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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I second that.

    Having gone through some mold issues in my house, I also second your objective to get it cleaned up ASAP.
    We have so in coming in to take a look at the damage. Watch this space.
  2. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    She's a good woman!
    As I have written before, she is a saint! I mean after all she puts up with me
  3. joel schmaltz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Congrats! Sounds like a great weekend. I loved your comment "I felt like I let my team down. They still talk to me though." Too funny and so true.
    Lol, thanks Fort! It was a great weekend. Congrats on all your swims and I was glad to finally got to see that amazing SDK in person.
  4. joel schmaltz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem
    Great meet, Joel! I had fun cheering you on through social media and watching the youtube.
    Thank you! Hopefully we can run into each other sometime.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Congrats! Sounds like a great weekend. I loved your comment "I felt like I let my team down. They still talk to me though." Too funny and so true.
  6. rxleakem's Avatar
    Great meet, Joel! I had fun cheering you on through social media and watching the youtube.
  7. joel schmaltz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Sounds like a great experience. That 400 IM on Sunday morning was rough; I much prefer it on the Friday order of events, but it sounds like you swam it strong ... my lungs were shot after the backstroke on that, so, while my legs worked, I was screaming for air on every pushoff, so I share your pain!
    Thank you Patrick! I would have preferred it to be Friday am as well. If you ever figure out a way to make that race not hurt please fill us all in. I'm definitely not a 4IMer but I do like that race. Mostly because I have much I can improve on.

    Congrats on all of your swims and how great is it to have your family there with you. Well done sir.
  8. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    She's a good woman!
    I second that.

    Having gone through some mold issues in my house, I also second your objective to get it cleaned up ASAP.
  9. pwb's Avatar
    Sounds like a great experience. That 400 IM on Sunday morning was rough; I much prefer it on the Friday order of events, but it sounds like you swam it strong ... my lungs were shot after the backstroke on that, so, while my legs worked, I was screaming for air on every pushoff, so I share your pain!
  10. Water Rat's Avatar
    She's a good woman!
  11. __steve__'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Agree. Even if the "T" on the bottom were always the same distance from the wall, (and it isn't) it would appear to move because of the combination of water depth and the index of refraction of the water. It takes a lot of turns to get to the point where one can turn with confidence based on the cues from only the bottom of the pool.
    Depth was the real kicker

    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Great job on the PR's!

    Re: the turns topic. I peek just enough to see the bottom of the line marked on the wall. I also try to dive down into the wall for my turn. and spread my knees about 8 inches or so. I've seen plenty of videos of my hips dropping dramatically when I head face first into a wall. It's not a pretty sight! and it's a real pace dropper.
    Thanks Mark


    I plan to train myself to look up just enough without moving my head as I did several years ago. Seemed to work better
  12. Water Rat's Avatar
    Great job on the PR's!

    Re: the turns topic. I peek just enough to see the bottom of the line marked on the wall. I also try to dive down into the wall for my turn. and spread my knees about 8 inches or so. I've seen plenty of videos of my hips dropping dramatically when I head face first into a wall. It's not a pretty sight! and it's a real pace dropper.
  13. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
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    From now on I'm going to drop raceclub's advice on turns and peak forward to the wall entering them. That can only work racing in the same pool you train in. The tenth of a second it might slow me down is not worth up to a second of hit and miss.
    Agree. Even if the "T" on the bottom were always the same distance from the wall, (and it isn't) it would appear to move because of the combination of water depth and the index of refraction of the water. It takes a lot of turns to get to the point where one can turn with confidence based on the cues from only the bottom of the pool.
  14. joel schmaltz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    You definitely needed a recovery swim following the events you rocked!

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    Thanks Steve and I'm glad it's working now
  15. __steve__'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem
    Way to go, Steve! Congrats on a fun weekend of racing and some PBs!
    Thanks Mike! A second faster in my 50 br and 2 seconds faster in my 50 fl. But my coach deserves credit for the fly improvement just from one simple suggestion

    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Congrats on the PBs and the fun! Wish I had had a chance to meet you. I didn't realize you were going to be at nationals; you were a little secretive on your blog.

    Oh, I always peak. Markings can be different and at GAC there was just a line.
    Thanks Leslie

    From now on I'm going to drop raceclub's advice on turns and peak forward to the wall entering them. That can only work racing in the same pool you train in. The tenth of a second it might slow me down is not worth up to a second of hit and miss.
  16. __steve__'s Avatar
    You definitely needed a recovery swim following the events you rocked!

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  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SunaFish
    Leslie, you swam very well considering the conditions you were up against. I'm happy you enjoyed the comradery of your swimming friends and in the end isn't that is why we keep doing this? You are a BAD ASS so don't let the TURKEYS get you down!!!!!
    From one bad ass to another! Hope to see you at a meet this summer, my friend. Congrats on your fast swims.

    Exceedingly Bizarro wild turkeys are contra-indicated for swim meet fun.
  18. SunaFish's Avatar
    Leslie, you swam very well considering the conditions you were up against. I'm happy you enjoyed the comradery of your swimming friends and in the end isn't that is why we keep doing this? You are a BAD ASS so don't let the TURKEYS get you down!!!!!
  19. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Glad I was able to finally see you and catch up on Sunday - though I had seen many of your swims, it was more fun to talk with you. I'm sorry that the weekend didn't turn out as well as you would've liked; hopefully, your lungs will be free and clear up in the Great White North.
    I felt like a midget standing between you and Stewart! Congrats again on the great 1000 and 400 IM. The family reunion sounded really lovely too.
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Nice swims Leslie. Hopefully the allergies and asthma let up soon and before heading north. I've been afraid to try a dolphin kick in br pull out, because i would easily forget and do more than one. Great 100 br, how did you split it? 50 frees were great too.
    I hope they let up soon too. It's like having a freaking disability ...

    It's very easy to double dolphin in breaststroke. And breaststroke has the most DQs of any stroke. I like to do the dolphin kick while in a streamline before pulling down bc it's faster. However, it is difficult to pull down hard and not undulate somewhat. You have to stay super tight, and it's easy to screw up. I know quite a few people who just do the dolphin kick during the pulldown bc, even if slower, it negates the risk of undulation later.

    My splits on the 100 breast were 34.7 and 39.0, so about 4 seconds apart. That's decent splitting for a race involving open turns, for me.
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