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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    i am trying to make sure I listen to my body but I know I enjoy workouts and can be my worst enemy!
    I can definitely be the same way too even tho I'm a diva sprinter. I know a couple of my tears have been due to excessive training/zeal. I am especially susceptible to overdoing it in the gym. I think when you've been doing masters another 5+ years, you will be wiser about listening to your body. It all takes time to figure out.

    Btw, on the improvement issue, to be sure it could be due to the yoga/drylands. However, at least for me (and others that I know), there was incremental improvement over years (plural) that came from just accumulated training and racing and tinkering with sets. Causation is difficult. For example, I was trying to figure out why I did so well at NE Champs. It could be that I was more injury free and focused this fall. Or it could be that I sat on the couch for two weeks and was super rested. Or it could be that I started taking beta alanine a month before the meet. So hard to tell ...
    Updated January 9th, 2016 at 12:07 PM by The Fortress
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Saw this article today and thought of you: http://www.swimmingworldmagazine.com...core-strength/

    Your core workout group should consider getting a TRX together -- assuming you have a place to hang it. Some very tough exercises you can do. I did one today in which your feet are suspended in the TRX and you are in straight arm plank position. You do a knee in, then swing the legs out to a V, then bring the legs back together, then go right into a pike. Not for sissies.
  3. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    One thought: your improvements this fall could also be due to better health. It's very hard to pinpoint the exact cause of improvement.
    my health was good this fall and last fall but when I compare my times across SCM seasons I was faster this season in my main events(200 and 400 free). I agree it's difficult to pinpoint any one thing but I added dry lands and yoga and other than these everything else was constant. whether these things contribute or not I enjoy them and have fun doing them also.
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    I've heard a few masters say the wheels start coming off after 45 ... Our poor degraded tendons and joints ... We want to spend all our time and energy doing real training, but would be better off sometimes allocating time to prehab and recovery.
    i am trying to make sure I listen to my body but I know I enjoy workouts and can be my worst enemy!
  5. beprocton's Avatar
    I follow your blog and I'm always amazed at your workouts and meet performances. As such, I'm thrilled that you've decided to come to Spring Nationals so that I can watch you swim in person. Perhaps I'm biased living in Greensboro and training at the Greensboro Aquatic Center, but I think you'll really enjoy swimming here and hitting some good times.
  6. __steve__'s Avatar
    This is only occasional, and is nothing compared to airports, travel and hotels that you and pwb routinely mix into your schedule.

    Can't wait until next weekend for a break, however
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Since I am now coaching on Saturday mornings I am unable to do my regular yoga class and need to find another way to focus on stretching because I agree it's a very important. It's so easy to overlook stretching.
    Easy to overlook stretching and shoulder/scapular exercises ... And sometimes those little things make a huge difference and keep us pain free.
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I am tired just thinking about it. That's a really tough schedule. I don't know how you handle shifts like that and train.
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Since I am now coaching on Saturday mornings I am unable to do my regular yoga class and need to find another way to focus on stretching because I agree it's a very important. It's so easy to overlook stretching.
  10. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    You're like Mr. Fort, Stewart -- he goes hard all the time and never takes a day off. And now he's got three different nagging injuries, which threaten his ability to run Boston. Be careful!
    if I am half as successful swimming as Mr Fort is running I will be very happy.

    I am in it for the long run so agree with the need to avoid injuries and that's why I feel like the option to swim on Sunday's is not my preferred option since that's currently my day off.
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    It will be great to see you in Greensboro, Stewart, and I guess I'm going to have to enter the 500 after all. Probably the most packed and most fun 500 race I've ever done in Masters was at Greensboro in 2012 when our fast heat had these 6 guys gutting it out.
    2 Erwin, Jeff T 47 SAWS 5:01.47
    3 Jones, Rob 47 UNAT 4:57.57
    4 Brundage, Patrick W 45 BRSM 4:52.08
    5 Switzer, Keith M 49 BLU 4:48.29
    6 Unruh, Steven L 45 NITR 4:49.08
    7 Stevenson, Chris L 47 NCMS 4:52.46
    8 Shaffer, Mike G 46 VCM 4:59.57

    It was a blast even if Mr. Switzer did dust us all on the last 50. I'm hoping we can get a similar stacked lineup ... and that I can be in better shape to race that event, in particular, than I was in San Antonio.
    It will be awesome to race against you again. If your training for the mile you will bring in the 500 for sure.

