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  1. ndauksavage's Avatar
    Nice workout today! It was fun even though it hurt. Can't wait for our last day of boot camp!
  2. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ndauksavage
    Nice workout today! Can't believe we are getting so close!
    Thanks. You too. I am glad you are feeling better. Migrains are bad at the best of times let alone during a training camp. 3 more workouts this week. Hang in there and keep pushing hard.

    Scary how our taper is just around the corner.
  3. ndauksavage's Avatar
    Nice workout today! Can't believe we are getting so close!
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    That's fast! I tried a set of 15x100 on 1:15 last weekend and couldn't do it. Make about the first three and then most of the rest were more like 1:17.
    Thanks Kirk. This morning Stephanie Stone who is a mid distance swimmer at Plano masters(2nd at 2013 short course nationals in 500 free in the 45-49 age group) joined us and she swam in the lane next to me with fins. She really helped push me this morning and it's what I needed at this phase of the camp. Our team has had about 6 swimmers who have consistently made doubles plus weights and drylands this week and a few practices like this morning with 8 swimmers. Despite a range of ages and abilities everyone has worked there tails off and it's been great fun. I know we are all looking forward to worlds! It's hard to believe it starts a month from Sunday.
  5. knelson's Avatar
    I was holding between 1:07-1:10 on the 100s
    That's fast! I tried a set of 15x100 on 1:15 last weekend and couldn't do it. Make about the first three and then most of the rest were more like 1:17.
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Holy cow that's a lot of mileage for a week. Great job. So is this training camp a crash course on top of work, or are you taking the week off for this?
    yes. We are likely to do between 60-70k meters this week, plus a lot of high intensity work. This is the final push for our team before worlds. I took the week off work but three of my team mates are doing the camp and working. I don't know how they are surviving.

    With Friday being the 4th we only have one workout on Friday so we are officially over half way through the camp.
  7. flystorms's Avatar
    Holy cow that's a lot of mileage for a week. Great job. So is this training camp a crash course on top of work, or are you taking the week off for this?
  8. Matthewivan9's Avatar
    I swim with Neil here in Ohio. You should see some of the workouts he does. He is truly an amazing swimmer.
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Or, you can just give up on grass and go with desert landscaping (e.g., rocks and cacti) like we have in Arizona. I removed my grass and all my non-native plants from my backyard in 2010 when I put in my pool. Despite putting in a much larger pool than the play pool I had, my water usage has gone DOWN dramatically since I don't have to water the grass and don't have to water any of the cacti. I have a few citrus trees that take a bit of water, but, other than that, only my pool requires water. The net effect is lower water usage and a better pool. On top of that, the cacti require practically zero maintenance.

    Not sure if flower bed with xeriscape would work in this case but thanks for the thoughts. If we can't get the grass to grow I will definitely revist your idea. We are going to take woollies advice and get the soil ph tested.
  10. pwb's Avatar
    Or, you can just give up on grass and go with desert landscaping (e.g., rocks and cacti) like we have in Arizona. I removed my grass and all my non-native plants from my backyard in 2010 when I put in my pool. Despite putting in a much larger pool than the play pool I had, my water usage has gone DOWN dramatically since I don't have to water the grass and don't have to water any of the cacti. I have a few citrus trees that take a bit of water, but, other than that, only my pool requires water. The net effect is lower water usage and a better pool. On top of that, the cacti require practically zero maintenance.
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thewookiee
    A couple of things to consider when seeding/sodding. 1) A lot of bermuda grass is not shade tolerant. I don't know the kind you have planted. The last few years, there have been more shade tolerant brands come on the market, but bermuda really likes full sun.

    A couple of thoughts to help with the new sodding as well.

    1) Have you checked you ph levels? If the soil ph is below 6.0 or above 7.0(neutral) grass has a difficult time surviving due to key nutrients being restricted or locked-up all together. I would take several samples, 10-12 from around the area that you are sodding. Mix them into one bag and get the level tested.

    Odds are that you will need to add lime. You may not though. Soils in southeast Tennessee are very poor, so liming is always needed here

    2) As you are laying the sod or just after you have layed it, add humic acid. Humic acid is a natural organic product that really aids in root germination. You will need to water it really well, but it will be worth doing so.

    Check with the Texas A&M turf grass science website to find the best watering recommendations for your area. A&M has a great turf science department. Most of the time, people water daily but only for a few minutes. This will cause the roots to turn-up and grow towards the surface, instead of making them grow down in the soil.


    You may have already thought of all these ideas, but I thought I would share them. Again, check with the A&M department or your local extension office for any advice.
    Great advice. We did not check the ph since everything else seems to do well except this shady area, but it is shady because it's surrounded by trees which obviously will affect the soil ph. I will definately take your advice. We tend to deep water our grass and plants and water less frequently.

    I will ill check out the A&M office. My wife is looking at Master Gardening classes and these are offered through A&M so they really are a great resource. A big thanks for the great advice I will definitely take it on board.
  12. thewookiee's Avatar
    A couple of things to consider when seeding/sodding. 1) A lot of bermuda grass is not shade tolerant. I don't know the kind you have planted. The last few years, there have been more shade tolerant brands come on the market, but bermuda really likes full sun.

    A couple of thoughts to help with the new sodding as well.

    1) Have you checked you ph levels? If the soil ph is below 6.0 or above 7.0(neutral) grass has a difficult time surviving due to key nutrients being restricted or locked-up all together. I would take several samples, 10-12 from around the area that you are sodding. Mix them into one bag and get the level tested.

    Odds are that you will need to add lime. You may not though. Soils in southeast Tennessee are very poor, so liming is always needed here

    2) As you are laying the sod or just after you have layed it, add humic acid. Humic acid is a natural organic product that really aids in root germination. You will need to water it really well, but it will be worth doing so.

    Check with the Texas A&M turf grass science website to find the best watering recommendations for your area. A&M has a great turf science department. Most of the time, people water daily but only for a few minutes. This will cause the roots to turn-up and grow towards the surface, instead of making them grow down in the soil.


    You may have already thought of all these ideas, but I thought I would share them. Again, check with the A&M department or your local extension office for any advice.
  13. __steve__'s Avatar
    Thanks pwb, this will be the "drill pool"
  14. pwb's Avatar
    Turn this stupid pool design into a positive and practice your open water sighting skills to look for the wall each lap!
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