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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    You are channeling Michael Phelps -- inspired by adversity. Seriously though, great swim and great meet! Enjoy your down time!
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Stewart,

    That was a great swim to close out your great meet. I know you didn't achieve all that you wanted to, but you did achieve A LOT.

    Enjoy Quebec City - I found it absolutely gorgeous when I was there in March one year; I have to believe it is even better in the summer time.

    See you in San Antonio for sure.
  3. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Ha. I'll swim the 500 if you swim the 50 breast!
    Does that deal apply to me, as well
  4. flystorms's Avatar
    What do you mean by 5x15 seconds on 1:00? Or did you mean 1:15?

    How often do you do vertical kick drills?
  5. flystorms's Avatar
    "I used the opportunity last night to talk to her about learning more from disappointment than from success and out of this I/we will be a better swimmer(s). It was a very special discussion I will cherish for a while and one I hope she learns and applies."
    Reading your report on this last race made me tear up a bit, if only because this particular adventure has come to an end, but talking to your daughter about it really misted up the eyes. It's such a great teaching experience (for you both), but at the same time, it's probably a little self-talk at the same time.

    You had a great meet, sir! Very proud of you and I echo what some of the others have said about enjoying reading your progress over time and learning a ton from you along the way.

    Enjoy your vacation and get some relax time!
  6. Water Rat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    I hope you had a safe trip home and you had an awesome meet. I can't wait to race you at Nationals. Patrick and I may have to twist your arm hard to swim the 500 at Nationals. It will be fun! We will leave that conversation for another day.
    Ha. I'll swim the 500 if you swim the 50 breast!
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    I echo what Karl says. It's been inspiring reading your blog this past year or so. Chalk it up to one of those competition experiences. And whether he was there or not you executed a great race which was also your race plan. That's exceptional.
    Thanks so much Mark. I am heading to Quebec City for a few days R&R with my family which will be fun.

    I will sit down with my coach when I get back and discuss what we can apply from the long list of experiences from this meet toward next season. Obviously the outcome of the 400 was very disappointing because I was so close but I will survive and be a better person for the experience. I had a blast at the meet and I already know my first goal is to use this event as a recruiting tool at our club to get more swimmers to Nationals.

    I hope you had a safe trip home and you had an awesome meet. I can't wait to race you at Nationals. Patrick and I may have to twist your arm hard to swim the 500 at Nationals. It will be fun! We will leave that conversation for another day.
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Did you see your 400 splits?
    Event 38, Men, 400m Freestyle, 40 - 44 years
    1. PEDRAZZOLI, Andrea 40 ITA Asd Leosport 4:27.47
    50m: 30.61 30.61 150m: 1:39.39 34.61 250m: 2:48.44 34.27 350m: 3:56.55 33.73
    100m: 1:04.78 34.17 200m: 2:14.17 34.78 300m: 3:22.82 34.38 400m: 4:27.47 30.92
    2. CARROLL, Stewart 44 USA Rockwall Aquatic Mas 4:28.08
    50m: 29.67 29.67 150m: 1:37.02 33.89 250m: 2:44.81 33.79 350m: 3:53.38 34.15
    100m: 1:03.13 33.46 200m: 2:11.02 34.00 300m: 3:19.23 34.42 400m: 4:28.08 34.70

    You had that Pedrazzoli fellow at every split, building the lead to >3s at the 350, but he closed in 30. to your 34. Talk about "Sammy save up"!

    It's been a lot of fun following your training and the meet this week. Those of us who did knew that you were going to have a good meet. Congratulations on your great placings. So you missed getting a gold, well that's just a little reminder to keep swimming so you don't lose all the wonderful benefits to your health you have gained since you started this up a few years ago. They are worth much more than a #1 placing. Maybe they will give you the opportunity to teach a grandchild how to swim.

    Great swimming, and have a safe trip home.
    thanks Karl. I have thoroughly enjoyed being back in the pool and no matter what this is the beginning of my journey and not the end. I am heading upto Quebec City with the family for a short vacation and then I will do some new goal setting when I get home. I have a lot to be thankful for and despite this one hurting the whole event was awesome.

    Both my kids saw my swim yesterday and my daughter even cried at the end which was very sweet. I used the opportunity last night to talk to her about learning more from disappointment than from success and out of this I/we will be a better swimmer(s). It was a very special discussion I will cherish for a while and one I hope she learns and applies.

