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  1. scyfreestyler's Avatar
    1300 meters of quality speed work. I won't accuse you of swimming an easy workout!
  2. arthur's Avatar
    I hope you have unlimited bandwidth on your home internet!
  3. __steve__'s Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    When I need to relax from such intense shows, I go to Life (i'm on Mammals)
    David Attenborough did an excellent job on those, enjoyed them all
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Looking forward to the Rockwall meet! I'll make sure it's on our Team calendar and will nudge my peeps as well.
    Tom told me I have to figure out the registration system and assuming I can make that happen we will announce it next week. I owe Patrick a big thank you for contact info.

    Yes, please do that. I am hoping we will get a good crowd. There are two ways to look at the dates we are looking, it's after nationals and people will be burned out or its after nationals and people get another chance to swim fast on one taper. I am hoping for the later and we get a really big turn out.
  5. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Glad you're feeling better.
    Thanks Patrick. Other than getting more tired at the end of practice than I am used to, I am feeling good.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I am hoping that a future Canadian Nationals gets put on at the new Pan Am's pool in Toronto. I don't see anything yet on their website about 2016.
    I couldn't find any specifics on how deep the pool is, but from the pictures it looks mighty pretty!
  7. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I can totally handle your swim workouts, but there is no way I could keep up with you on a "TV workout." I am still trying to catch up on one show, Scandal, and I'm about 6 or 7 episodes behind my wife. My problem is that, unless I am home with my wife and she forces me to watch TV, I just can't be bothered to sit still long enough to watch anything.

    Paradoxically, though, I LOVE going to movies and will happily take 3 hours out of my weekend to go to the theater watch one movie on a weekend well before I'd watch 3 hours of TV.
    Yes, you have to do double duty with another device/source - moviespoilers.com is my go to, but I also go to youtube for spoiler endings, or ask your family whether something is worth watching and where the good bits are. For instance, it's rite of passage to watch the entire Cabin in the Woods, but I could watch those last 15 minutes over and over!
  8. pwb's Avatar
    I can totally handle your swim workouts, but there is no way I could keep up with you on a "TV workout." I am still trying to catch up on one show, Scandal, and I'm about 6 or 7 episodes behind my wife. My problem is that, unless I am home with my wife and she forces me to watch TV, I just can't be bothered to sit still long enough to watch anything.

    Paradoxically, though, I LOVE going to movies and will happily take 3 hours out of my weekend to go to the theater watch one movie on a weekend well before I'd watch 3 hours of TV.
  9. pwb's Avatar
    I would have signed up for Canadian Nationals. Mid-May is a great time for a meet, and 3 weeks after our nationals allows for a re-boot and re-taper. Next year I will keep this in mind.
    I am hoping that a future Canadian Nationals gets put on at the new Pan Am's pool in Toronto. I don't see anything yet on their website about 2016.
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    Hi Fort! We are going 07/18-26 on a Viking River cruise, "Paris to Paris". My parents wanted to do this as their 50th wedding anniversary! We are so going to average down the mean age!
    Try to stay in Paris some before or after! If you need sightseeing recommendations, ask away.
  11. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    No matter the locale, I don't think most families want to be dragged along on a "swim vacation" where the swimmer worries about practice, pool time, sleep, staying off their feet to rest the legs, meet schedules, etc. And who wants to go to FL in the summer?

    I'm with Patrick. I wish LCM nationals was in September. I guess the only logistical problem with that is that many pools shut down in August for awhile. But because nationals is in mid-August, this will be my second summer in a row with no long course meets. June doesn't work for me either this year with graduations taking up weekends.
    A big reason I don't like LCM nationals is - ONE pool. Ugh, the waiting around. One can get a bit too much of deck chair napping and after a certain point, there is only so much in the ladies locker room to keep me entertained.
  12. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Michelle, we are going to arrange a post nationals masters meet in Rockwall. Likely a two day meet on 15-16 August. Just FYI.

    Also so I am going to enter the Bill Nixon meet and the regional Champs meets and it's always nice not being the only masters swimmer swimming. I spoke to Stephanie Stone and she is likely swimming in these meets also.
    Awesome!!! No matter what shape I am in, i'll always do a local meet!

    I'll try to do some USA LCM meets - but my schedule is just so surprisingly full! And i don't like waiting around to the last event to do a 50 free, so also depends on order of events! If you and Steph are there, I am much more likely to try to enter!!
  13. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Where will you be cruising in France? I likewise have a long vacation smack dab in the middle of the summer. That's really the only good time to go with kids ... It makes long course pretty iffy. I have respect for long course 50s. I know from experience that I can't fake them.

