Swim Training Trip Blog 1/2/12: Mandie Nugent

  • January 03, 2012 01:22 PM
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Posted by Mandie Nugent on Monday, January 2, 2012
10:30 p.m.

Today we had practice in the morning 6-8 followed by the related meet at Noon, we were against other schools that had traveled down to Deer Field for their training trip. It was really hot and the meet was really fun. Everyone was cheering and supporting each other and everyone swam well. The ladies won all their events which was a positive outcome and we hope this sets the tone for the rest of the season and year.

Posted by Hayley Kidd on Sunday, January 1, 2012
11:00 p.m.

To start off the New Year we began today with an eventful team exercise led by Jesse. The task was to come up with some type of skit or talent within the assigned group and then perform it. With teamwork and creativity the skits were extremely comical and a great way to start the day. After the meeting with Jesse, we headed to the pool for morning practice. This morning’s practice was very unique, however. It was set up as a meet with the team split in two. Though almost everyone is feeling the soreness of this week’s practices, the meet was exciting and the weather was near perfect.

Because we were given the afternoon off some people went snorkeling or fishing while others went to the beach. For dinner some of us went to the restaurant Flanigans where we encountered an interesting waitress, Jill. The food was pretty good, and it was very nice to dine outside in the middle of winter. On the walk back to the hotel, we stopped for some delicious ice cream. All in all, today was my favorite and worth the 16 hour wait in airports. Hopefully tomorrow goes just as well with our 6:00 a.m. practice and a relay meet against other teams also on training trips.

Posted by Martin Vanis on Saturday, December 31, 2011
10:30 p.m.

This morning the mens team started off on the beach for some dryland workouts. After a short time running on the sand, we headed to the short-course pool for our first practice. Our 'Sprint' group was separated from the 'Mid-distance/Distance' groups, and we began one of our harder practices so far through this training trip: 70x25s (1500 yards of butterfly) for time. After, we crawled out of the pool to get back to the hotel for a few hours of lunch and laying out on the beach here on a beautiful, 80 degree day before our next practice session. As soon as I fell asleep on the sand, I realized it was time to get back to the hotel and prepare for our night/long-course practice. That evening coach Damion (Dennis) gave us the dreaded 'deck-of-cards' set, where each card pulled out of the deck was a different dryland exercise (pushups, crunches, or squats) or 50s of different strokes on a descending interval through the course of the whole deck-of-cards set. Once we were finished with that practice, we all knew that we would be sore for the countdown and fireworks for this New Years Eve.

Posted by Breanna McCann on Friday, December 30, 2011
8:27 p.m.

Today was probably the best day of the trip so far. The weather was amazing, and everyone trained well this morning. There were separate sets for the 400 IMers and the stroke/freestyle/200 IMers, but everyone went pretty fast. It was a challenging set, but the weather and the atmosphere in the pool made it go by quickly. After practice we went to the beach for a few hours. The girls did dryland on the beach before practice and then the mid-distance group had a recovery practice at night, so it was a pretty good day in my eyes.

Posted by David Palley on Thursday, December 29, 2011
10:20 p.m.

After a long and confused morning of travel, most of us had made it to the Fort Lauderdale airport. Some people had just missed the flight out of Pittsburgh and would spend the rest of their first day of trip in the airport. For those who did make it, we had a nice loosen up swim until noon before spending the afternoon getting lunch and relaxing on the beach next to the hotel. When the time came for the next practice, we made our way to the vans and made it through our first hard workout of the trip. Later that night, the last travelers finally made it in.

Day two was basically a blur of challenging swim practices, dryland workouts and resting. We stormed the local grocery store and filled our carts with food for the week. Tired and ready for the rest of the week, we passed out and got some much needed sleep.