Posts from ‘Diving Back In’
After eight months blogging about his experiences swimming with Jeff King and Curl-Burke, reporter Paul Tenorio takes a step back and reflects on his experiences and what the future holds for his swimming career. Plus one final comparison from Day One to Day 254.
Paul Tenorio catches up on what he’s been up to in the pool since his last post in late-January — everything from getting back in after an extended break due to the snowstorm, to his experiences in power group and his work with the tension cords at practice.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about feeling the rhythm in the pool again, his past love of finding the right warm-up music (and inspirational speeches), breath control sets…and the future addition of yoga to the workout regimen.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about his frustrations with trying to get back to where he was prior to modifying sets and missing time in the pool in December due to a shoulder injury and vacation. Though he knows he’s not going to be back where he was automatically, Tenorio writes about the difficulties of feeling slow again.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about breaking down a video from Friday morning’s practice and how what he saw might help explain his shoulder injury. He also chronicles his workout this morning that forced him to think about how he could make his stroke more efficient.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about his visit to the doctor’s office on Thursday — one that left him with little more than a referral slip to an orthopedist — as well as his current dietary habits, which are much less strict that when he first got back into the pool but still an improvement over his former choices before this project started.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio said he would try to push through his shoulder pain and swim full sets, and over the past two days he has been able to do that. Tenorio talks about the excitement of completing full swim workouts after struggling with the shoulder injury for so long.
Paul Tenorio rehashes the ups and downs of testing his shoulder during practices the last two days, describing the pain and lack of pain as he swims through normal sets during training sessions. He also describes a talk with fellow Curl-Burke swimmer Pat Sullivan that has Tenorio thinking about ditching his fins as much as possible, as soon as possible.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about taking vacation, time away from the pool, missing practice this morning after his first day back yesterday and how ready he is to push through this frustrating shoulder injury and get started with Part II of his journey — becoming a true athlete and hitting new goals the rest of the season.
Reporter Paul Tenorio suffered the effects of a major kick set while he was doing last minute Christmas shopping, and also reflects on the past year and what this blog has meant to him. During the holidays, Tenorio reflects on how much Jeff and the team have become a part of his life.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about his extended break from the pool, his continuing attempts to deal with a lingering shoulder injury and his training plans for Christmas week and beyond.
Paul Tenorio talks about going through a set of 12 100s sprint and how he and Curl-Burke swimmer Pat Sullivan pushed each other throughout the workout, with the effort culminating in a final race that Sullivan won — in more ways that just by beating Tenorio.
Sometimes coaches have to teach you a lesson by delivering a more forceful lesson. Curl-Burke Coach Jeff King did just that this morning in practice.
Paul Tenorio goes through another practice focused more on intensity than quantity of swimming, talks about his improved feel in the water and his goals for improving core strength and flexibility.
After several days of distance swimming, reporter Paul Tenorio finally gets to go through a sprint set full of 25s. That had him smiling and feeling good, but Coach Jeff King assured him it will be the last time for a while he gets a set like that.
When Curl-Burke Coach Jeff King started to announce Wednesday morning’s set, reporter Paul Tenorio internalized a sigh. In the blog today he writes: “I was sore, I was tired and I was mentally already behind the eight ball in feeling like I was going to be good at this.”
Here’s what I’ve decided: I am about as far from a distance swimmer as you can get. Today’s workout was all about pacing. In other words, it was critical to be able to hold your pace. Let’s just say I’m bad at that.
Paul Tenorio catches you up on what happened at practice last week (he missed his alarm for the 2nd time), talks pumpkin pie and updates you on his workout this morning at Lee District.
Reporter Paul Tenorio swims a set of 200s with a lot of closed-fist freestyle mixed in. The workout was designed to help the group get a better feel for the water while also learning to pace the 200s. The practice was yet another tough workout designed by Coach Jeff King, who has pushed Tenorio to the limit every day this week.
Paul Tenorio swims a nightmare set — a ton of his most-hated stroke breaststroke — and he sets up tomorrow’s set, which Coach Jeff King previewed today at the end of practice.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about doing a ton of butterfly in today’s practice, how he thinks he confused Coach Jeff King into the set and his fears for what may be in store tomorrow…
I’ll never be a Michael Phelps or Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods. But if I can just hit a little on that mentality of greatness, if I can aspire to work my hardest the way they work their hardest, at least I can get as much out of it as I’m putting in.
