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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Stewart, that's one seriously brutal sounding workout. WIll you get a recovery day??
    Yes it was a tough workout for sure. We did a set last spring of 12x100 on 2mins AFAP which I believe is where we are heading sooner rather than later. I dont ask about recovery workouts anymore because everytime I have asked about one we end up with an even harder set the next workout. We dont swim Sundays so I guess thats my guarenteed recovery day and I always enjoy it.

    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I have noticed that you frequently do some kind of stroke/drill set like this near the end of practice. I've always thought that it is preferable to do stroke/drill work early in practice to tune up the stroke and remind oneself how to do it properly before doing the conditioning work. (Swim it perfect, then swim it fast.) Does your coach have a philosophy behind this reverse order?
    I asked him the same thing some time back and his response was that your stroke typically falls apart at the end of a race not the beginning, so focus on stroke mechanics when you are tired, not fresh. I also believe he uses drills as part of the warm down based on the limited amount of time we swim(not saying I agree with this part, but I am not the coach).
  2. Karl_S's Avatar
    Stewart, that's one seriously brutal sounding workout. WIll you get a recovery day??

    6x50 doggy paddle down, perfect free back with snorkel and cardio cap on 1min
    I have noticed that you frequently do some kind of stroke/drill set like this near the end of practice. I've always thought that it is preferable to do stroke/drill work early in practice to tune up the stroke and remind oneself how to do it properly before doing the conditioning work. (Swim it perfect, then swim it fast.) Does your coach have a philosophy behind this reverse order?
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial
    I miss the daily grind. My 5th kid is off to school - and I remember when he first left, I wondered what on earth to do with myself on the weekends, and the afternoons! Even though I have a full time job, I juggled swim practice, tennis practice, school plays etc., and I actually loved it. Fortunately, the kids can get so annoying by their senior year, you almost are on the verge of kicking them out anyway, lol!!
    And the first kid to leave the house was ruff, but let me tell you, #5 was brutal. My heart goes out to all parents at this time in their lives. (I love being just an old married couple, now, though, hahaha!!)
    I don't really mind the grind either. But the first couple weeks can be tough transitioning back in. How very true about them getting annoying. I couldn't wait for Teen Fort to get out the door, and we get along so much better now. But I can see where the last one would be very very hard. I still have 5 years left with Lil Fort! And one kid is a piece of cake.
  4. rxleakem's Avatar
    Isn't it a small world, Bill? That is an awesome story - thanks for sharing!

    Keep progressing on the recovery, it would be great to meet you if we both can make it to Boston.
  5. Celestial's Avatar
    I miss the daily grind. My 5th kid is off to school - and I remember when he first left, I wondered what on earth to do with myself on the weekends, and the afternoons! Even though I have a full time job, I juggled swim practice, tennis practice, school plays etc., and I actually loved it. Fortunately, the kids can get so annoying by their senior year, you almost are on the verge of kicking them out anyway, lol!!
    And the first kid to leave the house was ruff, but let me tell you, #5 was brutal. My heart goes out to all parents at this time in their lives. (I love being just an old married couple, now, though, hahaha!!)
  6. Sojerz's Avatar
    Mike,

    In August of 1965 when I was 15 my sea scout group sailed along the LI Sound from Watch Hill to New Haven. We had 4 small sloops with 3 in each and camped on the beaches along the way. On August 6 my Dad intercepted me at the Westbrook beach, because my Mom had given birth to my youngest brother, Chris, that night. I guess he used the itinerary to find me, cause there weren't any phone booths on the beach nor cell phones.

    Hoping to come up for the December NE champs meet. Take care Mike.
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Ok, we've been blogging for a long time as I remember you writing about him making the decision to go there. Seems like only yesterday for me ... can't imagine how fast it feels for you.

    I'll be in your single child at home situation in a year as my second daughter is a HS senior this year. Crazy.
    The fairly quick move from 3 to 1 children is somewhat disconcerting. In a way liberating. And in a way it makes you feel old and displaced. Sending good vibes to you for the next couple weeks as you make this first change. The first was definitely the worst for me.
  8. pwb's Avatar
    before he heads back to Dartmouth for his senior year.
    Ok, we've been blogging for a long time as I remember you writing about him making the decision to go there. Seems like only yesterday for me ... can't imagine how fast it feels for you.

