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  1. aztimm's Avatar
    I'm not sure why everyone is focused on Geneva, OH when Cleveland is about an hour away. There's tons to do there. Plus if you brought your family, you could take a trip over to Cedar Point for tons of fun!
    I was in that area a few years ago for a niece's high school graduation. Since my brother lives in the area, I've been several times over the years, and have never been disappointed in things to do. My nieces all looked very jealous when we told them we were heading to Cedar Point.
  2. knelson's Avatar
    I can't get real excited about going to Cleveland for a meet, either. Usually I go to the Gil Young meet in Portland, but I don't see it on the calendar yet this summer. I hope it just hasn't been added yet to the Oregon Masters website. I've also done the SPMA meet in Mission Viejo a couple times and that's a good meet, although it tends to be hot.
  3. pwb's Avatar
    If you want to consider family-vacation-friendly locations for a LCM meet, consider either the Pacific Masters meet in San Jose (July 24th to 26th) or SPMA at Mission Viejo (August 14th to 16th). I imagine you'll get slightly better competition at the SPMA meet as guys like Shaffer are more likely to show up then. The other option would be to go to a USAS meet - shouldn't there be something in Texas this summer in either the great indoor pool for Woodlands or UT?

    I do agree you should've tapered more. It might have been as simple as trying to get more SCY in ahead of the meet, but it sounds like that was out of your control.
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Like the other forumites I enjoyed reading about your experiences at Nats. It looks like you are a backstroker! Overall excellent swimming. Someday I want to see you, Steve and Patrick go at each other in the 500 live. (streaming didn't start that day until after the 500.) I'm sure I'm not alone in this community is wishing your son the best. That must be a tough experience to struggle through. I hope there is eventually a silver lining. Maybe he will finds some inner strength he didn't know he had.
    i am not sure about really being a backstroker but my back is getting stronger. Unlike some other events I have some really big fundamental flaws and I don't have down the start, turn and under waters. I agree that long course I will be strong where these are less of the race. The exciting thing(and maybe it will always be this way) is that I have some things to work on. I don't do a lot of back in practice and this will likely continue, however I will be working on these fundamentals. The good thing about the underwaters in particular is I can work on core kicking which will improve all my underwaters.

    Thanks for the well wishes. He is fine and we will handle with the recovery. Luckily the side affects seem very limited. I get very emotional though! Thanks.
  5. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Geneva OH is dull. But the Spire pool is sublime -- super wide lane lines, very deep, overflow gutters, etc. You could always go sans family; mine never goes to away meets. But I know travel meets can take a toll.

    You're 45. You need way more rest with all the hard training you do. You'll get it all figured out; it takes some experimentation.

    have fun fishin'!
    I read a few things about Geneva and it sounds like it is a great place to go and hang out on Lake Erie, however that's for sure not on my bucket list. if I go it will be without the family for sure. My wife looked at me like I was nuts when I suggested Geneva Ohio this summer(she is from Iowa) for vacation. It also looks like summer nationals are often under attended which is another strike against going for racing. I have some time and will figure it out.

    I will play with the taper again on the next one. It took me two years to figure out the race pay stuff leads to good race pace now I just have to figure out how to rest. It sounds simple but i don't have it yet although SPMS was better where we backed off 3 weeks out and really backed off a week and a half out and then I held the taper for an additional week. Maybe it needs to be an even bigger drop. We will get there.

    Despite the personal challenges this was one of the most fun meets I have been to. There is always a silver lining.
  6. GregJS's Avatar
    It was a great meet and lots of fun (at least for those of us who did not do 500fly)! Now, what do I have to do to get some of those stroopwafels?
  7. Karl_S's Avatar
    Like the other forumites I enjoyed reading about your experiences at Nats. It looks like you are a backstroker! Overall excellent swimming. Someday I want to see you, Steve and Patrick go at each other in the 500 live. (streaming didn't start that day until after the 500.) I'm sure I'm not alone in this community is wishing your son the best. That must be a tough experience to struggle through. I hope there is eventually a silver lining. Maybe he will finds some inner strength he didn't know he had.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Geneva OH is dull. But the Spire pool is sublime -- super wide lane lines, very deep, overflow gutters, etc. You could always go sans family; mine never goes to away meets. But I know travel meets can take a toll.

    You're 45. You need way more rest with all the hard training you do. You'll get it all figured out; it takes some experimentation.

    have fun fishin'!
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Sounds like you guys smoked that relay!! Great job on your events, Stewart! Sounds like a pretty good weekend overall.
    All things considered it was a good Nationals. i think you know how badly I wanted to win the 200 and 500 free but alas that was not meant to be. The great thing about masters is there is always next time.

