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  1. Sojerz's Avatar
    QUOTE=mcnair;bt116303]Yeah, I have the same trepidation about the mini-pace clocks... but you could time yourself in the locker-room shower afterwards... interval shampooing and conditioning![/QUOTE]

  2. mcnair's Avatar
    Yeah, I have the same trepidation about the mini-pace clocks... but you could time yourself in the locker-room shower afterwards... interval shampooing and conditioning!
  3. Sojerz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mcnair
    That's a good tip. I keep track of my own splits mentally (assuming I can see them!), so I would just need to watch the clock to leave on the right intervals and keep track of how many intervals I've done on the longer sets... so 8 x 100 on 2:00 (or 16 x 50 on 1:00) means I'm finishing the set at 16:00 and trying to remember more or less my average split.

    I thought about one of those watches that keep track of yardage too, but I also wonder how it would affect my stroke... having this thing on my wrist. I guess folks do it all the time, so the effects are probably minimal. My other option is just to buy a small pace clock and set it up at the end of the lane.
    I bought one of those swimovate watches a few years back - it counts laps, strokes, takes splits etc., and uploads through a pod to their software onto you computer. It doesn't work real well with the strokes other than free, but was ok, the biggest problem I had was the size of the face digits - they are too small for me to read without glasses on. the watch doesn't materially impact your swimming - I raced with it on last week (just forgetting to take it off. The Timex watch was great in OW courses, keeping track of my lap times. I thought about the portable pace clocks - there is a mini-size pace clock and also one that sits on the bottom of the pool, but wasn't sure I really wanted to lug one around with all the other pool toys.
  4. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Alex, I bought a relatively inexpensive Timex "Ironman Triathlon" watch (about $40) and use that at pools with no pace clock. It's been working for over a year now, seems to keep good time, has a large enough face to read, and it's relatively simple to take splits. Not a lot of memory for splits (think it saves about 10 or so).
    That's a good tip. I keep track of my own splits mentally (assuming I can see them!), so I would just need to watch the clock to leave on the right intervals and keep track of how many intervals I've done on the longer sets... so 8 x 100 on 2:00 (or 16 x 50 on 1:00) means I'm finishing the set at 16:00 and trying to remember more or less my average split.

    I thought about one of those watches that keep track of yardage too, but I also wonder how it would affect my stroke... having this thing on my wrist. I guess folks do it all the time, so the effects are probably minimal. My other option is just to buy a small pace clock and set it up at the end of the lane.
  5. Sojerz's Avatar
    Alex, I bought a relatively inexpensive Timex "Ironman Triathlon" watch (about $40) and use that at pools with no pace clock. It's been working for over a year now, seems to keep good time, has a large enough face to read, and it's relatively simple to take splits. Not a lot of memory for splits (think it saves about 10 or so).
  6. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Welcome back Alex and I am glad your getting on top of life again after the move. Remember Spring Nationals are in San Antonio at the end of April and it would be great to see you there
    Thanks, Stewart, I'm going to try to do the 100-200 bk, maybe the 1000 free, in San Antonio (as long as I don't need an NQT!). I think there's a DAM meet coming up later this spring that would be pretty easy to get to, I'll double check the schedule on that.
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Welcome back Alex and I am glad your getting on top of life again after the move. Remember Spring Nationals are in San Antonio at the end of April and it would be great to see you there
  8. mcnair's Avatar
    That's what I keep reminding myself.
  9. pwb's Avatar
    Just go with the ebb right now in your training and be cool with it. You'll get into a good flow once life settles down.
  10. mcnair's Avatar
    Thanks, guys, it's good to be back and hopefully I'll get to the area meets before long. I'm probably not going to have much in the tank for the scm season... my yardage is way down and training spotty to say the least. Hopefully I'll be a little more settled for the spring SCY season. Meanwhile, just enjoying being back in Central Tx!

    And, yeah, we've seen "fixer-upper" with Chip and Jo-Jo... we're trying to score an episode, but some of those houses are SCARY!
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Welcome back to Texas Alex. Baylor is a great school and a great location as you mentioned. There will be a few scm meets this fall in Dallas and Houston you could check out if you are interested. In November DAM has it's annual scm meet at Baylor hospital pool in Dallas and WMST have there 2 day meet at the Woodlands. Both are great events. It will be good to meet in person at one of these or even in the spring if the timing does not work this fall. Once again welcome home Alex.
  12. fdtotten's Avatar
    Alex, I hope you continue to be well. A big move like what you did is always a major transition and takes time to rebuild your lifestyle according to the new location. I watch a TV/Cable show called HGTV Fixer Upper hosted by Chip & Joanna Gaines of Magnolia Homes located in Waco TX, which looks like a very nice family oriented town.
  13. mcnair's Avatar
    I'm living just outside of Waco, TX! And working at Baylor University... nice location, far enough away from the big-city traffic of Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin, but close enough (1.5 hours) to each when we want to see our extended families.

    P.s. Love the job! This is an awesome place to work.
  14. rxleakem's Avatar
    I'm happy the move is progressing and that you are settling in.
  15. Sojerz's Avatar
    Where are you now Alex? Seems like a plan.
  16. flystorms's Avatar
    Congratulations! Great job!
  17. ekw's Avatar
    Congrats - I don't envy the move but it's awesome you don't have to go through the tenure process again!
  18. mcnair's Avatar
    Thanks for all the support, guys (or do I have to start using "y'all" again?). Time is flying by and I always think I'll never get everything done in time... but somehow it all comes together.
  19. Sojerz's Avatar
    Hope the new job and move go well Alex - sounds like an exciting great spot at Baylor for you, especially since things weren't going well. The residual pain from this past recession is still with us and landing on your feet is great. Swim when you can
  20. BrendaL's Avatar
    Congrats on the new job! I hope the sell and the move goes smoothly!
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