May 2008

May
31

Exercise Thoughts

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 3:09pm (May 31st, 2008)

It's going to be a tough weekend to practice, there's a CW meet at EMU all weekend with no other available open swim hours. These are the types of difficulties I'll be living with till I finish building my own olympic size pool.

May
30

Revised Psych Sheet for Swimvitational

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 7:43pm (May 30th, 2008)

A revised Psych Sheet for the Swimvitational came out today, I got bumped to 16th in the 100 back from 15th (out of 74) when Matt Wike did a late entry. I'm excited, it'll be as fast as Santa Clara most likely. I moved from 59th to 64th in the 50 free after some other late entries (out of 115).

Revised Psych Sheet for Swimvitational

Athlete Roster

May
30

Thanks to my Omaha friends!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 6:36am (May 30th, 2008)
I want to thank my friend JB who offered to let me stay with his family in Omaha for a few days during the Swimvitational. I have the nicest friends! I leave in a week for Nebraska. I'm too tired to write! Morning practice is in a few hours! Goodnight :)
May
29

Slammed but feeling good

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 1:58am (May 29th, 2008)
I've been absolutely slammed with work, which forced me to take the day off yesterday from swimming. As it turns out, it was just what I needed. I was feeling really run down in practice for the last week or so. The day off let me recover and I felt incredible in the water today. I'm not kidding at all, I had this big dumb smile on my face as I was doing some descending 100's backstroke... I was hauling. It's a good reminder that although I'm trying to cram a lot of training in before trials, it's still beneficial to take a day off here and there to do a few practices in a semi rested state.
May
28

Dryland

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 3:33pm (May 28th, 2008)
It's been nearly impossible to swim the past day or so. I've been working almost constantly. I have however gotten quite a bit of dryland training done in hopes it will keep my training intact. Hopefully I can find some time this evening to swim.
May
28

Ok, NOW the Psych Sheet is posted

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 2:29am (May 28th, 2008)
Sorry, forgot to upload the Psych sheet, I fixed the link in the previous post :)
May
27

Swimvitational Psych Sheet

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 10:09pm (May 27th, 2008)

The Psych Sheet was released for the Swimvitational. The meet starts on June 5th:

2008 Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational Psych Sheet

May
27

H2Omaha.com

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 1:23pm (May 27th, 2008)

This website has a lot of information about the 2008 Olympic Swimming Trials in Omaha:

www.h2omaha.com

Clever name... I know.

The most interesting (to me) thing I found was the "Athlete Village Dining Menu" which is summarized by the following:

May
27

Memorial day workouts

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 3:23am (May 27th, 2008)
What a great memorial day! I feel like I did about everything athletic I could pack into a day off. It started with swim practice for 2 hours, then walked 4 miles, did some plyometrics training, played some hardcore frisbee for a few hours and I think I squeezed a nap in there somewhere. It was a fantastic way to spend a beautiful day outside while getting a lot of alternative exercise. I'm back in the weight room and the pool tomorrow as I gear up for the Mutual of Omaha Swimvitational in 2 weeks and the Olympic Trials in 5 weeks.
May
24

Arm Workouts

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 9:51pm (May 24th, 2008)
I tried a set today that was recommended to me by Paul Carter recently to improve my arm position. By swimming with my fists closed I'm forced to focus on how much water I'm catching with my forearm. It really is amazing how little water I pull with my arm. After a quick comparison of swimming with my hand fully open compared to closed fists it seems like I could do a better job with my arm positioning. I'll probably do this set more often, it seems like it helps me feel the water more.
May
22

More virtual tours

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 9:45pm (May 22nd, 2008)

I added more virtual tours to the previous post :)

Be sure to try the "full screen" version once the virtual tour window pops up. The button is found on the lower left hand corner of the virtual tour window. Left click the button you see in the example below:

Virtual Tour Tutorial

Send me a message and let me know what you think of the Virtual Tour of the facility!