    Both the build 200 IM and 400 IM look way too hard!
    Hi Fort! We are going 07/18-26 on a Viking River cruise, "Paris to Paris". My parents wanted to do this as their 50th wedding anniversary! We are so going to average down the mean age!
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Hypoxic training helps me for all courses. SC it provides a 0 breaths out and one back strategy. LC I can take just 2 or 3 and be good. I can swim and breathe every 2 OK for like a 100 pace or the 200 (which I don't race seriously), but cannot at an all out sprint, without lifting head too high and breaking rhythm or streamline. Breathing and sprinting I just can't figure out -lol.Were you a runner at some point?
    Yes, I used to be a runner. Running injuries were what sent me to masters swimming.

    breathing + sprinting = breath as little as possible!

    When I think of hypoxic work, I am usually thinking about SDKs for fly and back. I seem to be fine taking 2 breaths for a 50 free and have no desire to swim the 100 free!
  15. __steve__'s Avatar
    Hypoxic training helps me for all courses. SC it provides a 0 breaths out and one back strategy. LC I can take just 2 or 3 and be good. I can swim and breathe every 2 OK for like a 100 pace or the 200 (which I don't race seriously), but cannot at an all- out sprint, without lifting head too high and breaking rhythm or streamline. Breathing and sprinting I just can't figure out -lol.

    Were you a runner at some point?
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Deserts are overrated!

    I have always preferred savory over sweet(sort of in line with my sour personality ). It was hard quitting the drinking and for at least 3 weeks I got the urge to grab a beer. I have now been dry for almost 2 years(except for 1 glass of wine after world's). I no longer have weight challenges, even though I always have the fear in the back of my brain of regressing, but I equate these calories to empty calories. I consumed them because I wanted to consume them rather than consumption because I needed them. When I thought about what these equated to in terms of swimming distance or swimming time it was an easy choice.
    I have never really been a dessert person myself. But Mr. Fort has a huge sweet tooth, and there is always stuff around the house. I think I was eating some of it just bc it was there. Mr. Fort doesn't have to worry -- running keeps him thin. But swimming seems to be different in that regard. As I've always said, I was much thinner as a runner than as a swimmer.

    Mr. Fort thinks wine or beer is empty calories as well. I happen to think wine is delicious, so am not giving that up right away. I'll start with dessert and bread like items.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Fort, what do you mean by "200 pace" or "100 pace" on kick sets?
    Do you mean that you are kicking at a pace that would be your race-pace if you were to race a 100 kick?
    -or-
    Do you have fins on and actually try to kick a 100 as fast as your would swim a 100 in a meet?
    -or-
    Do you mean that you are trying to exert an effort that is comparable to the effort you exert when you race a 100?
    ...or do you mean something else?

    Additionally, does "@ 1:45" indicate the interval or the target time? Kicking 100s backstroke with no fins on the 1:45 interval is pretty darn good. I assume you are doing long underwater kickouts, no?
    I mean that I am doing the kick @ 100 or 200 intensity, i.e., the same level of effort and intensity I would exert if I was swimming a 100 or 200. I use this same concept when I do speed work with fins.

    1:45 was the interval. I didn't do particularly long UWs, just cruised in at 1:30 or so. (After three weeks of no hypoxic work, I need to re-boot in this area.) But I only did one rep before switching to free.
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    ......or maybe it's because most people don't want to combine vacation and swimming in Clevland! I am just saying Geneva is not going to attract families traveling with swimmers like a meet in California or Florida.
    No matter the locale, I don't think most families want to be dragged along on a "swim vacation" where the swimmer worries about practice, pool time, sleep, staying off their feet to rest the legs, meet schedules, etc. And who wants to go to FL in the summer?

    I'm with Patrick. I wish LCM nationals was in September. I guess the only logistical problem with that is that many pools shut down in August for awhile. But because nationals is in mid-August, this will be my second summer in a row with no long course meets. June doesn't work for me either this year with graduations taking up weekends.
  19. flystorms's Avatar
    Looking forward to the Rockwall meet! I'll make sure it's on our Team calendar and will nudge my peeps as well.
  20. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I used to think that LCM participation rates plummeted because people didn't like LCM, but, more and more, I think it's just because we like vacations better!
    ......or maybe it's because most people don't want to combine vacation and swimming in Clevland! I am just saying Geneva is not going to attract families traveling with swimmers like a meet in California or Florida.
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