanghai this week. But the man who escaped a doping ban to compete at the World Championships was at it again on Saturday, pulling a slit-eyed face into the cameras as he celebrated winning his second gold medal of the meet in the 50m freestyle. Cielo was not intentionally insulting his Chinese hosts in the Oriental Sports Centre swimming pool - rather he was apparently trying to express a kind of misguided solidarity — but his actions were insensitive and offensive."
Lane 7 - CBC Sports reports "Canada disqualified in women's swimming relay. An illegal kick cost Canada a top-six finish in the women's 4x100-metre relay at the world swimming championships Saturday. he Canadians initially thought they had tied Britain for sixth, but officials ruled Calgary's Jillian Tyler performed a double fly kick off the wall during the breastroke leg of the race. Swimmers are only allowed one kick."
Lane 8 - The Sydney Morning Herald has "Hackett's long-standing record likely to be eclipsed by Sun. It is the longest standing and among the most admired swimming world records, but the word at the world championships is Grant Hackett's landmark 1500 metres freestyle world record from 2001 is set to be broken tonight."