September 2009

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First FULL week back in the water

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 3:44pm (September 26th, 2009)
I'm proud to say I've completed a full week of swim practices... finally. I made a commitment to myself to do so on Monday and made it happen. My current training situation really makes me miss training at EMU. The local community pools don't make me feel like training very hard. The high water temperatures make you feel lethargic and makes it difficult to push yourself since you're almost immediately overheating.

3,000 a day and goggle history

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 7:51am (September 24th, 2009)
I've been getting in the water semi-regularly lately. When I do, I've been swimming 3,000 yards and trying to simply maintain my training. I wish I could say I'm getting better but I'm not making that sort of progress right now.

The Exact Monetary Value of a Swim Practice

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 11:09pm (September 23rd, 2009)
Today, during my rushed trip to the pool, I parked in an empty parking lot and walked in. During my walk, I realized that were I parked was almost certainly against a local ordinance. This meant I would most likely be ticketed or towed if I left my vehicle there.

Site Progress and Kensington Challenge

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 12:22am (September 22nd, 2009)
I'm getting excited to launch this new site! I've added a lot of my favorite features from many other projects to this new version!

Unfortunately I missed my first "Kensington Challenge" in 5 years. I typically run a 5k every year for the simple reason of doing it. This year my ankle issue kept me from both training and competing in this annul race. Luckly I was there (late) to support a good friend running the race. I'm glad I didn't run it though, my ankle still hurts to walk on and seems like it will probably be a long recovery process.

Back at Jones Nat for the day!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 3:38am (September 17th, 2009)

I visited my favorite pool today! I only got in 2,000 meters before the team was in. I had a chance to take a few hundred pictures for the website:

2009-2010 Photo Gallery

I'm always happy to support the program!

Session Weight Information
Post-Practice Weight: 178.4 lbs

Working on the site...

Posted by Kevin Doak on Sunday at: 8:49pm (September 13th, 2009)
I rarely have time to upgrade my own site, but it's what I've been busy with lately. A new version is almost complete!

I've been staying active but haven't swam much lately due to the ankle issue and work commitments. I've been considering different workout plans that will fit into my schedule. I'm excited for some of these short course meets coming up!

Coach Jones Needs a Speedy Recovery

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 9:41pm (September 9th, 2009)
It's always difficult to separate all the experiences I have and what is appropriate to share on a world wide accessible blog. After thinking about it, I've decided to only share a single sentence of information because it affects a person that has shaped my swimming career.

Today, I have former EMU's Swimming Coach Michael Jones in my thoughts as he recovers from a recent operation.

I'm Back in the Water!

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 9:28pm (September 9th, 2009)
Along with some ankle pain, I was in the water for the first time since last Friday's incident. I hopped in with a local High School team and swam 3,300 yards to take the edge off and see how my ankle would hold up. As expected, the harder I kicked, the more painful it was. I'm hoping this was the first of many successful training days ahead of me. Lesson learned and still no broken bones. I'm ready for a nap!

Headed back to the water today

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 6:21pm (September 8th, 2009)
After taking a few days off physical activity, I'm going to attempt to swim this evening. I never bothered getting my ankle x-rayed since I could walk on it. It still hurts when I rotate my joint so I doubt I'll be able to kick very much during practice today. I'll report back later...

Hanging in there

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 8:10pm (September 5th, 2009)
I iced my ankle last night and I'm gonna do some ab workouts later to keep active. I'm not happy about having to take pool time off for something so silly. I'm going to get an x-ray today to make sure I didn't break anything.

I caught up with my former High School Coach Sean Hickman this morning and discussed a training plan. Hopefully I can speak with him again soon, he's a great swimming resource!

It's possible to walk on it...

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 7:46am (September 5th, 2009)
Due to an interesting work schedule, I couldn't get my ankle checked out last night, I'm going to ice it and hope for the best. If it still really hurts later today I'll get an X-ray. With no other options, I had to walk on it during the evening. It was painful but not impossible. I'm leaning very optimistic so I'm banking on it simply being a sprain.

Might have Broken my Ankle

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 8:12pm (September 4th, 2009)
Since it affects my training I'll discuss it...

I wish it was a more glorious story but about 30 minutes ago I was looking through some storage items had to jump over a few large boxes to get out. My trailing foot got caught and twisted. I heard something snap but it could have been the plastic box.

I know its on the outside of my ankle and that its fairly debilitating pain when I attempt to walk on it. I'm hoping its something small or just sprained.

I'm going to get an X-ray tomorrow! Woo Hoo!

Funny how these things happen at the best times!


Great 2nd Day Back in the Water

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 2:49am (September 4th, 2009)
I had a chance to join Ann Arbor Masters for their last day at Fuller pool. Coach Bethany was in charge today and we did a moderate/hard 3500 meters. It was a great day for making some swimming connections. I met a few swimmers I hadn't seen before, among them was a great athlete named Amanda, I had a pleasant conversation with her regarding Masters Nationals and Indy's Swim Fit program, only to find out later she was the wife of local swimming legend Todd Mercer! I know Todd from my high school days at Brighton, he still holds some records in fact.

Need a Plan

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 9:33pm (September 2nd, 2009)
I dedicated my summer to training with a team. My time with EMU/CW was a fantastic learning experience. I anticipate I will utilize many of the training ideas for years to come. The expertise of Coaches Sarah Volpe and Peter Linn was just as impressive as I thought it would be.

At this point I need to develop a new individual training plan. My new location will make pool training more inconvenient but will allow me to implement a more extensive dryland exercise program.