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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Great job in your last two meets! I'm so impressed that you can throw down very good times in the 200 free and 200 IM on less training than most people do for those events. And a four second drop?! Wowsa. I don't think my training would carry over at all to the 200s. You are not just a sprinter; you are incredibly versatile.

    For breaststroke, I have made some headway on that stroke in the last couple years. It is a body position stroke. I have no kick. But my breast improved with major use of fins, which help you get in a better position to lunge forward. I also really focused on the early vertical forearm and use the palms down recovery that Salo recommends.
    Updated November 18th, 2014 at 12:41 PM by The Fortress
  2. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Nice swimming!

    No comment on that breast split.
    HI KNELSON! I saw you swim in PHX! But I was too busy Doin' Nothing in my deck chair to see you during the meet! I hope to be back in the spring - maybe for the Misty Hyman at Mesa!!!
  3. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Agreed. Excellent splitting and the time is fast, especially in comparison to the 200.
    Based on the splits, it looks like the 3rd 50 of your 200 could have been quite a bit faster.
    Also, isn't back faster than IM?
    I'm recalling a SCM meet a few years back where I was also 2:42 in the 200. At the same meet I was 1:16 in the 100, so your 1:10 looks like a very strong swim. I assume you listed the events in the order swum??? If so, the 1:10 in the 100 bk is especially impressive. Overall very nice swimming and fun to read about.
    Thanks Karl! I think the 100 back was my best swim of the meet!
  4. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MaryR
    It was great to meet you on Saturday! I really enjoyed watching you swim. You were awesome.
    GREAT TO MEET YOU MARYR!!!! Looking forward to seeing you at other meets in the future! So nice to know we have a friend in common!! Take care!
  5. MaryR's Avatar
    It was great to meet you on Saturday! I really enjoyed watching you swim. You were awesome.
  6. Karl_S's Avatar
    Best swim was probably the 100 back
    Agreed. Excellent splitting and the time is fast, especially in comparison to the 200.
    Based on the splits, it looks like the 3rd 50 of your 200 could have been quite a bit faster.
    Also, isn't back faster than IM?
    I'm recalling a SCM meet a few years back where I was also 2:42 in the 200. At the same meet I was 1:16 in the 100, so your 1:10 looks like a very strong swim. I assume you listed the events in the order swum??? If so, the 1:10 in the 100 bk is especially impressive. Overall very nice swimming and fun to read about.
  7. knelson's Avatar
    Nice swimming!

    No comment on that breast split.
  8. pwb's Avatar
    Still can't decide what to swim at the Ron John. 100 fly and 100 IM for sure. They are the first events I would consider each day. The rest I may pick based on how well I can recover to max the events instead of which ones I am actually better at.
    I haven't compared the order of events to last year; maybe it's the same and it's just my mindset, but it seems like a hard OOE to work with.
  9. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Great job Chowmi! All very respectable times.

    Phelps is puzzling to me too. He could easily have called a car service or a friend. I think the heart of it is what that swimming world article said -- that champions often think they can do anything, including drive drunk safely. You would think that by 29, he'd have more of a grip on when he can't drive ...
    I think a better story is the whole story - who was he with? What were they doing? Where were they? It sounds like he's hanging with people who aren't making good choices. I disagree that Phelps thinks he can do anything. I think he simply wasn't thinking and hasn't matured to where he can understand consequences.

    In a way, I think athletes with his history are stunted in growth. At nearly 30, he has really had very little life experience. He's had the same coach, environment, and his world is limited to swimming and peripherally acquainted with other athletes and hanger-on groupies. He's doing the same stupid things at 29 as he did at 19 because, well, he's in exactly the same enviornment and view of the world at 29 as at 19.
  10. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I haven't raced the 200 IM in decades, but for the 200s of bk, br and fr, I find that my add-up time for 4x50 with 8-12s rest after each 50 yields a good estimate of my meet time for the full 200. 4x50 on the 1:00 interval gives more rest and produces an add-up that is unrealistically quick as an estimate. YMMV

    Here is a link to an article I saw a few days ago that discusses how elite women swim the 200 IM:
    http://coachrickswimming.wordpress.c...im-the-200-im/
    I agree. It's totally different swimming the 50 breast connected to the fly and back vs. having a 1 minute interval. Not the same event at all. For as bad as it hurt on the 1 min, I think I might just skip this event. There is always next year! On the other hand, since I just did the 400 IM, I probably can appreciate the 200 more instead of resenting how long it is.
  11. The Fortress's Avatar
    Great job Chowmi! All very respectable times.

    Phelps is puzzling to me too. He could easily have called a car service or a friend. I think the heart of it is what that swimming world article said -- that champions often think they can do anything, including drive drunk safely. You would think that by 29, he'd have more of a grip on when he can't drive ...
  12. Karl_S's Avatar
    Today we did a set of 4 times 4 x 50 Im order 1:00 fast, and I went roughly on average 36 40 46 36 so that's a 2:38.
    I haven't raced the 200 IM in decades, but for the 200s of bk, br and fr, I find that my add-up time for 4x50 with 8-12s rest after each 50 yields a good estimate of my meet time for the full 200. 4x50 on the 1:00 interval gives more rest and produces an add-up that is unrealistically quick as an estimate. YMMV

