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SQUID practice 15-2016.

WARMUP = 300 yards
300 50 free/25 stroke

MAIN SET = 2,400 yards
6 x 50 odds: free, evens: kick
300: 100 free / 100 IM / 100 free
:30 rest
150 free
150 IM (minus the free)
6 x 100 free 1:45 <-- This was HARD for me.
12 x 50 1:05 odds: free, evens: stroke (IM order by 50)
300 free: good flip turns, no breathing before flags

WARMDOWN = 0 yards

We played on the water slide :-).

Total workout = 2,700 yards in ~75 minutes.
I did about  2,500 yards.
2016 cumulative distance = 39, 075 yards (22.2 miles).


SQUID practice 14-2016.

WARMUP = 400 yards

All free:
200 swim
50 kick
25 scull
50 kick
100 build
25 fast

MAIN SET = 1,950 yards

3 x 100 free 1: 1st 50 fast, 2: middle 50 fast, 3: last 50 fast 1:45
6 x 75 odds: breathe every 3, evens: breathe every 5 1:45
9 x 25 odds: build free :30, evens: kick back :50
75 easy free
3 x 200 odds: free, evens IM 3:10 (?)
6 x 50 build free 1:00

WARMDOWN = 200 yards

200 free easy

Total workout = 2,550 yards in ~65 minutes.
I did 2,500 yards (I skipped a 50 in the 200s).
2016 cumulative distance = 36,575 yards (20.8 miles).


SQUID practice 13-2016. #WeAreOrlando

Tonight's practice was dedicated to the memory of those killed at Pulse Nightclub.

WARMUP = 600 yards

150 each swim/kick/pull/build

DEDICATED SET = 2,450 yards

49 x 50 - one 50 for each person slain

1-10: odds swim free 1:15, evens kick free 1:45
11-20: IM Plus - IM order plus 50 choice, twice through, 1:25
21-30: free BUILD by 50, 5&10 all out, 1:15
31-40: 1/2 length underwater, finish free 1:45
41-49: fun 50s suggested by team members!

Total workout = 3,050 yards in ~85 minutes.
I did 3,000 yards (I skipped a 50 in the warmup).
2016 cumulative distance = 34,075 yards (19.4 miles).


I brought another dozen water hyacinths to the pond in order to increase shade, in an attempt to reduce the algae. I think the snails are beginning to have an impact but it's still a swamp. I also added a very small dose of a microbial anti-algae solution.  Baby steps.

Also around the pond, two different sets of irises bloomed in the last week. The large (bearded?) irises bloomed about a week ago & the smaller, darker purple irises bloomed a couple of days ago. The flower beds around the pond look amazing, with mostly purple flowers.

Today I planted some more veggies in the raised bed: two more broccoli, two cauliflower, two Swiss chard, & two pak choi. I added some soil around their roots & weeded the whole box. Our raised bed is FULL of enormous earthworms; as in, more than one per trowel scoop.

Yesterday hotpantsgalore & I planted. Buying the veggie seedlings early & putting them in the grow tent was not a successful strategy - over half of them (both carrots, the cauliflower, one of the broccoli, cauliflower, pak choi, & spinach) died. We planted the two tomatoes, the two peppers, & the surviving broccoli in our raised bed. HPG bought a watermelon seedling & four strawberry seedlings, which also went in the box. HPG also bought a third tomato - a big Beefsteak. We planted it in a five-gallon container. I bought a "Pink Icing" blueberry bush, which also got planted in a container.

Last weekend (May 7th), HPG picked up the native plants I had pre-ordered from the Colorado Native Plant Society. She put them in the grow tent & they did great. We put them in the ground yesterday, in the planter box built along the western side of the house. Going left to right, I planted: Rocky Mountain Columbine, Small Erigeron, Monarda, Pearly Pussytoes, [some volunteer thingie with serrated dark green leaves], Golden Aster, [another volunteer, same as previous], Swampy Milkweed, [volunteer decorative grass], Desert 4 O'clock, & Western Yarrow.

Rocky Mountain Columbine Small Erigeron Monarda Pearly Pussytoes Golden Aster Swamp Milkweed Desert 4oClock Western Yarrow

Hopefully, the native plants won't require a lot of care or water. The western end of the house is only barely in range of the hose. Also, I think the plants I bought are a bunch of butterfly supporters.

Lawn notes: I hired a service to mow the lawn once a week. I think I'm paying $23/week, which totally seems worth it to me. Shadeaux has already learned to cower indoors on Wednesdays when the nasty loud machine comes around. The guy rakes all the clippings & puts them in my two compost bins. I have pretty much lost the war against the weeds in the lawn, so HPG bought some Roundup & did a bunch of "targeted strikes" on the dandelions & mallows. Shadeaux's dog door is locked closed & will be for at least 24 hours so she won't get another chance at being poisoned. Our dog walker will come get her for a couple of walks tomorrow during the work day.

Pond notes: I have now put 18 trapdoor snails in the pond for algae control. 12 of them only arrived yesterday, but so far they haven't made a dent in the underwater tropical jungle. Yesterday I also bought 4 tilapia fry - they are supposed to eat both algae & koi fry. One of them was instantly sucked into the pond's submersible pump & churned into chum, so that was money poorly spent. I can't see the other ones in the pond. Hopefully they haven't been chummed too.

Gardening notes: WTF, Colorado weather?

