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  1. Water Rat's Avatar
    Ha! You outed me and my insecurity Fort!!
  2. ekw's Avatar
    I hope your daughter heals quickly. I'm always amazed how fast kids can heal so I hope she sticks to that trend.
  3. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Sorry about your daughter. That is a big bummer.
    She is taking it well but I don't think its really sunk in yet.

    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    ... you should do it and you should set your sights higher than 10
    i am also curious about my IM. I did a 200 IM in a kids meet last year and I believe I was around 2:08. I have not done a 400IM so it would be interesting. If I do these events it may be too much to really have a killer 1000. If only I had a decent breaststroke I would have a good IM and it would be a no brainier but alas my breast is my weakest stroke by a country mile. I promised myself I would mix it up a little this year so I plan on doing some off events. That's pretty much how I fell into backstroke at SPMS and that worked out well. All fun choices and no matter what I swim I always want to win. That does not mean I will win but the desire is always there. That's just me.
  4. pwb's Avatar
    Sorry about your daughter. That is a big bummer.

    As for this comment ...

    I may also possibly swim the 1000 free which I am likely not going to swim at Spring Nationals to see if I can get a Top Ten time.
    ... you should do it and you should set your sights higher than 10
  5. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    I wouldn't give your finals times a second thought. That's an outstanding performance in season or not!
    I agree and look at the whole day as a success. My best in season time as a master prior to this meet was 1:51 so it's hard to look at it any other way. swimming twice in a day was not easy but both times were really good for me in season and I genuinely had a lot of fun. It's not often your competitors call you sir😄
  6. Water Rat's Avatar
    I wouldn't give your finals times a second thought. That's an outstanding performance in season or not!
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    Well, 1:48.9 sounds good to me too. Have fun in finals!
    Thanks Jazz Hands. I had a lot of fun.
  8. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Well, 1:48.9 sounds good to me too. Have fun in finals!
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    Shave? Tech jammer? Those things seem to affect my mid-season times a lot.
    no rest, no shave and a really old tech suit. Just a normal meet really. I am very happy with my times based on where we are training wise. I just wish I was not so sore. I get knots in my muscles that I can't work out and these cause the most problems. All the fun of getting old.
  10. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Those are both great swims and it's cool you're back for finals. I did a few prelims-finals meets a few years ago with the kids and almost always swam much better in finals. Smoke some youngsters tonight for the old guys!
    i felt good after the swims this morning but after a nap woke feeling like a dump truck had run over me. I am sure I will be fine when I get on the block....I am having fun. And at 45 I sure get some funny looks from parents which is always a chuckle.
  11. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Shave? Tech jammer? Those things seem to affect my mid-season times a lot.
  12. pwb's Avatar
    Those are both great swims and it's cool you're back for finals. I did a few prelims-finals meets a few years ago with the kids and almost always swam much better in finals. Smoke some youngsters tonight for the old guys!
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    You get to use blocks!?
    Yes, it's the best thing about Pitt. Quite a few college kids swim show up during rec swim (must have class during regular practice, I guess) and they regularly use the blocks. So no one says a thing when I use them.
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Stewart, I was feeling pretty good about my swimming today until I read this. Any chance you're moving to Pitt to train with me?
    Its all about how you translate practice into competition and based on your record you do an awesome job at that. I lived in the mid west during my college days and I am not sure if the weather is really for me. I have traveled to Pittsburgh for business in the past but relocating is not in the cards I am afraid. Your always welcome to come and visit and train with us.
  15. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    20 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :30 is worst than USRPT! I've always contended that one can swim fast when you don't feel particularly great in the water. Can you modify the workouts that are given to provide more race pace work? You re indeed spoiled. Sometimes I have six people in my lanes at practice.
    I think USRPT recommends 15 seconds of rest on 25s which is about what we were doing give or take a few seconds. Its was tough.

    I agree on the swimming fast when you don't feel good but mentally its so much easier when you feel good.

    I don't really have much ability to change the workouts but I think Tom will listen if I remind him of how well I did when we did more quality and less quantity.

    When the pool is setup across the pool we have about 22 lanes in the main pool and 4 in the baby pool and normally have access to all of them. A few people like to swim together(mainly noodlers) but most get and like there own lane.
  16. Water Rat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Sometimes I have six people in my lanes at practice.
    That's b/c people love your workouts!

    Stewart, I was feeling pretty good about my swimming today until I read this. Any chance you're moving to Pitt to train with me?
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    20 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :30 is worst than USRPT! I've always contended that one can swim fast when you don't feel particularly great in the water. Can you modify the workouts that are given to provide more race pace work? You re indeed spoiled. Sometimes I have six people in my lanes at practice.
  18. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    You get to use blocks!?
  19. GregJS's Avatar
    Don't forget the few hundred yards you did diving down and repositioning the GoPro! Hope you're feeling better.
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    I age up to 45-49 in a couple of weeks and Spring Nationals is my target meet. I am also going to do long course Nationals this summer. Mark and I are talking .
    If you have some other fast guys on your team, you could have a potent relay!
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