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Archive for February, 2008

rule #1, BELIEVE

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

I woke up this morning, and my first thought was, “this is going to be a phenominal day”,…”I’m going to swim well, and bring my technique and speed closer to the best I can be on race day in Coeur D’Alene”.  I’m emphasizing positive words and thoughts lately.  My confidence has taken an upswing in relation to this.

The greatest thing lately is how head coach Mike believes in me.  He’s really been great in encouraging me, as well as challenging me in workouts.  Today, while everyone else was doing a 12x100kick set on 2:00,…he told me that I was doing something different 3x[3x150swim on 2:00, 100swim on 1:40],…then during the very last set of descending 200s, he told me he wanted me to swim a 2:10 negative split 200m.  I was thinking in my head,…”very cool, Mike believes I can do it”,…”I had 2 options,…to succeed or fail — I mentally prepared myself to succeed”.  I put a 2:10 in my head, and gave my body the belief that I will swim it.  I came up shy, but I didn’t stop believing.

3×100 band only on 1:40 (descend 1-3),…my times 1:20, 1:17, 1:15

100 easy

6×50 band only on 50 descend 1-3

100 easy

12×25 band only on 30 variables

3x[3x150swim on 2:00, 100swim on 1:40]

3×200 on 3:30 descend 1-3


North American Handmade Bicycle Show

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
My Dad helped out my brother Brent at his booth at the North American Handmade Bicycle Show recently in Portland.  Brent had a display regarding his BikeCAD Pro program marketed for frame builders, bike fitters and bicycle retailers alike.   Brent and Bruce Curry

Photo by Andrew Rogers


Feeling way more water

Monday, February 11th, 2008

I got a compliment today associated with my swimming. It doesn’t happen often, so I’ll relish it. The head coach of the Dinos said to me this morning, “Scott, whatever you’re doing with your stroke, keep doing it. It looks really good”. I’ve been emphasizing starting my catch super relaxed and easy, then just holding that position while retracting and depressing my shoulder blade as part of initiating the roll and using larger muscle groups such as my lats way more. Talking with Jarrod about it – he attests, it’s funny that sometimes the smallest changes have the largest impact on stroke mechanics. How true that is.
I didn’t get the memo that practice was starting 30min later,…so I hopped in for an extra 1700m before the official start of practice.

4×200 on 3:00

3x200pull on 2:50

2x200kick on 4:00



3x150free on 2:20

3x[100IMdrill, 50swim] on 2:30

200pull + 2x[4×50 pull descend 1-4 on :60, 50 easy]

200kick + 2x[4x50kick descend 1-4 on :60, 50 easy]

100 on 1:30

2×200 on 2:40

100 on 1:30

4×100 on 1:20 descend 1-4