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  1. pwb's Avatar
    Looks sweet - swim and surf! Enjoy.
  2. Celestial's Avatar
    Do you know, we APPRECIATE all you guys do for swimming! (I bet you don't hear that enough, do you?) How wonderful it is too, to come to Sarasota, and have all those lovely USAS swimmers time for us! THANK YOU!
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    That's been my experience. I think a lot of this east-west thing, though, is psychological ... at least for me ... as when I go on exciting trips (e.g., Europe, India), I am usually traveling east and am "pumped" and energized for the trip. I think that adrenaline and excitement helps to mask the actual jet lag my body is experiencing. When I head back west and return home to "real life," as stimulating as my life is, there's just not the same energy level (e.g., vs. a vacation) and the normal physiological effect of jet lag are made even worse since I probably "pushed through" the jet lag on the trip itself. I was a virtual zombie for two weeks last fall after coming back from a mere week in India.

    Good luck.
    I'm sure the psychological aspect is a huge component. Though Mr. Fort and Lil Fort seem to be doing much better than me in terms of fatigue. And my difficulty in falling asleep, waking up in the middle of the night, sleep inertia are classic jet lag. I'm just hoping not to get sick like I did coming back from Paris. I have no idea how you and Water Rat do so much traveling and still train well.
    Updated July 17th, 2015 at 10:36 AM by The Fortress
  4. pwb's Avatar
    I am really suffering from jet lag. I have little trouble flying east, but really struggle flying west. I know that is the opposite of most people, but so it is.
    That's been my experience. I think a lot of this east-west thing, though, is psychological ... at least for me ... as when I go on exciting trips (e.g., Europe, India), I am usually traveling east and am "pumped" and energized for the trip. I think that adrenaline and excitement helps to mask the actual jet lag my body is experiencing. When I head back west and return home to "real life," as stimulating as my life is, there's just not the same energy level (e.g., vs. a vacation) and the normal physiological effect of jet lag are made even worse since I probably "pushed through" the jet lag on the trip itself. I was a virtual zombie for two weeks last fall after coming back from a mere week in India.

    Good luck.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    To quote the movie Slap Shot "You can just drink so much and screw so much."
    Haha. Yeah, I suspect Norway and Iceland are very grim in the winter. I was told every Norwegian skis, otherwise they would get depressed.
  6. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Interestingly, there were pools in Iceland. I guess they need indoor diversions during the harsh winter.
    To quote the movie Slap Shot "You can just drink so much and screw so much."
  7. scyfreestyler's Avatar
    And here I was thinking that you had such a great facility and team to train with. :-).
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Agree, streamline is substantially harder. I also agree that it puts stress on the lower back, and shoulders too actually.


    Yoga is out for me. I don't want to risk the head-down stuff. I've seen the move you describe though. There are some mats on the deck at the university pool. One of the other regulars, (probably older than I) frequently does that move before his swim.

    My "favorite" abs exercise is leg-lifts/flutter-kicks with ankle weights.
    I do: 4x(11 LL from about 10-degrees to about 45-degrees, followed without a pause by 100 FK). It takes ~2:40-3:00 depending on how fast I kick. It's my simulation of a 200 LCM backstroke. I've got adjustable ankle weights and am currently using 2.5# per leg, although at my best I've been up to 3#. I find the exercise to be very demanding.
    any chance you can send me a pm with a picture of the ankle weights you use. I have a small knee injury that flares up every once in a while so I have be careful that the weight does not put pressure on my right knee but I like the idea of adding weight.

    What at is your big meet this summer?
  9. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    i have tried all three. Streamline is the hardest by far. I have prefer arms perpendicular to my body I find streamline puts stress on my lower back whereas perpendicular to the body does not. I have been playing with this also and have played with lowering and lifting to one side and then the other working on obliques. My strength has improved significantly since I started the crazy abs workout. I have been doing 6 rounds now for a few months and we are actually now taking less and less rest between exercises within the round.
    Agree, streamline is substantially harder. I also agree that it puts stress on the lower back, and shoulders too actually.

    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Phone of my team mates has added a yoga inversion into the set so in essence does a head stand with legs going from parallel to the floor straight up and back down. It's wild to see and takes serious strength and balance. I tried it last week and got up but came right back down again. You have to love yoga!!!

