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  1. thewookiee's Avatar
    We all have practices and meets like you experienced. There are times when I make a certain interval and think "wow, I have finally turned the corner" The very next week, I struggle to make an interval that is 10 seconds slower.

    Remember, keep it fun. Goals are great motivation for training but keep it fun first.
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Holy crap, were you ever flying on those 300s ... well, actually on the whole set.

    From my perspective, that set does not look easy, but it does look like a great one.

    Enjoy IUPUI ... still my favorite pool in the US. I thought I heard they are doing an upgrade, have done an upgrade or are planning an upgrade??? Let me know if you can confirm that rumor.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Today I swam with my daughter and we tried this drill many times. My daughter got the hang of it very quickly and was doing full lengths, breathing to both sides and doing flip turns. Her best effort was about 95 yds non-stop before losing the "hat". I was less successful, but did get so I could do a full 25 breathing to my right (my un-natural weak breathing side surprisingly). I managed a successful flip turn, but lost the "hat" on the breakout. We both were really impressed with the drill and I expect that we will make it a common part of warmup when we swim together. Thanks again for posting it. This one is a keeper.
    Agree! I did some more 25s today myself. I would like to work on flip turns as well.
  4. Karl_S's Avatar
    Today I swam with my daughter and we tried this drill many times. My daughter got the hang of it very quickly and was doing full lengths, breathing to both sides and doing flip turns. Her best effort was about 95 yds non-stop before losing the "hat". I was less successful, but did get so I could do a full 25 breathing to my right (my un-natural weak breathing side surprisingly). I managed a successful flip turn, but lost the "hat" on the breakout. We both were really impressed with the drill and I expect that we will make it a common part of warmup when we swim together. Thanks again for posting it. This one is a keeper.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    This drill went ok until I tried to take a breath. I'm going to try again since I know my breathing needs work.
    My paddle fell off the first 25 when I tried to breath too. But when I made adjustments, it was not an issue. Though I don't think I'm quite up to flip turns with the paddle ... The drill definitely uncovers any weakness in head position.
  6. Karl_S's Avatar
    This drill went ok until I tried to take a breath. I'm going to try again since I know my breathing needs work.
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by thewookiee
    The video isn't playing. The message says "removed by user" Do you have another one you could post?
    Weird, when I google top hat drill, the video comes up and I can watch it. I'll try again. It basically is swimming free with a paddle flat on the top of your head. It forces you to look straight down at the pool. If your head rides too high, the paddle will not stay in place. The drill also means that you have to take a quick breath and cannot breathe for too long or lift your head to high to breathe.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c4ihWjRcnFU
  8. thewookiee's Avatar
    The video isn't playing. The message says "removed by user" Do you have another one you could post?
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    I always think of "200 race pace" as 1/2 my 2nd 100 split.
    so to me, a :26 equates to a 1:42, split :50/:52.
    My goal time is a 1:48, split :52/:56 so my 50 training pace is :28.
    I'm trying to figure out if I should drop to a :27 training pace I guess.
    I promise I have not gone over to the dark side or joined a cult but I have been reading up on usrpt and race pace training in general. Usrpt says to divide total goal time by the race pace distance you are training; so in my case it's 200 pace divided into 50s. So my goal is 1:45 which is 26.5 per 50. My hope is to do this until failure aka usrpt. I am not there yet and it's hard. When I first saw usrpt I did not see how it would work for my events but the more I have read the more I understand this stuff is really hard with focus on high intensity pace work. Failure is not something I typically embrace but in this case it's the part that builds endurance.
  10. Water Rat's Avatar
    either way, 16x50s at a ;26 pace is SMOKIN!
  11. Water Rat's Avatar
    I always think of "200 race pace" as 1/2 my 2nd 100 split.
    so to me, a :26 equates to a 1:42, split :50/:52.
    My goal time is a 1:48, split :52/:56 so my 50 training pace is :28.
    I'm trying to figure out if I should drop to a :27 training pace I guess.
  12. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    Sorry to hear about the shoulder. Take it easy and hope you fully recover!
    Thx chowmi. I was probably rushing things, though it seems like I've been kicking forever. I'm getting sick of kicking!
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    NE Champs! though sorry about the shoulder
    Maybe NE Champs, though I find myself wishing it wasn't SCM. Unless I'm swimming well in advance, 100s could seem pretty looooong.

    No more coming to Pitt on Wed night either?
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by 200free
    On the positive side at least we all know the Fastest Woman award is now up for grabs. I just checked and it looks like you've won it 7 years in a row. Is 18 days enough time for me to get in shape?
    I know, I'm sad not to defend my title. But, yes!, that is enough time for you to get in shape for 25s. I'm rooting for you!
  15. 200free's Avatar
    On the positive side at least we all know the Fastest Woman award is now up for grabs. I just checked and it looks like you've won it 7 years in a row. Is 18 days enough time for me to get in shape?
  16. __steve__'s Avatar
    Thank you!

    Kicking workouts like that used to be more like an exhaustive leg specific drill activity. Now it's just swimming without the use of hands

    The fins also seem to keep the ankles in good kicking form
  17. pwb's Avatar
    Still can't decide what to swim at the Ron John. 100 fly and 100 IM for sure. They are the first events I would consider each day. The rest I may pick based on how well I can recover to max the events instead of which ones I am actually better at.
    I haven't compared the order of events to last year; maybe it's the same and it's just my mindset, but it seems like a hard OOE to work with.
  18. chowmi's Avatar
    Sorry to hear about the shoulder. Take it easy and hope you fully recover!
  19. chowmi's Avatar
    So you prefer the "erg" vasa? I have the one where it has the bungee cords and you adjust by the cord level or combine them. I like my model because you can incline and use the kick plate for legs. The one thing I really want is the dumbell weight attachment tool! I would rather go super hard weight for a shorter time.
  20. flystorms's Avatar
    Wow that's a lot of kicking! I'd hate to climb stairs after that. Great job!
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