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  1. Kurt Dickson's Avatar
    I think you were at Draper pool. My in-laws live literally 1 mile from there. Beautiful pool if you don't kill yourself without backstroke flags. Dimple Dell is down the street and is a dumpy indoor pool as I remember (maybe I'm wrong).
  2. Sojerz's Avatar
    That's crazy. Check the web (ebay, etc.) to see if you find someone trying to sell the stuff. They may be stupid enough to try to sell it all together.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Pittsburgh is a high swim crime area! Didn't you have something stolen before?
    Yes. Last time my car was vandalized, window smashed, and my backpack was stolen. Grr!
  4. pwb's Avatar
    Pittsburgh is a high swim crime area! Didn't you have something stolen before?
  5. __steve__'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    So envious! Where were you? Its' gorgeous!
    Mangel Halto Aruba. One of the best for views on the Island, but a narrow channel goes through for boat traffic and need to stay watch and close to the corals. Also easy to get stuck in shallow corals with breaking waves and current, but there's a network of UW sand trails to follow to help guide you. I once did a tour of the place to learn the landscape first.

    There's also a shipwreck about 13m down nearby, but every time I swam down and got close I started having difficulty equalizing
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    OUch, Stewart! LIke others have said, thankfully now you know and you can begin the process of healing. It's going to be tough, but stay the course and keep that arm stabilized and let it heal even when it starts to feel better. You're such a good athlete, you'll come back in no time. And with all the kicking you'll do, holy smoke, that itself will be a big game changer for you. My heart comes out to you - good luck!
    It does suck but I will be fine. Thanks for the support KK. It was described as an "overuse injury". The doctor said he has had a few swimmers with the same injury so it's not that unusual I guess. It is good knowing what it is and now I just need to stick to the plan of avoiding using my right arm.
  7. flystorms's Avatar
    OUch, Stewart! LIke others have said, thankfully now you know and you can begin the process of healing. It's going to be tough, but stay the course and keep that arm stabilized and let it heal even when it starts to feel better. You're such a good athlete, you'll come back in no time. And with all the kicking you'll do, holy smoke, that itself will be a big game changer for you. My heart comes out to you - good luck!
  8. flystorms's Avatar
    So envious! Where were you? Its' gorgeous!
  9. flystorms's Avatar
    Wheee, I'll bet your legs are shot!
  10. __steve__'s Avatar
    Thanks,

    You're welcome. It was good times
  11. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    thanks Leslie. I will talk to the doctor about those ideas. Did you do a cortisone shot then after it wore off did the PRP or did you do then both at the same time?

    my only workout fear is atrophy of the arm I won't be using. It was boring yesterday but I can handle that part.
    The arm won't atrophy too much if you're still doing your rehab exercises, which I assume you can still do? I've never had much trouble coming back after mostly kicking for a couple months. I had elbow tendonitis shortly before the Albatross meet this year.

    Cortisone shots will not help/heal a tear. They actually may cause further degradation to the tendon, esp if you have several of them. But one shot is pretty safe and could help you with the pain for awhile. I had PRP (3 rounds) right after I got my diagnoses from the contrast MRIs for my various partial tears, including the elbow tear. They need the MRIs to determine exactly where to inject. I think you have to wait awhile to do PRP if you've had a cortisone shot? Maybe for a week or so? You can't take any anti-inflammatories while doing PRP. PRP is pretty common these days, many Orthopods do it.

    Here's a description of PRP from my dr in VA: https://treatingpain.com/treatment/r...ich-plasma-prp
  12. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I agree with Leslie on the sorrow, but the value in knowledge. The hardest thing right now is going to be forcing yourself to actually back off. Do it now and you'll reap the benefits for the long haul.

    To mix your kicking up and to develop a great SDK off your walls so you can keep up with our Ewok friend off the walls, get yourself a Finis Shooter Monofin and really focus on your legs.

    I hope this heals soon.
    backing off is not something I do well at. My plan is drylands(abs), one arm warm up and then kick kick kick. The kick won't hurt me at all long term. It's just short term it's boring and frustrating that I can't swim. We switch to short course in a couple weeks so it will be easier because I can mix in 25s and 75s kick. I will look at the monofin.
  13. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    So very sorry about the tear. At least you know what you're dealing with. Surgery should be a last resort when other options have failed. One thing that you might consider to ward off surgery is PRP -- platelet rich plasma injections. Or stem cell injections. I've had great success with PRP. I used it for my elbow tear some years ago. Rest! Kick!
    thanks Leslie. I will talk to the doctor about those ideas. Did you do a cortisone shot then after it wore off did the PRP or did you do then both at the same time?

    my only workout fear is atrophy of the arm I won't be using. It was boring yesterday but I can handle that part.
  14. pwb's Avatar
    I agree with Leslie on the sorrow, but the value in knowledge. The hardest thing right now is going to be forcing yourself to actually back off. Do it now and you'll reap the benefits for the long haul.

    To mix your kicking up and to develop a great SDK off your walls so you can keep up with our Ewok friend off the walls, get yourself a Finis Shooter Monofin and really focus on your legs.

    I hope this heals soon.
  15. pwb's Avatar
    Loved the video. Thanks for posting!
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    So very sorry about the tear. At least you know what you're dealing with. Surgery should be a last resort when other options have failed. One thing that you might consider to ward off surgery is PRP -- platelet rich plasma injections. Or stem cell injections. I've had great success with PRP. I used it for my elbow tear some years ago. Rest! Kick!
    Updated August 3rd, 2016 at 09:30 PM by The Fortress
  17. Sojerz's Avatar
    Body surfing definitely counts towards bursts and UDKs! safe trip.
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Maybe a cold water upwelling. It happened earlier this summer along NJ coast too, temp dropped to 60ish and the water turned very clear and greenish. 61 is awfully cold without a wetsuit (way too cold for me). Hope it keeps getting warmer.
    Yep, it was clear and green. Oddly though, now the water is up to 80 and a perfect temp for swimming or playing.
  19. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Jelly fish should be banned. Been stung thousands of times, not a big deal, but once several years back I got tangled in something extraordinarily painful. Felt like a hot iron burning my arm for hours
    !!! Ew

    The rain the night before may have brought them in. Yesterday, the water seemed more like 80 degrees and the jelly fish were gone. A perfect day for playing in the ocean.
  20. __steve__'s Avatar
    Have a fun swim this weekend
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