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  1. Katia J Hoberman's Avatar
    Hey Celestial!, sounds something horrible with that v bug.. Looks like you put in a good swim! Take it easy on yourself. I too,can't be without the water either. Glad you're feeling better! From one swimmer to another!!
  2. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I definitely think this one crosses the line of focused into the realm of crazy and I am feeling the lack of sleep. I knew yesterday would be a tough day to get a swim in so this was my only choice. FYI. My wife thinks I was nuts. I guess in hindsight I may see her point.
  3. flystorms's Avatar
    Holy cow, that's some dedication getting up at 2:45 before a flight to work out. Nice work.
  4. GregJS's Avatar
    Looks like you got a decent swim in, so I hope that means you're feeling better.
    This might be dubbed the Winter of Sickness and Snow (or Sickness of Snow? Coldness and Colds?) since there's been so much of both this year.
  5. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Good to see those DB rows, that's a great exercise. Remember: Coughlin rows 65, and I row 100, but only because that's as high as they go.

    Have fun on your trip
  6. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I am seriously considering taking some time next fall where I solely focus on weight-lifting/dryland and turn my mind off competing in swimming. With my relatively limited time to train, whenever I think about doing dryland work, I almost always opt to swim. I think I need to force myself to NOT swim for awhile to build a habit of drylands/weights.
    I think I say this all the time, but in case you didn't know: I pretty much stopped swimming my first year of lifting, and I dropped huge amounts of time when I came back. Lately I've also noticed that the effect of training on my recovery ability, especially my joints, is additive between swimming and lifting, and whenever I try to work really hard on both of them it doesn't work.
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    My hubby was grumpy last night too. Combo of hard training (for Boston marathon) and lack of sleep. I'm not grumpy tonight because, though my workout was really hard, at least I had a ton of sleep last night. Math projects always make me grumpy though. I'm fortunate that #3 is super independent school wise.
    I can't imagine how hard training to run Boston would be. I have friends who have done it and it's quite a feat to just qualify.

    I saw your workout today and 24 AFAP 25s is brutal. Since doing race pace sets I have a whole new appreciation for the amount of effort they require.

    My son is also ultra independent, but that independence does include doing his math homework or any homework for that matter If his homework involved playing video games all night he would have that down. The scary thing is he is ultra bright but does not want to apply it to homework.
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    ...damn, if you're not in pretty good shape, I'm the school-yard bully's prime "soft" target.


    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I am seriously considering taking some time next fall where I solely focus on weight-lifting/dryland and turn my mind off competing in swimming. With my relatively limited time to train, whenever I think about doing dryland work, I almost always opt to swim. I think I need to force myself to NOT swim for awhile to build a habit of drylands/weights.
    I live and die by routine however travel is the ultimate routine killer for me. I suspect like me you don't find weights and dryland as much fun as being in the pool which is another challenge. I don't know about taking time out from the pool but having a training partner for weights and dryland when I am home helps keep me honest. Hotel gyms generally suck and I think your challenge will be sticking to a routine when you travel. Yoga maybe your best form of dryland and you seem to like it. If my wife would let me get away with it I would do more yoga. Unfortunately as best as I can tell most yoga studios are not open at 5am.
  9. pwb's Avatar
    I thought I was in pretty good shape
    ...damn, if you're not in pretty good shape, I'm the school-yard bully's prime "soft" target.

    In all honesty, that looks and sounds brutal.

    I am seriously considering taking some time next fall where I solely focus on weight-lifting/dryland and turn my mind off competing in swimming. With my relatively limited time to train, whenever I think about doing dryland work, I almost always opt to swim. I think I need to force myself to NOT swim for awhile to build a habit of drylands/weights.
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    I am always grumpy at night
    My hubby was grumpy last night too. Combo of hard training (for Boston marathon) and lack of sleep. I'm not grumpy tonight because, though my workout was really hard, at least I had a ton of sleep last night. Math projects always make me grumpy though. I'm fortunate that #3 is super independent school wise.
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I am always grumpy at night
  12. Water Rat's Avatar
    You probably were grumpy.
    I know I get that way when the tweens get together for fun the night before morning practice.
  13. 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.
  14. 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?
  15. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Hundreds are boring anyway
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. pwb's Avatar
    8x last week and these workouts - you're in beast mode. Keep up the great work.
  19. rxleakem's Avatar
    Sounds like a great meet, with those nice upgrades - sweet
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    That sounds like a terribly hard double, Ande.

    So you're going to nationals? What events are you training for?
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