    That was one serious line up in 2012. A who's who of men's masters swimmers.
  12. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Have you considered just eliminating drylands? To me, the vasa work is just repetitive of the pool work and doesn't add that much value. Ab work is ok, but you can likely strengthen your core just as much by doing some all out SDK kicking with fins. The shoulder rehab you could squeeze in here or there.

    I'm just not sure what to do about USMS nationals ... Because I didn't go to many meets my first two years in Pittsburgh, I have a green light to attend as many meets as I want this (age up) year. But I worry that it would be hard to re-boot for Canadian Nationals with only three weeks in-between. Those multi-day meets can really take it out of you. I guess I could limit the # of events that I swim or just go for the first two days. I will continue to mull it over. Relays would be fun! And Nationals in general is always fun.
    i considered it but I feel like I had some big improvements this past year and believe some of this is down to just being stronger and more flexible and I would hate to give that up. Also outside of the personal benefits, I have really enjoyed doing the workout with my training partners and the camaraderie we have built up by doing these workouts together. We are now up to 6 of us that are doing the dry lands together and it's been great fun.

    I think you would have to pick one of the meets to focus on since I agree it would be difficult to do a double taper. I think if I was in your shoes I would focus on the Canadian nationals since you will be young in your new age group with a great shot a lot of world records. If you swim USMS spring nationals I would rest a couple of days(drop taper) and do a more limited program plus relays. Just my 2 cents. I really hope we can swim on a relay or two with Mark.
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Ever hear of a day of rest Stewart? you're not getting any younger!
    Says the man who once trained 24 days in a row!

    But Water Rat is right. Without recovery days or recovery weeks during hard training, your training quality diminishes and injuries can mount.

    You're like Mr. Fort, Stewart -- he goes hard all the time and never takes a day off. And now he's got three different nagging injuries, which threaten his ability to run Boston. Be careful!
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Ever hear of a day of rest Stewart? you're not getting any younger!
    i thought that was what a taper was for
  15. Water Rat's Avatar
    Ever hear of a day of rest Stewart? you're not getting any younger!
  16. pwb's Avatar
    It will be great to see you in Greensboro, Stewart, and I guess I'm going to have to enter the 500 after all. Probably the most packed and most fun 500 race I've ever done in Masters was at Greensboro in 2012 when our fast heat had these 6 guys gutting it out.
    2 Erwin, Jeff T 47 SAWS 5:01.47
    3 Jones, Rob 47 UNAT 4:57.57
    4 Brundage, Patrick W 45 BRSM 4:52.08
    5 Switzer, Keith M 49 BLU 4:48.29
    6 Unruh, Steven L 45 NITR 4:49.08
    7 Stevenson, Chris L 47 NCMS 4:52.46
    8 Shaffer, Mike G 46 VCM 4:59.57

    It was a blast even if Mr. Switzer did dust us all on the last 50. I'm hoping we can get a similar stacked lineup ... and that I can be in better shape to race that event, in particular, than I was in San Antonio.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Have you considered just eliminating drylands? To me, the vasa work is just repetitive of the pool work and doesn't add that much value. Ab work is ok, but you can likely strengthen your core just as much by doing some all out SDK kicking with fins. The shoulder rehab you could squeeze in here or there.

    I'm just not sure what to do about USMS nationals ... Because I didn't go to many meets my first two years in Pittsburgh, I have a green light to attend as many meets as I want this (age up) year. But I worry that it would be hard to re-boot for Canadian Nationals with only three weeks in-between. Those multi-day meets can really take it out of you. I guess I could limit the # of events that I swim or just go for the first two days. I will continue to mull it over. Relays would be fun! And Nationals in general is always fun.
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Thanks guys. I had an epiphany over Christmas; I have stopped going all out on these race pace sets because I know at the end they will hurt. Instead I have settled on a pace I know is painful(:27) but I can make all 16. One of the things I reread and like in the USRPT materials is the idea of failure and the notion that its ok to fail(in fact by failing we get better). My intention is to try to find a pace that is realistic and relevant to my 200 but is a big stretch and see if I can get there over the course of the season. I need to find out if that time is :25 high or :26 low.
  19. Water Rat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    16x50 free at 200 race pace(:26 target) on :55

    25's - 26! -
    Nice!
    AGREE!
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sglines
    Leslie what scull drill do you prefer?
    I like a basic front scull (no kicking) best. Helps with the catch for free, fly, and breast.
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