Blog Comments

  1. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    That is a scapular strengthening exercise. The straight arm nature of it doesn't hurt your shoulders. 75 = weight, 3 = number of sets, 25 = number of reps.
    'sounds interesting. Can you post a pic or a link? I'm having trouble visualizing it.
  2. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Tom sounds like a monster! That set of 50s is crazy hard. How crowded is your pool?
    When we worked out my season plan a couple of months ago I suggested backing off yardage, doing more weights and race pace work, with some recovery swims mixed in each week. I read a lot on the subject of race pace training and it makes a lot of sense to me to do sets that are less yardage but are done at the pace you want to swim in a meet scenario. I did not think it was going to be a walk in the park but I honestly did not realize just how hard it was going to be.

    Tom is really good about working with me on my goals and listening to my thoughts and ideas for training, but after we agree on the big picture he is definitely the coach and some of his workouts are pretty tough. The 16x50s at 200 pace are hard but the 16x100s at 500 pace we do on Saturdays is even harder.

    I am spoilt when it comes to pool time, pool and weight room access and numbers of swimmers per lane. Generally there are 2-3 people per lane in the slower lanes, but in the group I swim with, we each have a lane to ourselves. I have offered to share my lane but seldom do I find anyone who wants to share with me; at times I feel like that guy who smells and people avoid(I think its my workouts). In the slower lanes folks like to talk and socialize so these lanes tend to be more popular. As the speed of the lanes picks up it thins out pretty quickly. We typically have access to about 22 scy lanes. Its a really awesome facility.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    What is this? Some kind of shoulder exercise? What does 75x3x25 mean? Something like three circuits each with 75 reps using 25-pound weights???
    That is a scapular strengthening exercise. The straight arm nature of it doesn't hurt your shoulders. 75 = weight, 3 = number of sets, 25 = number of reps.
  4. Karl_S's Avatar
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    What is this? Some kind of shoulder exercise? What does 75x3x25 mean? Something like three circuits each with 75 reps using 25-pound weights???
  5. Water Rat's Avatar
    Tom sounds like a monster! That set of 50s is crazy hard. How crowded is your pool?
  6. flystorms's Avatar
    That's so much fun that you can enjoy the same meet as your daughter. You two will look back on these special times years from now and have some great memories both at the meet and on the in-between times.
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ndauksavage
    What day are you swimming fly? You are going to video it and send it to me right?
    Sunday.

    I will ask Abi. If not you will still get your pound of flesh; I am signing up for a 200 fly, 200 breast and 400 IM.
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Good luck to the Carrolls this weekend!
    thanks Karl. We will both be conquering our fears this weekend. I am so not a fly swimmer and my daughter has her plate more than full. Should be fun.
  9. ndauksavage's Avatar
    What day are you swimming fly? You are going to video it and send it to me right?
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Are those straight arm dips like the opposite of shrugs? Is it a shoulder related stability exercise?

    Hope your shoulder continues or starts to rehabilitate. I had to minimize straight arm fr movements to keep the joints happy. Not sure if I'm faster straight armed, but it sure looks more interesting.
    I guess you could look at them that way .... It's an exercise for the scapula -- one of the first ones I learned in PT years ago. The straight arm and lower weight does not stress the shoulders either, like regular dips.

    It's slowly getting better, just not as fast as I'd hope. Yep, straight arm free is so very tough on the shoulders. I still feel a twinge from yesterday's trial run. Won't do any AFAP free for awhile now.
  11. __steve__'s Avatar
    Are those straight arm dips like the opposite of shrugs? Is it a shoulder related stability exercise?

