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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Have a fun and safe trip.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Hope you have a great trip!

    One of my nephews is touring around Europe with a cousin and friends. Based on the pictures my sister has posted to Facebook, it looks pretty cool and rainy/overcast. Then again, he's lives in Houston, so it probably doesn't take much to get cold.

    Are you going to swim at all in Europe?
    Nope, not planning on swimming. Going to get appalling out of swimming shape. That's why I'm not considering nationals even though it's only two hours away.

    One of my swimmers from Europe says it's been unseasonably cold there. After Copenhagen, our next stop is Norway. So far it looks like highs in the mid 70s, which sounds about perfect to me. And I like cold nights.
  3. aztimm's Avatar
    I'm almost all packed! And the weather forecast is looking a little better, though it's still almost 20 degrees cooler than the last time I landed in Copenhagen this same time a few years ago. Our flight leaves tomorrow at 3:30 pm, so I have time to get to adult swim at Lebo for an hour. IF it's not pouring. The last two weeks have been very wet.
    Hope you have a great trip!

    One of my nephews is touring around Europe with a cousin and friends. Based on the pictures my sister has posted to Facebook, it looks pretty cool and rainy/overcast. Then again, he's lives in Houston, so it probably doesn't take much to get cold.

    Are you going to swim at all in Europe?
  4. rxleakem's Avatar
    Thanks Fish. OW is a different world, just remember to breathe and stay within yourself. I take every chance to practice sighting, play with stroke based on the conditions, and explore the depths! Most importantly, have fun
  5. FindingMyInnerFish's Avatar
    Enjoyed your post! I'm doing open water swims with a group Tuesday nights (weather/water conditions permitting), and it's so enjoyable, especially on hot days when I can jump into some nice cool water! The security of the pool isn't there, but at the same time, there's so much beauty around that it gives me a different kind of security! Tonight I have an open water race (just 800m--part of a series of races). I'm not fast, so these are about working on skills and trying to improve. I still get anxious if people crowd too close, but I'm working on that!
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Do the streamline flutter kicks on a bosu!

    I would definitely mix it up from time to time.
    Does the bosu support the lower back? That's an area that I feel as I go through the workout. Its ok at the beginning but as I get tired I feel like I am arching my back and it puts some significant stress on my lower back.
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Do the streamline flutter kicks on a bosu!

    I would definitely mix it up from time to time.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Nice set of 50s. Mind your shoulders doing back with paddles. I find back with equipment the toughest on my shoulders. Enjoy your upcoming vacation. Are you counting down the days?
    I use the smallest size of agility paddles, so they are pretty easy on the shoulders. Still, you are right that I should be cautious. I've been mostly using them to protect my finger, which still isn't healed.

    We leave on Friday! Very excited. Just a little bummed to be missing all of long course again. But not next year. I've negotiated no long summer vacation during my age up year.
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Nice set of 50s. Mind your shoulders doing back with paddles. I find back with equipment the toughest on my shoulders. Enjoy your upcoming vacation. Are you counting down the days?
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Thanks Gull. I stole this workout and modified it for my team. They liked it!

    Jealous of your training situation.
  11. Celestial's Avatar
    OMG! I used to swim at Dad's Club when I was a kid! I swam for Skip Kenny - were you there waaay back then?
  12. rxleakem's Avatar
    Thanks Bill. A good weekend. Happy Father's Day to you
  13. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    i don't think HR is the only thing that matters but I do think it's another toy to add into the mix from time to time. One of my training partners who has done several ironmans but is most definitely a recovering triathlete said that the main thing is to know your HR max and use the monitor to avoid red lining. Made sense to me. I just did not know my resting HR was so low and again did not realize how my upper end was also so low.
    Resting HR does soon to be a useful tool. If you check it every day, a high rate can indicate training fatigue and insufficient rest. I don't think a low rate is alarming. Mine is also very low. I've gotten out of the habit of measuring it, but a few years ago I was doing so regularly and it was ~38.
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    All right, looking at these times, I think you should NOT swim any IMs until I turn 50 in a couple of years

    Those were very nice swims in what sounds like sub-optimal racing conditions. Good on ya
    i don't think you have much to fear on the IM front but I plan on playing around with some events over the next year or so that I don't normally swim. Surprisingly I really enjoyed the 50 breast. I feel like I could muster a pretty good 50 fly but need some speed work over the first 25.