OK, we had an entire weekend of wet, nasty "wintry mix" - some sleet, some incompetent hail, some freezing rain, & some genuine snow that didn't manage to stick to the roads. In the larger sense, this is great because adding some more insurance to the snowpack both delays the onset of fire season & ensures healthy flows in the rivers all summer. But in the smaller sense - STOP FUCKING WITH MY PANSIES! Sheesh.

I hired a local contractor to aerate the lawn on Saturday (despite the conditions, he showed up). $30 for both the front & back lawns. Now the whole yard looks like it's covered in small-dog poops.

I think my compost pile had just enough warm weather to start cooking at some point this month. It has noticeably decreased in size & no snow/sleet/hail/whatevs accumulated on its lid this weekend (though it was accumulating on similar surfaces, like roofs).

Lots of garden projects for next Saturday.

Good Samaritan.

Today was messy.

For the second time in about two weeks, I was assailed with extremely horrible nausea, like food poisoning. I stopped for lunch on the way home around 1 PM & by 1:15 PM, I had to pull over & vomit violently all over the street in a lovely Denver neighborhood. After I had completely purged my stomach, I thought the worst was over, so I drove to a cell phone repair shop I had been heading to so I could make arrangements to have my phone repaired (New phone, broke the screen already. My life.). That took about 15 minutes, & as I was heading back to my truck, I got hit by another wave of nausea, much stronger. I was doubled over along the side of this shitty little strip mall near Mile High Stadium, retching uncontrollably, with tears & snot running down my face.

And this guy walks over to me from the nearby bus stop with two bottles of water. "Hey, are you OK?" I mumbled something. He cracked open one bottle of water & handed it to me, saying, "Little sips, remember to breathe." I sipped some water & promptly threw it back up. He patted my shoulder & said, "Let's wash your face off. I'll pour, you wash." He poured a very small stream of water onto my shaking hands & I feebly swiped at my face. "Wipe your nose, chica. There you go. Get your hair, there." After I was at least a little bit cleaner, he said, "Now - where are you going?"

I explained that my truck was parked right there & that I was going to try to drive home. He asked me if there was anyone there to take care of me & looked dubious when I said there wasn't ( hotpantsgalore & weedweasel went skiing at Vail today). But he walked me back to my truck & said, "I hope you feel better soon." I thanked him, semi-conherently, & drove home. It was close - I threw up again in my front yard & then slept (passed out?) in the backyard for some amount of time. I have since eaten a little bit of soup & even that's not feeling so great. I also managed to shower. Right now, I'm sucking on crushed ice & cuddling with Shadeaux. Dog cuddles are helping as much as anything else.

There are good people in the world. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise.

I'm a little concerned that I have had two MAJOR bouts of vomiting in two weeks. I have a couple of thoughts as to what might be causing it. My crew washed my truck today - inside & out - & the last time I got sick was the first day I had the truck, & I know they washed it before I got it. I wonder if something in their cleaning supplies is making me sick. Another possibility is the container of mixed nuts I bought & put in my office for snacking. I was munching on them this morning, & I think I've only broken into them one other day. But I'm not sure if that other day was the last time I got nauseated.

SQUID practice 12-2016.

This was a good workout - not that it was a lot of yardage, or that I was particularly fast. But I didn't really feel like doing it when I got in, & instead of jaking out of a lot of reps, I did the reps & really focused on making my stroke as efficient as possible. By the end of the workout, my freestyle felt really smooth & long. It was nice.

WARMUP = 500 yards

300 swim free (I did 50 free / 25 drill)
100 kick free
100 pull free

FIRST SET = 300 yards

6 x 50 1:00
odds: breathe every third stroke
evens: 25 finger drag drill / 25 catch-up drill

SECOND SET = 2,200 yards

8 x 150 free 2:30 middle 50 fast
200 kick middle 100 fast(ish)
8 x 25 free BREAKOUT! :40
8 x 75 free 1:20 middle 25 fast

WARMDOWN = 200 yards

Total workout = 3,200 yards in ~85 minutes.
I did 3,150 yards (I skipped a 50 in the 75s).
2016 cumulative distance = 31,075 yards (17.7 miles).


SQUID practice 11-2016.

WARMUP = 400 yards

I did a mixture of free, free drill, & back.

FIRST SET = 400 yards

8 x 50 free 25 kick/25 drill ~1:10

MAIN SET = 2,350 yards

All 50s are free:
12 x 50 every 4th 50 hard 1:00
150 kick (I did back/breast by 25)
9 x 50 every 3rd 50 hard 1:05
150 stroke (I did back/breast by 25)
8 x 50 every 2nd 50 hard 1:10
150 choice (I did free)
6 x 50 from the blocks, all out

WARMDOWN = 100 yards easy

Total workout = 3,250 yards in ~70 minutes.
I did 3,200 yards (I skipped a 50 somewhere).
2016 cumulative distance = 27,925 yards (15.9 miles).


SQUID practice 10-2016.

WARMUP = 1,100 yards

300 swim free 25 drill / 50 swim
6 x 50 free 25 drill / 25 swim 1:00
2 x 100 kick IM
4 x 75 free build

MAIN SET = 1,400 yards

2 times through:
2 x 75 IM (minus free) 1:40?
4 x 50 stroke IM order 1:10? 1:!5?
2 x 100 IM 2:00
4 x 25 stroke IM order :40
50 easy

WARMDOWN = about 175 yards

7 x 25 from center of pool, focus on turns,in order of turns in a 200 IM

Total workout = 2,675 yards in ~50 minutes (we had trouble getting the lane lines put in).
I did 2,625 yards.
2016 cumulative distance = 24,725 yards (14.0 miles).


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