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  1. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    How is your rehab going? Shoulder better?
    I am back in the water on a limited schedule, but progressing well. I'm taking it slowly with no plans to even consider competing before the fall.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    Leslie, you are leaving a big void in Masters swimming, beyond your prowess in the pool and many world records. You were an informed source on training, technique, suits, nutrition, drylands, tapers, and many other subjects. When friends of mine ask for sprint workouts, I refer them to your HIT blog. Thanks for all that and I hope to see you back in the pool and on the forums someday. 55 is still young in Masters swimming.
    Thanks Doug. Means a lot. The thought of starting from scratch is a bit daunting. But you never know ... Congrats on you #1s in the 50 frees!
    Updated March 29th, 2017 at 12:36 PM by The Fortress
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Oh, Leslie, this was not what I wanted to read. Swimming will always be there for you and we all hope that your treatment is successful and brings you back to the sport.
    Yeah it's not what I hoped either. The clot just was not caught soon enough and I had a huge first rib which could have been damaging the vein for years. My dr is going to schedule the surgery on my left side. So I will be out for a long time. How is your rehab going? Shoulder better?
  4. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Leslie, you are leaving a big void in Masters swimming, beyond your prowess in the pool and many world records. You were an informed source on training, technique, suits, nutrition, drylands, tapers, and many other subjects. When friends of mine ask for sprint workouts, I refer them to your HIT blog. Thanks for all that and I hope to see you back in the pool and on the forums someday. 55 is still young in Masters swimming.
  5. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Interesting. Do you recall the name of the doctor? I suspect he was talking about neurological TOS. Venous TOS accounts for only 5% of all TOS cases, and decompressing the vein typically works. Neurological TOS is much trickier. Unfortunately, for me, it took way too long to diagnose and catch the condition despite all my efforts.
    I'm sure you are correct. I'll ask my wife for the name of the doctor.
  6. pwb's Avatar
    Oh, Leslie, this was not what I wanted to read. Swimming will always be there for you and we all hope that your treatment is successful and brings you back to the sport.
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    I was telling my wife about your TOS last night and, strangely, she had just taken the deposition (she's a court reporter) of a doctor and the subject was treatment for TOS. Apparently this doctor considers the rib removal method obsolete and doesn't use that method anymore. Although it sounds like the technique he does use requires a very long recovery period (something like 18 months). I'm sure different doctors have different opinions on this and you probably know more about the subject than you ever wanted to!
    Interesting. Do you recall the name of the doctor? I suspect he was talking about neurological TOS. Venous TOS accounts for only 5% of all TOS cases, and decompressing the vein typically works. Neurological TOS is much trickier. Unfortunately, for me, it took way too long to diagnose and catch the condition despite all my efforts.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tjrpatt
    Sorry to hear that. Hopefully, swimsuit manufacturers won't go out of business without your techsuit business. It was fascinating how you had all this success by coaching yourself and no one to train with on a regular basis.
    That made me laugh Tom!

    I think I just embraced HIT training and SDK before it was fashionable. And I am likely genetically pre-disposed to excel at SDKs, which transformed my swimming.
  9. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Ah damn, Fort, that has to be frustrating news for you, I'm sorry. I like Karl's ^^ point thought. Redirect and maybe something else will come up. I hope you're able to recover soon. Sending good thoughts!
    Thanks Fly! I can always take this year off and then re-assess.
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    No doubt not the outcome you were looking for. A small suggestion: See this as an opportunity. Take the opportunity to focus yourself mentally (and perhaps physically if appropriate) on something that you have wanted to do but didn't have the time to devote your attention to. If you become absorbed in an alternate passion, time will pass more effortlessly and who knows, you may find yourself not only recuperated, but refreshed. Swim intensity waxes and wanes in life, but the waning periods are an opportunity explore another passion.

    Swimming or not, feel better soon.
    Good advice. I'm not sure what that is yet ... I've been in limbo for 6 months now. I will mull. In the meantime, I trip abroad is bound to perk me up.
  11. knelson's Avatar
    I was telling my wife about your TOS last night and, strangely, she had just taken the deposition (she's a court reporter) of a doctor and the subject was treatment for TOS. Apparently this doctor considers the rib removal method obsolete and doesn't use that method anymore. Although it sounds like the technique he does use requires a very long recovery period (something like 18 months). I'm sure different doctors have different opinions on this and you probably know more about the subject than you ever wanted to!
  12. tjrpatt's Avatar
    Sorry to hear that. Hopefully, swimsuit manufacturers won't go out of business without your techsuit business. It was fascinating how you had all this success by coaching yourself and no one to train with on a regular basis.
  13. flystorms's Avatar
    Ah damn, Fort, that has to be frustrating news for you, I'm sorry. I like Karl's ^^ point thought. Redirect and maybe something else will come up. I hope you're able to recover soon. Sending good thoughts!
  14. Karl_S's Avatar
    No doubt not the outcome you were looking for. A small suggestion: See this as an opportunity. Take the opportunity to focus yourself mentally (and perhaps physically if appropriate) on something that you have wanted to do but didn't have the time to devote your attention to. If you become absorbed in an alternate passion, time will pass more effortlessly and who knows, you may find yourself not only recuperated, but refreshed. Swim intensity waxes and wanes in life, but the waning periods are an opportunity explore another passion.

    Swimming or not, feel better soon.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by elise526
    Fort - It seems like you are pushing your body awfully hard after having had major surgery and the flu. Why not consider backing off until the 2017 -2018 SCY season? You are such an awesome athlete and have accomplished so much. I kind of wish you would consider backing down for a few months and let your body heal. Why not consider doing 4 miles on the treadmill and doing just technique work in the pool?
    Hey Elise. Idk ... I am not swimming, not running, not lifting, not going to yoga, not doing anything that involves my arm or neck. And I did nothing for almost two months after surgery. I can't see that a lot of walking will impede the healing. I honestly don't have any plans to compete any time soon, even after I get the all clear for swimming. I anticipate that it will take a long time to ramp back up.
  16. elise526's Avatar
    Fort - It seems like you are pushing your body awfully hard after having had major surgery and the flu. Why not consider backing off until the 2017 -2018 SCY season? You are such an awesome athlete and have accomplished so much. I kind of wish you would consider backing down for a few months and let your body heal. Why not consider doing 4 miles on the treadmill and doing just technique work in the pool?
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    Practice and meet times pretty much on par, thanks. Probably neither Riverside nor Budapest. Taking a cue from you, I'd rather focus on indoor meets in good pools.
    Wise indeed.
  18. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    ...Taking a cue from you, I'd rather focus on indoor meets in good pools.
    Wise. Saves a lot of frustration & anguish. If a backstroker, avoid Omega pads as well.
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  20. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Practice and meet times pretty much on par, thanks. Probably neither Riverside nor Budapest. Taking a cue from you, I'd rather focus on indoor meets in good pools.
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