04/11/03 This is the practice that I did at Lehman College in the Bronx, while my stepson was working out with his USS team. The Lehman pool is set up for long-course meters (50 meters). When I have this much uninterrupted water, I LOVE to put on flippers and cruise, incoporating a lot of combo swimming (breast/fly and back/free) into the practice.

04/08/03 CCB Masters practice. We’ve been working on stroke counting and trying to develop a stroke-count “range” in our freestyle, but we haven’t worked much on building speed and a higher turnover (stroke rate). This practice lets you experiment with a higher rate for brief intervals, with lots of recovery and drill laps in between. We didn’t worry about counting strokes today. The assignment was just to GO FAST on certain laps, and not worry about how many strokes you were taking. Just let the stroke flow and get a fast turnover going.

03/27/03 CCB Masters practice. This is the team’s first practice with fistgloves. Everyone thought they were a little strange at first, but they loved the feeeling of power when they took them off for the final set.