    Hope your shoulder continues or starts to rehabilitate. I had to minimize straight arm fr movements to keep the joints happy. Not sure if I'm faster straight armed, but it sure looks more interesting.
  12. Karl_S's Avatar
    I am swimming 100scy butterfly this weekend at a kids meet. My daughter is also swimming and its her first attempt at a number of events. Her lineup is a little more challenging than mine and she is swimming 50 breast, 100 breast, 200 breast, 50 fly, 100 fly, 200 fly, 400 IM and 1000Free.
    Good luck to the Carrolls this weekend!
  13. rxleakem's Avatar
    We'll have to make a team trip up that way to check out that pool. Glad you are where you are, it's a great thing.
  14. GregJS's Avatar
    Looks like a very interesting workout - although I can't say I'm too upset about missing all that vertical kicking. Got a decent swim in today at the Johnson State College pool, which has got to be a contender in the "pool with most gorgeous view" category.

    Still basking in the glow of the retreat (although looking after a house full of kids and animals for a few days definitely induces something of a shift in focus!)

    Glad to hear you're smelling "normal" again.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by 200free
    You've got a few hours left to change your mind about swimming in the Sprint Classic. Entries close at midnight tonight.

    He's right I have a hard time going over 1500 yards when I'm swimming by myself so the workouts you do day after day are truly amazing. And in that vein, I'm sure you're in good enough shape to sprint a few 50's and 25's this weekend.
    You know how much I would LOVE to be there. I can't believe I have to miss it ... But the shoulder is just not healthy enough. I haven't done any all out sprinting using my arms in ages ... Legs are super fit; arms are weak as a kitten.

    I'm hoping to come down for the Dec. 6 meet in Germantown.
  16. 200free's Avatar
    You've got a few hours left to change your mind about swimming in the Sprint Classic. Entries close at midnight tonight.

    He's right I have a hard time going over 1500 yards when I'm swimming by myself so the workouts you do day after day are truly amazing. And in that vein, I'm sure you're in good enough shape to sprint a few 50's and 25's this weekend.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    On a very motivated day, I go maybe 3,500. On an unmotivated day, 250. I'd love to have your level of unmotivation right now, so I'm going to rip off 2K from your workout and try it tomorrow.

    As for the iPhone 6, I'm a 1%er**, so we don't bother with those pedestrian playtoys ... I have the latest Nokia Windows Phone

    Seriously, though, it's the GREATEST phone and email/office/productivity device ... plus, no self-respecting hipster-app-developer would be caught dead creating Windows Phone apps so there's none of that distraction.

    ** phone OS market share, not income
    Well, I had two unmotivated days where I did 0 yardage ... It's easy enough to do small sets of 25s. They don't take much mental energy, especially using fins. Doing hard 50s or 75s or 100s -- that takes some determination.

    I had the original iPhone and iPad and have been hooked for years. No going back!
  18. pwb's Avatar
    On a very motivated day, I go maybe 3,500. On an unmotivated day, 250. I'd love to have your level of unmotivation right now, so I'm going to rip off 2K from your workout and try it tomorrow.

    As for the iPhone 6, I'm a 1%er**, so we don't bother with those pedestrian playtoys ... I have the latest Nokia Windows Phone

    Seriously, though, it's the GREATEST phone and email/office/productivity device ... plus, no self-respecting hipster-app-developer would be caught dead creating Windows Phone apps so there's none of that distraction.

    ** phone OS market share, not income
  19. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    It is scary. Even worse is that it isn't even that virulent or easy to contract and we are having trouble controlling it.
    Just read that this year the number of deaths is over 4 times that from 1976 to 2013
    if we are this spooked as a result of a couple of cases imagine how the poor people in Africa feel. I thought I read that estimates of affected people in the three worst affected countries was 1/4 million people. Hopefully this will cause the west to seek an antiviral solution.
  20. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by raysun
    My husband works in a hospital in the San FRancisco Bay Area. What part of the country do you live in?????? Carol Nip, Albany Masters Swimming, http://albanymasters.weebly.com
    i am in Dallas. It's all over the local news and I feel like they are trying to scare us as opposed to prepare us.
Page 1 of 5 12345 LastLast