Paul Tenorio hits 175 pounds, one pound below his goal weight of 176 pounds, and talks about swimming 40 100s in practice this morning and a set of 5200 yards — more than he ever imagined doing when this whole project started.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about this morning’s workout, the mental challenges a tough swim can bring, and the validation of knowing that his coaches recognize that he’s working hard — even if he’s not the fastest swimmer in the pool.
Thursday morning’s practice opens with wall-sits to a soundtrack of ‘Alice’s Restaurant’ by Arlo Guthrie and continues with lots of kicking and some more work on rotating through the hips.
Paul Tenorio talks about nearly sleeping through practice, trying to push himself in practice by racing Pat Sullivan, feeling the difference in his stroke and giving Jeff the impression that he was relaxing at a spa in Switzerland.
Reporter Paul Tenorio was the master of TV trivia this morning during wall-sits, prompting someone to call him old, and during training Coach Jeff King helped Tenorio start to better hone his stroke, proof he continues to learn 114 days later.
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about going best times in both the 50 and 100 freestyles this weekend at the November Open, the future of this blog and his goals moving forward in training.
Paul Tenorio talks about what the November Open has represented and now represents to him as he prepares for his second meet since beginning this blog 110 days ago. It will also be the first time he’ll be swimming in front of his family.
Paul Tenorio enjoyed the nap time this morning before getting to work on another pre-race set, and also writes about his first battle wound from slipping off the starting blocks.
Reporter Paul Tenorio recaps both Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s practices — filled with a little post-practice fun and some race weekend preparation.
Reporter Paul Tenorio writes about how the process of getting faster has become kind of like a puzzle of sorts — or maybe some kind of pyramid. He has constantly been adding bricks to the pile, building and building and hoping to one day get to the peak.
I thought about it a lot last night, and I considered that my arm was being annoying and my legs were exhausted and sure, easing up a bit might seem like it makes sense. I DO want to go best times next weekend. The bottom line, though, is that I’m in this thing to work, and so I just want to put my head down and work — and whatever happens in the November Open … happens.
Curl-Burke Coach Jeff King dedicates a lengthy kick set full of sprint kicking to reporter Paul Tenorio, who could only kick today because of his triceps, and makes sure to tell the whole group Tenorio is to blame if they don’t like the set.
Reporter Paul Tenorio’s workout this morning started well — with jump rope, a swim warm up and a decent start to a test set — but as he reached the wall on the first 50 on his final 100 race and his right triceps flared up once again.
Reporter Paul Tenorio realizes how important it is for practices to be so early in the morning, and after a night in which he went to bed 10 minutes before he usually wakes up, Tenorio struggles to carve out enough time to work out before the evening — not the ideal situation for Day 100.
Today’s workout was more dry-land, some sprint work that had Paul Tenorio working hard to get through the whole set, and finally a positive weigh-in in which Tenorio dropped two more pounds and 2.4 percent body fat.
Curl-Burke Coach Jeff King ends an intense week with an equally intense dry-land/in-pool workout that includes plenty of medicine ball work, abs routines, jump rope and, of course, some swimming.
Reporter Paul Tenorio works through most of another tough set before having to adjust the workout because of some bad pain in his right triceps. It’s part of the process of recognizing bad pain vs. good pain.
After a high-intensity kick workout yesterday that had reporter Paul Tenorio feeling pretty sore Wednesday morning, Coach Jeff King turned things around with a set of three 1500s, a distance swim like no other Tenorio had ever done.
Today’s set was a new one for reporter Paul Tenorio, and I think it was most enjoyable for Coach Jeff King. The practice was all about legs and kicking, legs and kicking — and it wasn’t all in the pool.
Reporter Paul Tenorio recaps his weekend at the October Open, from the ups and downs of the two races, to the support he received from swimmers and others at Fairland, to his goals moving forward and his eyes already set on the November Open.
Today’s workout was based around the idea of muscle memory. Through repetition I was, I hope, developing the right stroke naturally so that I wouldn’t have to constantly tell myself (or be told) that I was getting sloppy.
Reporter Paul Tenorio experiences his first meet-style warm-up (yes, it was crowded) and swims a 100 for time for the first time since early August, a welcome challenge with just two days until he swims one for real in the October Open.
Paul Tenorio celebrates his birthday with some donuts, works some more on breath control and starts and talks about his continued anticipation of the weekend’s Open, as well as the advice he got from another Curl swimmer.