May
22

Santa Clara Virtual Tours

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 3:45pm (May 22nd, 2008)

I finished a virtual tour of the Santa Clara Facility:

Santa Clara Virtual Tour - 1st Place Awards Stand
Santa Clara Virtual Tour - Spectator Seating
Santa Clara Virtual Tour - Diving Well

(Launches pop up window)

May
21

50 back lead off

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 6:18pm (May 21st, 2008)

I looked at the 100 back final times again from this weekend, I'm really proud to say that I'm taking out the 100 back just as fast as some of the biggest names at the meet. I'm not saying I'm as fast as them, but it's a fact that the best 100 backstrokers at this meet had a 50 split in the high 26, low 27 second range, my prelim split was 27.34 which made me the 4th fastest leadoff split of prelims and the 9th fastest leadoff split of the day. Its my endurance that hits me on the 2nd 50 meters.

May
21

Santa Clara block picture

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 12:00am (May 21st, 2008)

I took it easy today with only one practice in the morning. This weekend really ran me down. I'll be back in the pool ready to go tomorrow bright and early! I took a lot of great pictures this weekend, I'm preparing them all for the site. Here is one of my favorites:

This is taken from on top of the block in lane 5, where most of the records were broken this weekend, I used my 8mm Fisheye lens

May
19

Video Labels

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 10:50pm (May 19th, 2008)
I've started labeling what lane I am in the videos, if you hover over the video name in the right hand pane it will show a tool tip on what lane number, and where to find me in the screen. Such as: "Lane 2 (Second lane from the top of the screen)". Hopefully that helps. Not all the videos are labeled yet, but I'm working on it.
May
19

Back from Santa Clara

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 8:46pm (May 19th, 2008)
Back safe and sound. After talking with some other swimmers and coaches, It sounds like more were guys were rested than I assumed would be with trials a 6 weeks away. I knew it would be a big meet, but it turns out they were more prepared than I expected. The fact that I wasn't rested at all and still made the finals makes me feel a little bit better about my performances this weekend.
May
19

Finals Results

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 4:18am (May 19th, 2008)

Well, I'm exhausted and it showed in the finals, I finished with a disappointing 26th place and a 59.53. I just felt lethargic through the whole race. I was tired as soon as I did my start. I didn't rest at all for this meet so I can't expect too much. I'm excited to get back to work in the pool tomorrow afternoon in Michigan. I feel I can do better at kicking in my races along with working on my distance per stroke. I watched the video from some of my races and I'm taking more strokes than other swimmers. This shows that I'm not catching as much water.

May
18

Prelims Results

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 7:35pm (May 18th, 2008)

Prelims went about as well as I could expect. My goals were to break a minute and make it back this evening to swim in the Finals. I accomplished both goals. I didn't move up or down in the ranks at all, I was seeded 20th and finished 20th in the prelims. My first 50 meters was a solid performance at 27.34. This first 50 split was the 4th fastest of the meet behind Matt Grevers, Aaron Piersol (World Record Holder) and Eugene Godsoe. it was a little more than half a second faster than Michael Phelps two lanes over from me. It got ugly after the 50 split as I could have predicted.

May
18

Best of the Best

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 4:09pm (May 18th, 2008)

My goal since getting back into swimming was to get fast enough to swim against the best of the best. I thought that opportunity would only be at the Trials. Today I swim the 100 back against Michael Phelps, he's in lane 5, I'm in lane 2. I know how this will end, but I'm excited to be swimming against the best all around swimmer ever. More later!

Videos of yesterday are posted

May
18

Goggle Tint Job

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 5:24am (May 18th, 2008)

The goggle self tint job is complete, perhaps I'll be able to see something in my 100 Back.

