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  1. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    ...Unfortunately she has not got many fast twitch muscles
    I can't imagine where she got those genetics

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    and her breathing causes a lot of head movement which I believe significantly slows her down.
    Well now that's a real issue. A funny episode some years ago really brought this into focus for me. I had realized that every time I took a breath in freestyle I would get out of alignment, presumably slowing me down, so I decided to make it a habit to BE5 in an effort to straighten it out. One day I was at the pool doing a long free set when a triathete-friend of mine asked me about the BE5. I explained. His reply, "Dude!, If breathing is slowing you down, you don't need to learn how to breathe less, you need to learn how to breathe so it doesn't slow you down!" Of course he was looking at this from the perspective of endurance events, where you have to have a steady supply of oxygen, but the point is a good one. I've subsequently had a lot better success in straightening out my free by 1) changing my head position when I breathe, and 2) doing lots of planks to build a core that can hold my body line better.

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    She had a lot of fun and a best time is exactly that, so no real complaints.
    That's great that she got the season off to such a good start, especially after a long practice.
  2. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    3 hours of sleep? Dude, I don't know how you function. I'm no great sleeper, but I've been reading more and more articles about the relationship between long, deep, quality sleep and both athletic and cognitive performance. I can relate to your biz-travel lifestyle, but some days you just gotta keep rocking the Zs and skip the workout ... it's actually more beneficial to your short & long-term performance and health.
    Agree. The value of long, deep, quality sleep is under appreciated. If Stewart does not reform his ways, we may need to perform an "intervention".
  3. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Generally, my travel schedule has been much better this year! I made a decision last year that I would avoid going out a day ahead of my meetings as much as I can so that I can spend more time with my kids. This has really helped with the family life however it has put more pressure on me and has caused less sleep. As you know it's difficult making everything work and unfortunately my short term sleep is taking the brunt of the punishment. I don't plan on doing this regularly and I hear you about long term affects. It was worth being able to see my daughter swim rather than coming back Saturday morning and missing her meet.....but I hear you!
    I totally get it. Better to have the time with the family.
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    3 hours of sleep? Dude, I don't know how you function. I'm no great sleeper, but I've been reading more and more articles about the relationship between long, deep, quality sleep and both athletic and cognitive performance. I can relate to your biz-travel lifestyle, but some days you just gotta keep rocking the Zs and skip the workout ... it's actually more beneficial to your short & long-term performance and health.
    Generally, my travel schedule has been much better this year! I made a decision last year that I would avoid going out a day ahead of my meetings as much as I can so that I can spend more time with my kids. This has really helped with the family life however it has put more pressure on me and has caused less sleep. As you know it's difficult making everything work and unfortunately my short term sleep is taking the brunt of the punishment. I don't plan on doing this regularly and I hear you about long term affects. It was worth being able to see my daughter swim rather than coming back Saturday morning and missing her meet.....but I hear you!
  5. pwb's Avatar
    3 hours of sleep? Dude, I don't know how you function. I'm no great sleeper, but I've been reading more and more articles about the relationship between long, deep, quality sleep and both athletic and cognitive performance. I can relate to your biz-travel lifestyle, but some days you just gotta keep rocking the Zs and skip the workout ... it's actually more beneficial to your short & long-term performance and health.
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Maybe it isn't so bad. Caleb Dressel breathes a surprising number of time in a 50, and he seems pretty quick
    i like your logic my friend. Unfortunately she has not got many fast twitch muscles and her breathing causes a lot of head movement which I believe significantly slows her down. She had a lot of fun and a best time is exactly that, so no real complaints.
  7. Karl_S's Avatar
    She swam the 50 free and again a best time and did great but I have never seen anyone breath more than her. If she could just learn to not breath as much on a 50 she would drop a lot of time.
    Maybe it isn't so bad. Caleb Dressel breathes a surprising number of time in a 50, and he seems pretty quick
  8. __steve__'s Avatar
    haha there were 50's too.
    Not sure they worked anything, I'm not sore. Felt more like heavy manual labor lol
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    You forgot hormones ... Those can turn a sweet innocent 12 year into, well, something quite different. My new 16 year old just got her permit and was asked to Homecoming, so that starts the second scary teen phase (first one starts at 13).
    i hope I don't have to deal with either of those but alas I see the signs! Don't get me started on boyo; I guarantee I will be that overbearing intimidating father who grills any boy coming to our door.


    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    My dr. gave me two hints on allergies, since mine are so terrible. He prescribed me nystatin to take at night, which thins mucous. And told me to add Argentyn 23 silver. I usually struggle in September and am better than usual.
    the past few days have been tough. Deanna is suffering the worst. I have my morning Netipot at the aquatic center! Gross but very affective
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    45 lb med ball?!?! That would break my shoulder, I'm sure.
  11. __steve__'s Avatar
    C17 CAFB

    Thanks fly-storms
    It was just one of those day's that seems like it must happen, in order to make all the other days feel quite reasonable lol
  12. The Fortress's Avatar
    You forgot hormones ... Those can turn a sweet innocent 12 year into, well, something quite different. My new 16 year old just got her permit and was asked to Homecoming, so that starts the second scary teen phase (first one starts at 13).

    My dr. gave me two hints on allergies, since mine are so terrible. He prescribed me nystatin to take at night, which thins mucous. And told me to add Argentyn 23 silver. I usually struggle in September and am better than usual.
  13. Karl_S's Avatar
    corrected after the fact but it did not matter because by that time he had sent the picture half way around the world.
    Too funny. I have a video of me swimming the 400 SCY IM at our state meet. The camera pans to the scoreboard after the race and it says 3:56 next to my name - never thought to send it around though. (actual time is ~5:32.)
  14. flystorms's Avatar
    Steve, where do you work and what type a/c are you working on? Yeah, that sounds like a great day, LOL! Sorry!
  15. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Good grief! How old is this speedster?
    he is 40 however his time was most certainly wrong on the board. Tens corrected after the fact but it did not matter because by that time he had sent the picture half way around the world. Honestly if it had been me I would have done the same thing. To have 20.20 next to your name is quite and achievement. The fact that it was an error was inconsequential really.
  16. Karl_S's Avatar
    His time came up on the board as 20.20
    Good grief! How old is this speedster?
  17. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Stewart, you let one of your own beat you at the 50free?! Just looked up the times. Damn, I wish I could've been there.
    john Reich is a former Michigan All American. Same sort of range as me in college(200,500,mile). I beat him the last few years but it was not there yesterday. His time came up on the board as 20.20 and he took a picture and sent it out to his college coach and friends. He said he always wanted to be a sprinter but like me could only fake a 50.

    i went looking for you but never saw you!
  18. jpetyk's Avatar
    I saw it on the news, but didn't think much of it. I used your post to warn my kids, as my 12 yr old tends to be friendly. This description has popped up in the past too. Wasn't that long ago (couple months?) that we were wondering "whatever happened to that man in the white van?" Ugh, I hope he wasn't successful before and is now shopping for a new kid!
  19. flystorms's Avatar
    Stewart, you let one of your own beat you at the 50free?! Just looked up the times. Damn, I wish I could've been there.
  20. flystorms's Avatar
    Great job for getting out there, Stewart! I wondered if you'd be there or not. You know, at least this is a meet that doesn't count nearly as much as a regular master's meet. And knowing you, you still probably swiped a few gold out of it?
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