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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Backwards? Please. I should get one stroke on you.
    We were pretty darn even on the flutter kicks!
  2. Water Rat's Avatar
    Backwards? Please. I should get one stroke on you.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial
    So sorry! Sending positive thoughts your direction! And lots of prayers!
    Thanks Celeste!
  4. Celestial's Avatar
    So sorry! Sending positive thoughts your direction! And lots of prayers!
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Thanks Stewart. Fortunately, sports medicine is a hot specialty in Pittsburgh, so there are quite a few good docs. I was pretty depressed about it yesterday, but feeling more optimistic today. I've had shoulder problems off and on since starting masters swimming, including the entire first two years, so I'm kind of used to it. My instinct tells me this is not surgical. Doing daily PT exercises has already helped some.
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Leslie,

    I would highly recommend a second opinion. Several years ago I had my annual physical and they did an ultra sound due to a bilirubin reading on my blodd work and discovered a shadow on my liver while doing an ultra sound. I was sent for a full MRI and later found that the shadow was a figmant on the original image rather than anything wrong with my liver and the billirubin is naturally high in my family and is actually a genetic condition. Its my experience that often doctors jump to conclusions without really knowing everything necessary to make a diagnosis. I hope the second opinion from a sports specialist gives you a better course. Good luck and I am so sorry to hear about your shoulder challenges.
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    That stinks. Baseball doctors would know about the shoulder, though - I hope you don't need surgery.
    Exactly, and he's supposed to be a shoulder expert who does not push surgery. So many orthopods immediately want to cut; it's their first instinct.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Leslie, that sucks ... though knowing what it is will hopefully get you more quickly fully repaired. I, too, hope it is not surgical.

    Be careful on the running, though. My wife has had to significantly cut back her running due to knee problems. Getting old sucks, especially when folks like us who try to stay fit and healthy get derailed by injuries.
    Thanks Patrick. I don't plan on much running. My knees have been a little twitchy with all the kicking. They're probably the next thing to PRP, with my luck. I blame my crap shoulders on all that mega distance training as a kid.
  9. pwb's Avatar
    Leslie, that sucks ... though knowing what it is will hopefully get you more quickly fully repaired. I, too, hope it is not surgical.

    Be careful on the running, though. My wife has had to significantly cut back her running due to knee problems. Getting old sucks, especially when folks like us who try to stay fit and healthy get derailed by injuries.
  10. ekw's Avatar
    That stinks. Baseball doctors would know about the shoulder, though - I hope you don't need surgery.
  11. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial
    I miss the daily grind. My 5th kid is off to school - and I remember when he first left, I wondered what on earth to do with myself on the weekends, and the afternoons! Even though I have a full time job, I juggled swim practice, tennis practice, school plays etc., and I actually loved it. Fortunately, the kids can get so annoying by their senior year, you almost are on the verge of kicking them out anyway, lol!!
    And the first kid to leave the house was ruff, but let me tell you, #5 was brutal. My heart goes out to all parents at this time in their lives. (I love being just an old married couple, now, though, hahaha!!)
    I don't really mind the grind either. But the first couple weeks can be tough transitioning back in. How very true about them getting annoying. I couldn't wait for Teen Fort to get out the door, and we get along so much better now. But I can see where the last one would be very very hard. I still have 5 years left with Lil Fort! And one kid is a piece of cake.
  12. Celestial's Avatar
    I miss the daily grind. My 5th kid is off to school - and I remember when he first left, I wondered what on earth to do with myself on the weekends, and the afternoons! Even though I have a full time job, I juggled swim practice, tennis practice, school plays etc., and I actually loved it. Fortunately, the kids can get so annoying by their senior year, you almost are on the verge of kicking them out anyway, lol!!
    And the first kid to leave the house was ruff, but let me tell you, #5 was brutal. My heart goes out to all parents at this time in their lives. (I love being just an old married couple, now, though, hahaha!!)
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Ok, we've been blogging for a long time as I remember you writing about him making the decision to go there. Seems like only yesterday for me ... can't imagine how fast it feels for you.

    I'll be in your single child at home situation in a year as my second daughter is a HS senior this year. Crazy.
    The fairly quick move from 3 to 1 children is somewhat disconcerting. In a way liberating. And in a way it makes you feel old and displaced. Sending good vibes to you for the next couple weeks as you make this first change. The first was definitely the worst for me.
  14. pwb's Avatar
    before he heads back to Dartmouth for his senior year.
    Ok, we've been blogging for a long time as I remember you writing about him making the decision to go there. Seems like only yesterday for me ... can't imagine how fast it feels for you.

    I'll be in your single child at home situation in a year as my second daughter is a HS senior this year. Crazy.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    I think that's probably right. I wouldn't want to go multiple seasons without lifting or kicking.
    I read somewhere recently (maybe Swimming World?) that Andrew Seliskar (couple years older than Andrews) does 30 x 25 burst SDK almost every practice. He has killer SDKs in short course. The fact that it's a kick set doesn't negate the neural patterning effect, IMO.
    Updated August 31st, 2014 at 10:59 AM by The Fortress
  16. dhmartin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Ah good, I am usually doing less than 30 as well. I'm not sure his rigorous guidelines really apply to masters our age anyway.

    I know he deems kick sets worthless. I do notice that Andrew's kick and SDK are the worst part of his races though ... And, I am a kicker, so fully intend to keep doing my kick sets. With bicep tendonitis, I don't have much choice for awhile. I wonder if dropping kick sets doesn't have an immediate impact, but might have a cumulative effect over time? As an analogy, when I dropped weights (which Rushall also disdains) for 8+ months last year, it didn't have an immediate impact. But at the end of that period, I was having trouble finishing my races and had better swims after going back to lifting.
    I think that's probably right. I wouldn't want to go multiple seasons without lifting or kicking.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I didn't "drop" kick sets this past season, but I did a lot less kicking than in the past 2 years. While I don't think it hurt my top speed, I do think it negatively impacted my ability to do multiple events in a short time period.
    Yes, I've always felt, intuitively, that investing in kicking helps you close races and not die over multiple races.
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    Lesser--just 10x25 at most--and it's not formally USRPT, because I don't incorporate the failure aspect that Rushall insists upon. You probably know he also deems kick sets mostly worthless. Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
    Ah good, I am usually doing less than 30 as well. I'm not sure his rigorous guidelines really apply to masters our age anyway.

    I know he deems kick sets worthless. I do notice that Andrew's kick and SDK are the worst part of his races though ... And, I am a kicker, so fully intend to keep doing my kick sets. With bicep tendonitis, I don't have much choice for awhile. I wonder if dropping kick sets doesn't have an immediate impact, but might have a cumulative effect over time? As an analogy, when I dropped weights (which Rushall also disdains) for 8+ months last year, it didn't have an immediate impact. But at the end of that period, I was having trouble finishing my races and had better swims after going back to lifting.
  19. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    ... Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
    I didn't "drop" kick sets this past season, but I did a lot less kicking than in the past 2 years. While I don't think it hurt my top speed, I do think it negatively impacted my ability to do multiple events in a short time period.
  20. dhmartin's Avatar
    Lesser--just 10x25 at most--and it's not formally USRPT, because I don't incorporate the failure aspect that Rushall insists upon. You probably know he also deems kick sets mostly worthless. Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
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