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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    20 high. Unbelievable. I can't imagine that many elites can even do that. I was 28 high the other day. Hoping to salvage some pride...what kind of fins do you use?
    That wasn't my best effort either. I scraped on the bottom for a few kicks on the second 25 (pool is only about 6 foot deep). I'm sure elites that excel at the SDK are faster. I use the long Sprint floating fins: http://sprintaquatics.com/SPRINT-FLO...oductinfo/640/. They're like the Speedo fins, but perhaps a bit stiffer. Zoomers are really just for flutter kick/freestyle IMO.

    Good luck this weekend!
  2. Doug Martin's Avatar
    20 high. Unbelievable. I can't imagine that many elites can even do that. I was 28 high the other day. Hoping to salvage some pride...what kind of fins do you use?
  3. aztimm's Avatar
    someone on my team posted this picture to Facebook:


    I figure that if I'm getting out of bed to swim at 5:30am, I'm actually going to swim. I normally get in the water right after I get there and am usually one of the last out of the water.

    Seems every group I've swum with has people who will just chat, for what seems like half the workout. The few times I've done short sprints with high rest it seems like that would work, but I so rarely do sets like that
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Yeah, and I'm getting seriously scared around racing you if you were hitting 50s at 0:12/0:13 to your feet.

    As for people chit chatting on deck, ain't nobody got time for that! At least in my schedule, I usually have very little time other than getting the workout in.
    now that would be amazing wouldn't it.

    When i was younger this sort of thing would bother me but now I am old(er) I just smile. It is funny how the same people talk about how hard the workout was. I have lots of thoughts but typically don't comment.
  5. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Something is not right here. Were those 25s?
    If you can do even a single 50 on :20, maybe you need to focus on the 50 at Trials.
    thanks Karl. I was in a rush this morning and obviously I did not pay enough attention. Thanks for the catch. I updated the post.
  6. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Something is not right here. Were those 25s?
    If you can do even a single 50 on :20, maybe you need to focus on the 50 at Trials.
    Yeah, and I'm getting seriously scared around racing you if you were hitting 50s at 0:12/0:13 to your feet.

    As for people chit chatting on deck, ain't nobody got time for that! At least in my schedule, I usually have very little time other than getting the workout in.
  7. Karl_S's Avatar
    5x50 free at 100 race pace to your feet on :20
    Something is not right here. Were those 25s?
    If you can do even a single 50 on :20, maybe you need to focus on the 50 at Trials.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Hopefully, the upcoming rest will agree with the elbow. I'll keep doing the flex bar and acupressure.

    I do live in the now mostly. But there is a definitive pattern of me being tired on Friday night after 7-8 workouts. I will likely likely cut everything in half.
  9. pwb's Avatar
    Swim the kids meet and see how it goes. It'll be fun
  10. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Sorry about the elbow. The exercises you posted in my blog have been a huge help. I hope you start to feel good soon.

    I used to hate it when my club coach would tell us we were having a hard day tomorrow or explain a hard set. I used to get quite worked up over it. Then he let me into a little secret and that was he was testing us. He said that to be a great distance swimmer you had to focus on the here and now and not worry about things you can't control. This was a huge lesson and something I have tried living by. Live in the here and now and only worry about things I can control.
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    When I swam AG YMCA and then AAU on LI growing up in the late 50s and early 60s, we competed in pools like this all around NYC. Flushing and Harlem Ys I remember, and possibly NYAC too - it looks familiar. Many of these pools had balconies and one had a highly pitched indoor oval track around the top that we ran on after the meet. No clocks, just a coach and timers with wind up stop watches that read to 1/10, if you were lucky . The pool areas were generally small with lots of art deco tile work and were clearly designed for splish-splashing around at the men's club, not racing. Women weren't allowed in to a bunch of these pools, if I recall correctly. Fortunately, swimming has come a long way, but its great to see some of these "throw-backs" are still around. Thanks for posting Stewart.
    i swam in some similar sounding pools as a kid in England. The lane lines were pretty good as you can see in the picture vs some of the lane lines I experienced as a kid which were ropes with one bouy half way down the pool. And our kids think our pools have a lot of chlorine. Oh the memories!!!
  12. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    There's quite a few pools in the NYC area to choose from. We used to have a blogger here who shared her experiences doing pool and o/w tourism

    If you get the chance, TNYA is a great group, and makes up for the less than stellar conditions at John Jay pool (plus they don't charge visitors to swim with them).
    Of course I'd also highly recommend Brighton Beach.
    i don't get to NYC that frequently but will check out TNYA next time.
  13. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Stewart - any special thing you had to do to get into NYAC? I thought it wasn't open to public.
    i just emailed you. I was fortunate enough to get a guest pass but I did see a USMS sign in the lobby and suspect you can get a day pass if your a masters swimmer but not entirely sure.
  14. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    There's quite a few pools in the NYC area to choose from. We used to have a blogger here who shared her experiences doing pool and o/w tourism
    One of Janet's friends has the best 'pool tourist' blog out there - https://40pools.wordpress.com/
  15. pwb's Avatar
    Stewart - any special thing you had to do to get into NYAC? I thought it wasn't open to public.
  16. aztimm's Avatar
    There's quite a few pools in the NYC area to choose from. We used to have a blogger here who shared her experiences doing pool and o/w tourism

    If you get the chance, TNYA is a great group, and makes up for the less than stellar conditions at John Jay pool (plus they don't charge visitors to swim with them).
    Of course I'd also highly recommend Brighton Beach.
  17. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    FYI, Mr. RAM Recruiter and Coach, Richard Neville (59, FAST, North Texas) was inquiring whether RAM might need a male TT breaststroker. As one of your Pittsburgh reps, I said yes of course. But you might reach out and work some of your recruiting magic!
    We are always open to people joining us. The only team requirement is that they want to have fun. Debbie downers are not welcome

    I will email you seperately when I get back to Dallas tonight.
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    FYI, Mr. RAM Recruiter and Coach, Richard Neville (59, FAST, North Texas) was inquiring whether RAM might need a male TT breaststroker. As one of your Pittsburgh reps, I said yes of course. But you might reach out and work some of your recruiting magic!
  19. Sojerz's Avatar
    When I swam AG YMCA and then AAU on LI growing up in the late 50s and early 60s, we competed in pools like this all around NYC. Flushing and Harlem Ys I remember, and possibly NYAC too - it looks familiar. Many of these pools had balconies and one had a highly pitched indoor oval track around the top that we ran on after the meet. No clocks, just a coach and timers with wind up stop watches that read to 1/10, if you were lucky . The pool areas were generally small with lots of art deco tile work and were clearly designed for splish-splashing around at the men's club, not racing. Women weren't allowed in to a bunch of these pools, if I recall correctly. Fortunately, swimming has come a long way, but its great to see some of these "throw-backs" are still around. Thanks for posting Stewart.
  20. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    I love seeing old school pools like that. It's beautiful in its own way. Sounds like a good day!
    you can't see it in the picture but the end is so high you can't hold onto the wall. Instead they have out a rope across the pool threaded through the lane lines. It's wild but somehow it worked. I wish I had taken a picture of the balcony which overlooks the pool. It looks like 1920s theatre seating. Very nice!

    This is building and facility reminds me of a pool in the intercontinental hotel in Chicago that Patrick pointed me to last summer. Same era and some beautiful Architecture. There is something so cool and chic about the roaring 20s.
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