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  1. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    i am doing the 100 free and 200 back on Friday, 400 free and 100 back on Saturday, 200 free and 50 back on Sunday. Looks to be a really fast meet based on names I recognize. See you Friday.
    That will be a great lineup of events for you. The competition should be great. I can't wait to see the psych sheets.
  2. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Glad you got in some fun with Steve. I'm going to be in Austin again in January and, provided I don't bust my foot up again, I really hope to be able to train with him. After my little bit of events on Friday at SPMS, I'll orient all my training to get ready to try to hang with him

    You might have already said this, but what events are you swimming on Friday at SPMS? I should be there and will definitely do the 200 IM and 200 back.
    i am doing the 100 free and 200 back on Friday, 400 free and 100 back on Saturday, 200 free and 50 back on Sunday. Looks to be a really fast meet based on names I recognize. See you Friday.
  3. pwb's Avatar
    Glad you got in some fun with Steve. I'm going to be in Austin again in January and, provided I don't bust my foot up again, I really hope to be able to train with him. After my little bit of events on Friday at SPMS, I'll orient all my training to get ready to try to hang with him

    You might have already said this, but what events are you swimming on Friday at SPMS? I should be there and will definitely do the 200 IM and 200 back.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    My wife and I felt the same way and so we switched to doing a Thanksgiving fondue a few years back. It actually creates a great, family style meal that is slow, relaxing and conducive to conversation. We usually do three courses - veggies, meat and then, of course, chocolate for dessert. It stretches the meal out over a few hours and just makes for a great family time.
    That's a great idea! However, the guys in the family seem to like the traditional fare. However, I will not be cooking it. I'm definitely encouraging alternative fare next year.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by magick17
    Ah Thanksgiving...a speed bump till Christmas....I'm was dying laughing at the food is disgusting....enjoy that beautiful family though!
    It is disgusting -- heavy and unhealthy. I will skip all the icky sides and have a salad. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    Hi Stewart! Nice to see your posts; finally catching up on some blog reading! You are smart to take a day and truly do some easy stretched out swims. So you are going to the masters meet in CA? Not COR Classic?
    Hi Michelle. I have enjoyed the changes I have made during this training cycle and in particular the race pace training, yoga and recovery days have all been great.

    I found out in September that I needed to go to California with work before the end of the year so arranged my trip so I could also swim at the SPMS meet in California. Reading Patrick's meet summary from last year got me thinking about this meet so it will be great to attend. It looks really competitive so fingers crossed I should have some great races. It's a shame I miss COR Classic since its heats and finals and always very competitive. I am planning on holding my taper the week between COR and the LPA usas meet which is also in Rockwall so I should get a fast USMS meet and a fast USAS meet during this taper. I have never done race pace training so don't know how well I will hold the taper but it should be fun either swimming fast or dieing trying to swim fast. Sorry I will miss you at COR. Swim well and represent us oldens well.
  7. pwb's Avatar
    Not that I like Thanksgiving much -- the food is disgusting.
    My wife and I felt the same way and so we switched to doing a Thanksgiving fondue a few years back. It actually creates a great, family style meal that is slow, relaxing and conducive to conversation. We usually do three courses - veggies, meat and then, of course, chocolate for dessert. It stretches the meal out over a few hours and just makes for a great family time.
  8. magick17's Avatar
    Ah Thanksgiving...a speed bump till Christmas....I'm was dying laughing at the food is disgusting....enjoy that beautiful family though!
  9. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    Good workout for being sick and not overdoing it. Sorry to hear about your thyroid going beserk! I have taking your comment about breaststroke and really trying to feel my body position better - for whatever reason it's easier to feel in fly and very mechanical for breaststroke. But reducing resistance and setting up a powerful lunge is so key.
    A good kick really helps the lunge too, but that eludes me. But the pull can set it up pretty well. Good luck! Any more SCM meets in December? Will you get your next ten TTs in SCM?
  10. chowmi's Avatar
    Good workout for being sick and not overdoing it. Sorry to hear about your thyroid going beserk! I have taking your comment about breaststroke and really trying to feel my body position better - for whatever reason it's easier to feel in fly and very mechanical for breaststroke. But reducing resistance and setting up a powerful lunge is so key.
  11. chowmi's Avatar
    Hi Stewart! Nice to see your posts; finally catching up on some blog reading! You are smart to take a day and truly do some easy stretched out swims. So you are going to the masters meet in CA? Not COR Classic?
  12. gigi's Avatar
    My team isn't practicing on the Friday after T-day, so I decided to look up the old Turducken to do on my own at the Y.....It's a holiday tradition!
    happy days!

    gigi
  13. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    What events are you planning on Friday at SPMS besides the 200 back? I am trying to work my work and family angles to be there; it'll be great to catch up again.
    assuming the 6th event does not get dropped I am swimming the 100 free and the 200 back. It will be good to catch up. Are you staying in SoCal after the meet? I am in LA until 10th and then I am heading to San Francisco til 12th. I plan on holding my taper for an additional meet in scy in Texas on 13-14th December.
  14. pwb's Avatar
    What events are you planning on Friday at SPMS besides the 200 back? I am trying to work my work and family angles to be there; it'll be great to catch up again.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I am sad for you and your swimming when I read about your pool and pool transit travails.
    Yeah it is a real joy sucker. I can usually deal with it, and then I'll get mired in traffic from an accident on the parkway and flip out. YI just haven't really gotten my mojo back since the move, though I'm sure the shoulder problem doesn't help. You' are fortunate to have so many pools in AZ.
    Updated November 19th, 2014 at 11:33 AM by The Fortress
  16. pwb's Avatar
    I am sad for you and your swimming when I read about your pool and pool transit travails.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    I don't know about Patrick and Mark, but I too always struggle while I am on the road. As you said, traveling is tiring, but at least you got in and swam. Sounds like a great trip. My two kiddos are pre teen and teen, and I can't imagine having to travel to see them, but I guess it's just around the corner. My son turned 14 today. Safe travels.
    I wish I could travel more to see them. But with a job and Lil Fort at home (she's 14 too), I don't have the flexibility. Still three trips in the last two months to AZ, VA and NH was more than enough for me. It takes me awhile to get back into a good sleep routine, and it definitely negatively effects my swimming.
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by MaryR
    I swam a couple meets at Dartmouth in college. Do they still have the pool that has the couple of long course lanes that go into that tunnel-- at least this is how I remember it from 25 years ago.
    Yes same old pool. Quirky tunnel and abrupt shallow areas. They really need a new pool. But given the fact that they almost cut the swim team a few years back, that is unlikely.
  19. 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
  20. 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!!!
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