Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Flash Back Australia Training Camp...

Tonight is masters swimming, however I had no luck finding a sitter...My best option was to swim this morning while Kainoa is in preschool. No worries. My plan was to go for a nice long ocean swim. Coach Paul had a better idea (better for him not me).

He gave me the EXACT same swim set that ROYALLY KICKED MY YOU KNOW WHAT one day during the Australia swim camp. When I saw it "again" flash backs of seeing Laura Bennett and the ITU girls lapping me (long course) came flooding back!

So to the pool I went. Confession, I sat on the side of the pool for 15 minutes hoping to talk someone into swimming with me. I convinced Rob to do the 24x50's with me, then he got out and timed one of my 100's, then he left. In between every set I looked around for someone, anyone to join me. Kevin and Jahn swam in the lane next too me making fun of me while they kick. It wasn't fun. Running and biking is so easy for me to do solo. BUT swimming, oh dear God save me!

Every lap I grew more convinced that if I had a SwimP3 I would be able to tackle swimming solo. I was imaging Shaggy, Chaka Demus, Tony Love, and Bob Marley swimming laps with me- that would be GREAT! Might even make me flip turn faster...

Just in case you have to miss your masters workout one day and need a set... here HAVE mine:

600 warm up/mix
24x50 on 60 (drill, use the drills specific to your needs)

600 steady
6x100 swim on 1:20
4x50 easy on 50

400 swim solid effort
4x100 on 1:20
4x50 easy on 50

200 solid effort
2x100 on 1:20
4x50 ALL OUT on 1 minute

200 easy

Now, here is my question, because I am convinced a SwimP3 must be the coolest thing since sliced bread. Does anyone have one and if so, do you like it? Can you really hear tunes under water? Is it easy to use? Worth the money? Do you hate it? Just don't know anything about them, so if you like yours (or don't) please give me the scoop.

Happy swimming!


OpenID endurancegirl said...

Hey Bree... Were you swimming short course yards, meters or long course meters?

Nice work!

February 11, 2009 at 11:58 AM

Blogger D said...

I've heard nothing but good things about the swimP3. LOTS of people like it. Too much $$ for me though.

And... I've told you that I will babysit! Give me a floor to sleep on and I will babysit any time you need!!!

February 11, 2009 at 12:11 PM

Blogger Maggs said...

Hey Bree, I have a swimP3. I used to use it a lot when I was injured and could only swim and did most of my pool swimming alone, and when I did long ocean swims at Ala Moana. You can hear the sound under water, it's not a perfect sound, but it does have better sound quality than I expected. I don't know if I still have mine (haven't used it in over a year or two?), but if I do, you can test it out. Heck if I have it still you can have it because I never use it anymore.

February 11, 2009 at 12:30 PM

Blogger Speedy Giuliano said...

Hi Bree,

Just stumbled across your blog and it is really great..definitely motivating and a glimpse at what it takes to train like a pro! Anyways, in regards to your post, I have a H2O Audio waterproof case. You put an ipod inside of it and its completely waterproof. I love it and its definitely made my swimming much easier and enjoyable. Give it a try! Keep up the good work and good luck with the upcoming season!

February 11, 2009 at 12:58 PM

Blogger Melissa said...

Wow! wow wow wow. That is an awesome workout!! (minus the drills, boring...). I can see why you wanted some company :-)

Hmmm, maybe if I get my distance up I'll give it a shot, with some Melissa-friendly intervals.

Nice work Bree!

February 11, 2009 at 1:13 PM

Blogger Pedergraham said...

Bree...I have one and I never use it anymore. I never loaded new songs and Andrew had put a Beatles and a Grateful Dead CD on there and it was defninintely not good swimming music. If Maggs can't find hers, let me know and you can have mine. It would make me feel good to see it getting some use.

February 11, 2009 at 1:20 PM

Blogger t-odd said...

That is an awesome workout. Just hit my Masters Group for the first time this year and felt surprisingly good. Give me a few weeks and if you need someone to swim with I will offer my services. Just let me know about 3 days in advance so I can fly in from Minneapolis. I will find any excuse to get to somewhere warm right now.

February 11, 2009 at 1:31 PM

Blogger Chris said...

Aren't you afraid that if you start listening to music, you might get distracted and forget to flip? That could give you a biiiiig headache. :-)

February 11, 2009 at 1:35 PM

Blogger Mama Simmons said...

