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  1. tripswim's Avatar
    whose walls leave something to be desired

    (yale vs davidson)
  2. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    H.A.S. = hands at side?
    Hey!
    Amazing!
    Super!

    Correct!
  3. __steve__'s Avatar
    H.A.S. = hands at side?
  4. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tripswim
    update from teammate Trip in Baja peninsula satellite training camp

    yesterday

    AM

    30 minute walk on beach, 20 minute jog back
    20 minute ocean swim
    swam with the dolphins (not the club team)
    skin pigmentation
    PINK
    PINK
    ROJO

    PM
    sc meters
    10 x 2 on 10 sec rest

    Today

    Michael Andrews day (yes that Michael Andrews)
    in adult pool 86 degrees of separation
    20 x 30 meters up tempo on 15 sec rest (work on break outs and going broke in Cabos)
    excuse me sir, but this is MY blog. You are retired now and have the time on your hands to write your own blog.

    also donít forget to bring me a bottle
    of tequila. Or mezcal. Or both.
    Updated January 18th, 2020 at 10:49 PM by Calvin S
  5. tripswim's Avatar
    update from teammate Trip in Baja peninsula satellite training camp

    yesterday

    AM

    30 minute walk on beach, 20 minute jog back
    20 minute ocean swim
    swam with the dolphins (not the club team)
    skin pigmentation
    PINK
    PINK
    ROJO

    PM
    sc meters
    10 x 2 on 10 sec rest

    Today

    Michael Andrews day (yes that Michael Andrews)
    in adult pool 86 degrees of separation
    20 x 30 meters up tempo on 15 sec rest (work on break outs and going broke in Cabos)
  6. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Why is it called Ervin?
    Short back story:

    Doug Martin's (yes that Doug Martin of numerous sprint USMS National/World Records) son got Anthony Ervin to come to Little Rock for Doug's birthday a couple years ago (like literally I am told he walked up to Doug's door, rang the doorbell, and was standing there wearing his Olympic medals). It was sort of a weekend festival that got all the swimming community of Little Rock involved. He did a couple clinics (some public, some private), he came and spoke to the UALR college team (that was my last year coaching them). Anyways, I am fairly certain "Ervin" was a set of drills he said he does during practice or before racing or something (I wasn't actually there for the clinic), and to give credit where credit was due, and so the swimmers would always know what set the coaches were talking about, they designated it "Ervin."
  7. __steve__'s Avatar
    Why is it called Ervin?
  8. Karl_S's Avatar
    "These go to '11'."
    Classic line from a classic film!
  9. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Have you seen the mockumentary 80ís movie This is Spinal Tap? Their amps volume dials went up to 11
    "Why don't you just make '10' louder and make '10' be the top number and make that a little louder?"
    ...
    ...
    "These go to '11'."

    Yeah seen them all. This is Spinal Tap, Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, and A Mighty Wind.
  10. __steve__'s Avatar
    Have you seen the mockumentary 80ís movie This is Spinal Tap? Their amps volume dials went up to 11
  11. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DanSad
    Calvin, can you breakdown the different steps of "Progressive Freestyle"? thanks
    #1 - fist drill
    #2 - tennis balls
    #3 - upside down paddles (have occasionally substituted Finis strapless paddles (SP) here, but prefer the upside down paddle because it really helps me feel that forearm catch, which the first two 50s are over-emphasizing)
    #4 - swim (although I have recently started doing #4 with Finis strapless fingertip paddles, to help refocus my entry and first part of the catch before the forearm gets involved).

    I use a SNKL so that I can keep my head position perfect and not concern myself with turning to breathe. I also do 4 FL kicks off every wall and count my strokes, focusing on how the number decreases over the course of the 4 50s. When I have been at my best, I am usually something like 12-13 strokes on #1, 11-12 on #2, 8-9 on #3, and 9-10 on #4.
  12. DanSad's Avatar
    Calvin, can you breakdown the different steps of "Progressive Freestyle"? thanks
  13. tripswim's Avatar
    maverick's re-engaging sir!!!!!


    welcome back man
  14. Karl_S's Avatar
    Brilliance exists on the edge of insanity.
  15. __steve__'s Avatar
    and dang impressive
  16. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Wow, that's some brave splitting there!
    Yeah, sometimes, you just gotta go for it.
  17. JPEnge's Avatar
    Wow, that's some brave splitting there!
  18. Calvin S's Avatar
    thanks guys!
  19. rxleakem's Avatar
    Great meet Calvin!
  20. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Years ago (when I first started swimming with USMS teams), I probably would have agreed with that Y definition. Not sure if it is that there isn't as much of a gap between those who swam in college and myself, or that I'm just getting over it...but I think that's rather silly. The fastest person should win.

    That isn't to say I wouldn't be opposed to having a, "beginner," meet (or whatever you want to call it), that essentially is geared for first-timers. When I did the local LCM meet a few weeks ago I was surprised to see a few guys swimming in board shorts, at a meet. After being at nationals, where it seemed everyone wore high-tech gear, it was quite a change.
    To me amateur means I never received payment for my performances. I mean, how can the YMCA say I am not an amateur having competed for a college team, when we publicly uphold the righteousness and purity of the NCAA athlete as an amateur who cannot receive anything for their performances? I am lumping everyone into that "we". I won't even begin to crack open the can of worms that is "should college athletes get paid" on my blog comment section. But yeah, if NCAA athletes are supposed to already be amateurs, then why does the YMCA consider collegiate swimming participation to be a forfeiture of said status?

    I am sure someone in some board room can tell me their reason why. But I also try to frame it as sports karma. I spent 5 summers (one after each year of college and then the following summer after living at home for a year) dominating the breaststrokes in my local YMCA league. I know I chafed a lot of people, especially by doing things like cruising/not shaving for prelims and then bringing my A game to finals. I am pretty sure that locally my actions have at least a little to do with the strict upholding of this amateur rule, and I am 100% sure you could call the rule that says collegiate (read the "non amateurs") swimmers at out league championship are automatically scratched from finals the "Calvin Rule."
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