March 2015

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Gearing up for the state meet April 18th

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 10:05am (March 27th, 2015)

I'm aiming at beating all my times from last year.

100 Free SCY: 50.26
50 Fly SCY: 23.73
50 Back SCY: 24.21
100 Fly SCY: 54.83
100 Back SCY: 53.02
50 Free SCY: 22.15
100 IM SCY: 55.99


Milford Meltdown = Motivation

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 8:04pm (March 25th, 2015)

It's all relative

I was not especially proud of how I swam at Milford and that didn't have anything to do with the pool, my competitors, or anything besides me.  Keep in mind I'm ONLY comparing my times to myself.  I'm not fast right now, it's disapointing.  Since the meet this past Sunday, I've been in the gym an hour a day and the pool an hour a day.  I've packed in a lot of work into those two hours per day.  I'm quite sore and already worn down.  These are good things.  I'm on a solid workout routine right now and it makes me excited to compete again!


2015 Milford Meltdown meet

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 1:10am (March 23rd, 2015)

Milford always puts on a great short course meters meet.  It's well attended and hosted in an above average facility.  Admittedly the free food and beverages don't hurt this review!  I showed up at the last second to deck enter.  "The last second" turned into 6 minutes after the deck registration ended.  I received permission to beg to office staff to accept my registration.  They took pity on me and allowed me in the meet.  I signed up for the 50/100 Free, 50 Back, 50 Fly, 100 IM.  It was a full lineup for my current training schedule.  After a brief warmup and some test starts, I was ready to race.  First up was my 50 Fly.  I had some decent competition.  It was a sloppy race, hitting the wall in a 26.82.  A month ago I was a 26.79, a negligble difference but still a far cry from my 2008 time of 25.05 or even my LCM time in 2012 of 24.59.  Other times were:

100 IM SCM: 1:03.44 (27.87)
50 Back SCM: 28.35
100 Free SCM: 57.85 (26.98)
50 Free SCM: 25.17

I'm still encouraged at my motivation level and I'm committed to improving.  I have about a month before the state meet.  I'm planning on some times faster than last year.


Chiropractor... Long Overdue

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 9:16pm (March 18th, 2015)

Well, should have done that years ago.  When I swam with Club Wolverine, the team had a chiropractor who stopped by weekly to adjust the swimmers.  I never took advantage of that free service when I had it right in front of me. Fast forward a few years and I only now got around to picking out and visiting a chiropractor.  Money well spent.  For years now I've dealt with a "slipped rib" condition which caused me mild pain during some swimming, stretching, and deep breaths.  It truely wasn't a big issue but I'm very relived I've had it looked at by a professional.  I'm encoraged that the doctor doesn't see it as a major issue.  After 10 minutes on the table, I feel noticeably better.  I'm interested to see how long my relief lasts since I'm aware these things can come back to haunt you.  For now, I'm feeling great and I'm back in the water daily.  I'm feeling very motivated to improve.  I'm on a good track here.



Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 10:28am (March 17th, 2015)

Priorities in the past 2 years have been varied and haven't always included a consistent swim schedule. Life doesn't always have to revolve around swimming. The last few months has seen a constant improvement in the amount of time I spend in the water. I'm seeing some solid improvements and feeling healthier overall. Things are good!