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  1. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Yep. 50s are so much more fun with the exhilarating burst of raw speed and frantic pace! It's interesting though .. while I embrace being a drop dead sprinter, others don't seem to embrace it for me. I catch an awful lot of flack for not doing more events. One such recent criticizer even forgot that I've done all 5 SCY 100s the last couple years.

    I think my recent 100s have not been at my 2013 level partly due to strength. Stronger muscles don't fatigue as easily right?
    I've always said they fatigue at the same rate, all other things equal, but you'd rather have your strength decay from a really high point. And endurance is just the decay of strength as you try to keep applying it.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    Hundreds are boring anyway
    Yep. 50s are so much more fun with the exhilarating burst of raw speed and frantic pace! It's interesting though .. while I embrace being a drop dead sprinter, others don't seem to embrace it for me. I catch an awful lot of flack for not doing more events. One such recent criticizer even forgot that I've done all 5 SCY 100s the last couple years.

    I think my recent 100s have not been at my 2013 level partly due to strength. Stronger muscles don't fatigue as easily right?
  3. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Hundreds are boring anyway
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Very jealous of Paris. Enjoy.

    For some reason, I couldn't comment on your Auburn meet post, but your swims looked very good. As for the travel woes, that sucks ... so, recognizing there are direct flights from PIT to PHX, you should plan on the Misty Hyman meet in 2016 - 25s, sunshine, monofin race, deep pool and I'll ask the Meet Director to ensure you don't get stuck in an outside lane.
    I plan on it!

    The swims were fine. I think the important thing was that I actually competed after such along layoff. I don't like traveling much -- except for international fun -- so this experience didn't really jazz me up to do lots of traveling for meets. I probably would have a more positive vibe without the breaststroke and missed plane fiascos.
  5. pwb's Avatar
    Very jealous of Paris. Enjoy.

    For some reason, I couldn't comment on your Auburn meet post, but your swims looked very good. As for the travel woes, that sucks ... so, recognizing there are direct flights from PIT to PHX, you should plan on the Misty Hyman meet in 2016 - 25s, sunshine, monofin race, deep pool and I'll ask the Meet Director to ensure you don't get stuck in an outside lane.
  6. pwb's Avatar
    8x last week and these workouts - you're in beast mode. Keep up the great work.
  7. rxleakem's Avatar
    Sounds like a great meet, with those nice upgrades - sweet
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    That sounds like a terribly hard double, Ande.

    So you're going to nationals? What events are you training for?
  9. pmccoy's Avatar
    Thanks Karl! This morning we did 55 x 100 on 1:15. I made 35 before I had to start skipping some (missed 3 total) so I think my strength is back now. I have no clue as to what I got. Never had a fever but I had periods of nausea along with lack of any kind of endurance. As for the breaststroke, I'm still doing times I did 5 years ago when I first started. Sometimes it looks like I'm making progress and then I slip back. Two years ago, my 200 fly surpassed my 200 breast and now my 200 back may pass it up as well. It is a mysterious stroke.
  10. rxleakem's Avatar
    There is nothing quite like the beauty of snow. Having to move it from one place to another gets old! haha

    I enjoy it the weather in any event, although jbs has been pounded with more snow than me. I need to be my snowblower fixed ...
  11. Karl_S's Avatar
    Clearly you grew stronger as the meet wore on. It looks like the first hint of this was the 200 fr, then the 400 IM really turned things around for you. 'good thing you stuck it out. (The 50 br doesn't count. That's a ridiculously frustrating event.)
  12. __steve__'s Avatar
    I don't miss the snow
  13. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Good luck at your meet this weekend.
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    How the hell do you do a push up on the bottom of the pool?
    With a great deal of difficulty. When you push you float so the key appeared to be going slowly however that's easier said than done when you have to expel all your air just to stick to the bottom of the pool. It was a Dickie thing, but it was fun.
  15. pwb's Avatar
    Glad you enjoyed NOVA, again. Dickie is both fast and fun to swim with. I haven't been spending much time in Orange County lately, but your post reminds me that I will have to slip through sometime when I'm traveling up from San Diego.

    How the hell do you do a push up on the bottom of the pool?
  16. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Katia J Hoberman
    Hey Stewart!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! you make it sound like 45 is old.. Hello!! it's not!! at least I don't
    feel old.. I too have a birthday coming up March 3rd.. (turning 43). I hope you and your family had a nice ground hog day birthday gathering. Take care out there in Cali forn IA!!
    45 is a great age because now I get to compete with the big boys in the 45-49 age group. Aging up is fun in masters swimming. 45 is the new 25 in my mind at least.

    Thanks for the kind wishes. I am off to swim with Nova tomorrow at another amazing California pool and team. I swam with them at Patrick's suggestion this past summer and had a blast. I am lucky that I get to see some of these great facilities and programs. Life is good.
  17. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Glad you enjoyed it.

    Sorry the water was a bit too warm. Next time, just keep going down the hill from UCSD and jump in for a morning swim with the sharks in La Jolla Cove: that will be much cooler
    As you know first hand it's hard to complain about most pools in California. It's the land of amazing facilities. When they pulled the covers off this morning so much steam came off I could see maybe 5 feet of visibility. It was wild. Awesome recommendation though.

    I have been in the pacific on a previous trip to Southern California and it's amazingly frigid. No thanks. And there are no black lines to follow.
  18. Katia J Hoberman's Avatar
    Hey Stewart!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! you make it sound like 45 is old.. Hello!! it's not!! at least I don't
    feel old.. I too have a birthday coming up March 3rd.. (turning 43). I hope you and your family had a nice ground hog day birthday gathering. Take care out there in Cali forn IA!!
  19. pwb's Avatar
    Glad you enjoyed it.

    Sorry the water was a bit too warm. Next time, just keep going down the hill from UCSD and jump in for a morning swim with the sharks in La Jolla Cove: that will be much cooler
  20. Austinpoolboy's Avatar
    thanks for reminder about kicking on back. another benefit for me is kicking on back I get more work on underwater dolphin kick out, streamlining and breakouts which are weak areas for me.
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