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  1. rxleakem's Avatar
    Dinner went well, with everyone well fed and some great memories by the end of the evening. Lena and I even made it downtown to see the high school's adaptation of A Christmas Carol. A great day!
  2. GregJS's Avatar
    Regarding your previous post, you seem to be motivating people to do all kinds of things. I enjoyed the men's group, too (and not just because I got a great free CD out of it!)

    Today's practice was a hoot; that may be the only caroling I do this year; and I kind of consider it the official start of Christmas celebrations (well, that and also the Christmas cookie bake-off that my mom and I do each year, which we started last week).

    Will try to have a complete Christmas song memorized by next year.

    Hope your dinner went well. And thanks for the treats!
  3. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ndauksavage
    If you get workouts from Henry I want join! I've never been so sore as when we did that trial run for him!
    jeremy said the same thing. I am pretty sure he will help us and I will talk to him over Christmas. He offered previously!
  4. ndauksavage's Avatar
    If you get workouts from Henry I want join! I've never been so sore as when we did that trial run for him!
  5. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    So do you bring all your toys with you whe you travel or just fins and snorkel?
    Quite honestly with a large degree of difficulty.

    I tend to bring my swimming backpack as one of my carry on items and I put my work computer, my iPad, cables, mouse, etc for work and then add(based on space), my snorkel, paddles and buoy. I always bring my snorkel and if I have room I will bring my paddles. I more often than not don't bring my bouy and never bring a kick board. I don't recall the last time I used fins during normal training; we may use them during a taper or a one off practice.

    My experience is that most teams have kick boards and buoy's. If they don't have buoy's I can let my legs drag with paddles and if they don't have kick boards I can kick on my back. I very very seldom warmup without a snorkel so in my mind this is as essential as my prescription goggles. I also tend to use the cardio cap if the send off times are generous so as to make it a little harder. This is what I did on the 200s free during this workout.
  6. flystorms's Avatar
    I can see where that would be choppy, but an interesting workout. Hmmm...

    So do you bring all your toys with you whe you travel or just fins and snorkel?
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    You deserve a great break. Saw your note on my blog and thank you! You've been a big inspiration to me this year and a great supporter. I sure appreciate the help and advice. Merry Christmas, Stewart!
    Thanks Kari. You have a great Christmas too.
  8. flystorms's Avatar
    You deserve a great break. Saw your note on my blog and thank you! You've been a big inspiration to me this year and a great supporter. I sure appreciate the help and advice. Merry Christmas, Stewart!
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Speaking seriously, glad you're feeling good in the water - is there another USAS meet this weekend where you can test your theory?
    unfortunately not. I am done for the season. Christmas training here I come.
  10. pwb's Avatar
    It makes me wonder if I need even more rest.
    Speaking for all of us intending to race you in the 500 in San Antonio, I think you should rest about 8 weeks as if your target race was the 50 ... we might stand a chance

    Speaking seriously, glad you're feeling good in the water - is there another USAS meet this weekend where you can test your theory?
  11. amswimmer's Avatar
    Wow so sorry to hear...give Laura my best and yes, stick to the water!
  12. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Congrats Stewart! Soak up all the happiness you can from your accomplishments of the last two meets. Really splendid swims! I agree with you that race pace training is what makes you fast. Garbage yards are just that, garbage, though I can see the value of some base building right now for you. I would take it easy this next week. Just read an article posted by Paul Smith about how important it is for serious athletes to take off a week after the end of a training cycle. I know that's hard for obsessive types like us, but think about it.
    Thanks Leslie. As I think you know, I was skeptical about race pace training and usrpt in particular, however I gave race pace a serious try and I am convinced the race pace combined with, more rest, a concentrated weights and dryland along with a yoga program have paid dividends. I know this is just one training cycle and many things can contribute to my improvement but it's hard for me to not see race pace training as anything other than a revelation. If I compare last season to this season in events I swam both years it's wild.

    200scm - 2:04.51 to 1:59.97
    400scm - 4:24.17 to 4:17.72
    50 back - 30.71 to 29.17
    200scy - 1:48.05 to 1:46.90

    I plan on swimming this week but more for staying wet than for training. I almost can't function without my daily chlorine!!
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Congrats Stewart! Soak up all the happiness you can from your accomplishments of the last two meets. Really splendid swims! I agree with you that race pace training is what makes you fast. Garbage yards are just that, garbage, though I can see the value of some base building right now for you. I would take it easy this next week. Just read an article posted by Paul Smith about how important it is for serious athletes to take off a week after the end of a training cycle. I know that's hard for obsessive types like us, but think about it.
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
  15. knelson's Avatar
    Wow! We've got an early favorite in the Blue Bell challenge.
  16. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thewookiee
    Nice swimming! You split that race very, very well. Did anyone video the race?
    Unfortunately not. My daughter was sick and so I was flying solo. The SPMS meet where I went 1:59.9 on the 200m free is online. In fact all the races are online from SPMS.
  17. thewookiee's Avatar
    Nice swimming! You split that race very, very well. Did anyone video the race?
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    I echo what Patrick said. but I agree with you that 4 months seems like overnight to me. I have not been doing much if any race pace training as no one I ever swim with finds it important. I'm going to have to get serious about modifiying my workouts I'm afraid.

    are you moving up to my age group??? With a 22.5, you're not allowed!
    I was very skeptical when I first read about USRPT and although my race pace is not USRPT I am convinced this type of training has helped me enormously and plan on sticking with it. I will examine my weights and yoga and likely adapt both.

    I am aging up to your age group but likely won't be doing the 50 at Nationals. It just does not fit on the program. I also have a tough choice to make on the 1000 and likely won't swim it either. I wish I could enter 8-9 events and then it would make much easier choices. The program this year makes it tough; I know your breast and free is in a similar(perhaps worse) boat.
  19. Water Rat's Avatar
    I echo what Patrick said. but I agree with you that 4 months seems like overnight to me. I have not been doing much if any race pace training as no one I ever swim with finds it important. I'm going to have to get serious about modifiying my workouts I'm afraid.

    are you moving up to my age group??? With a 22.5, you're not allowed!
  20. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Damn impressive 200, Stewart. To hold a taper after all that racing last weekend and then all of the travel is incredible. As for this comment ...

    ... I look at that as a gift of a huge amount of time.

    Take it easy this week - you deserve some R&R.

    Great season.
    Thanks Patrick. I could not have been happier. Its funny how going a 1:46.90 is so much more satisfying than a 1:47.00. On this training cycle I hit all my goal times for scm and it gives me great confidence ahead of nationals. I obviously hoped to be able to hold the taper but was not sure how I would react with lower overall yardage. I am convinced that the race pace training I have been doing, works. My splits on all my events were great and I have a lot of confidence as a result.

    Thanks for for all your support.
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