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  1. Celestial's Avatar
    So sorry! Sending positive thoughts your direction! And lots of prayers!
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Thanks Stewart. Fortunately, sports medicine is a hot specialty in Pittsburgh, so there are quite a few good docs. I was pretty depressed about it yesterday, but feeling more optimistic today. I've had shoulder problems off and on since starting masters swimming, including the entire first two years, so I'm kind of used to it. My instinct tells me this is not surgical. Doing daily PT exercises has already helped some.
  3. __steve__'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by scyfreestyler
    Kicked a 1:07! Good stuff, Ande!
    I second this!
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Leslie,

    I would highly recommend a second opinion. Several years ago I had my annual physical and they did an ultra sound due to a bilirubin reading on my blodd work and discovered a shadow on my liver while doing an ultra sound. I was sent for a full MRI and later found that the shadow was a figmant on the original image rather than anything wrong with my liver and the billirubin is naturally high in my family and is actually a genetic condition. Its my experience that often doctors jump to conclusions without really knowing everything necessary to make a diagnosis. I hope the second opinion from a sports specialist gives you a better course. Good luck and I am so sorry to hear about your shoulder challenges.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    That stinks. Baseball doctors would know about the shoulder, though - I hope you don't need surgery.
    Exactly, and he's supposed to be a shoulder expert who does not push surgery. So many orthopods immediately want to cut; it's their first instinct.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Leslie, that sucks ... though knowing what it is will hopefully get you more quickly fully repaired. I, too, hope it is not surgical.

    Be careful on the running, though. My wife has had to significantly cut back her running due to knee problems. Getting old sucks, especially when folks like us who try to stay fit and healthy get derailed by injuries.
    Thanks Patrick. I don't plan on much running. My knees have been a little twitchy with all the kicking. They're probably the next thing to PRP, with my luck. I blame my crap shoulders on all that mega distance training as a kid.
  7. pwb's Avatar
    Leslie, that sucks ... though knowing what it is will hopefully get you more quickly fully repaired. I, too, hope it is not surgical.

    Be careful on the running, though. My wife has had to significantly cut back her running due to knee problems. Getting old sucks, especially when folks like us who try to stay fit and healthy get derailed by injuries.
  8. ekw's Avatar
    That stinks. Baseball doctors would know about the shoulder, though - I hope you don't need surgery.
  9. scyfreestyler's Avatar
    Kicked a 1:07! Good stuff, Ande!
  10. Karl_S's Avatar
    ...stroke typically falls apart at the end of a race not the beginning, so focus on stroke mechanics when you are tired, not fresh. I also believe he uses drills as part of the warm down based on the limited amount of time we swim...
    Those are both reasonable arguments. I'm going to experiment with the "reversed" order to see if I like it.
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Stewart, that's one seriously brutal sounding workout. WIll you get a recovery day??
    Yes it was a tough workout for sure. We did a set last spring of 12x100 on 2mins AFAP which I believe is where we are heading sooner rather than later. I dont ask about recovery workouts anymore because everytime I have asked about one we end up with an even harder set the next workout. We dont swim Sundays so I guess thats my guarenteed recovery day and I always enjoy it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I have noticed that you frequently do some kind of stroke/drill set like this near the end of practice. I've always thought that it is preferable to do stroke/drill work early in practice to tune up the stroke and remind oneself how to do it properly before doing the conditioning work. (Swim it perfect, then swim it fast.) Does your coach have a philosophy behind this reverse order?
    I asked him the same thing some time back and his response was that your stroke typically falls apart at the end of a race not the beginning, so focus on stroke mechanics when you are tired, not fresh. I also believe he uses drills as part of the warm down based on the limited amount of time we swim(not saying I agree with this part, but I am not the coach).
  12. Karl_S's Avatar
    Stewart, that's one seriously brutal sounding workout. WIll you get a recovery day??