I agree on needing people to swim with... I like the set. Maybe we'll do it (or a version of it)Friday morning! :)

No experience with the music while swimming. I always just get a song in my head and then repeat one line over and over and over... ugh.

February 11, 2009 at 3:32 PM

Blogger Swimming for ME said...

Okay I'm going to try this one! It does look tough.
I have a friend on Masters who loves her SwimP3 but the music comes through your skull bones or something wierd...not your ears.. so you have to know the song to "hear" it. I'd rather just swim with music blasting on the deck.

February 11, 2009 at 4:25 PM

Blogger Janet Nielsen said...

Ha! I remember that set!
Paul gave our swim group an 'Aussie set' today too!

I have a swim MP3 player. It was about $60 Cdn.

It might be too distracting for hard workouts?
I have just used it when swimming on my own.

February 11, 2009 at 5:42 PM

Blogger rr said...

I have never swam that much in my life at one time.. you're crazy!! I wish you lived here, I would have tried it!

Let me know if you need anything this weekend - you're coming over to run, right? You're welcome to come have a sleepover!

February 11, 2009 at 6:26 PM

Blogger Go Gammie said...

Oh, My, Gosh!!! What a workout!!! Not only is the distance far, the times are unreal. I would have to double the times to be able to finish the workout!!! Way to go on completing 2 so far. Somehow I think Coach Paul will have you doing it again next February if not before :) Did you use your new K Swiss shoes for more speed?
You are going to have a great year Bree, keep up the great work :)

February 11, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Blogger Roo said...

I have a waterproof Shuffle from It's fun, but the earphones do give a some drag. That's probably just on me though because I have crazy flip turns that make the earphones move. It's definitely small though and you can hear it underwater.

February 11, 2009 at 8:21 PM

Blogger Randy said...

Hey Bree, as you know music is my steroid of choice so of course I have a waterproof housing for my ipod for swimming. When the ear plugs seal just right it sounds like you are at a concert and the whole pool is one big speaker. When they don't seal right it sounds kind of muted. It's pretty weird the first time you swim with music.

I'll try to bring it to masters on Friday and you can try it out if you want.

PS. Masters was canceled tonight because of the storm.

February 11, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Blogger The Lazy Triathlete said...

That is one hell of a workout. I never thought about a pro athlete having to find a sitter. That really opened my eyes. Thanks

As far as the underwater MP3 player--I have a water proof case for my nano ( with the waterproof ear phones. I highly recommend it for swimming solo.

February 11, 2009 at 11:45 PM

Blogger FLATOUT JIM said...

OK You live in Hawaii and go to Australia for training camp?

I need to stop reading this blog.

February 12, 2009 at 12:51 AM

Blogger beth said...

haha. Flatout Jim's comment is funny!
I hear your pain on swimming solo- i haven't done it in at least 6 months... i dont usually get much out of it.

that workout is awesome! and the pool looks pretty nice too.

hope all is well in hawaii land..

February 12, 2009 at 4:29 AM

Blogger CoachLiz said...

Oh, I want a Swim P3 as well. I could really jam out on some Van Hallen and Aerosmith in the pool. Great workout. It sounds almost as fun as the workout I have lined up for the pool tomorrow.

February 12, 2009 at 4:33 AM

Blogger PJ said...

I bought my fiance a Finish SwiMP3 (in hopes that it would force him into the water more) and he loves it. I've not listened to it but he has great things to say about it.

Check it out: $115.

February 12, 2009 at 5:00 AM

Blogger Laura said...

OK, I could NEVER do that swim set. Ugh.

I have a SwimP3 that I've never used and don't want to use. I think I need to concentrate on all the little things I do wrong during my swims instead of singing along to music, cause I would do that, underwater and all! If you want, I'll sell you mine, seriously. Never been in water. I was going to sell it on ebay, but if you need it, FaceBook me! :)

Happy Swimming to you too!

February 12, 2009 at 6:27 AM

Blogger Shan said...

That swim set looks gnarly!! But fun! Maybe I'd need to set the 100's to something like 1:25 though... ;)

It would be pretty sweet to have some music going while swimming - but then again, I need to focus while swimming or I get all willy nilly with my form...

Nice workout girl!!!