    I start my taper later this week so will start to back off on the crazy abs but plan on getting back in for the next training cycle. Good luck with the abs.
    Yoga is out for me. I don't want to risk the head-down stuff. I've seen the move you describe though. There are some mats on the deck at the university pool. One of the other regulars, (probably older than I) frequently does that move before his swim.

    My "favorite" abs exercise is leg-lifts/flutter-kicks with ankle weights.
    I do: 4x(11 LL from about 10-degrees to about 45-degrees, followed without a pause by 100 FK). It takes ~2:40-3:00 depending on how fast I kick. It's my simulation of a 200 LCM backstroke. I've got adjustable ankle weights and am currently using 2.5# per leg, although at my best I've been up to 3#. I find the exercise to be very demanding.
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Welcome back! Glad things worked out for you...eventually. Sorry you had to have such a rough start though.

    You really should try to swim while you're away, at least once in a while. You could have swum in the Serpentine in London Or more realistically, you could have swum in the Olympic pool
    I usually try to swim at least twice a week, even on vacation. It makes things easier for when I get back, and it makes a nice break from the trip.

    Our high school cross country teams have been practicing for a few weeks now. They run along the canal while I walk Holly on Saturday mornings.
    There were 6 of us. I would have felt a bit weird bailing for hours to go swim. Plus, I'd honestly rather see the sights than take the time out to swim. And I'm pretty sure I saw a no swimming sign at the Serpentine. Interestingly, there were pools in Iceland. I guess they need indoor diversions during the harsh winter.

    Yeah, Lil Fort missed a couple weeks of training. No big deal.
  11. aztimm's Avatar
    Welcome back! Glad things worked out for you...eventually. Sorry you had to have such a rough start though.

    You really should try to swim while you're away, at least once in a while. You could have swum in the Serpentine in London Or more realistically, you could have swum in the Olympic pool
    I usually try to swim at least twice a week, even on vacation. It makes things easier for when I get back, and it makes a nice break from the trip.

    Our high school cross country teams have been practicing for a few weeks now. They run along the canal while I walk Holly on Saturday mornings.
  12. The Fortress's Avatar
    Thanks guys! It was fantastic and other-worldly, very hard to come home.
  13. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Stewart, I'm still thinking about and playing around with the 90/45/15 leg lifts. Do you do those with your arms over your head in a streamline position, or along your sides, or tucked under your gluts?
    i have tried all three. Streamline is the hardest by far. I have prefer arms perpendicular to my body I find streamline puts stress on my lower back whereas perpendicular to the body does not. I have been playing with this also and have played with lowering and lifting to one side and then the other working on obliques. My strength has improved significantly since I started the crazy abs workout. I have been doing 6 rounds now for a few months and we are actually now taking less and less rest between exercises within the round.

    Phone of my team mates has added a yoga inversion into the set so in essence does a head stand with legs going from parallel to the floor straight up and back down. It's wild to see and takes serious strength and balance. I tried it last week and got up but came right back down again. You have to love yoga!!!

    I start my taper later this week so will start to back off on the crazy abs but plan on getting back in for the next training cycle. Good luck with the abs.
  14. scyfreestyler's Avatar
    Welcome back! Looked like a fantastic trip. And Olympic Trials next year, very nice!
  15. knelson's Avatar
    Looked like an epic trip. I'm jealous!
  16. Karl_S's Avatar
    Stewart, I'm still thinking about and playing around with the 90/45/15 leg lifts. Do you do those with your arms over your head in a streamline position, or along your sides, or tucked under your gluts?
  17. sglines's Avatar
    Welcome Home Leslie Missed your blog but knew you were having a blast on vacation. beautiful photos. thank you....Did my first 200M IM Yikes
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Very strong swims for right now, Stewart!
    Thanks Kirk. I am having a lot of fun and try putting my swimming into perspective. I have been focused on enjoying the journey as much as the race and this has helped a lot. The group I train with is small but they are a great group and make it a lot of fun!

    Nice swims at your meet. It would be great if you were able to do the some meet in LA in December. Hopefully our swimming paths will cross in person sometime soon.
  19. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    I wish I could compete in OH this year. Good luck.
    The great thing about masters swimming is there is always next time. We should coordinate scm meets this fall. I am highly likely going to do spms in LA in December. Patrick has also swum it the past two seasons and it would be great if we could all swim at the same meet. Now if we could get Fort as well it would be awesome.
  20. knelson's Avatar
    Very strong swims for right now, Stewart!
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