Lane 1 - This Is Croydon Today posts "Man, 76, to swim 5,782 lengths of Purley Pool. A PENSIONER who has been using his love of swimming to raise funds for charity for more than 40 years has embarked on his biggest splash yet – swimming from Purley to France. Barry Kay, 76, of Kenley, will swim the equivalent distance to Cap Gris Nez on the French west coast by completing 5,782 lengths of Purley pool. Barry is also calling for people to come forward to help Early Birds tip the £100,000 raised for charity mark with the group's Annual Relay Swimathon on February 4."
Lane 2 - The Age posts "Perkins tells Thorpe to travel less. OLYMPIC swimming great Kieren Perkins says Ian Thorpe has ''challenges'' ahead of him in his bid to qualify for the London Olympics and should consider travelling less in the next few months. But the three-time Olympian, who twice won gold in the 1500-metre freestyle event, also criticised Australia's swimming administrators for poorly managing the long-term careers of star athletes. Perkins said young swimmers needed to be encouraged to plan their careers between 10 and 20 years and avoid the emotional post-Olympics period when decisions were often made. Leisel Jones perhaps best exemplifies career longevity in Australian swimming. The 26-year-old is trying to qualify for her fourth Olympics."
Lane 3 - This Is London posts "Swimming's golden girl calls on London to join Sport Relief run. Hundreds of Evening Standard readers have given their backing to the Get London Running campaign which will raise money for the capital's most deprived people. As more than 500 logged on to our campaign site, Olympic swimming medallists Rebecca Adlington and Keri-Anne Payne called on more Londoners to sign up to run the Sainsbury's Sport Relief Mile along The Mall. The Standard's Dispossessed Fund has joined forces with Sport Relief to help pull people out of poverty and improve the lives of tens of thousands of others."
Lane 4 - Sabotage Times posts (w/video) "Base Jumping Off The World’s Most Insane Swimming Pool."
Lane 5 - The Sun posts "Shark slide is fin-tastic. IS this the world's scariest ride? It's a waterslide going straight through a SHARK tank. Thrill-seekers can get on the three-storey chute, which ducks and weaves past the animals through the centre of an aquarium. It is made of 4in-thick acrylic to protect swimmers from the deep-sea creatures surrounding them. The 200,000 gallon tank is filled with Sandtiger sharks, brown sharks, Pacific blacktip sharks, nurse sharks and zebra sharks and southern stingrays."
Lane 6 - mUmBRELLA.com posts "P&G targets mums with Olympics campaign. P&G targets mums with Olympics campaign Olympic hopefuls 234x150Procter & Gamble is launching an integrated Olympic-themed ad campaign featuring three of Australia’s hopefuls and their mums. The ‘What it takes to raise an Olympic hopeful’ campaign will feature champion swimmers Eamon Sullivan, Emily Seebohm and Sophie Edington and their mothers."
Lane 7 - Stamford Advocate posts "Future of top swim meet in Columbia uncertain. The Columbia Daily Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/y9 IAQV) that the Missouri Grand Prix at the Mizzou Aquatic Center is in the final year of a four-year deal with USA Swimming. The event was first held in Columbia in 2008 and included an appearance by Michael Phelps before he won a record eight Olympic gold medals later that year."
Lane 8 - The Columbia Spectator posts "Protecting your joints, one low-impact swim at a time. Swimming provides many benefits for muscles and joints. The resistance provided by the water helps to strengthen muscles while also providing low-impact exercise for joints. If you struggle with injuries, especially in the joints, finding low-impact exercises to do is extremely important. But even if your body is in perfect shape, doing low-impact exercise is the best way to prevent future injuries from developing. By far, the best of these exercises is swimming."
Here it is. The last day of the month means time to look back at my swimming. Since I'm using the USMS Go The Distance to log my workouts it means no more math for me. I don't have to add up a month of swimming. Yeah!
Looking at my swims I seem a bit eratic. But I think that has to do with work and such. That and recovery days. I did swim 46,000 yards for the month. That's pretty good.
Compared to 2011 Swims -
In December I swam 30,950 yards.
In November I swam 51,550
In October I swam 37,550
In September I swam 41,150
In August I swam 42,900 yards.
In July I swam 29,550 yards.
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.
So I was a bit above average compared to 2011 and up from January last year. Of course we had more very cold mornings last year which kept me in bed. Now I would normally do a Running Rearview Mirror but I only ran once this month. Oh well.
Happy Last Day of the Month! Can you believe it's only two weeks till my birthday? Well it is, and what are you buying me? Anywho…
It was back in the water for me today. Although I did swim in a few fun relays on Saturday that was for fun so it felt like I haven't swam in ages. I skipped Friday since it was rainy and everyone was swimming at a different pool then we normally swim at. Didn't want to get up an extra 15 minutes early to swim in the rain. Sunday I slept in. Stupid as I thought I would be swimming on Monday but I got called into work for the early morning shift. So today was a make or break day. I had to swim. Hell I'm not tapering or anything. Or am I? No, not yet.
So swimming it was today. The coach gave me a workout all hand written to swim by. As we all were getting ready to jump in one of the swimmers announced the temperature of the pool a very fine 78.7F. Wahoo! Well wahoo if it wasn't 45F outside on deck. Yesterday the pool people backwashed the pool and I don't really understand pool stuff but I guess when they do that the heater is turned off or turns off or somehow magically goes off. Either way the pool's heater wasn't working all night. So 78F was the pool temperature which is perfect for me. I loved it. I jumped in and was swimming pretty damn good from the get go.
Warm Up Mixed 500 then 300 kick (800)
Main Set: 1x100 1x200 1x300 1x400 Pull 1x300 1x200 1x100
The first 100/200/300 was breathing every 3 on a 1:40 base interval. Piece of cake as I was easily coming in on 1:20's at my slowest. I was a slightly faster in my pull and didn't use paddles. I wanted my arms to be ready for my next part of the set. I think after the 400 instead of a 6:4 interval I took an extra 20 to square up the clocks. I think. Then the last 300/200/100 was fast on an 1:30 base. My 300 I was in around a 3:40 if not a bit faster. I sorta forget. My 200 I was in right at 2:20 and my 100 was a 1:07.(1600/2400)
I then did 8x50's IM Switches on 55. (400/2800)
Overall a good workout. Glad I woke up and swam. Hopefully I can get some quality swims in this week. I'd like to be faster in workouts but I'm slowly getting to be a bit faster or my old speed. Getting older is making me slower and only one week till I'm even slower, I mean older.