    Anyhow off to my vacation.

    I will be back swimming again next week. I am excited already!
  9. The Fortress's Avatar
    Thanks Tim and Patrick. My mom has a pool in her community too, but I suspect I will want to head over to the Oro valley pool. I don't really want to venture too far or be gone too long, so I will keep it short and simple.
  10. Water Rat's Avatar
    Rob, it's terrific that you and the rest of the senior leadership of this organization are such good stewards of its mission and growth. It's so important to stay in touch with ALL the voices you impact. It's critical to the long term viability of this organization that is such a huge part of my life. Thank you very much
  11. Water Rat's Avatar
    I echo what Karl says. It's been inspiring reading your blog this past year or so. Chalk it up to one of those competition experiences. And whether he was there or not you executed a great race which was also your race plan. That's exceptional.
  12. Karl_S's Avatar
    Did you see your 400 splits?
    Event 38, Men, 400m Freestyle, 40 - 44 years
    1. PEDRAZZOLI, Andrea 40 ITA Asd Leosport 4:27.47
    50m: 30.61 30.61 150m: 1:39.39 34.61 250m: 2:48.44 34.27 350m: 3:56.55 33.73
    100m: 1:04.78 34.17 200m: 2:14.17 34.78 300m: 3:22.82 34.38 400m: 4:27.47 30.92
    2. CARROLL, Stewart 44 USA Rockwall Aquatic Mas 4:28.08
    50m: 29.67 29.67 150m: 1:37.02 33.89 250m: 2:44.81 33.79 350m: 3:53.38 34.15
    100m: 1:03.13 33.46 200m: 2:11.02 34.00 300m: 3:19.23 34.42 400m: 4:28.08 34.70

    You had that Pedrazzoli fellow at every split, building the lead to >3s at the 350, but he closed in 30. to your 34. Talk about "Sammy save up"!

    It's been a lot of fun following your training and the meet this week. Those of us who did knew that you were going to have a good meet. Congratulations on your great placings. So you missed getting a gold, well that's just a little reminder to keep swimming so you don't lose all the wonderful benefits to your health you have gained since you started this up a few years ago. They are worth much more than a #1 placing. Maybe they will give you the opportunity to teach a grandchild how to swim.

    Great swimming, and have a safe trip home.
  13. pwb's Avatar
    I am sorry, too, for your loss.

    Oro Valley is definitely the best pool in the greater Tucson area, so I would highly recommend it for working out by yourself. If you can get down to the U of A (20-30 minutes from Oro Valley) to swim with their Masters team, that will be your best group to workout with. Saddlebrooke has a great and enthusiastic team, but if think you would not find the right training partners there for you.
  14. aztimm's Avatar
    Sorry to hear about your loss
    Even if he was ill, it is still rough.

    Check with PWB on the Oro Valley pool. I think he swam at a Masters meet there early this year. I think there's a masters group that swims there. Regardless, the pool has rather generous hours (at least from what I can see):
    http://www.orovalleyaz.gov/aquatics/hours-operation

    There's also a masters group in Saddlebrook, a little further north of Oro Valley:
    http://www.saddlebrookeswimclub.org/

    If you let me know when you'll be in town, maybe I'll take a trip down.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Thanks guys. He was ill, and we knew it was coming. But still it's quite sad. Hopefully, I can get in the water out there.
  16. Water Rat's Avatar
    Have a safe trip. Sorry for the reason for the visit.
  17. knelson's Avatar
    Sorry to hear about your stepdad. You should check with Jeff Commings. I bet he'd know the best spots to swim in Tucson.
  18. jpetyk's Avatar
    So sorry for you loss.
  19. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Good luck Stewart in the 400 but please, please please stay off your feet in 6 Flags. Take it from me.
    My wife and several of the other parents took the kids to six flags and I watched friends swim instead. My legs felt tired just walking over to the pool and back so I dread to think what I would have been like going to six flags. They were there 5 hours and went on 3 rides. What a rip off! The lines were 1-1.5 long but the kids did have fun.

    I felt great in the water yesterday so fingers crossed that's translates into a great 400 today. Can't wait. This one will be fun one way or the other.
  20. Water Rat's Avatar
    Good luck Stewart in the 400 but please, please please stay off your feet in 6 Flags. Take it from me.
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