    It it was great fun and our team did awesome. We placed 9th in the men's ranking and 24th overall. Not bad for a team that had 2 swimmers at nationals just two years ago.
  10. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Stewart, can't thank you enough for inviting me onto those awesome relays. It was great getting to know you and geeking out on swimming for 3 days. I'm in withdrawal now.
    Really enjoyed watching your races and even racing you. Next time the 100's mine!
    It was our pleasure. It was a lot of fun and we will definitely get to race the 100 again.
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Stewart, it was great to see you, race you and hang out a bit. The meet, in hindsight, was a blur for me.
    Likewise on both fronts Patrick.

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I really hope everything goes better soon for your son.
    Thanks so much.

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I hope to swim with you again someplace. It looks like I'll be spending a lot of time in San Francisco between now and July, so let me know if/when you're headed there or if biz travel ever brings you back to Phoenix.
    I am likely to visit San Francisco in June and will definitely let you know when.
  12. Water Rat's Avatar
    Stewart, can't thank you enough for inviting me onto those awesome relays. It was great getting to know you and geeking out on swimming for 3 days. I'm in withdrawal now.
    Really enjoyed watching your races and even racing you. Next time the 100's mine!
  13. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Ditto what Leslie said. Picking up the win in the 100 back had to be exciting!
    it was great but honestly paled compared to the relays. I was very happy with all my back swims. Thanks Kirk.
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    You had a splendid meet! Especially considering all your travails of late. Your backstroke times were all masters PRs right? And you had to enjoy the win in the 100. I likewise think your long course 200 back will be really awesome. And grabbing those wins in the relays is priceless. I know you were somewhat disappointed in your freestyle events. I honestly don't think you rested enough -- too much long course and too much race pace work too close to the meet.

    I will be sending good vibes for your son. We RAM team members have not had it easy on the medical front lately. Did the principal of his school follow through as he had promised? Concussions can take a long time to recover from. One of my swimmers is in the process, and it's taking a frustratingly long time.
    Yes the backstroke events were best times and like you said I have some great opportunities to build on these over the summer. I was very happy with these swims. I was disappointed with the free events but unlike prior tapers I know I did my best based on where I was. I am not beating myself up on any swims. The relays were awesome and I will have memories I will cherish forever.
  15. pwb's Avatar
    Stewart, it was great to see you, race you and hang out a bit. The meet, in hindsight, was a blur for me; I had fun, but need to spend more time next year (3 or 4 days).

    I really hope everything goes better soon for your son.

    ... and I hope to swim with you again someplace. It looks like I'll be spending a lot of time in San Francisco between now and July, so let me know if/when you're headed there or if biz travel ever brings you back to Phoenix.
  16. knelson's Avatar
    Ditto what Leslie said. Picking up the win in the 100 back had to be exciting!
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    iHopefully with some rest after Boston his blood work will return to normal.

    I think ink you did the right thing with all your personal challenges, although we definitely missed you. Hopefully there will be a next time.
    Rest?! My husband doesn't rest. He doesn't even take a day off. He's super compulsive. I look like a lazy idler in comparison.

    Thanks for the good wishes. Hopefully, the blood work will be better when he re-does it at the hematologist's.

    I missed you guys too. It was a bit sad over the weekend watching the racing and not being there.
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    You had a splendid meet! Especially considering all your travails of late. Your backstroke times were all masters PRs right? And you had to enjoy the win in the 100. I likewise think your long course 200 back will be really awesome. And grabbing those wins in the relays is priceless. I know you were somewhat disappointed in your freestyle events. I honestly don't think you rested enough -- too much long course and too much race pace work too close to the meet.

    I will be sending good vibes for your son. We RAM team members have not had it easy on the medical front lately. Did the principal of his school follow through as he had promised? Concussions can take a long time to recover from. One of my swimmers is in the process, and it's taking a frustratingly long time.
    Updated April 27th, 2015 at 10:01 PM by The Fortress
  19. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Really happy for you and Mr. Fort. That had to have been scary. I hope everything else turns out well for him.
    i second Patrick's wishes and I too am so happy for you and Mr a Fort that it's not the dreaded Big C. Hopefully with some rest after Boston his blood work will return to normal.

    I think ink you did the right thing with all your personal challenges, although we definitely missed you. Hopefully there will be a next time.
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Really happy for you and Mr. Fort. That had to have been scary. I hope everything else turns out well for him.
    Thanks Patrick. Yes, it was a huge relief.
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