Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Sneaking in a Workout, Ended Up with a Flashback

Yesterday I took my high school girls to a meet and had a chance to sneak in a workout during the diving warm-up.  It was simple and short, of course, but no different than my normal.

My 200 breast USRPT target doesn't quite match my best time right now.  Notice, when I started this training I was at 2:12.3 for my best come-back race time, which translates to a 33.0 target.  I decided to leave my target there even after I improved since I had not mastered it yet by completing 20 repeats with no fails.

-8x75 warm up, mixing in speedplay.
-50's on 50 at 200 breast USRPT target (33.08) out to third fail.  My score was 8+2+2.  (My previous best is 11-4-2.)
-150 easy...

Since I didn't do my best score I decided to try to redeem it by doing a fast 200 breast from a push.  My best in a practice so far was 2:21, which I had done once.  Before that I had done a couple of 2:24's after target sets and I was hoping to take a shot at that 2:21 again.

Well, when I got to the 75, who did I see?  My old college coach from Missouri State, Jack Steck, standing at the end of the lane watching. He had showed up to officiate the high school meet.  He had his shoulders shrugged and a hand on his chin as though he was about to get on my case for something... so of course I dug deep.  I ended up hitting a 2:17.

It hurt like hell, but it was a great feeling having Jack watching me as though he was calculating how many points I was about to score.  It certainly added something to the workout.

Not sure I could handle that every day though. USRPT is mentally tough enough without Jack breathing down my neck. I felt like I was gonna die when I hit that wall!

Dammit, Klosterman!  You're swimming like you just got your ass bit by a Saluki!

Monday, January 26, 2015

VO2MAXimizer Pre-Kickstarter Campaign!

A few weeks ago I posted about a device I have started using, and I am excited to announce that it is going to make it's first big marketing push.  If you like VO2MAXimizer on facebook and check in at their website you will be able to follow along and see the actually using the device and showing off their results! I use this device and swear by it.  Remember, if you decide to purchase one, choose the Viking in the drop down menu at checkout to let them know I sent you.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

A Pretty Awesome Morning Workout

I guess this will officially be my first training log post.  This morning was a pretty standard workout for me, but certainly outlines the way I have been making progress in my training.  Here's what I did with my team:

-10x75 on 1:30 easy free and breast drills, but mixing in speed-play to wake up the sprint.
-30x25 on 30 breaststroke in USRPT format.
-3 min. rest
-100 fast breaststroke from push.

My team went ahead and did another set after that, which was USRPT format for the 200 fly, but I don't plan to ever race that so I was done with my entire practice in about 30 minutes.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

The "Viking Method" Experiment



Viking has been wanting to write quite a bit lately but have struggled to find the time.  I have been working pretty hard on a write up for SwimSwam about nutrition and training to be posted soon, since I opened my big fat mouth and tried to act like I am smarter than the nutritionist who posted some nutrition tips there. I decided that a great way to tie into that would be to supplement it with a series of smaller posts here. The first thing that will help with that is to describe my swimming comeback so that readers have some kind of reference to understand some of the the points I am making in case they want more info.  I hope that starting a little bit of a training log will add some depth to it without getting annoying. Once in a while I might just post a link or a video that anyone following along might want to see.  Sometimes it might just be a random thought, since finding time to write with the hours I work is nearly impossible. I would not post any of it if I did not think it was interesting and relevant.  I think that anyone who is curious about making themselves a better swimmer and has a mind open to new ideas might like following along with my little experimental adventure.

Friday, October 31, 2014

VO2MAXimizer



When my swimming “comeback” started last December, I declared pro right out of the gates.  Since then, what started as a joke has since become kind of a thing.  I landed my first sponsor!  That makes me a legit PRO now, right?


What?!  A 40 year old guy training again after twenty years out of the water just landed a professional endorsement?

...but it's still newsworthy, right?  Come on TYR, you know you wanna sponsor me too.


I have been using a new product called the VO2MAXimizer. It seems to fit right in with my training, as the science behind it shows the potential to work toward the same goal regarding energy metabolism within the muscle.

Monday, June 16, 2014

"How Athletes – and You – Can Get Faster, Better and Stronger"

David Epstein is a great speaker.  All you sports and stats geeks should get a kick out of this talk if you haven't seen it before.  Of course, most of the swim stats he shows are things we have all talked about on deck I'm sure...

Friday, April 25, 2014

Training in a Tech Suit Doesn't Have to Bankrupt You

So the Viking recently decided that tech suits, even just the modern compression jammers, make such a difference in technique that it is worth it to train in tech when practicing race paces.  Crazy right?  Well, it at least could be crazy expensive.

I have had the Blueseventy Nero XII for a few years now and have used the heck out of it.  I have lent it to several swimmers and have raced in it myself and that thing has been beaten up beyond belief.  Amazingly it still has fantastic compression.  The problem is that these modern suits have no stitching.  They call it "welded" seams and they eventually come apart.  I decided before the Pro-Am in December that it was worth trying to repair it.  This video explains what I came up with.





Now I plan to do my own training in a tech suit.  Hopefully I can scrape together some cash to get a new suit to race in.  I really am interested in buying old tech suits if anyone has any they want to get rid of.  I know a lot of swimmers who buy a new one every season.  Let me know if you have any laying around!