    6x50 doggy paddle down, perfect free back with snorkel and cardio cap on 1min
    I have noticed that you frequently do some kind of stroke/drill set like this near the end of practice. I've always thought that it is preferable to do stroke/drill work early in practice to tune up the stroke and remind oneself how to do it properly before doing the conditioning work. (Swim it perfect, then swim it fast.) Does your coach have a philosophy behind this reverse order?
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial
    I miss the daily grind. My 5th kid is off to school - and I remember when he first left, I wondered what on earth to do with myself on the weekends, and the afternoons! Even though I have a full time job, I juggled swim practice, tennis practice, school plays etc., and I actually loved it. Fortunately, the kids can get so annoying by their senior year, you almost are on the verge of kicking them out anyway, lol!!
    And the first kid to leave the house was ruff, but let me tell you, #5 was brutal. My heart goes out to all parents at this time in their lives. (I love being just an old married couple, now, though, hahaha!!)
    I don't really mind the grind either. But the first couple weeks can be tough transitioning back in. How very true about them getting annoying. I couldn't wait for Teen Fort to get out the door, and we get along so much better now. But I can see where the last one would be very very hard. I still have 5 years left with Lil Fort! And one kid is a piece of cake.
  14. rxleakem's Avatar
    Isn't it a small world, Bill? That is an awesome story - thanks for sharing!

    Keep progressing on the recovery, it would be great to meet you if we both can make it to Boston.
  15. Celestial's Avatar
    I miss the daily grind. My 5th kid is off to school - and I remember when he first left, I wondered what on earth to do with myself on the weekends, and the afternoons! Even though I have a full time job, I juggled swim practice, tennis practice, school plays etc., and I actually loved it. Fortunately, the kids can get so annoying by their senior year, you almost are on the verge of kicking them out anyway, lol!!
    And the first kid to leave the house was ruff, but let me tell you, #5 was brutal. My heart goes out to all parents at this time in their lives. (I love being just an old married couple, now, though, hahaha!!)
  16. Sojerz's Avatar
    Mike,

    In August of 1965 when I was 15 my sea scout group sailed along the LI Sound from Watch Hill to New Haven. We had 4 small sloops with 3 in each and camped on the beaches along the way. On August 6 my Dad intercepted me at the Westbrook beach, because my Mom had given birth to my youngest brother, Chris, that night. I guess he used the itinerary to find me, cause there weren't any phone booths on the beach nor cell phones.

    Hoping to come up for the December NE champs meet. Take care Mike.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Ok, we've been blogging for a long time as I remember you writing about him making the decision to go there. Seems like only yesterday for me ... can't imagine how fast it feels for you.

    I'll be in your single child at home situation in a year as my second daughter is a HS senior this year. Crazy.
    The fairly quick move from 3 to 1 children is somewhat disconcerting. In a way liberating. And in a way it makes you feel old and displaced. Sending good vibes to you for the next couple weeks as you make this first change. The first was definitely the worst for me.
  18. pwb's Avatar
    before he heads back to Dartmouth for his senior year.
    Ok, we've been blogging for a long time as I remember you writing about him making the decision to go there. Seems like only yesterday for me ... can't imagine how fast it feels for you.

    I'll be in your single child at home situation in a year as my second daughter is a HS senior this year. Crazy.
  19. rxleakem's Avatar
    Thanks, Tim

    The Leaf Peeper meet is usually a fast one, although I have yet to make it. I'll again try to this year: http://adms.org/meets/2014-2015/2014...epers_UVAC.pdf

    I'm also planning to make it down again to BU - always fun and a great chance to catch up with my swimming friends
  20. aztimm's Avatar
    Great pictures! Sounds like some great open water swimming!

    I noticed a, "Leaf Peepers," meet in VT in late October. Are you doing that one too?

    Thanks for sharing the dates for the BU meet. I've been checking the NEM website, but hadn't seen it posted. I'll keep an eye on airfare now
    I've done that meet 3x now, and intend to keep going.
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