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  1. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Oh, I agree with it not being a sole method of training. And I agree with using equipment to work out stroke mechanics and such and not completely dismissing good tools as "toys."

    I put a lot of muscle on doing CrossFit and weightlifting during my swimming hiatus - I'm not a 400 IMer anymore and I don't think my body would let me be regardless of if I wanted to or not unless I committed to losing a lot of weight. I'm a sprinter now - and a better sprinter than I was even in college, somehow. But having been a 400 IMer previously, I have no idea how to train sprints (I could see that easily in how utterly sloppy some of my race videos were at Nationals), and the "coaches" that I have had in Masters are either geared toward club swimming or the more fitness side of Masters. So, I'm just trying to learn as much as I can.

    I do still need to build back more aerobic base. That's what this summer is for as I'm not planning on doing any meeting until short course season comes back around. That and building some leg strength back up on a squat program.
    Yeah Iím on a comeback trail that began in January. Iím sort of the same in that Iím just building back a base. Not a lot of pace stuff, not a lot of speed stuff for right now. I want to make it through the LCM season and use it as a fitness phase. Once September/October rolls around, Iíll start really trying to work the speed angle. I too wasnít much of a sprinter growing up, in college, or beyond, except when called upon to answer the bell on a relay. Case(s) in point: Iíve split 29.5 LCM 50 breast on a relay, but wasnít much under 31 with a 30.8 lifetime best flat start. In college I was 21.6 on a 200 free relay, mid season. Never been below 22.6 flat start. Some of that is relay takeoffs, but I just canít naturally sprint. I need a relay to really get me juiced up.

    @Jeff I am also holding off on weight lifting for now. I do my Total Body Conditioning class and my CORE7 class once a week each, but given how sluggish LCM swimming already feels, and given that the back half of the 2017-2018 SCY season came when I was only just starting to swim again, I passed on weights figuring they would slow my process of finding a feel for the water again. Come September, Iíll get back to weights.

    I did find much success doing CrossFit with the club team back from 2012-2014!
  2. JPEnge's Avatar
    Oh, I agree with it not being a sole method of training. And I agree with using equipment to work out stroke mechanics and such and not completely dismissing good tools as "toys."

    I put a lot of muscle on doing CrossFit and weightlifting during my swimming hiatus - I'm not a 400 IMer anymore and I don't think my body would let me be regardless of if I wanted to or not unless I committed to losing a lot of weight. I'm a sprinter now - and a better sprinter than I was even in college, somehow. But having been a 400 IMer previously, I have no idea how to train sprints (I could see that easily in how utterly sloppy some of my race videos were at Nationals), and the "coaches" that I have had in Masters are either geared toward club swimming or the more fitness side of Masters. So, I'm just trying to learn as much as I can.

    I do still need to build back more aerobic base. That's what this summer is for as I'm not planning on doing any meeting until short course season comes back around. That and building some leg strength back up on a squat program.
  3. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Are you going to do more USRPT with Blair? I'd like to see how that looks, might be good to integrate that into my training when I get back to racing season in the fall.
    Eh...it's not really a philosophy I subscribe to. I respect there is more than one way to skin a cat when it comes to swimming training. I can appreciate that people like Michael Andrew and Josh Davis have found so much success using USRPT as their sole training regiment, but I don't buy into it being part of a worldwide revolution.

    When Blair invites me to train with him, if he is doing an USRPT set, I will happily partake. But as for incorporating more of it into my workouts, I doubt it. For me, I will stick to what has worked for me for years: a solid load of aerobic work interspersed with anaerobic and VO2 MAX sets when needed. My plan is to get up and race at least once a week this summer. So last week, with no meet to swim in, I did the 6x100 @ 5:00 from the blocks. This weekend I will do another dive set. Then the next two weeks I have meets I am swimming in.

