Lane 1 - USA Today posts "Missy Franklin goes to prom, gets a tattoo. Missy Franklin was out all night. She slammed into a few cars. She didn't get to bed until 7 a.m. She woke up with a tattoo. Has America's Olympic sweetheart turned all Reese Witherspoon and gone bad?"
Lane 2 - Herald Sun posts "Olympic swimmer Christian Sprenger aims for breaststroke world record. THE world record is in his sights. And many argue that he should have been awarded a London Olympic gold medal. But Australian swimming star Christian Sprenger reckons he is just learning breaststroke."
Lane 3 - USMS posts "2012 World Masters Swimmers of the Year. Five Americans make the list of Top 12 Masters swimmers around the world."
Lane 4 - Billings Gazette posts "Hardin to host Masters swim meet. The 2nd annual Masters Swim Meet, hosted by the Masters of Billings Swim Club, will be held June 8 in Hardin. Swimmers ages 18 and over from around the state and adjacent states are invited to participate. Membership in USMS or USA Swimming is not required for this meet."
Lane 5 - In My Community posts "THE pool is limited,...THE pool is limited, according to swim champion and octogenarian Rod Baker, so most mornings you can find him swimming a casual kilometre at Doddie’s Beach. Baker is Mandurah’s very own world record holder after competing in the 2013 Masters Swimming National Championships in Sydney. While there, he set Australian records in the 50m, 100m, 200m and 800m freestyle events."
Lane 6 - USA Today posts "Michael Phelps' coach to help Turkish swim program. Turkey has signed Michael Phelps' coach as a consultant on their swimming program for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the 2020 Games that Istanbul hope to host."
Lane 7 - Baltimore Sun posts "Michael Phelps greets Under Armour shareholders in surprise appearance. Olympic swimmer talks about golf, swimming to relax."
Lane 8 - Books Live posts "Coming Soon: Lewis Pugh Shares Strategies for Achieving the “Impossible” in 21 Yaks and a Speedo. New from Jonathan Ball in May, 21 Yaks and a Speedo, by Lewis Pugh, “the Human Polar Bear” and bestselling author of Achieving the Impossible: Lewis Pugh knows oceans. He was the first to complete a long distance swim in every ocean of the world, and has pioneered more swims around famous landmarks than any other person in history. He swam across the icy waters of the North Pole to highlight the melting of the Arctic sea ice, and across a glacial lake on Mt Everest to draw attention to the impact of climate change on the Himalayan glaciers. It was there that he met his first Yak."
Here’s this week’s contribution…did it this morning. It was rather hard.
4 x 75s odds kick/drill/swim, evens – kick/scull/swim
12 x 125s swim @ 1:40
250 IM kick, drill by 25. Extra 50, your best stroke
1 x 125 kick
4 x 75s – middle 25 under water, 3rd 25 hard
3 x 25s fly @ :45
So, there are two things happening in this workout. The 125s are meant to be consistent pace training - count your strokes, keep your pace consistent and swim them at a challenging clip.
We did a 100ez after them.
The second main set is a pain…literally.
The 250 IM is meant to be cool and calm – focus on your technique, your kick, maintain stroke integrity.
125 kick is meant to be hard - or at least with effort. Intended effort! J
The 75s are essentially build. Ez first 25, under water for a 25 or as far as youc an go and tehn work it coming home. You’ll find your legs hate you.
25s are meant to be fly that is controlled and in good form. Long send off to make sure you can maintain your stroke.
Everything else is just on 20 seconds rest.
My name is Joe Denton, I am a 41 year old swimmer in Seattle
Washington. I've been swimming competitively since I was 11 (with an 8
year break in the middle somewhere) and find the pleasure to be worth
the sacrifice. I swim with a few local master's teams in the Seattle
area and also on my own due to scheduling conflicts. Because of that, I
end up writing a lot of my own workouts which is something I've
recently discovered I really enjoy. I end up reading a lot about the
training techniques that are being developed and in my free time watch
training videos on YouTube and other sites. My workouts tend to focus on
stroke as I am primarily and IM'er, but I also do a fair amount of
distance free training as I swim a few open water distance events as
well (but those workouts tend to be in the spring/summer).
Lane 2 - KNS posts via youtube (w/audio) "Olympic Gold Medalist Davis Tarwater. Olympic Gold Medalist Davis Tarwater joined Vince Ferrara and Jesse Smithey on the News Sentinel Sports Page on "The Sports Animal" WNML-AM/FM in Knoxville."
Lane 3 - The Sydney Morning Herald posts "Irvine puts London heartache behind him. Grant Irvine never forgot the pain of missing Olympic selection by a fraction of a second last year. That was mainly because his coach Michael Bohl never let him, reminding him "every second day" in the months that followed the disappointment. But the reward came on Monday night when Irvine earned his place on the world championships team with a stunning swim in the 200 metre butterfly final in which he became the second-fastest Australian ever in that event."
Lane 4 - Sunrise on 7 posts via youtube "Celebs making a splash. The stars of the new show Celebrity Splash join Sunrise to talk about their preparation, and some of the injuries they've received!"
Lane 5 - 13 WJZ posts (w/video) "Olympic Gold Medal Swimmer Donates Defibrillators To Local Foundation. Olympic gold medalist Cullen Jones teams up with a local foundation to donate life-saving equipment to the city’s aquatic program. He joined the Connor Cares Foundation to present the center with three defibrillators."
Lane 6 - Courier Mail posts (w/video)"Magnussen impresses at swim nationals. James Magnussen sent a message to his rivals as he swam the second-fastest 100m freestyle time this year."
Lane 7 - Swimming Australia asks via youtube "If you won the lottery…"
Lane 8 - The Bleacher Report posts "Creating the Most Ultimate Athlete Mansion." (checkout the pool in slide 13!)
Enough of this "at least I'm swimming b.s."! I suck! End of story! I have some good intentions of swimming hard and long. But once at the pool alone it all falls apart. I have no excuses for Sunday
morning swims. I'm rested, I don't have any classes to teach and it's Sunday! I have the pool all to myself for most of my swim time. Yet, I cherry pick sets from old workouts and never even finish them. Even the intervals I pick are very slow yet somehow I just don't feel motivated to push hard. Which is odd since it's pretty much my job to motivate others to work out. Yet, on my own I fall into the trap of just giving up.
Oh well, at least I'm swimming...oh damn it!
400 Swim / 200 Kick / 300 Pull / 100 Swim (1,000)
Hey my warm up of 1,000 yards is longer then some of my swims of late. SO, So, so sad!
1st of 3 Mini Sets:
Umm...what did I do again. Some free and back. Umm...
5x100's on 1:30 Pulling (used all my toys - Paddles and d-band pulling band)
I had planned more but that is all I did! Loser! Not even an hour and I gave up! (600/2,800)
Damn should have swam another 200 yards to get to 3,000! This will most likely be my last swim for April and for the week. I have a crazy work week teaching my classes and filling in for others. Don't know if I have the time or can handle any swimming this week!
Now with all the negativity I do have one bit of good motivational / goal making. I swam more in the month of April then any of the previous months this year. Which isn't saying much but small strokes at a time.