February 12, 2009 at 7:03 AM

Blogger Ange said...

Hey BRee. thanks for sharing the set!! I'm going to try it sometime too. But did you do it short course or long course?

February 12, 2009 at 7:22 AM

Blogger Kathleen @ ForgingAhead said...

Way to power through a loooong set! Kainoa (and us) are proud of you. No experience with SwimP3 but it looks like you have some folks offering up theirs...give it a whirl and let us know.

February 12, 2009 at 8:12 AM

Blogger Beth said...

Hey Bree! That swim set looks awesome!! I thought - hey, that doesn't look too bad...and then I started to add it all up...WHOA NELLY! :) GREAT job Bree! Keep up all your great work!

February 12, 2009 at 8:42 AM

Blogger Jennifer Harrison said...

You all are NOT talking about music in the POOL are you? Ohhhhhh!!!!?????
NO! Haha! :)

February 12, 2009 at 11:18 AM

Blogger Charisa said...

Ughhhh, awesome job on the swim workout!! I would have come swum with you if I lived in Hawaii :)

February 12, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Blogger Bruce Stewart (ブルース・スチュワート) said...

Just listen for the dolphins when swimming, you can hear them without carrying an i-pod. Since I swim in a pool here, I just enjoy listening to the sound of splashing and focus on what I am doing rather than music. After the swimming I find a nice spot to work and listen to the birds, and there are plenty of them. I listen to music on my Macbook when I don't need to concentrate 100% and that's about it. If I get bored swimming in a pool I can play the music in my head from memory. What's the difference between that and real music?
I agree swimming is not much fun alone. There is usually one other person in the 50m pool at the same time as me and I swim one or two lanes from him. You know we reserve a lane just for you, too!

February 12, 2009 at 4:55 PM

Blogger ShirleyPerly said...

I have an older SwiMP3 that I won through a contest a while back. The sounds is great underwater (not so good in air because it works via bone conduction) and is perhaps the only thing that kept me swimming while I hated it so much. The 128mb memory it came with provides about 2 hours of music but the newer ones have 256mb so you should have plenty more muslc to select from. I used mine nearly every time I swam until last year when I started focusing on technique, enjoying swimming and found it distracting. I'd give you mine since I no longer use it but unfortunately it no longer plays on one side.

February 12, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Blogger Javier said...

I already have a hard time keeping track of my laps. If I had an Mp3 player I doubt I could do anything other than "swim until the music stops"

February 12, 2009 at 11:47 PM

Blogger Ordinarylife said...

Thank you for your very generous offer of the set, however I am going to politely decline.

Holy cow - that one swim is about what I would do in a week!

February 13, 2009 at 12:23 AM

Blogger Kim said...

I don't even know what to say Bree..that is ONE heck of a swim workout but you did and that is just plain awesome! I have often wondered about those swim MP3 players too. It seems people like them, I'm just always trying to focus on good form so I am not sure if I could do both if I was jammin or not!! Either way, take these people up on their offer to send you one to try - what the heck!! Great job again..!!! you rock!!

February 13, 2009 at 5:29 AM

Blogger Wes said...

If I did 100's on 1:20, I would be 10-15 seconds late every 100 :-) I've heard good things about SwimP3 too, but I have a hard enough time now as it is counting laps :-O

February 13, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Blogger Mama Simmons said...

We did a version of your set this morning. Wow. Hard. ;)

February 13, 2009 at 8:49 AM

Blogger kerrie said...

i really want a swimP3 hopes that it would help me forget what i was doing!
so sorry that i'm not there to babysit :)...and it sucks that the pool doesn't have childcare- i feel so spoiled here!

February 13, 2009 at 7:07 PM

Blogger Eileen Swanson said...

OMG, I so remember that!! Memories, memories.....Remember when P yelled at us for not literally dying in the pool in Oz and I said, "ok, coach, next time we'll work harder." AND you and Janet almost killed me....HA!!

February 15, 2009 at 8:37 AM

Blogger The Young Family said...

Is that a grim reaper on the swimsuit???? That is absolutley hilarious!!

yes I am ignoring the swim work out - can't even imagine - your warm up is my total swim! some day I will get there!


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Blogger Nasir DZ said...

Going to training camp brings back memories I enjoyed with my friends. We used to swim in water for long hours and Ear Plugs for Swimming gets lost every time.

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