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  1. 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.
  2. Water Rat's Avatar
    either way, 16x50s at a ;26 pace is SMOKIN!
  3. Water Rat's Avatar
    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.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    Sorry to hear about the shoulder. Take it easy and hope you fully recover!
    Thx chowmi. I was probably rushing things, though it seems like I've been kicking forever. I'm getting sick of kicking!
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    NE Champs! though sorry about the shoulder
    Maybe NE Champs, though I find myself wishing it wasn't SCM. Unless I'm swimming well in advance, 100s could seem pretty looooong.

    No more coming to Pitt on Wed night either?
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by 200free
    On the positive side at least we all know the Fastest Woman award is now up for grabs. I just checked and it looks like you've won it 7 years in a row. Is 18 days enough time for me to get in shape?
    I know, I'm sad not to defend my title. But, yes!, that is enough time for you to get in shape for 25s. I'm rooting for you!
  7. 200free's Avatar
    On the positive side at least we all know the Fastest Woman award is now up for grabs. I just checked and it looks like you've won it 7 years in a row. Is 18 days enough time for me to get in shape?
  8. __steve__'s Avatar
    Thank you!

    Kicking workouts like that used to be more like an exhaustive leg specific drill activity. Now it's just swimming without the use of hands

    The fins also seem to keep the ankles in good kicking form
  9. pwb's Avatar
    Still can't decide what to swim at the Ron John. 100 fly and 100 IM for sure. They are the first events I would consider each day. The rest I may pick based on how well I can recover to max the events instead of which ones I am actually better at.
    I haven't compared the order of events to last year; maybe it's the same and it's just my mindset, but it seems like a hard OOE to work with.
  10. chowmi's Avatar
    Sorry to hear about the shoulder. Take it easy and hope you fully recover!
  11. chowmi's Avatar
    So you prefer the "erg" vasa? I have the one where it has the bungee cords and you adjust by the cord level or combine them. I like my model because you can incline and use the kick plate for legs. The one thing I really want is the dumbell weight attachment tool! I would rather go super hard weight for a shorter time.
  12. flystorms's Avatar
    Wow that's a lot of kicking! I'd hate to climb stairs after that. Great job!
  13. Water Rat's Avatar
    NE Champs! though sorry about the shoulder
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    that sounds horrific!
    one of the guys I train with likens it to swimming at altitude. It takes a little bit of getting used to for sure.
  15. Water Rat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    i use a finis snorkel and its a small add on piece you put over the end that limits oxygen intake through the snorkel. It's kind of a nifty little thing to train more hypoxic.
    that sounds horrific!
  16. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    cardio cap?
    i use a finis snorkel and its a small add on piece you put over the end that limits oxygen intake through the snorkel. It's kind of a nifty little thing to train more hypoxic.
  17. Water Rat's Avatar
    cardio cap?
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Oh wow, that dry land training sounds tough, but worthwhile since it hits the parts swimers use. May have to "borrow" some of that for you. Wish I could find a vasa trainer close to here. Great job!
    i personally find the dry land and weights the toughest part of our program in Rockwall and it can wreck my swimming for a couple of days but it does get easier and when you stop before you taper you definitely benefit. I think as we get older weights become even more beneficial. In my case I am not trying to build crazy muscles or anything like that but rather muscular endurance. We tend to do high reps with what at first feels like light weights, but by the end it always hurts.

    the vasa trainers are awesome. We have two styles and I tend to use the style I used in college where you are in essence stationary and swimming in place. It's not the same but you can get a similar effect with a bench and bungy cords. Next time you come to visit us in Rockwall I can show you this idea.
  19. flystorms's Avatar
    Oh wow, that dry land training sounds tough, but worthwhile since it hits the parts swimers use. May have to "borrow" some of that for you. Wish I could find a vasa trainer close to here. Great job!
  20. rxleakem's Avatar
    The hills in VT and NH are showing their fall colors generally from the end of Sept through the first couple of weeks of Oct. A great getaway for the family or excuse to tack on an extra couple of days to a business trip, and I can help you find some more pools to add to your list
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