Blog Comments

  1. Calvin S's Avatar
    Your Top Ten chairperson for your LMSC usually can handle that. Ours is Doug, so he is ALWAYS on top of those things

    Although there was a time when TT times required the most ridiculous burden of proof. You used to need a pool measurement for each session in which an event was contested. This was crazy most USA-S championship meets they measure the pool once, in each lane, before the start of the event. Was a huge pain in the ass.
  2. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    Exactly how I feel about my upcoming taper for YMCA Masters Nationals.
    Now, the interesting thing is going to be maintaining through Ozark Champs last weekend of March. Though it looks like it won't take going through hoops to get my Sectionals times USMS approved so if I accidentally overtaper myself it isn't the end of the world.
  3. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    This'll be a little different than my taper for Masters Nats last year - I have a LOT more base than I did last year, and I think I'm overall stronger, so theoretically I should have more to taper off of.
    Exactly how I feel about my upcoming taper for YMCA Masters Nationals.
  4. JPEnge's Avatar
    Yep, that's what I was figuring. It took me until probably my junior year of college to learn to trust the taper process and not think about how I felt until pretty much doing pre-race specific warmup before my first race.

    This'll be a little different than my taper for Masters Nats last year - I have a LOT more base than I did last year, and I think I'm overall stronger, so theoretically I should have more to taper off of.
  5. Calvin S's Avatar
    Probably that pre-taper/just started taper blues! For me that was always the scariest part of taper, and why I hated using the word around my swimmers early on in the process. You say “taper” and they think: a) low/no yardage and easy swimming and b) that when they swim they are supposed to all of a sudden feel magically AMAZING.
    Instead, I would have to remind myself that I was still only just beginning to taper and that I wasn’t to that “easy speed” yet.

    Also from one former breaststroke to a “born again” breaststroke, that stroke made taper doubly scary. There were seasons and taper meets where I went to warm up for my first breaststroke race and STILL didn’t feel tapered/didn’t have a stroke that get right. I learned to trust (eventually) that when the horn sounded and I dove in the water, my breaststroke would be ON!
  6. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    I ought to buy a chute - I think the Finis was what I used this morning.
    mine cost me I think 70.00. A worthwhile investment because it seems well made. My only complaint about it is that if you are doing any setting other than full open or full closed, you have to be sure to line the zippers up perfectly otherwise the chute can "fish tail" while in use...which is a whole new level of drag I am not interested in.
  7. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    I just bought a Finis drag+fly chute to use on my "power" days/workouts. It is my cheaper substitution for a power tower, since we don't have one at the LRRC.
    I ought to buy a chute - I think the Finis was what I used this morning.
  8. Calvin S's Avatar
    I just bought a Finis drag+fly chute to use on my "power" days/workouts. It is my cheaper substitution for a power tower, since we don't have one at the LRRC.
  9. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    I loved station workouts. Coach Kyle used to right some positively amazing station workouts when I was still swimming with the Dolphins. Except for one set. At least once a month, stations would include the following set:

    4x75 @ 2:30 UW FL kick
    2 air squats at start wall, climb out at each subsequent wall and do: 4, 6, 8 air squats.

    basically 2 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 4 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 6 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 8 squats all on 2:30. Which seems like a lot of rest for a 75...but it isn't. Not when you have to climb out and squat and you are UW kicking.
    That sounds... devious. But probably effective if you can do it right!

    I hadn't done buckets or chutes since... well, probably since afternoon practices at UALR when I was there.
  10. Calvin S's Avatar
    I loved station workouts. Coach Kyle used to right some positively amazing station workouts when I was still swimming with the Dolphins. Except for one set. At least once a month, stations would include the following set:

    4x75 @ 2:30 UW FL kick
    2 air squats at start wall, climb out at each subsequent wall and do: 4, 6, 8 air squats.

    basically 2 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 4 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 6 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 8 squats all on 2:30. Which seems like a lot of rest for a 75...but it isn't. Not when you have to climb out and squat and you are UW kicking.
  11. Karl_S's Avatar
    Showin' some serious speed there! Nice
  12. rxleakem's Avatar
    Super fast swims Jeff. Glad that your training is realizing some great swims at this point in the season for you.
  13. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Ha, I did that drive with you and Matt once! A lot easier from where I am, little less than 2 hours per the Googs. I did check and see if it was SCY or LCM, no way would I even consider it LCM. Would be fun to swim at Mizzou again, a good chunk of my PRs are still in that pool.

