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  1. Karl_S's Avatar
    "These go to '11'."
    Classic line from a classic film!
  2. 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.
  3. __steve__'s Avatar
    Have you seen the mockumentary 80ís movie This is Spinal Tap? Their amps volume dials went up to 11
  4. 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.
  5. DanSad's Avatar
    Calvin, can you breakdown the different steps of "Progressive Freestyle"? thanks
  6. tripswim's Avatar
    maverick's re-engaging sir!!!!!


    welcome back man
  7. Karl_S's Avatar
    Brilliance exists on the edge of insanity.
  8. __steve__'s Avatar
    and dang impressive
  9. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Wow, that's some brave splitting there!
    Yeah, sometimes, you just gotta go for it.
  10. JPEnge's Avatar
    Wow, that's some brave splitting there!
  11. Calvin S's Avatar
    thanks guys!
  12. rxleakem's Avatar
    Great meet Calvin!
  13. 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."
  14. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    Means I cannot score. YMCA has a very narrow definition of "amateur." According to them, once you receive anything for swimming, you lose that status. So even though I was a non scholarship athlete, the fact that my college team covered costs such as hotel/travel for away meets and conference means I am not an amateur. I don't agree with it, but it is what it is.
    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.
  15. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Thatís a nice fly Calvin!
  16. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    What's this "exhibition" restriction? Register too late?
    Oh well, trust me, the other swimmers know they got beat.
    Means I cannot score. YMCA has a very narrow definition of "amateur." According to them, once you receive anything for swimming, you lose that status. So even though I was a non scholarship athlete, the fact that my college team covered costs such as hotel/travel for away meets and conference means I am not an amateur. I don't agree with it, but it is what it is.
  17. Karl_S's Avatar
    What's this "exhibition" restriction? Register too late?
    Oh well, trust me, the other swimmers know they got beat.
  18. tripswim's Avatar
    good job. faster tomorrow.

    omahog
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
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