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Thrashing Slug
December 13th, 2010, 11:20 PM
2010 is drawing to a close. We've all logged many hours of training time and hopefully met our goals for the year. Now is the time to start planning for next year. Many of us are always looking for ways to improve.

So... what are your New Years resolutions for 2011?

I have three:
- Get some video and post it here for critique
- Swim an entire Masters practice breathing only on my bad side
- Do a "pure" non-triathlon open water swim race

debaru
December 13th, 2010, 11:47 PM
My New Year's resolution is to continue showing up for my Masters workouts at least 4 days per week. :)

norascats
December 14th, 2010, 10:15 AM
Get up and get going. Get off the computer and go swimming.

gigi
December 14th, 2010, 10:22 AM
I love New Year's Resolutions!

1. Log 365 miles in GTD
2. Go under 3:00.00 for 200lcm back
3. Go under 1:30.0 for 100scy breast
4. Swim either the 1650 or the 1500 - I've never done either of these in a pool.*

* I mean in a meet in a pool...I've done both in practice, obviously!

orca1946
December 14th, 2010, 12:40 PM
To lose pounds for Nats
to do a 2K fly
to be nicer to others in my lane
to make sure my coach gets paid well
to go on more vacations

ekilleen
December 14th, 2010, 01:16 PM
To never use "5 more minutes of sleep" as an excuse to miss practice
To finally swim in a meet
To learn butterfly
To beat my 10 year old daughter in any sort of race even if I have to cheat

DPC
December 22nd, 2010, 04:16 PM
drop another 10 lbs
work the sdk more
go sub 59 in 100 back (scy)
have the courage to do either a 400IM or a 200 Fl in a meet
add another workout each week (pool or dry land)
leave work at work
2011 already.

rtodd
December 22nd, 2010, 06:03 PM
Gotta look up the old resolutions to see if I should cut and paste.

jim clemmons
December 22nd, 2010, 07:19 PM
So... what are your New Years resolutions for 2011?

- Swim an entire Masters practice breathing only on my bad side


It's not your "bad" side - it's only your "other" side! :chug:

Be aware of how you "speak" to yourself. You can create obstacles that have no need to be in place.

orca1946
December 23rd, 2010, 11:50 AM
To be more tolerant of swimmers in my lane that hit me with poor arm strokes !!

BR KnuckleDragger
December 23rd, 2010, 12:44 PM
Be a better husband and father!!!
More thankful for my many blessings!!!

Start (Finish) eating better and lose 10 lbs... (179 lbs)
go 29.9999 in my 50 BR scy
go 1:05 in my 100 BR
go 2:29 in my 200 BR

Merry Christmas and Happy New year!!!

2fish&1whale
December 23rd, 2010, 06:19 PM
to learn to apreciate what my body can do and not dwell on what it can't..

KEWebb18
December 23rd, 2010, 09:11 PM
Funny how the only resolutions I tend to set only deal with swimming.
(1) staying healthy
(2) going to practice when I'm healthy
(both are huge challenges for me!)

moodyrichardson
December 24th, 2010, 12:17 AM
1. Make myself swim a lot more sprint sets, so I can go faster!
2. Go to a meet and enter more than 2 events and 1 relay!
3. To listen more carefully to what my body is trying to tell me.

celticbass1
December 24th, 2010, 09:18 AM
1. Lose 20ish more pounds before the end of August.
2. Swim at least 10,000 yards every week.
3. Qualify for nationals in Breaststroke.
4. Win a medal at the World Police and Fire Games.

Sea Goon
December 25th, 2010, 06:03 PM
I've got a lot of goals (lose weight, improve this, improve that), but only two resolutions:

1. Rejoin my Masters team, and
2. Don't use work as an excuse to skip practice!

orca1946
December 26th, 2010, 06:38 PM
Chlorine is my perfume :D What a great line !

Rykno
December 27th, 2010, 01:57 AM
Resolutions

Eat healthier: too many times in 2010 I ate junk food for lunch because it was easier. to help me, my wife and I are going to plan meals for the week, almost guaranteeing (sp) that I have leftovers for lunch.

Swim through pain, but stop when something hurts. The last two years I have pushed my body to the point I couldn't swim for weeks after, this year I will attempt to back off before getting injured.