Paul Tenorio works on breath control, experiences the wonderful effects of a new pair of not-as-dark goggles, finishes practice with a set of IMs and talks about his anticipation ahead of the weekend’s October Open.
The cold chinese food breakfast was awesome. The spread looked great and everyone was enjoying the food. I limited myself to one small plate with some chicken lo mein, pork fried rice, a few pieces of beef and broccoli and two pieces of sweet and sour chicken. Oh yeah, and I swam before that, too.
Paul Tenorio gets back into the pool today after clearing up his “injury” and unfortunately has to do way too much butterfly before re-focusing on his starts — a crucial part of his race where he feels he is not yet comfortable.
I have a pretty decent-sized lump on the inside of my left wrist, noticeable enough to be visible from a distance and enough for Jeff to see it from a few feet away without me saying much other than, ‘Could I have done this yesterday while I was diving?’ and then sticking my arm out.
After never having done a 200 while trying to shoot for a time, Paul Tenorio learns to find the right combination of building and sprinting in the to come in at the right time.
This is not me complaining about the early wake ups. Honestly I’m fine getting in the pool whenever, and Jeff sent out a nice, long extended swim workout at 8 this morning so whenever I finish my work for the day I’ll head over to a pool and try to knock it out if I can. But the point was that I was going to get to sleep in. HA! SLEEEEP!
Today I weighed in at 179 pounds. That’s 14 pounds lighter than I was 78 days ago. I haven’t been in the 170s probably since my freshman year in college. When I looked down at the scale, I couldn’t believe that it read that number. I also dropped another inch on my waistline.
Jeff King told them they’d be doing 20 200 IMs. Pat Sullivan’s face was pure comedy, and it took everything I had not to laugh. Here I was thinking I’d get a nice freestyle set and these poor kids had to do 20 200 IMs. It was all fun and games. Then Jeff called me over.
The set was six 500s on 7 minutes 15 seconds (except for the distance swimmers, who were going on 6:15). I wanted to raise my hand and say, “Hey, Jeff, remember me? Washington Post reporter here. Uh, only a few weeks ago I did 3,000 in a workout for the first time. Hi, yeah. That’s a set of 3,000 after a warm up and on an interval.”
My goal, going in to this morning’s test set, was 27 seconds and Jeff said if I swam a perfect race I’d definitely hit it. Well, you can say I achieved that goal. Not once. Not twice. Three times. Out of four races. I hit one number three times. Seriously — exactly the same number.
For me tomorrow is about the time, but it’s also about the execution, taking the lessons of this past week and applying it to a race. If I apply them right, and I execute perfectly, the time will be the direct result of the practices and the lessons Jeff gave me.
I’ve talked about it on this blog recently. Shoot, I think I did last Friday. But I don’t know if it had truly hit me how close we were until today. We are exactly 19 days until my first race at the Open. The butterflies definitely are going.
Today was a good end to a good week. It was the second week back in the normal schedule, the 4:30 a.m. workouts with the full Jeff King-group and there were, as expected, plenty of lessons gleaned from the variety of workouts I experienced for the first time.
After pushing myself through some longer distances yesterday, this morning was the opposite type of workout. We’d be doing five 50s all out sprint, five times. In between each set was a 250 kick. At first, it sounds easy. I mean, that’s only 250 swim in a set. But sprinting a 250 is not easy. At least, not if you’re doing it right.
Usually I try to limit the whole “pushing the workout to new heights” thing to about one new height per workout. That makes sense, right? You know, like 3,000 meters in a workout for the first time, etc. Not today. No, no. Today was about just doing the workout, and if I happened to do more than I ever had, well that was just a bonus and an allowance to walk away from the pool with somewhat of a sense of accomplishment.
This morning’s practice continued to push me in new ways — the biggest continues to be keeping up with the intervals. I think that this is the biggest challenge because while my body had somewhat started to catch up with the swim workouts strength-wise (at least enough for me to get through them) I haven’t yet caught up in the cardiovascular area yet.
A new week and a new start. After the disappointment of last Friday I just wanted to get into the pool and get things rolling again. I was the first one out on deck this morning — that was both a part of the fresh start and also keeping in mind Jeff’s words last week to the people that got out to practice right at 4:30, myself included: We should’ve been on deck sooner. He didn’t need to tell me twice.
I honestly felt pretty down on myself in today’s workout. I’m not sure what put me in that mood, whether I was just tired or whether the frustration boiled over. I felt like I had failed because I wasn’t able to do the workout the right way.
