March 2016

Mar
18

First animal kick set in a long time

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 9:38pm (March 18th, 2016)

I swam an animal kick (10x100's on the 1:30) tonight

1:14
1:16
1:16
1:16
1:15
1:16
1:14
1:16
1:16
1:16

Decent average for my fitness level at 1:15.5.

My best ever was set on October 6th, 2011 at a 1:08.3 while I was training with CW.  I've got a ways to go, but I'm still better than I was in college!

Session Weight Information
Pre-Practice Weight: 184.4 lbs
Post-Practice Weight: 183.5 lbs
Mar
17

Weight on a downward trend

Posted by Kevin Doak on Thursday at: 6:05pm (March 17th, 2016)

Just hit 182lbs. I have a long way to go but I'm feeling better in the water.

Session Weight Information
Pre-Practice Weight: 183.1 lbs
Post-Practice Weight: 182.6 lbs
Mar
15

4 x 50's Dive MAX @ 3:00

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 12:18am (March 15th, 2016)

I had a chance to swim at the same time as the Eastern Michigan University's team.  The final set of the day was 6 x 50's Dive MAX @ 3:00.  I decided to join in for 4 of the max 50's.  Overall, it went pretty well:

50 Yard Fly SCY
23.5
23.9
23.7
23.9

The 3:00 interval was tough, it took me right back to college/CW days.  I need to be doing more of sets like this.

Session Weight Information
Pre-Practice Weight: 185.5 lbs
Post-Practice Weight: 185.0 lbs
Mar
7

South Lyon East - A new pool record in the 100 Back SCY

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 1:08pm (March 7th, 2016)

It's been quite a while since any facilities would let me break a pool record:

Milan - Didn't want to take down one of their own high school swimmers records

Brighton - Doesn't recognize masters swimmers as actual competition worthy of setting records

South Lyon East - Has a flawless pool record policy.  If a swimmer in a sanctioned meet achieves a time faster than the pool record, it is recognized

I started off my meet with a sloppy 50y Fly in a 23.07.  I had a short wall and a bad finish.  I moved onto a 100 Fly while I was still tired.  I finished in 52.41, about a second slower than my performance a month ago in Brighton of 51.49.  With two sub-par swims, I decided to skip the 50 Free to rest up for the 100 Back.  I had my eye on the backstroke pool record of 52.54.  With a 53.00 two weeks ago in Saginaw, I thought a 0.5 second drop would be possible with enough rest.  I got a bit of flack for scratching an event as short as a 50 yard race.  I totally accept that move as kinda wimpy.  I sat around for about 45 minutes basking in my wimpiness while I prepared for my 100 Backstroke.  When it was time to race, I was ready to tear down that 53 second barrier.  For my current ability level, I swam a flawless race, I took out the race in a 25.5 and touched the wall in a 52.52, breaking the pool record by 0.02 seconds.  In no way do I consider a 52 second 100 backstroke to be an amazing achievement for me.  It's among the slowest times of my recent life but still represents a downward (faster) trend in my recent career.  I'm proud that a dropped a half second in 2 weeks.  Let's ignore that I added a second to my butterfly time.

50 Fly SCY - 23.07
100 Fly SCY - 52.41
100 Back SCY - 52.52 (Pool Record) 

Mar
1

I want a 21 second 50 fly SCY

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 1:24pm (March 1st, 2016)

I've had some lofty goals for my 50 back in the past.  I got back down to a mid 22 second 50 Backstroke in 2012.  It's time to push the limits in my butterfly.  I want to be impressed when I look up at that clock.  An impressive swim for me would be a 21.9 in the 50 Fly.  I've been a 22.25 just a few years ago.  I've never trained butterfly this much.  I've barely scratched the surface of my butterfly abilities.  I could be right or wrong about that assessment.  I'm admitting I haven't trained to maximize butterfly and I need help analyzing my stroke to ensure I'm not wasting energy or missing my catch.

I'm gonna swim a 21 second butterfly race, and you'll see me smile at the clock.

After that, I'm gonna demolish my 2012 50 Fly long course time of 24.59

Mar
1

First Day of Doubles in the pool

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 12:26am (March 1st, 2016)

A swim, a gym workout, and another swim.  I'm on track to drop some time.

WORKOUT:

10x100's Backstroke SCY @ 1:30

Average 1:09