Goals
Swim 2k Fly at Swedish Nationals (first time since 1987 (??) New Englands)
500 miles on the GTD challange (16,675m/week average)

To swim under :33, 1:13 and 2:40 scm breast distances

To swim all my LCM races faster than I did at the 2010 Worlds, which were a big dissappointment due to summer swimming injuries.

compete in my first ever 1500scm and swim under 20:00

mjtyson
December 27th, 2010, 07:57 AM
Thanks for great ideas!
1) 240 miles minimum in GTD 2011
2) Swim straighter in my next OW race
3) Complete an OW 10K
4) Do all five USMS postals

Jeanne
December 27th, 2010, 08:47 AM
Swim each practice full on- not to hold anything back worrying that I might not finish the sets.

shahboz
December 27th, 2010, 09:43 AM
Make Grand Prix cuts

jethro
December 29th, 2010, 05:06 PM
Reach the 500-mile milestone on my FLOG. This year I made it to 489.23 miles. Sooo close.

Be more disciplined with my workouts. Less talking, more swimming, especially sprints!

Lose 10 pounds. My resolution would have been to lose 5, but thanks to overeating and underexercising the last few weeks, that's changed.

Swim an OW event.

chaos
December 29th, 2010, 08:20 PM
at least one >24hr ow swim

Viva O Fear
December 29th, 2010, 09:32 PM
Flog 150-200 miles, swim in meets, ocean races, and swim the San Diego coastline 70 miles in segments with RC and others,

That Guy
December 29th, 2010, 09:32 PM
Break LMSC records in the 200 SCM fly and 200 LCM fly. 2011 will be my 4th year in my age group. Time is running out. :cane:

jaadams1
December 29th, 2010, 10:12 PM
Swim 365.25 miles during the year (this may be tough considering I probably won't swim much from the end of May until the start of September for work issues...:bouncing:)

Break 5:00 in the 500 Free, 4:30 in 400 IM, 2:05 in 200 Fly (SCY)
Attend one SCM Champs meet somewhere other than the NW. (travel far depending on $$$/family)

Bobinator
December 29th, 2010, 10:26 PM
1. To become more mindful and practice it on a minute-by-minute basis.
2. Eat more protein and less carbs.
3. Become stronger (physically and mentally).

Queen
December 30th, 2010, 04:14 PM
My goals are a bit more tame than many of yours, but I'm working on it.

1. Swim two mornings per week for 30 minutes (all I can do between pool opening time and getting to work).

2. Swim one evening per week for an hour.

3. Dial in my nutrition, work on dropping pounds.

4. Lift weights twice per week.

I gotta say, getting back in the water this past year is like a drug, my pool is closed right now until 1/8/11 and I'm jonesing like a crack head to get back in the water!

Thrashing Slug
December 30th, 2010, 04:32 PM
It's not your "bad" side - it's only your "other" side! :chug:

Be aware of how you "speak" to yourself. You can create obstacles that have no need to be in place.

Thanks, Jim. Good advice. The way you choose to perceive things does make a difference. I've made a lot of improvements to my Other side stroke in the past few months, mainly because I've been choosing to breathe there a lot more frequently. I'm starting to feel stronger on that side, more symmetrical, and more evenly fatigued. Also little or no shoulder pain, which is somewhat paradoxical since that's the shoulder that tends to get sore.

Often when I catch myself reverting back to old habits and breathing mostly to the right, I switch to left side only, lengthen out my stroke, and tell myself that it's an opportunity to stretch out and rest by using different muscles. Sometimes it even works :D

evilwatersprite
December 30th, 2010, 05:37 PM
Get over my phobia of hurting during sets.

This includes:

1. Swimming race-pace sets at actual race pace.

2. Throwing some more leg into freestyle sets. The ironic part is that I'm actually a pretty strong kicker.

3. Finding some happy middle ground between not breathing into the wall and still being able to SDK 10 yards off each wall.

On the bright side, I've logged 22,000 yards in 5 swims (1.5 - 2 hours per session) while visiting my parents. So at least I won't die when I get back to practice!

ourswimmer
December 30th, 2010, 05:43 PM
Often when I catch myself reverting back to old habits and breathing mostly to the right, I switch to left side only, lengthen out my stroke, and tell myself that it's an opportunity to stretch out and rest by using different muscles. Sometimes it even works :D

The two sides may never feel the same, but you could end up being faster breathing to the "other" side. I am.

Couroboros
December 31st, 2010, 02:15 AM
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