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  1. pwb's Avatar
    I thought I was in pretty good shape
    ...damn, if you're not in pretty good shape, I'm the school-yard bully's prime "soft" target.

    In all honesty, that looks and sounds brutal.

    I am seriously considering taking some time next fall where I solely focus on weight-lifting/dryland and turn my mind off competing in swimming. With my relatively limited time to train, whenever I think about doing dryland work, I almost always opt to swim. I think I need to force myself to NOT swim for awhile to build a habit of drylands/weights.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    I am always grumpy at night
    My hubby was grumpy last night too. Combo of hard training (for Boston marathon) and lack of sleep. I'm not grumpy tonight because, though my workout was really hard, at least I had a ton of sleep last night. Math projects always make me grumpy though. I'm fortunate that #3 is super independent school wise.
  3. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I am always grumpy at night
  4. Water Rat's Avatar
    You probably were grumpy.
    I know I get that way when the tweens get together for fun the night before morning practice.
  5. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Yep. 50s are so much more fun with the exhilarating burst of raw speed and frantic pace! It's interesting though .. while I embrace being a drop dead sprinter, others don't seem to embrace it for me. I catch an awful lot of flack for not doing more events. One such recent criticizer even forgot that I've done all 5 SCY 100s the last couple years.

    I think my recent 100s have not been at my 2013 level partly due to strength. Stronger muscles don't fatigue as easily right?
    I've always said they fatigue at the same rate, all other things equal, but you'd rather have your strength decay from a really high point. And endurance is just the decay of strength as you try to keep applying it.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    Hundreds are boring anyway
    Yep. 50s are so much more fun with the exhilarating burst of raw speed and frantic pace! It's interesting though .. while I embrace being a drop dead sprinter, others don't seem to embrace it for me. I catch an awful lot of flack for not doing more events. One such recent criticizer even forgot that I've done all 5 SCY 100s the last couple years.

    I think my recent 100s have not been at my 2013 level partly due to strength. Stronger muscles don't fatigue as easily right?
  7. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Hundreds are boring anyway
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Very jealous of Paris. Enjoy.

    For some reason, I couldn't comment on your Auburn meet post, but your swims looked very good. As for the travel woes, that sucks ... so, recognizing there are direct flights from PIT to PHX, you should plan on the Misty Hyman meet in 2016 - 25s, sunshine, monofin race, deep pool and I'll ask the Meet Director to ensure you don't get stuck in an outside lane.
    I plan on it!

    The swims were fine. I think the important thing was that I actually competed after such along layoff. I don't like traveling much -- except for international fun -- so this experience didn't really jazz me up to do lots of traveling for meets. I probably would have a more positive vibe without the breaststroke and missed plane fiascos.
  9. pwb's Avatar
    Very jealous of Paris. Enjoy.

    For some reason, I couldn't comment on your Auburn meet post, but your swims looked very good. As for the travel woes, that sucks ... so, recognizing there are direct flights from PIT to PHX, you should plan on the Misty Hyman meet in 2016 - 25s, sunshine, monofin race, deep pool and I'll ask the Meet Director to ensure you don't get stuck in an outside lane.
  10. pwb's Avatar
    8x last week and these workouts - you're in beast mode. Keep up the great work.
  11. rxleakem's Avatar
    Sounds like a great meet, with those nice upgrades - sweet
  12. The Fortress's Avatar
    That sounds like a terribly hard double, Ande.

    So you're going to nationals? What events are you training for?
  13. pmccoy's Avatar
    Thanks Karl! This morning we did 55 x 100 on 1:15. I made 35 before I had to start skipping some (missed 3 total) so I think my strength is back now. I have no clue as to what I got. Never had a fever but I had periods of nausea along with lack of any kind of endurance. As for the breaststroke, I'm still doing times I did 5 years ago when I first started. Sometimes it looks like I'm making progress and then I slip back. Two years ago, my 200 fly surpassed my 200 breast and now my 200 back may pass it up as well. It is a mysterious stroke.
  14. rxleakem's Avatar
    There is nothing quite like the beauty of snow. Having to move it from one place to another gets old! haha

    I enjoy it the weather in any event, although jbs has been pounded with more snow than me. I need to be my snowblower fixed ...
  15. Karl_S's Avatar
    Clearly you grew stronger as the meet wore on. It looks like the first hint of this was the 200 fr, then the 400 IM really turned things around for you. 'good thing you stuck it out. (The 50 br doesn't count. That's a ridiculously frustrating event.)
  16. __steve__'s Avatar
    I don't miss the snow
  17. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Good luck at your meet this weekend.
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    How the hell do you do a push up on the bottom of the pool?
    With a great deal of difficulty. When you push you float so the key appeared to be going slowly however that's easier said than done when you have to expel all your air just to stick to the bottom of the pool. It was a Dickie thing, but it was fun.
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