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  1. flystorms's Avatar
    Congratulations! Great job!
  2. 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!
  3. 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.
  4. 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
  5. BrendaL's Avatar
    Congrats on the new job! I hope the sell and the move goes smoothly!
  6. __steve__'s Avatar
    Looks as if a very positive type of stress is coming your way. Good luck throughout!
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Congrats on the job. Great university with great programs. A number of people I work with are Baylor grads and they rave about it. Welcome back to the Lone Star state.

    Looking forward to to hearing how the move and transition goes.
  8. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Which resort in Tucson were you at? It kind of looks like Loews Ventana Canyon, but they all start to look the same after a while

    You should have given one of us a shout, as there are some decent training pools in the area (if you have a vehicle and time to get away, of course).

    Great job at the meet!
    It is interesting following your training, as you seem similar to how I was when I started swimming masters. And I did about the exact same thing for my very first event at a meet--the 200 free, but it was LCM. My coach told me afterwards that I had a decent 100 (only the 2nd 100 wasn't so good).
    We were at the Wyndham Westward Look. I really only had time to get in one swim (and that's 'cuz the pool was right there!), which was fine because I was sort of using last week as a recovery week anyway. Hit the reset button.

    And, yeah, no trouble pacing a 50 or a 1650, but everything in between is still a complete mystery where freestyle is concerned. Even my 100 was split 31+/35+. If it had been 6" longer I would have lost the heat to my teammate.
  9. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Weights slow me down and ruin my form while training, but on race day I'm much faster
    After this week I've decided to swim BEFORE the weight training and not after... it really does slow you down and mess with your form to swim right after drylands.
  10. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    That's a better pool than most resorts offer; next time you're in Tucson, you have to try to either swim at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center or down with Ford Masters at the U of A.
    Yeah, the up-side to this resort and conference venue was the spectacular setting, but the downside was that it was pretty isolated out there in the Catalina Foothills, and without a car we were pretty much trapped on the resort. I would have liked to have been downtown and closer to things by walking or public transportation... that's how I usually find a university pool or YMCA.
  11. aztimm's Avatar
    Which resort in Tucson were you at? It kind of looks like Loews Ventana Canyon, but they all start to look the same after a while

    You should have given one of us a shout, as there are some decent training pools in the area (if you have a vehicle and time to get away, of course).

    Great job at the meet!
    It is interesting following your training, as you seem similar to how I was when I started swimming masters. And I did about the exact same thing for my very first event at a meet--the 200 free, but it was LCM. My coach told me afterwards that I had a decent 100 (only the 2nd 100 wasn't so good).
  12. __steve__'s Avatar
    Weights slow me down and ruin my form while training, but on race day I'm much faster
  13. pwb's Avatar
    That's a better pool than most resorts offer; next time you're in Tucson, you have to try to either swim at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center or down with Ford Masters at the U of A.
  14. mcnair's Avatar
    Not sure why, but the photo of the start is not up-loading. Maybe I'll try to upload it tomorrow.
  15. mcnair's Avatar
    Thanks for the encouragement, guys, I feel a little bit better about it today... having survived the workout at all. I like the idea of longer active recovery between sets. Another thought I had, if it looks like I'm just having a bad day at some point in the future, was to shorten the rep distance. i.e., if it looks like I'm swimming slower than race pace in 50s on 1:00, maybe do the last couple of 50s as 2 x 25 on :30 to see if I can't stay closer to race pace.

    I think my swimming is actually better than it was last year at this time... I can swim each of the strokes a little faster... but since my conditioning is not where I was then, I just can't hold that faster pace for as long.
  16. __steve__'s Avatar
    Slow - twitch

    Slow is (4IM) also a relative (2bk, fl, br, fr) term. You haven't seen slow until the day I'm witnessed swimming these
    Updated March 7th, 2014 at 11:39 AM by __steve__
  17. Karl_S's Avatar
    Suggestion: Do more active recovery between the broken 200s.
    4x50@200 pace on ~:10 RI is demanding and requires recovery
    to produce strong efforts. For example, I did this set yesterday:

    3x[
    4x50 bk/:45@200 pace + 200 AR/4]
    2x[
    4x50 fr/:45@200 pace + 200 AR/4]

    (The 45s interval gives me ~10s rest.) Even then, I wasn't anywhere close to 200 pace by the last 1.5 broken 200s.

    Also, Stewart is right, it's just a lousy practice, nothing else.I think sometimes that those lousy practices actually contribute a lot to making us better, but I sure don't like to suffer them!
    Updated March 7th, 2014 at 01:27 PM by Karl_S
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Don't beat yourself up. We all have bad practices and this does not make you a bad swimmer. Swimming is a funny sport in that one day you can feel awesome andfaithsext like complete dodo. Don't get down on yourself. You had a great meet last week so you know you are not a bad swimmer, keep the faith my friend. Also don't over analyze it, it was just a bad practice.
  19. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    My parents are in the process of selling my childhood home and even though it's been a long time since I've spent any period of time there and I don't have any friends left in the area it makes me surprisingly sad. It's a lot easier to keep in touch with faraway friends thanks to Facebook, though.
    Yeah, my folks moved into a new home right before we moved to WI fourteen years ago, and I remember the first time we went back and stayed with them; I was like "yeah, this doesn't feel like home yet." It took a few years before their "new" place felt normal to me.
  20. ekw's Avatar
    My parents are in the process of selling my childhood home and even though it's been a long time since I've spent any period of time there and I don't have any friends left in the area it makes me surprisingly sad. It's a lot easier to keep in touch with faraway friends thanks to Facebook, though.
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