    I will add that individual USRPT sets, by themselves, can be great training tools for me. I use them myself and used them when I was a college coach. I just didn't use them day in and day out as the sole method of training. Also I don't like the "no toys" policy. I love my toys. As one can see from my workouts, I incorporate most of my mesh bag's contents into each practice.
  4. JPEnge's Avatar
    Are you going to do more USRPT with Blair? I'd like to see how that looks, might be good to integrate that into my training when I get back to racing season in the fall.
  5. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    My equipment bag is extremely varied - I think my pullbuoy is from club swimming sometime, kickboard was given to me at a swim camp when I was about 14. Goggles come from all over the place. I never did have my own snorkel before - college team had enough for everybody and coach would disinfect them every year and pass them back out to the new freshmen. Unfortunately my fins, paddles and all my suits dry rotted or otherwise fell apart during my 6 year hiatus, so I had to replace all that stuff.
    Paddle straps I find last the least amount of time. I am replacing those every month or two. Paddles themselves (I use level 1 "green" Strokemakers) have broken over time, usually beginning with a slow warping/bending in the direction that I pull, and eventually splitting (starting right between the straps the middle finger slides into). Nowadays, when I see the fracture start to form, I toss the paddle and get a new one. I carry like 4-5 "blank" paddles in my bag so that I can quickly swap out broken ones. I find them littering the area BEHIND the pool deck at the end of each summer.

    I did something similar with some snorkels as well. Since you used to swim with LRAD, you might remember the metal equipment bins full of dirty discarded equipment that they had at UALR. The aquatic director, a few years ago, got tired of them sitting on the deck and emptied them out. He piled all the snorkels up for kids to claim, but no one took any. After about 2 weeks I asked if I could have them. Took them all home, disassembled them, soaked them in Simple Green (figured if my fraternity brothers could use it to clean heavy resin out of their bongs, it could clean mold out of snorkels!), ran them through the dishwasher, and reassembled them. I then passed them out to my high school swimmers I coached. Basically got a team's worth of snorkels for free. The ones beyond repair I took for my graveyard of parts to repair my snorkel every time it needs maintenance.
  6. JPEnge's Avatar
    My equipment bag is extremely varied - I think my pullbuoy is from club swimming sometime, kickboard was given to me at a swim camp when I was about 14. Goggles come from all over the place. I never did have my own snorkel before - college team had enough for everybody and coach would disinfect them every year and pass them back out to the new freshmen. Unfortunately my fins, paddles and all my suits dry rotted or otherwise fell apart during my 6 year hiatus, so I had to replace all that stuff.
  7. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    You motivated me to buy a snorkel... need some work on my body positioning.
    I still have 4 standard issue items from my very first day of college swimming:

    1) my drag suit (which is mostly in tatters but still wearable...although not as a stand alone suit anymore!)...(It doesn't look anything like it did in my avatar picture from '05)

    2) my goggles (just the UV brown Swedish goggle lenses...the straps I replace every 6-9 months)

    3) my mesh bag (which I forgot to return before graduation but no one seemed to care)

    4) my snorkel (which has been repaired by pirating pieces from other snorkels many times, but having coached swimming for 6 years and seeing snorkels come and go, none of them have stood the test of time like the original FINIS v1.0 snorkel. I have never managed to nibble through the mouthpiece, it stays clean, and the straps never broke!)

    Needless to say, I love to snorkel.

    I should add, on a note about equipment, that I have some other college items and some stuff that even predates college:

    - kick board (borrowed from MAC's kick board bin when they used to use Davidson's pool)
    - tube (this silly black tire thing, looks like it belongs on a tricycle. Was a "gift" from my club coach from back in junior year of high school, where, for 2 months, he went on a "tubing" obsession...think he got the idea from an ASCA conference)
    - "pull buoy" (not the one I use currently. As a tribute to its longevity, I still have both Styrofoam "cylinders" from my old old school pull buoy. The cord has long since fallen apart so the buoy can no longer be used. This was my first piece of equipment I ever got for swimming, and it was when I was nine years old. It lasted through college and fell apart, finally, about 20 years after first getting it!)
    Updated May 25th, 2018 at 11:52 AM by Calvin S
  8. JPEnge's Avatar
    You motivated me to buy a snorkel... need some work on my body positioning.