A Thanksgiving Swimming Feast Before the Thanksgiving Meal

by Dean Ottati 37

November 23rd, 2016 News, Training

One of the great joys of being a member of the Walnut Creek Masters swim team is participating in the annual Thanksgiving Day practice.

It is the gathering of our swimming tribe before the gathering of family, where team members of all ages and abilities from five different daily practice times, come together to share a workout.

It is a swimming feast before the big Thanksgiving meal, where those sharing a lane select their practice from a menu of choices – Shall we do the light meat or dark meat set?  Succotash or yams?  Pumpkin pie or pie with “whuppin”cream?  And after all that, the meal that follows, along with that second helping, come guilt free – But until then, there is a great deal of talk during workout about just how amazing that second meal is going to taste.

It is a time to be Thankful. Grateful for the good health to live the swimmer’s life, appreciative of our extended swimming family, and privileged to have known for almost 35 years the great spirit that brings it all together: Walnut Creek Masters Head Coach – Kerry O’brien.  He is truly the best at what he does.

“Whether it be a Thanksgiving meal or a Thanksgiving practice, the concept is the same: Surround yourself with good people that matter to you, and live into your thankfulness.” – Kerry O’Brien

Despite the 33 degree start time temperature, over 120 masters, ranging in age from 18 to 76, came out to join the celebration this morning.  A special shout out to the young purple cow home from college for the first time — Your dad is so thankful that this is a tradition that the two of you can still share together. Happy Thanksgiving all!

A copy of the practice menu follows.

A PRACTICE TO FEAST ON!
WARM UP: S-300 K-200 P-200
*** IF YOU ARE COUNTING CALORIES (YARDS), TAKE SMALLER SERVINGS TO SAVE ROOM FOR PIE!
SET 1: PICK YOUR VEGGIE
SUCCOTASH (A MIXTURE OF STROKES) or YAMS
SWIM 10 X ( 25 – 25 – 50 ) SWIM 8 X ( 75 + 50 )
– ALL ON MODERTAE INTERVALS – ALL FREE
– 25’s ARE OF DIFFERENT NON-FREE – 75’s @ +5 INTERVAL
STROKES – 50’s @ +10 INTERVAL
– 50 IS YOUR CHOICE – DESCEND LAST THREE 50’s
(1,000 YARDS) (1,000 YARDS)
SET II: CHOOSE YOUR MEAT (3 CHOICES)
WHITE or DARK or THE “TURDUCKEN”
SWIM 10 X ( 25 – 50 – 75 ) SWIM 6 X ( 100 – 100 – 50 ) (PART TURKEY – PART DUCK – PART CHICKEN)
– ALL @ ASCENDING AND DESCENDING – 1st 100 @ FPSO SWIM 10 X ( 25 – 50 – 75)
INTERVALS – 2nd 100 @ FPSO +10 – ALL @ MODERATE INTERVALS
– ODD ROUNDS @ EZ – MOD – FAST INT’s. – 50 IS EZ @ EZ INTERVAL – WITHIN EACH ROUND, EACH DISTANCE IS A
– EVEN ROUNDS @ FAST – MOD – EZ INT’s ***1st 3 ROUNDS, DESCEND DIFFERENT STROKE
100’s @ FPSO 100’s @ FPSO – YOU MAY CHANGE STROKES FROM ROUND
*** LAST 3 ROUNDS, DESCEND *** LAST 3 ROUNDS, DESCEND TO ROUND
100’s @ +10 INT. 100’s @ +10 INT. – 25’s ARE ALWAYS SPRINTS
(1,500 YARDS) (1,500 YARDS) (1,500 YARDS) (1,500 YARDS)
SET III: THE STUFFING
25 – DOLPHIN KICK UNDER H2O ON YOUR BACK, THEN KICK ON BACK YOUR CHOICE
50 – 50 DRILL/SWIM: YOUR CHOICE OF STROKES
*** REPEAT 8X
(600 YARDS)
SET IV: DESSERT
PUMPKIN PIE or PUMPKIN PIE WITH “WHUPPIN CREAM”:
24 x 25: 3 @ FAST INT. / 2 @ MOD. /1 @ EZ 24 x 25: 3 @ FAST INT. / 2 @ MOD. /1 @ EZ
ANY 12 ARE BUTTERFLY OR HYPOXIC FREE
TOTAL: 4,200 YARDS

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Kerry O'Brien

Great Job, Dean. I appreciate your comments, like I have appreciated your friendship theses many many years. Great to have Zach in the water with us.

Truly a one-of-a-kind coach and team. So bummed I couldn’t be there. Happy Thanksgiving all!

As a long time (actually charter member) of this great Walnut Creek Masters family, I have always treasured our team’s holiday traditions, and our Thanksgiving Feast before the Feast signals the beginning of several! This year, Coaches Kerry and Steve hosted the fun. All of our coaches will have their turn for our “Days of Xmas” workouts, and our holiday season culminates with another wonderful tradition – our New Year’s “Whatever” workout! I am truly thankful for the friendships and community of our WCM family. Thank you, Dean, for sharing our love with the larger swimming world, and thank you, Kerry, for the bedrock you provide. Happy holidays, everyone!

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About Dean Ottati

At various time in his life, Dean has been a summer rec swimmer, an AAU swimmer (yes, he is that old), a swim coach, a swim team director (social suicide through volunteerism), a meet director, a starter, an official, and just about everything else a swimmer/parent can be.  He currently …

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