Live results of the meet are posted here:

http://competitive.santaclaraswimclub.org/Meets/2008International/Results/index.htm

May
18

Great Swimming!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 3:57am (May 18th, 2008)

What a great day of speculating swimming! I saw some great athletes swim some amazing times. Kara Lynn did great in her 100 free to finish 5th overall. Luke (actually James is his first name) didn't make it back in the 100 Breast but it was a very fast event, it took an Olympic trial cut to make the top 27. I swam twice for practice, I'm feeling very worn down, I feel like I'm allergic to something out here. I've sneezed so much my abs actually hurt. I have some allergy medicine I'll try for tomorrow.

May
18

Santa Clara Action

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 12:01am (May 18th, 2008)

Today was another great day at the Santa Clara Invite! I competed in the 50 freestyle at the end of the morning preliminary session. I went a lifetime best time of 24.20 down from my best of 24.24. This small time drop was important to me because I'm very tired and the majority of the 50 freestylers went slower times than they were seeded at. I was seeded at 73rd and finished 59th out of 112 swimmers in the event. Although nothing to brag about placing wise, I'm proud that I lowered my time and got a lifetime best while being exhausted.

May
16

Practice in Santa Clara

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 3:18pm (May 16th, 2008)

I just finished practicing at the Santa Clara International Swim Center. I'm still feeling like I'm on Michigan time so I woke up way too early and decided to head over to the pool at 7am PST. I was the first one in the water (unbelievably good luck). Some things I've noticed about the facility and meet:

May
16

Arrived in Santa Clara

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 3:20am (May 16th, 2008)

I've arrived in Santa Clara, the weather is great although HOT. It's 100 degrees and 8:20pm PST. I'm staying about a mile away from the pool. The hotel is nice and is surrounded by plenty of food establishments, most of which were sent a written warning of my arrival.

On my flight I met a swimmer Luke from Alabama. He's here with his team at this meet to hopefully make his Olympic Trial cut in the 100 Breaststroke. Seems like a good guy, I'll be pulling for him.

May
15

Twin Cities

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 10:54pm (May 15th, 2008)
I'm spending some quality time at the St. Paul/Minneapolis airport while getting some work done during my layover to San Jose. Depending on the pads they use at the meet I'm thinking of trying my new backstroke start. I've been working on a faster version that I've been hesitant to try in a race. I've found it works great if the pads are new or provide very strong grip. I get an equal distance off the wall with a quicker reaction time. I'll probably time trial the 50 Back at this meet for the heck of it. Gotta love the 50 back!
May
15

To Cali

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 4:00pm (May 15th, 2008)
Today I fly to California. I feel good about getting there a day early to acclimate myself to the pool. I've only swam at an outdoor meet once so I'll be figuring out how to get my bearings on lane positioning without a ceiling to stare at. I hear you have faster times if you're not bouncing off the lane lines. Unfortunately Derick Roe from EMU won't be joining me in CA as planned, he's swimming the Purdue meet instead. I'm sure he'll do great there. I spoke with him today, he's going for his 2nd Olympic Trial cut in the 100 Free and trying the 200 Free as well, best of luck Derick!
May
15

Santa Clara Meet Psych Sheet

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 2:54am (May 15th, 2008)
I've taken a look at the Psych sheet available for this weekend, it's looking like a very fast meet! I'm seeded 21st in the 100 back and 73rd in the 50 free. I'm excited to be a part of a meet that features such fast athletes! I'll be interested to find out from other swimmers where they are in their training or taper. I have no intention of resting for this meet, or the Swimvitational in Omaha in early June but it will be great LCM race experience not to mention beautiful California weather!
May
14

Olympic Team Selection Process

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 4:00am (May 14th, 2008)

I've been reading up on the Olympic Team Selection process. It's very interesting. The document is available on the USA Swimming website. This link takes you to the 31 page information packet. Here are the cliff notes I found interesting:

May
13

Altitude Chamber

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 9:02pm (May 13th, 2008)

I had a busy day with working and swimming. The increased hours the natatorium have made my practice schedule much more flexible. Lately I've been doing a few practices a week with the summer squad of EMU swimmers. I'll either swim their written practice, swim something Sarah came up with, or do something entirely of my own creation. I enjoy doing something different every day.