    Thanks Patrick and good luck at your meet tomorrow. Swimming at altitude is never easy but hopefully you will have some fast fun.
  15. Sojerz's Avatar
    My mouth is watering looking at the strawberries. Great community relay too Mike.
  16. sickfish's Avatar
    I signed up for the 100 free... I wonder if it's possible to add the 50? I'll see. It will be like 1993 all over again
  17. rxleakem's Avatar
    I figured that you have the fly events nailed down, so I signed up for the 800, 400im, 50free, and 200back. Will we duel in the 50free?
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Stewart, You frequently report doing a "90/45/15" exercise as part of your weights/drylands work.
    You described it here: http://forums.usms.org/entry.php?359...k-136-Thursday
    like this,


    As I understand it, you are lying on your back when you do this, correct? From what I understand, you start with you feet above your hips with your legs and backbone at a 90 degree angle. You then lower your legs so that you legs and backbone form a 135 degree angle, then lower your legs again so that your legs and backbone form a 165 degree angle, then work your way back up to 90 degrees?
    I tried this and it seemed pretty reasonable. In fact, it seemed sufficiently "easy" that I figured I must be doing something wrong. Not that it was easy, but I expected worse.

    Or are you doing this while hanging from a chin-up bar? You start in an "L hang" then drop your legs so that you legs and backbone form a 135 degree angle, then lower your legs again so that your legs and backbone form a 165 degree angle, then work your way back up to to the L-hang. I can see that doing this exercise when hanging from a chin-up bar would be very very tough.

    Please clarify the proper technique.
    you described it correctly and I don't do it from a bar. Maybe it's the other exercises that make this feel so hard for me. I am now upto 6 rounds of abs where each round is 5 minutes. I find the going back up particularly hard which makes me think I may have a lower ab weakness. I am getting better at it but it's still an effort.
  19. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I've always been reluctant to use a HR monitor. What if I am killing it in a workout and the HR monitor tells me that my HR is 120 and I'm being a lazy slacker? I remember my HS coach trying to use HR to manage our workouts but there were several of us for who it just didn't seem to work. There was one guy who would get his HR up to 210. I remember the coach sending him home one day. He said he was ok but the coach thought we was working way too hard. There were a couple of us who thought we were working hard only to find our HR at like 135 after a set. I suppose I would learn over time what the norms are for me, but I'm not sure what I would do with that information. The clock seems a more objective measure of progress. Faster time = better.
    i don't think HR is the only thing that matters but I do think it's another toy to add into the mix from time to time. One of my training partners who has done several ironmans but is most definitely a recovering triathlete said that the main thing is to know your HR max and use the monitor to avoid red lining. Made sense to me. I just did not know my resting HR was so low and again did not realize how my upper end was also so low.
  20. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ourswimmer
    At your (our) age, and if your resting HR is naturally slow your max HR just isn't going to be anywhere near your daughter's, or even what your own max HR was 25 years ago. 170 is probably pretty close. My resting HR is usually 40-44 and I am not sure I even could hit 170.

    I used to swim with the team Whitney H. coached before moving to Longhorn Aquatics. I definitely have an endurance athlete's heart and lungs, and I shared a lane most days with some pro triathletes. One day Whitney tried giving us a set with a HR target but when she said we should aim for 180+ we all just laughed as if she'd told us our target pace for 100s was :45.
    I think I will try the monitor next Saturday when we do our race pace 100s at 400 pace. I suspect that's about as high as my HR goes and it would be good to see what that is.

    I have swum with Longhorns a few times and Whitney gives a mean workout.
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