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  1. arthur's Avatar
    I hope you have unlimited bandwidth on your home internet!
  2. __steve__'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    When I need to relax from such intense shows, I go to Life (i'm on Mammals)
    David Attenborough did an excellent job on those, enjoyed them all
  3. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I can totally handle your swim workouts, but there is no way I could keep up with you on a "TV workout." I am still trying to catch up on one show, Scandal, and I'm about 6 or 7 episodes behind my wife. My problem is that, unless I am home with my wife and she forces me to watch TV, I just can't be bothered to sit still long enough to watch anything.

    Paradoxically, though, I LOVE going to movies and will happily take 3 hours out of my weekend to go to the theater watch one movie on a weekend well before I'd watch 3 hours of TV.
    Yes, you have to do double duty with another device/source - moviespoilers.com is my go to, but I also go to youtube for spoiler endings, or ask your family whether something is worth watching and where the good bits are. For instance, it's rite of passage to watch the entire Cabin in the Woods, but I could watch those last 15 minutes over and over!
  4. pwb's Avatar
    I can totally handle your swim workouts, but there is no way I could keep up with you on a "TV workout." I am still trying to catch up on one show, Scandal, and I'm about 6 or 7 episodes behind my wife. My problem is that, unless I am home with my wife and she forces me to watch TV, I just can't be bothered to sit still long enough to watch anything.

    Paradoxically, though, I LOVE going to movies and will happily take 3 hours out of my weekend to go to the theater watch one movie on a weekend well before I'd watch 3 hours of TV.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    Hi Fort! We are going 07/18-26 on a Viking River cruise, "Paris to Paris". My parents wanted to do this as their 50th wedding anniversary! We are so going to average down the mean age!
    Try to stay in Paris some before or after! If you need sightseeing recommendations, ask away.
  6. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    No matter the locale, I don't think most families want to be dragged along on a "swim vacation" where the swimmer worries about practice, pool time, sleep, staying off their feet to rest the legs, meet schedules, etc. And who wants to go to FL in the summer?

    I'm with Patrick. I wish LCM nationals was in September. I guess the only logistical problem with that is that many pools shut down in August for awhile. But because nationals is in mid-August, this will be my second summer in a row with no long course meets. June doesn't work for me either this year with graduations taking up weekends.
    A big reason I don't like LCM nationals is - ONE pool. Ugh, the waiting around. One can get a bit too much of deck chair napping and after a certain point, there is only so much in the ladies locker room to keep me entertained.
  7. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Michelle, we are going to arrange a post nationals masters meet in Rockwall. Likely a two day meet on 15-16 August. Just FYI.

    Also so I am going to enter the Bill Nixon meet and the regional Champs meets and it's always nice not being the only masters swimmer swimming. I spoke to Stephanie Stone and she is likely swimming in these meets also.
    Awesome!!! No matter what shape I am in, i'll always do a local meet!

    I'll try to do some USA LCM meets - but my schedule is just so surprisingly full! And i don't like waiting around to the last event to do a 50 free, so also depends on order of events! If you and Steph are there, I am much more likely to try to enter!!
  8. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Where will you be cruising in France? I likewise have a long vacation smack dab in the middle of the summer. That's really the only good time to go with kids ... It makes long course pretty iffy. I have respect for long course 50s. I know from experience that I can't fake them.

    Both the build 200 IM and 400 IM look way too hard!
    Hi Fort! We are going 07/18-26 on a Viking River cruise, "Paris to Paris". My parents wanted to do this as their 50th wedding anniversary! We are so going to average down the mean age!
  9. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    ......or maybe it's because most people don't want to combine vacation and swimming in Clevland! I am just saying Geneva is not going to attract families traveling with swimmers like a meet in California or Florida.
    No matter the locale, I don't think most families want to be dragged along on a "swim vacation" where the swimmer worries about practice, pool time, sleep, staying off their feet to rest the legs, meet schedules, etc. And who wants to go to FL in the summer?

    I'm with Patrick. I wish LCM nationals was in September. I guess the only logistical problem with that is that many pools shut down in August for awhile. But because nationals is in mid-August, this will be my second summer in a row with no long course meets. June doesn't work for me either this year with graduations taking up weekends.
  10. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I used to think that LCM participation rates plummeted because people didn't like LCM, but, more and more, I think it's just because we like vacations better!
    ......or maybe it's because most people don't want to combine vacation and swimming in Clevland! I am just saying Geneva is not going to attract families traveling with swimmers like a meet in California or Florida.
  11. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    I likewise have a long vacation smack dab in the middle of the summer. That's really the only good time to go with kids ... It makes long course pretty iffy.
    I totally agree with you on this. I really wish we could shift our long course Nationals to September so we could all get our summer vacations in and then train in earnest for long course.

    I used to think that LCM participation rates plummeted because people didn't like LCM, but, more and more, I think it's just because we like vacations better!
  12. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Michelle, we are going to arrange a post nationals masters meet in Rockwall. Likely a two day meet on 15-16 August. Just FYI.

