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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jpetyk
    If you like wine, there are tons of wineries to tour in Geneva.
    i would never put wine and Geneva together. Good to know. My wife really enjoyed Napa so maybe that will help. Thanks.
  2. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    do you happen to recall when the Gil Young meet occurs? End of August?
    Yes. Last year it was August 22-24.
  3. jpetyk's Avatar
    If you like wine, there are tons of wineries to tour in Geneva.
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Hey S, why don't you do the LCM Zones meet down in the Houston area in July?
    if I don't do LCM Nationals I will swim Zones but I believe it's early July which would likely be too early for a taper meet.

    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
  5. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    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.
    Tim, if I go to Nationals I want to stay close to the pool which would make Clevland difficult although I saw on the spire institutes site there list of hotels includes hotels in Cleveland. My family have already said they are not going so I need to decide if it's just me for a couple days or whether the look for another meet where I can swim and they can do some fun things.
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    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.
    do you happen to recall when the Gil Young meet occurs? End of August?
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    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.
    I think the mission viejo meet would be a lot of fun and timing may work. I will look into this one nearer the time. Thanks Patrick.

    I am am going to swim a couple of usas meets but likely these will be too early to consider for a taper meet. I am also trying to convince Tom to host a masters meet this summer but he does not like the idea for some reason.
  8. flystorms's Avatar
    Hey S, why don't you do the LCM Zones meet down in the Houston area in July?
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
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