May
13

Masters

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 3:13pm (May 13th, 2008)

It's been nice getting some messages from friends in California hoping to attend the meet. I've been following a post on the Masters forum regarding the meet itself. I was mentioned in the post which brought plenty of mixed feelings. I appreciate the supporters I've found on the forum. Unfortunately there are more than a few members making negative comments about my swimming. It's certainly a new dimension of masters swimming I believe only exists on the internet. My experience at actual masters meets has been the polar opposite, nothing but great positive people.

May
13

Crazy Schedule

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 2:48am (May 13th, 2008)

What a crazy two days it's been, I've been either working or swimming for the past 36 hours, notice I didn't mention "sleep". It was nice to finally catch up on some rest this evening. I'm really enjoying doing more lactate work in practice, today I did 8x75 max + 25 easy on the 3:00. A workout derived from a popular EMU practice. I like this kind of set, although difficult, it gives you plenty of rest since you go all out for less than 50 seconds and you're back at the wall to rest by 1:30 which gives you a full minute and a half to rest before swimming again.

May
12

Santa Clara soon!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 9:15pm (May 12th, 2008)
I leave for the Grand Prix in Santa Clara this week! More later...
May
11

Untitled

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 10:10pm (May 11th, 2008)
I had a great 3 hour workout today, started with a 1 hour dryland session including lots of abdominal work, pull ups, dips and pushups. During swim practice I tried a set sent to me by my High School coach Sean Hickman, it consisted of three times through 6x100's going all out on the last 55 meters (including the turn) to work on my back half of my 100 Backstroke race. This set was both challenging and beneficial, I'm sure I'll be integrating more of this type of lactate work into my practices.
May
11

Livingston Daily Article

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 3:15pm (May 11th, 2008)

Thank you to Dan Strawser for writing a great article today in the Livingston Daily Press and Argus:

http://livingstondaily.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080511/SPORTS/805110331

I appreciate all the time he put into the research, thanks Dan

May
11

Happy Mothers Day

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 1:37pm (May 11th, 2008)

Today I'm giving up seeing some family to make sure I stay on track with my training schedule. I really wish I could do both but conflicts in pool scheduling and departure time to Grand Rapids made it impossible. Special thanks to my extended family for their understanding.

Today I'll be trying out some lactate sets I've created with help from Sean Hickman and Peter Linn, my two former coaches. I look forward to reporting back to them on how I thought it helped. Thank you again Coach Hickman and Coach Linn.

And of course Happy Mothers Day to a great fan of mine!

May
11

Great backstroke start pic!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 3:02am (May 11th, 2008)
Ok, I've got another awesome backstroke picture taken by Alex Shultz:

He took some amazing pictures, I'm lucky to be friends with such a talented photographer!

May
10

Another Photo Shoot

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 9:35pm (May 10th, 2008)
I'd like to thank my friend Alex Shultz for taking some great pictures of my swimming! They all turned out great, I'll post them soon. I had a nice talk with my former coach, Peter Linn of EMU. This discussion was prompted by a helpful email from a fellow swimmer Sean Joyce regarding training. Coach Linn had some great training advice (as he always does) that should help me prepare for the trials and beyond. I enjoyed discussing his theories on lactic acid and how it affects training, and preparing for competitions by putting your body through the same physical state as a race.
May
10

Practice Start

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 1:06pm (May 10th, 2008)
I really like this picture taken of my start a few days ago at Eastern! Thank you Sarah for a great pic!

I rarely do it, but I'm gonna go ahead and toot my own horn here... (begin toot) I've analyzed a lot of backstroke starts, and not many have a perfect arch and entry into the water (end toot). I believe a perfect entry and reduced splash probably helps my speed, I really enjoy studying it and making it better.

