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  1. tripswim's Avatar
    good job. faster tomorrow.

    omahog
  2. aztimm's Avatar
    Glad to hear that you at least got in some swimming!
    I did a short cruise (I think 3 days) about 13 years ago, and the pool on the ship was a joke. I resigned myself to just using the treadmill on the ship.
    Your description of swimming over the ray remind me of when I swam/snorkled the Great Barrier reef last Oct.
  3. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tripswim
    all of your devoted blog readers (both of us) were concerned by your frivolous behavior prior to your two events on Sunday. it makes us question the sincerety of your pursuits.
  4. tripswim's Avatar
    all of your devoted blog readers (both of us) were concerned by your frivolous behavior prior to your two events on Sunday. it makes us question the sincerety of your pursuits.
  5. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tripswim
    having me as a training partner is finally starting to pay some big dividends.
    Be sure to ice your back. You pulled it carrying me.
  6. tripswim's Avatar
    having me as a training partner is finally starting to pay some big dividends.
  7. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    You going to the Caleb Dressel Clinic I keep seeing advertised on Facebook?
    I am not on FaceSpace or MyBook, so haven't seen the advertisements. However, I did get to listen to the voicemail he left as a "Hey guys, guess what, I am coming to Little Rock!" a while back, so I knew this was in the pipeline.

    I am not going. Forgive me for saying this, but I am just not really that interested, and by that I mean not 120.00 a ticket interested (despite the fact that I know it isn't some money grab, being a professional swimmer is a tough gig and this is a great way to make money. I realize the profits are going to a good cause!).

    I also don't feel like rubbing elbows with the club team for face time with Dressel. In the past few years the club team has left a sour taste in my mouth and I am not really interested in hanging out with the senior level kids for their clinic. If he was offering a masters only clinic (Anthony Ervin did that a few years ago), then I might think about going!
  8. JPEnge's Avatar
    You going to the Caleb Dressel Clinic I keep seeing advertised on Facebook?
  9. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    Sorry, the constructive criticism box is closed.

    (Just kidding)

    I can try to capture some underwater video, but part of the problem is I just can't seem to blend the strong pull/catch of my longer distances (200 and up) with the extreme hand speed I can generate on the short distances (mainly 50s). It is why I was always better at the 200 FL/200 BR. For instance, my best time in the 100 BR was 59.8. That same meet, I took my 200 BR out in finals in 1:00.7. Meshing the two aspects of the strokes as always been my Achilles heel!
    I know what you mean about the weird splitting. I've had a similar issue with my breaststroke - at Masters Nats last year I did the 50 in 27.4 and took out my 100 in 27.1. At Sectionals this year it was 26.7 for the 50 and 27.1 for the 100 so not quite as drastic but still not close. But I'm guessing most of that is that my pullout is 2/3 of the 50/front half of 100 and it's basically the same for each race.
  10. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    If you're open to some constructive criticism, and can get an underwater video, I can certainly try to help. I have the opposite problem, I just can't get my handspeed up even when sprinting. That's why I've skewed toward working my underwaters so much, because that's the only place I can really get the acceleration to get up to sprint speeds.
    Sorry, the constructive criticism box is closed.

    (Just kidding)

    I can try to capture some underwater video, but part of the problem is I just can't seem to blend the strong pull/catch of my longer distances (200 and up) with the extreme hand speed I can generate on the short distances (mainly 50s). It is why I was always better at the 200 FL/200 BR. For instance, my best time in the 100 BR was 59.8. That same meet, I took my 200 BR out in finals in 1:00.7. Meshing the two aspects of the strokes as always been my Achilles heel!
  11. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    Thanks, Jeff. Now if I could only find a way to grab more water!
    If you're open to some constructive criticism, and can get an underwater video, I can certainly try to help. I have the opposite problem, I just can't get my handspeed up even when sprinting. That's why I've skewed toward working my underwaters so much, because that's the only place I can really get the acceleration to get up to sprint speeds.
  12. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Nice relay! Your stroke rate is impressive. So was your breaststroker's - 9 strokes on the back half!
    Thanks, Jeff. Now if I could only find a way to grab more water!
    Updated April 19th, 2019 at 06:16 PM by Calvin S
  13. JPEnge's Avatar
    Nice relay! Your stroke rate is impressive. So was your breaststroker's - 9 strokes on the back half!
  14. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Yeah, he pulled out a 43-something, didn't he? Him and Nick McCarthy got REALLY good for Drury.
    Yeah they did. Nick has a couple pool records on relays. Pretty sure their 200 MR record he split like 19.1 with the most insane fast relay start I had ever seen ( I was standing level with blocks on the side of the pool so I had the perfect view). And yeah the record is 43.93 from Sam.
  15. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    And then Sam Olson gave up backstroke to become a sprint flyer in college...who knew?

    You know he has the pool record at UALR for the 100 FR?
    Yeah, he pulled out a 43-something, didn't he? Him and Nick McCarthy got REALLY good for Drury.
  16. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    His backstroke was so naturally smooth. I bet it'll come back to him fast if he wants to get back in.

    I just remember at Sectionals prelims of the 200 back, I was in lane 4 and Ravi and Sam Olsen were in 1 and 8. The guy in lane 5 walked over and sniggered and said "hey, look at that tiny guy in lane 1!" and I told him he was my teammate and would probably beat him. And then he said "hey, look at that scrawny guy in lane 8!" and I told him he was also my teammate and would probably beat him. And sure enough, they did.
    And then Sam Olson gave up backstroke to become a sprint flyer in college...who knew?

    You know he has the pool record at UALR for the 100 FR?
  17. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    haha, yeah "little Ravi" who was still 1:47 in the 200 BK! He said it was his first time back in the water in several months. He was training for the Little Rock Marathon last time I had seen him. He is back in LR for medical school. I told him he looked good in the water, but he was definitely a little out of swimming shape!
    His backstroke was so naturally smooth. I bet it'll come back to him fast if he wants to get back in.

    I just remember at Sectionals prelims of the 200 back, I was in lane 4 and Ravi and Sam Olsen were in 1 and 8. The guy in lane 5 walked over and sniggered and said "hey, look at that tiny guy in lane 1!" and I told him he was my teammate and would probably beat him. And then he said "hey, look at that scrawny guy in lane 8!" and I told him he was also my teammate and would probably beat him. And sure enough, they did.
  18. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Haha, I remember little Ravi!
    haha, yeah "little Ravi" who was still 1:47 in the 200 BK! He said it was his first time back in the water in several months. He was training for the Little Rock Marathon last time I had seen him. He is back in LR for medical school. I told him he looked good in the water, but he was definitely a little out of swimming shape!
  19. JPEnge's Avatar
    Haha, I remember little Ravi!
  20. tripswim's Avatar
    I think what young Calvin means is that the consistency and degree of difficulty in Trip's workouts leads to breaking records.
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