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  1. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem
    Sounds like a great day of swimming despite the goggle issues. Glad that your son was able to help out...I cherish any excuse for a visit these days.
    Yeah, it was a great day. Bribery works well with the college-age crowd, but I'll take it!
  2. rxleakem's Avatar
    Sounds like a great day of swimming despite the goggle issues. Glad that your son was able to help out...I cherish any excuse for a visit these days.
  3. mcnair's Avatar
    I have seen some vanquisher mirrored versions for women if I remember correctly, but yeah, I just need to go on line... excuse to get some other swim stuff too!
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Alex, thanks again for coming up to Dallas and it was great meeting you and your son; you have a lot to be proud of, he is a great young man counting for his father.

    On the goggle front I too use vanquisher goggles since they are reasonably priced and have my prescription in the optical goggles. My only real complaint is that they don't offer a mirror option which would be ideal for swimming backstroke at outdoor meets. Swimoutlet.com usually offers them at great prices.

    See you at the next meet.
  5. mcnair's Avatar
    Yeah! Looking forward to it. I'll be there on Sunday with one of my all-time favorite lap counters... swinging by UT-Dallas to pick up Anthony, my middle son.
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Alex I saw you entered the Rockwall meet. It will be great to meet you. The meet should be a lot of fun. See you at the weekend.
  7. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Interesting workout and thoughts behind it. How did you feel afterwards?
    Pretty good. Not a lot of lactic acid build up, as is usually the case with the short rests; but being at a pace that is a lot quicker has different effects, we'll see how sore I am tomorrow.
    I think I just needed a mental break more than anything, though it would be interesting to see if I could get to the goal pace by swimming the goal pace first, then adding distance and cutting rests... instead of always trying to swim distances on short rests and hoping that the pace gets faster.
  8. flystorms's Avatar
    Interesting workout and thoughts behind it. How did you feel afterwards?
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mcnair
    Yeah, I'll try to make it... you'll probably be in the heat with the 16:00 seed times! I'll be in the heat with the 45:00 seed times; no maybe not. I'll probably put 27:00 down just because I feel so out of shape. What do you think?
    Dont worry about times. Come and have fun. The 1500m is the last event of the meet and hopefully there will be a fair number of people entered.
  10. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Alex, it would be great to meet you in person at our meet in Rockwall. I too plan on swimming the 1500. I hope you decide to come, it will be fun!
    Yeah, I'll try to make it... you'll probably be in the heat with the 16:00 seed times! I'll be in the heat with the 45:00 seed times; no maybe not. I'll probably put 27:00 down just because I feel so out of shape. What do you think?
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Alex, it would be great to meet you in person at our meet in Rockwall. I too plan on swimming the 1500. I hope you decide to come, it will be fun!
  12. 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]

  13. 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!
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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).
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. mcnair's Avatar
    That's what I keep reminding myself.
  20. 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.
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