    Here is a link to an article I saw a few days ago that discusses how elite women swim the 200 IM:
    http://coachrickswimming.wordpress.c...im-the-200-im/
  13. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial
    You know, we all know the other superstuds are drinking and smoking pot and whatever. But even though they aren't brain surgeons, somehow they manage to not get caught. Such a wonderful example for our youth
    Celestial, exactly what orbit is he in? Get it, hahaha!! I think what makes me have no patience for this is that he is 29 years old. I must admit, it is hard NOT to overlay our own experience on others, and at 29, I was well on my way to being a professional woman- meaning, I was out of business school and really striving to establish myself. Drinking, partying, all that stuff was over by 21. And he's still doing it. It's like life hasn't changed for him - and he hasn't needed to change or "grow up". There doesn't seem to be any maturation and really, his one "job" has been swimming.
  14. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by arthur
    I think 2:40 is pretty accurate. If your speed decreases from 100 to 200 at the same rate as 200 to 400 then it comes out exactly at 2:40. If you are more suited for sprinting you could probably go a bit faster.

    It is pretty disappointing about Phelps. His apology sounds almost exactly the same as when he was 19. I was surprised the story made the front of the BBC and CBC news websites.
    Thanks for confirming 2:40ish. Today we did a set of 4 times 4 x 50 Im order 1:00 fast, and I went roughly on average 36 40 46 36 so that's a 2:38. That freestyle was incredibly painful I may not swim the 200IM.

    The Dallas Morning New sports section is supposedly really good, but all they report on are the big 3 sports. Michael got a blip on the back page. In other news, EBOLA is a huge news story. One of the elementary schools cited is one block from our home office!
  15. Celestial's Avatar
    You know, we all know the other superstuds are drinking and smoking pot and whatever. But even though they aren't brain surgeons, somehow they manage to not get caught. Such a wonderful example for our youth
  16. arthur's Avatar
    I think 2:40 is pretty accurate. If your speed decreases from 100 to 200 at the same rate as 200 to 400 then it comes out exactly at 2:40. If you are more suited for sprinting you could probably go a bit faster.

    It is pretty disappointing about Phelps. His apology sounds almost exactly the same as when he was 19. I was surprised the story made the front of the BBC and CBC news websites.
  17. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Most excellent meet and I'll add my props for swimming the 200 fly, as well. However, while I agree you could go faster, I think you'll find it more enjoyable if you were to back off the first 50 more and aim for something like 0:39 - 0:43 - 0:44 - 0:44 (1:22 - 1:28) to get to that 2:50 time.

    I'm with you on trying to stay in better shape "between seasons" so it's not a re-building effort from ground zero. Back in my youth, I used to adore taking 2-3 weeks of sheer nothingness after long course season, but it would only take me a few weeks to bounce back after that. I can't afford that kind of gap as I get older.

    For SCM, Ron Johnson meet should be the November 15th-16th weekend. AND, since you've done the 200 fly, you may as well add a good, open water swim to your repertoire and come out for the Mesa SCM meet on Sep 27th and our State OW champs on Sep 28th (see http://azlmsc.org/events/ and http://www.azopenwater.com/#!az-stat...pionship/c1pl8).
    Hi PWB!!! YES!!! I have the Ron Jon penciled in and chowsh will be making her pilgrimage to pick me up at Sky Harbor, tee hee!!!!!

    I started making a third closet (one at home, one in Breck, CO, and now finally getting smart and starting my own stash at chowsh's!!) so I already have a pair of warm Uggs and sweat pants waiting for me in Chandler. Finally we know what to get each other for xmas and birthdays - duplicate clothing at each other's house! I might ask for a parka this year. Heck, maybe even a fastsuit and leave it there! And one can never have too many pairs of clean underwear and socks! I'd like to get to the point where I can just board the plane with just my purse and stolen scooby snacks from the AA Admiral's Club. I can afford a muffin, even at airport prices, but they aren't as satisfying unless scrumpled in a napkin in your purse that you swiped for free.

    I'm quite sure I will sit out of open water swims, having checked off Alcatraz and LJRWS from my bucket list. tee hee!!
  18. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Great job! I wish I'd have met you there. Maybe another time, huh? We're in the same age group, but you're obviously a sprinter to my distance. I think we only overlapped in the 50 free.

    Congratulations! You're awesome!
    Maybe we will meet at the Baylor SCM meet!!
  19. pwb's Avatar
    Most excellent meet and I'll add my props for swimming the 200 fly, as well. However, while I agree you could go faster, I think you'll find it more enjoyable if you were to back off the first 50 more and aim for something like 0:39 - 0:43 - 0:44 - 0:44 (1:22 - 1:28) to get to that 2:50 time.

    I'm with you on trying to stay in better shape "between seasons" so it's not a re-building effort from ground zero. Back in my youth, I used to adore taking 2-3 weeks of sheer nothingness after long course season, but it would only take me a few weeks to bounce back after that. I can't afford that kind of gap as I get older.

    For SCM, Ron Johnson meet should be the November 15th-16th weekend. AND, since you've done the 200 fly, you may as well add a good, open water swim to your repertoire and come out for the Mesa SCM meet on Sep 27th and our State OW champs on Sep 28th (see http://azlmsc.org/events/ and http://www.azopenwater.com/#!az-stat...pionship/c1pl8).
  20. flystorms's Avatar
    Great job! I wish I'd have met you there. Maybe another time, huh? We're in the same age group, but you're obviously a sprinter to my distance. I think we only overlapped in the 50 free.

    Congratulations! You're awesome!
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