    I'll be in your single child at home situation in a year as my second daughter is a HS senior this year. Crazy.
  9. rxleakem's Avatar
    Thanks, Tim

    The Leaf Peeper meet is usually a fast one, although I have yet to make it. I'll again try to this year: http://adms.org/meets/2014-2015/2014...epers_UVAC.pdf

    I'm also planning to make it down again to BU - always fun and a great chance to catch up with my swimming friends
  10. aztimm's Avatar
    Great pictures! Sounds like some great open water swimming!

    I noticed a, "Leaf Peepers," meet in VT in late October. Are you doing that one too?

    Thanks for sharing the dates for the BU meet. I've been checking the NEM website, but hadn't seen it posted. I'll keep an eye on airfare now
    I've done that meet 3x now, and intend to keep going.
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I am not 100% convinced that yoga really helps my swimming, but I am 100% convinced that I feel MUCH better mentally and physically after it. Glad you enjoyed it.
    This is the first time I have done yoga and I guess in the back of my mind I had mental images of Will Ferrell doing yoga!! It was definitely not a Will Ferrell yoga session and I found it really good. In fact some of the hip related stretches in particular I felt my joints open up and at the end was able to reach much lower than the start. I hope the combination of flexibility and core will help my swimming but time will tell.

    Ever since I saw blades of glory I get a chuckle every time I see ice skating.
  12. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ndauksavage
    Glad you enjoyed it!
    i was was a very good suggestion of Bill's to start with the beginners Yoga rather than jumping straight into power yoga. I really enjoyed the way she explained everything and in some cases actually showed us. She is unbelievably flexible and if I can be half as flexible it will help me.
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    I think that's probably right. I wouldn't want to go multiple seasons without lifting or kicking.
    I read somewhere recently (maybe Swimming World?) that Andrew Seliskar (couple years older than Andrews) does 30 x 25 burst SDK almost every practice. He has killer SDKs in short course. The fact that it's a kick set doesn't negate the neural patterning effect, IMO.
    Updated August 31st, 2014 at 10:59 AM by The Fortress
  14. pwb's Avatar
    I am not 100% convinced that yoga really helps my swimming, but I am 100% convinced that I feel MUCH better mentally and physically after it. Glad you enjoyed it.
  15. dhmartin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Ah good, I am usually doing less than 30 as well. I'm not sure his rigorous guidelines really apply to masters our age anyway.

    I know he deems kick sets worthless. I do notice that Andrew's kick and SDK are the worst part of his races though ... And, I am a kicker, so fully intend to keep doing my kick sets. With bicep tendonitis, I don't have much choice for awhile. I wonder if dropping kick sets doesn't have an immediate impact, but might have a cumulative effect over time? As an analogy, when I dropped weights (which Rushall also disdains) for 8+ months last year, it didn't have an immediate impact. But at the end of that period, I was having trouble finishing my races and had better swims after going back to lifting.
    I think that's probably right. I wouldn't want to go multiple seasons without lifting or kicking.
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I didn't "drop" kick sets this past season, but I did a lot less kicking than in the past 2 years. While I don't think it hurt my top speed, I do think it negatively impacted my ability to do multiple events in a short time period.
    Yes, I've always felt, intuitively, that investing in kicking helps you close races and not die over multiple races.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    Lesser--just 10x25 at most--and it's not formally USRPT, because I don't incorporate the failure aspect that Rushall insists upon. You probably know he also deems kick sets mostly worthless. Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
    Ah good, I am usually doing less than 30 as well. I'm not sure his rigorous guidelines really apply to masters our age anyway.

    I know he deems kick sets worthless. I do notice that Andrew's kick and SDK are the worst part of his races though ... And, I am a kicker, so fully intend to keep doing my kick sets. With bicep tendonitis, I don't have much choice for awhile. I wonder if dropping kick sets doesn't have an immediate impact, but might have a cumulative effect over time? As an analogy, when I dropped weights (which Rushall also disdains) for 8+ months last year, it didn't have an immediate impact. But at the end of that period, I was having trouble finishing my races and had better swims after going back to lifting.
  18. ndauksavage's Avatar
    Glad you enjoyed it!
  19. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    ... Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
    I didn't "drop" kick sets this past season, but I did a lot less kicking than in the past 2 years. While I don't think it hurt my top speed, I do think it negatively impacted my ability to do multiple events in a short time period.
  20. dhmartin's Avatar
    Lesser--just 10x25 at most--and it's not formally USRPT, because I don't incorporate the failure aspect that Rushall insists upon. You probably know he also deems kick sets mostly worthless. Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
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