After another grueling pre-dawn workout, reporter Paul Tenorio reflects on his two months of swim training and realizes he’s come a long way. He can now actually work out with the rest of the swimmers. (Insert sarcastic clap here).
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio reflects on being a month away from the October Open, discusses his sore ankle and talks about the challenge of swimming on faster intervals with Coach Jeff King’s training group.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio hits double-digits in his weight loss, 12 pounds, and talks about getting into the pool at 4:30 and feeling a bit overwhelmed by some of the sets the “normal” swimmers cruised through.
Reporter Paul Tenorio spent most of Monday on a train back from New Jersey after working the Redskins game on Sunday. He’ll be back in the indoor pool, and back to 4:30 a.m. start times, on Tuesday.
Reporter Paul Tenorio swims his final day at Mantua, races a bunch of 100s and prepares to head indoors and back to the dreaded 4:30 a.m. start times.
Reporter Paul Tenorio swam his longest set ever in practice this morning, but it was the final portion of that, a 600 freestyle, that had him feeling pretty good when it was all said and done.
Reporter Paul Tenorio is starting to freeze every morning when he jumps into the pool, and after a three-day layoff it took a while to warm up in the outdoor pool. He also talks about running into a former soccer teammate, and he continues his chart — again without body fat percentage.
Reporter Paul Tenorio did his first boxes in the pool today, but most importantly he also went through another extended leg workout. A whole mile-plus of it, to be specific. That three-day weekend will be nice.
After a day all about his arms, reporter Paul Tenorio gets a workout all about legs. Tons of kicking and exercises focused on his breathing at the workout this morning, and of course some breaststroke thrown in to make him miserable.
Reporter Paul Tenorio completes his first 3,000-meter set but says the most important lesson to take away from Wednesday’s swim was the need to focus on technique more than anything else.
Reporter Paul Tenorio laments the 53-degree weather this morning, picks up the distance of his swims and critiques video of himself swimming. He also talks about what’s in store for tomorrow’s workout.
Reporter Paul Tenorio beat his uncle in their race on Saturday, but it wasn’t Paul who was most impressive. Now six weeks into this project, Paul prepares for Phase Two of his training: stepping it up a notch.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio enjoyed an off day on Friday thanks to Coach Jeff King, but sets up his fun family race against his Uncle John, who is back on 10-days leave from service in Iraq.
Reporter Paul Tenorio races a 50 and leaves with some sense of accomplishment: “Up until now, the fastest I had gone out was 15.8. Today, I went out in 14.6 to my feet. That means to the point where I had flipped and my feet hit the wall. For most of you, not that great. For me, it’s huge.”
Reporter Paul Tenorio discusses the lack of female characters on Sesame Street (huh?), swimming a 400 with no help from fins or paddles and messing up a 50 race … again!
Reporter Paul Tenorio talks about what he thinks makes a good coach, breaks down his 200 progression, and says he’s working now on fine tuning some things that can help cut more time off his swims.
Reporter Paul Tenorio takes you through his six stages of swim grief, talks about this morning’s practice and shows his newest chart (minus body fat percentage).
Reporter Paul Tenorio has a haunting experience with a noodle and the breaststroke, his most hated stroke. He also knocks out another decent workout and is starting to feel better about his freestyle as the workouts with Jeff King continue.
For the first time since getting back into the pool, reporter Paul Tenorio sleeps through his alarm and misses a practice. He does some dry-land workout in the afternoon, but still feels guilty about not waking up in time to swim.
Reporter Paul Tenorio marks his one-month anniversary of swimming with local club Curl-Burke and celebrates with another practice that focused on correcting his form in hopes of making him a more efficient swimmer.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio gets a few gifts from Coach Jeff King at the start of practice, but perhaps the best one is that King videotapes him during practice, allowing Paul to see what he is doing right and wrong for the first time.
Reporter Paul Tenorio has his first weight gain since starting his swim workouts, though he sees a decrease in his waistline and body fat percentage. Coach Jeff King returns from vacation and gives Paul a tough pyramid workout while also planning out Paul’s first meet.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio feels his energy level dropping, but after trying to talk himself out of going to the pool, he sucks it up and hits the water for a workout. Just a few days away from the return of Jeff King, Tenorio tries to re-energize so he can impress his coach on Monday.