    Have to decide quickly though, looks like the only meet still available for the club team my masters group is attached to that I could qualify at is Ozark Senior Champs last weekend of January and the entry deadline is... tomorrow. On the plus side, it is in a brand-spanking-new high school pool literally 10 minutes from my house.
    THAT’S RIGHT! Forgot we all carpooled together. You could always just deck enter. I usually do that with the smaller local meets here. That way I’m not out the money if I can’t make the meet. Yeah I pay like a 5.00 premium to enter events if I deck enter, but I’m usually only dropping in for one event (because I normally do deck entry if I know my weekend will be busy and my schedule might be in flux, as opposed to when I enter ahead of time and have cleared my calendar for the meet).
  14. JPEnge's Avatar
    Ha, I did that drive with you and Matt once! A lot easier from where I am, little less than 2 hours per the Googs. I did check and see if it was SCY or LCM, no way would I even consider it LCM. Would be fun to swim at Mizzou again, a good chunk of my PRs are still in that pool.

    Have to decide quickly though, looks like the only meet still available for the club team my masters group is attached to that I could qualify at is Ozark Senior Champs last weekend of January and the entry deadline is... tomorrow. On the plus side, it is in a brand-spanking-new high school pool literally 10 minutes from my house.
  15. Calvin S's Avatar
    Fairly certain Central Sectionals is LCM this year, Jeff.

    NEVERMIND! Just checked and it was changed to SCY. There were on this program where spring sectionals was LCM for the 2 cycles before an Olympics. Guess they changed it (again).

    I should add: I actually qualified myself as well, but Columbia is a LONG haul (and a VERY boring drive) so I am going to pass this time (but qualifying times are good for 2 years so I can always go another time!).
  16. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    I know I did a 12 days of Christmas when I used to CrossFit. I had to dig around in the blog to find it (12/24/2012...coincidently the last time Christmas Eve was on a Monday!)
    I've done it a few different ways - I think each gym has their own more or less, not sure if there is an "official" one. They are all tough in some way, it's just a lot of reps to do.
  17. Calvin S's Avatar
    I know I did a 12 days of Christmas when I used to CrossFit. I had to dig around in the blog to find it (12/24/2012...coincidently the last time Christmas Eve was on a Monday!)

    “The Nightmare before Christmas"

    The following is done just like the "12 Days of Christmas" song, start at 1, then do 1 and 2, then 1 and 2 and 3, etc.

    For time:

    1 knees to bar
    2 tire jumps
    3 clean + squat (75 lbs)
    4 clean + press (75 lbs)
    5 dips
    6 goblet squats (45 lb kettle bell)
    7 flutter kicks (on each leg)
    8 kettle bell swings (45 lb bell)
    9 hand stand push-ups
    10 heel clicks (think Scarecrow from Wizard of Oz)
    11 pull-ups
    12 dumbbell clean + press (25 lb dumbbell 1 arm at a time)

    Results: 39:59
  18. Calvin S's Avatar
    we want to know about your workouts, not your plumbing!
  19. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    First you can't find your keys, then your coach doesn't show up. Methinks a higher power is trying to tell you something about your comeback campaign.
    This meet was kind of a last-minute decision anyway, so it's not the biggest deal in the world, but it was annoying to drive 25 minutes out and back for nothing! I'm a bit nervous about racing long course, short course appears to have become my jam at the moment.
  20. Calvin S's Avatar
    First you can't find your keys, then your coach doesn't show up. Methinks a higher power is trying to tell you something about your comeback campaign.
Page 3 of 5 FirstFirst 12345 LastLast