My Swimming Blog


Great resource to find a pool

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 9:12am (May 22nd, 2019)

I've used a number of services to find lap pools while traveling.  This is my favorite as of May 2019


1 Month of Solid Training

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 7:56am (May 17th, 2019)

For too long, I've been swimming regularly, but not actually training.  This has yeilded some disapointing meet results.  For years, I've gotten serious about swimming for a week or two, and I let the progress slip away.  The 2019 Michigan Masters state meet was a wake up call for me. My times were far below my standard.  I didn't look good or feel good.  In fact, I didn't take the meet seriously at all because I hadn't put serious training in.  There was no expectation of excellence having not put the work in.  I've gotten serious about my training again.  I've spent 4 solid weeks training and swimming 2,000 - 3,000 yards a day, 6 days a week.  I'm focusing on high-intensity sprinting and kicking.  I'm feeling better and I'm on a schedule.  I'm commited to improving.

Practice Information
Dist: 2,500 SCY - (Short Course 25 Yards)

Addressing the EMU regents

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 8:54pm (June 25th, 2018)

Because it's swimming related, I'd like to update my friends and family about how I've been involved with the restoration efforts for the EMU Men's swim and dive team.  On Friday, June 22nd, 2018 I addressed the Board of Regents.  I gave a general overview of how the 83 cut athletes were doing and how the EMU Alumni feel about the cuts.  Watch and feel free to let me know how you feel.

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Eastern Michigan Men's Swimming Program Cancelled

Posted by Kevin Doak on Wednesday at: 9:07am (March 21st, 2018)

I don't have many bad days in my life.  Tuesday was a bad day.  Eastern Michigan University, my alma mater, chose to cancel the athletic program that helped create the person I'm proud to be.  It's the classic budget cut argument, while they fully fund other programs nobody seems to be a big fan of.  Eastern Michigan Men's swimming is the most successful athletic program in University history.  It boggles my mind as to why they would cancel such a successful program.  One of the arguments was facility costs.  Naturally because the women's team wasn't cancelled, and the Jones natatorium will continue to be maintained, the argument is entirely invalid.

I feel like a part of me died yesterday.  I've always been proud to have represented Eastern Michigan University Mens swimming.  I was never blind to it's shortcomings either. Although the program was never flush with cash or especially thankful for our achievements, we were proud and we just kept winning.

I'm most sad for the athletes.  Some programs in this situation give it one final year.  It gives swimmers, alumni, and the community time to raise money or at minimum, find some closure.  Due to how this was handled, I feel as though everybody was robbed of that privilege.  The kids on the team will now be scrambling to find a new school to attend, or sadly, may give up collegiate swimming entirely due to relocation, credit transfer, or other factors.

Shame on you Eastern Michigan University.


March 2018 Milford Results

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 10:26am (March 19th, 2018)

The meet went as well as I could have expected based on my training.

100 Back SCM - 58.12 (State Record)
100 IM SCM - 1:00.43 (State Record)
50 Free SCM - 23.83 (State Record)
100 Fly SCM - 58.03 (State Record)


Here I go again, getting serious

Posted by Kevin Doak on Friday at: 10:23am (March 16th, 2018)

I've never stopped swimming but there are times I get serious, and others where I just get a workout.  I've had a good few weeks and the progress is beginning to show in my workouts.  Milford tomorrow.


Day 2

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 11:39pm (January 2nd, 2018)
Practice Information
Dist: 1,800 SCM - (Short Course 25 Meters)

Tracking Progress

Posted by Kevin Doak on Monday at: 11:38pm (January 1st, 2018)


Tracking a new/old workout regiment


2017 State Meet Results

Posted by Kevin Doak on Saturday at: 2:27am (April 29th, 2017)

Short on updates lately, some mediocre meets recently which reflect my training.  My masters state meet went well considering the amount of time in the water.  Overall, it was a solid meet.

100 Free SCY - 46.95 (My best swim of the weekend)
50 Fly SCY - 22.54
50 Back SCY - 23.43
100 Fly SCY - 51.13
100 Back SCY - 51.43
100 IM SCY - 53.65
50 Free SCY - 21.58

Practice Information
Dist: 3,200 SCM - (Short Course 25 Meters)

South Lyon East Masters Meet Results

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 10:30am (November 15th, 2016)

A great meet and fantastic food afterward!

50 Fly SCY - 22.80
50 Back SCY - 23.84
50 Free SCY - 22.12
100 Back SCY - 52.84


Saginaw Masters Meet Results

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 2:16am (November 1st, 2016)

Saginaw knows how to put on a great meet.  The facility is new-ish, the pool is solid, the locker rooms are updated, and the staff/volunteers are great.  The meet was not well attended for some reason.  Low attendance meets are both a gift and a curse.  Pro's are obviously that the meet is over in 90 minutes and there is plenty of deck space.  The flip side is that you're racing without as much rest as you might like.  I always tell myself I'm only going to do a few races.  I always end up with 4-6 per meet.  This time I capped it at 4 and it was a good schedule.  My times weren't entirely embarassing but they left me feeling like I have plenty of work to do this year.  I want to be knocking on the door of my lifetime best times.  I've got a long way to go.

50 Backstroke SCM - 26.48
50 Butterfly SCM - 26.01
50 Freestyle SCM - 24.51
100 Backstroke SCM - 59.98

And for reference:

50 Backstroke SCM - 24.92
50 Butterfly SCM - 25.05
50 Freestyle SCM - 23.30
100 Backstroke SCM - 55.17


2016 USMS Long Course Nationals Results

Posted by Kevin Doak on Tuesday at: 2:27am (August 23rd, 2016)

Overall it was a successful meet.  I had some solid times based on my recent training:

50 Back LCM - 27.74
100 Fly LCM - 58.77 (26.72/32.05)
50 Free LCM - 24.94
100 Back LCM - 1:01.10 (29.19/31.91)
50 Fly LCM - 26.05

Due to poor planning and inaccurate estimated timelines, I swam the 100 Back and 50 Fly cold turkey (no warmup). 


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