On a day when he focused on recovery and trying out some new stuff while sorta-kinda racing, reporter Paul Tenorio was joined in the pool Thursday by Washington Post columnist Mike Wise, the first Post colleague to join him in the pool since the project started.
Paul changes up his schedule to avoid a crowded pool and has a great day, finally getting through an entire workout left for him by his vacationing coach.
Reporter Paul Tenorio continued to be frustrated by sharing lanes with more than one person, though surely he’s slowing people down, too. He also talks about learning to extend his stroke when he’s tired, and his ongoing battle with flip turns.
For the first time since starting this workout, Paul cheated on his diet beyond the one allowed “cheat” meal per week and paid for it with a smaller, one-pound weight loss. He also worked out alone for the first time with Coach Jeff King on vacation.
Today, Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio moves on from the early part of his training. His reintroduction to the pool is complete. Now it’s time for the next chapter — endurance training. He knew it was coming, but that doesn’t mean his body was ready for it.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio does his third timed swim since the start of the “Diving Back In” project and learns a valuable lesson as he falls short of his goals and must deal the with disappointment.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio gets a donut after practice, starts to learn how to race and prepares for another timed swim on Thursday — again in a metered pool. Also, he complains too much about being busy all day and thus filing this entry so late.
Jeff King is kicking my butt. There’s no other way around it. He knows it, and I know it. I mean, honestly, it was the next logical step in the workouts. He had integrated me back into the pool, and now it was time to really start pushing me. Get me tired and see how I respond. Try things I’ve never tried before. Make me really earn that post-workout satisfaction.
It’s crazy to think that I’m already starting on Week 3, and word has certainly leaked out about this “little” swim project I’m doing.
I’ve had several reporters approach me at Redskins Park to say they’ve followed this blog, and the Redskins Executive Director of Communications, Zack Bolno, has taken to calling me “Aquaman.”
Post reporter Paul Tenorio’s lack of sleep sleep finally caught up with him. Having slept just three hours the night before, he struggled to get out of bed knowing if he didn’t get up and out he would be late to Redskins Park for training camp, especially if he wanted to train. So, for the first time since the project started, Paul blew off a morning workout.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio will train with a swim club over the next few months and chronicle his journey as he attempts to transform from regular guy/sports reporter to competitive swimmer — everything from his waistline to his best times. Today he discusses the thrill of competition and you learn just how much he cut off his original times in the 100- and 50-yard freestyles.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio continues his work in the pool with Curl-Burke and talks about his nervousness for tomorrow’s timed swims, his fear of doing so next to All-Met swimmer Pat Sullivan and the importance of goal-setting in swimming.
Paul focused on technique throughout his pool workout this morning: breathing, flip turns, head position, and he finished it off with some torture — vertical kicking. But he feels the work he’s put in the past nine days is starting to pay off. Tomorrow he’ll find out as he times himself in the 50 and 100 for the first time since Day 1.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio will train with a swim club over the next few months and chronicle his journey as he attempts to transform from regular guy/sports reporter to competitive swimmer — everything from his waistline to his best times. Today he updates his weight and body fat percentage, as well as sharing why a Raffi classic applies to him.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio will train with a swim club over the next few months and chronicle his journey as he attempts to transform from regular guy/sports reporter to competitive swimmer — everything from his waistline to his best times. Today he talks about his diet, which will be focused on five small meals a day.
On Day Three in the pool, Curl-Burke coach Jeff King introduces Paul to paddles; Paul does his first work with breath control, and then the fun really begins as he finishes his workout with his first real “set” – a workout of a certain number of laps, with time intervals set in.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio will train with a swim club over the next few months and chronicle his journey as he attempts to transform from regular guy/sports reporter to competitive swimmer — everything from his waistline to his best times. Today, he answers questions from the comments on the blog, talks about dry-land training and explains how he ended up with Curl-Burke.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio will train with a swim club over the next few months and chronicle his journey as he attempts to transform from regular guy/sports reporter to competitive swimmer — everything from his waistline to his best times. Today he writes about Training Day No. 2 and his how tough flip turns are. Catch him talking about this blog today on Comcast SportsNet at 5 PM.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio will train with a swim club over the next few months and chronicle his journey as he attempts to transform from regular guy/sports reporter to competitive swimmer — everything from his waistline to his best times.
Washington Post reporter Paul Tenorio will train with a swim club over the next few months and chronicle his journey as he attempts to transform from regular guy/sports reporter to competitive swimmer — everything from his waistline to his best times.