    Also so I am going to enter the Bill Nixon meet and the regional Champs meets and it's always nice not being the only masters swimmer swimming. I spoke to Stephanie Stone and she is likely swimming in these meets also.
  13. Karl_S's Avatar
    Ok, here it is! I actually made a spreadsheet! I would actually try this one day. If I were staring at a set of 5 x 1000s free, i'd probably do this instead.

    IM build fly back breast free
    25 25
    50 50
    75 75...

    Total 1450 1050 650 250 3400
    That's even worse than pwb's set! 1450 of fly - Yikes!
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Where will you be cruising in France? I likewise have a long vacation smack dab in the middle of the summer. That's really the only good time to go with kids ... It makes long course pretty iffy. I have respect for long course 50s. I know from experience that I can't fake them.

    Both the build 200 IM and 400 IM look way too hard!
  15. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    [/COLOR]When pwb was writing the HVT workouts he gave this 4100-yd set:

    100 fly/1:50,

    100 fly/1:50 + 200 fl-bk/3:40,
    100 fly/1:50 + 200 fl-bk/3:40 + 300 fl-bk-br/5:20,
    100 fly/1:50 + 200 fl-bk/3:40 + 300 fl-bk-br/5:20 + 400 IM/7:10,
    100 ez,
    400 IM/7:00 + 300 bk-br-fr/5:15 + 200 br-fr/3:30 + 100 fr/1:45,
    300 bk-br-fr/5:15 + 200 br-fr/3:30 + 100 fr/1:45,
    200 br-fr/3:30 + 100 fr/1:45,
    100 fr/1:45,

    Those are the intervals that I used. I think that they were BASE+:25 per 100 on the first half and BASE+:20 per 100 on the second half. I've actually done this set 2 or 3 times. It is quite a beast.
    Wow! That is a tough interval. I don't think I could go up and then unbuild down!

    Ok, here it is! I actually made a spreadsheet! I would actually try this one day. If I were staring at a set of 5 x 1000s free, i'd probably do this instead.
    IM build fly back breast free
    25 25
    50 50
    75 75
    100 100
    125 100 25
    150 100 50
    175 100 75
    200 100 100
    225 100 100 25
    250 100 100 50
    275 100 100 75
    300 100 100 100
    325 100 100 100 25
    350 100 100 100 50
    375 100 100 100 75
    400 100 100 100 100
    Total 1450 1050 650 250 3400
    Then again, all the rounds after 200 are looking very fin-friendly to me. Yes, i'd fin the rest!
  16. Karl_S's Avatar
    I'm not sure i'd ever try a build 400 IM! How much yardage would that be? I can't even count.
    When pwb was writing the HVT workouts he gave this 4100-yd set:

    100 fly/1:50,

    100 fly/1:50 + 200 fl-bk/3:40,
    100 fly/1:50 + 200 fl-bk/3:40 + 300 fl-bk-br/5:20,
    100 fly/1:50 + 200 fl-bk/3:40 + 300 fl-bk-br/5:20 + 400 IM/7:10,
    100 ez,
    400 IM/7:00 + 300 bk-br-fr/5:15 + 200 br-fr/3:30 + 100 fr/1:45,
    300 bk-br-fr/5:15 + 200 br-fr/3:30 + 100 fr/1:45,
    200 br-fr/3:30 + 100 fr/1:45,
    100 fr/1:45,

    Those are the intervals that I used. I think that they were BASE+:25 per 100 on the first half and BASE+:20 per 100 on the second half. I've actually done this set 2 or 3 times. It is quite a beast.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    I think your swimming is a model of consistency! Relative to your competitors, I think that 100 IM must be your best time right? Throw 6 more TTs on the pile. It was great seeing you! Can't you persuade your hubby to move back to your hometown? :-)

    Really inspired swimming just can't happen all the time. Life interferes.

    Btw, Susan's SDKs (like mine) really improved with the addition of a nose clip. I wear mine in the 50 fly and 50 free too.
  18. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Got it. As for a last chance SCY meet in PHX, it looks like the May meets will both be LCM, which is good for getting ready for LCM, but bad as a last chance SCY opportunity.
    Bleh! LCM is too much of a commitment for me. LCM = 1/2 length sprints, heh heh. I thought someone named (nicknamed?) something close to "Taco" was going to host a SCY meet, but perhaps it is a LCM season opener.
  19. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    See you down by the diving area! When do you get in? Overtapering is definitely the better way to go!
    YEAH!!! I can't wait to get down there with my squishy mat and promptly fall asleep! Looking forward to seeing you! My flight arrives at 11am, so plenty of nap time on Friday if the flight is on time!
  20. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    Hi PWB! I just don't have the patience for a 3 1/2 day meet. And there is great competition, arguably even deeper since you are competing with all women and not just your age group. And San Antonio isn't any easier to get to than say, you going to LaJolla. It's a long drive and i'd probably end up flying, renting a car, etc, so why not go uber cheap to DC, yeah! Plus i'm done after this. Well, maybe. I heard a team in PHX might host a last chance SCY meet in May!
    Got it. As for a last chance SCY meet in PHX, it looks like the May meets will both be LCM, which is good for getting ready for LCM, but bad as a last chance SCY opportunity.
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