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  1. tjrpatt's Avatar
    IUPUI pool is probably my favorite pool ever! That place is like Mecca for swimmers or something.
  2. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    SPMS is indoors at a great pool in Commerce but I understand the travel aversion.

    One of of the reasons I try to do some USAS meets each season is the energy I get from them. Going in I know that no matter who I am swimming against I will have a good race. I found it nerve racking at first but the more I do them the better they have become. Several Dallas Masters(Michelle Chow, Stephanie Stone and Mark Glass, etc), also compete in USAS meets so I am not the only old and wrinkly. If you are able(which I suspect you would) to beat the kids it gives you an even bigger endorphin high. Perhaps a USAS meet would help you get your mojo back.
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I agree with Stewart on the quality of the SPMS meet, but am in the same state of SCM ennui as you, Leslie. Forget SCM and come to San Antonio for nationals. It is less than halfway across the country and only 1 time zone for you.
    Yep, SCM ennui describes it. But San Antonio is a long way off. It might be a good meet for goal setting, but I feel like I need to race well before then. With my long course meet getting cancelled, I haven't raced since early April. I cringe to think of what has happened to my starts and turns ....
  4. pwb's Avatar
    I agree with Stewart on the quality of the SPMS meet, but am in the same state of SCM ennui as you, Leslie. Forget SCM and come to San Antonio for nationals. It is less than halfway across the country and only 1 time zone for you.
  5. Celestial's Avatar
    Thanks, guys!
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    It's scm and in the same time frame as NE Champs but I am going to swim SPMS in Commerce, CA. I read and tread Patrick's post from last year and its a great meet. It lines up with a trip I am making to California the following week and I like the idea of nice weather with no worries about weather related travel.

    Its hard when you are carrying and injury but some goal setting may get your reinspired, even if it's longer term goals. Just a thought.
    Thx Stewart. I'm a little worried about setting any goals bc I'll probably just suck at my next meet ...

    CA is out for me. Too far and I don't like to swim outdoors. I'm not a fan of cross country flights.
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    It's scm and in the same time frame as NE Champs but I am going to swim SPMS in Commerce, CA. I read and tread Patrick's post from last year and its a great meet. It lines up with a trip I am making to California the following week and I like the idea of nice weather with no worries about weather related travel.

    Its hard when you are carrying and injury but some goal setting may get your reinspired, even if it's longer term goals. Just a thought.
  8. Donna's Avatar
    I ask at the Lmsc meeting
  9. jackback's Avatar
    hey donna ... its jack c from later in the morn at the aquatics center ... i've called the meet director and left a message for the atlanta meet ... i'm trying to find out if they are going to have the omega backstroke ledge for starts ... if you hear yes or no, i could use the info to organize my events as i'm going to try to go to both thanks jack
  10. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    [QUOTE=pwb;bt114271]From my perspective, that set does not look easy, but it does look like a great one./QUOTE]

    To me it looked very straight forward and I was really surprised just how hard it was.

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    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.
    i have very fond memories of IUPUI from Big10 championships and NCAAs so I am looking forward to swimming there again. I will let you know if they have done any upgrades.
  11. __steve__'s Avatar
    Those are definitely sprint races.

    Like wookie mentioned, keep it fun. For me, entering relays is the ice -breaker for that:-) There's many different possibile reasons (excessive aerobic activity, the day, turns, transitions, motivation, etc) and the masters reset / baseline button can be useful.

    Good luck to yourself!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. thewookiee's Avatar
    The video isn't playing. The message says "removed by user" Do you have another one you could post?
  20. 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.
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