I saw the signs

Aside from getting in my actual swim in the morning when I'm traveling, my next favorite part of the experience is walking to a pool, whenever possible. Most cities are pretty darn quiet in the 5am to 7am timeframe when I'm walking, so I not only get a bit of a meditative experience, I can take in the sights while not looking like a complete tourist. On my walk this Tuesday morning to San Francisco's Joe Dimmagio / North Beach pool, I stumbled across a couple of interesting street signs, one whimsical and one that left me wondering what the fine citizens of California have against the Scots:

Training Table: IM channeling Abrahams & Hackett

Way back in March of 2013, I had the pleasure of swimming a 1-1 workout with Rich Abrahams, one of the world's greatest swimmers, a guy who in his 70s can still crush guys decades younger than him. We got together at Cactus Pool in Scottsdale after a "Sprinter's Spectacular" meet at Arizona State University and I asked Rich to bring the workout. The set, rumoured to be one that the legendary Aussie freestyler Grant Hackett used to prepare for the 200 freestyle, is deceptively simple: 16 x 50: on 0:45, every 4th 50 at target 200 race pace 12 x 50: on 0:50, every 3rd 50 at target 200 race pace 8 x 50: on 0:55, every 2nd 50 at target 200 race pace 4 x 50: on 1:00, all at target 200 race pace

Training Table: Unzippy ZipFizz 200s

Third time's a charm to restart tracking my training. I've made a commitment to myself to be in 'old man racing form' by the Masters Swimming Ontario 2020 Provincial Championships in late March. That gives me four and a half months to get back into shape and two weeks to taper. This morning I was over at my local LA Fitness in their 25 yard pool, sharing a hot (85 degrees Fahrenheit / ~29 Celsius) lane for this test set that I first created in the summer of 2013 as a riff from this set on SwimSwam. The first time I did it, I had had a Red Bull to wake me up, but, as those are nasty, I switched over to ZipFizz the second time I did this in the spring of 2014 and re-christened this as my "Z

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