May
9

Thanks Sean Hickman

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 10:45pm (May 9th, 2008)
My former coach Sean Hickman from Brighton emailed me a great set to work on my 2nd 50m endurance, I look forward to trying it out. Which reminds me... I've received a lot of great tips from the swimming community, thank you all!
May
8

Photo Shoot

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 8:53pm (May 8th, 2008)
Today I had a brief photo shoot for the newspaper article complements of my friend Sarah. We got some great pictures of my backstroke start as well as some good motion shots of freestyle and backstroke. I'll post them on the picture page after I go through them (there's over 200 shots). I also took care of my passport today. All Olympic Trial competitors are required to have a valid passport to be able to travel outside the US to the Olympics and other international meets... Pretty exciting stuff :)
May
7

Thank you friends and family!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 3:01pm (May 7th, 2008)

I just wanted to thank all my friends and family for their interest and support. I'm having a lot of fun during this time, it's something I've always wanted to do. I feel support from everyone I care about and that cares about me, which is really helpful. I get lots of "congratulations" and "I knew you could do it" type comments, and it means a lot to me. I'm staying very busy with training and work, here is my typical day (rarely do I have a regular schedule due to work)

May
6

Masters National Results

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 2:59am (May 6th, 2008)

Looking over the National Masters Meet results from this past weekend, there were some incredibly fast times! I've got some competition in the 50 Back yet again. My 50 Back National record (which I regained 2 weeks ago) was broken by William Liscinsky with a 22.89 (my time was a 23.01). I feel good about it though, records are meant to be broken. My 23.01 was swam tired and with a poor start. I'm confident that I'm a mid to low 22 with a little preparation, I look forward to proving it.

May
5

300 Hits!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 12:19am (May 5th, 2008)
Woohoo, 300 hits since April 20th, a hit is only counted once per computer per 24 hours. Videos of this weekend are posted, indulge yourself. I added a countdown timer to the "calendar" page.
May
4

Bulldog Aquatic Meet at EMU (Day 2)

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 9:55pm (May 4th, 2008)

I just finished up with day 2 of the Bulldog Aquatic Meet at EMU. Overall I swam as expected for how worn out I feel. I didn't have much left to give today and it certainly showed. I'm proud of how I did because I know I'll swim much better with some rest. This was good Long Course practice, and finally swim at the Jones Natatorium in Long Course format. Special thanks to Krista, Barb, Kristen, Alex, Sarah, Dave, Judy, Scott, Derik, Karen and Cici who where there to support me.

Videos are encoding now, posted soon

May
4

Swimming Thoughts

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 2:50pm (May 4th, 2008)

This is a long one... just some thoughts

May
3

Bulldog Aquatic Meet at EMU (Day 1)

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 10:07pm (May 3rd, 2008)
Today was the first session of the Bulldog Aquatic Meet at EMU, I decided to only swim the 200 back this afternoon. I'll swim the 100 back and 50 free starting at 1:45pm tomorrow. The 200 back went about as well as I can hope for considering where I am in my training. I went a 2:16.17. I believe I could have gone much faster. However, considering how tired I feel in addition to my increased training this past week, my time is satisfactory. I'm actually very pleased with my first 100m split at 1:02. This is exactly where I should be if I chose to swim this race at a larger competition.
May
2

Olympic Trial TV Schedule

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 7:48pm (May 2nd, 2008)

I came across the Olympic Trial TV schedule, I'll also post this in my calendar.

May
2

Records

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 12:47am (May 2nd, 2008)

I just figured out I broke the Masters National Record at the Ohio State Grand Prix at 26.75, the old record was 27.42 held by Robert Hauck since 1993. This record makes 9 national records in 5 months. I'm proud to be mentioned among such honorable names in Masters Swimming! I just barely missed the world record, it was a 26.68 held by Martin Harris from Great Britain since 1994.