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  1. Celestial's Avatar
    I'm feeling the same way about weights. Hope your back (and ear infection) resolve soon!
  2. Celestial's Avatar
    Spent a whole hour in the pool today!
    Woo Hoo!
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    I too back off weights 4 weeks out. I keep doing abs and vasa swim bench and gradually taper this off also as the taper progresses. I wish I could recall where I read that 4 weeks out is the ideal recovery period for weights. If I can find it I will post a link.

    I know it's slow but I am glad your starting to feel better.
    Might be different for men and women though ... Regardless, I don't want to take any chances with my back, so 4 weeks it is. Not even sure about core work. I may just desist entirely.

    It has been soooooo slow getting better. I'm sure you feel exactly the same.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    Take me with you on that vacation, please!!!
    Wish I could! Hope it will be a fun trip.
  5. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I too back off weights 4 weeks out. I keep doing abs and vasa swim bench and gradually taper this off also as the taper progresses. I wish I could recall where I read that 4 weeks out is the ideal recovery period for weights. If I can find it I will post a link.

    I know it's slow but I am glad your starting to feel better.
  6. aztimm's Avatar
    I live in Chandler. depending where in town, Mesa isn't too far, or even the ASU/Swim Devil Masters group. there used to be a small masters group in Chandler, but the coach randomly gave it up last year (together with age groupers), leaving them all high and dry

    I normally swim solo at a Chandler city pool on Thursday mornings. shoot me a PM if you'd like info. if you're there, you'd definitely be the fastest one in the pool, it is mostly triathletes.
  7. Sojerz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    At times in my professional life I have to be direct when dealing with conflict but I try to avoid conflict in general; it's my personality. This one is different. This is my family and I will come out fighting on this. My wife is like me in terms of trying to avoid conflict but I think she was dreading me being a complete a-hole because she knows how I am with my family. I think I made my point and we shall see what they do.
    This sounds an awful lot like me and my wife. In the end, patience and persistence get you a lot further than banging your shoe on the table Nikita Khrushchev style. I always caution myself before council meetings not to get angry at hecklers, cause I'm probably doing more harm than good if that happens and it negatively impacts my ability to listen and think too.

    You may remember the concussion incident with the MI head football coach and one of his players on the sidelines who seemed concussed, and was put back into the game (that coach is gone from MI). "Old school" philosophies apparently die hard, and it seems like that is what you are up against. Ten years ago +/- they didn't even think twice about repeated concussions and the impact. Maybe a neurologist/Dr. would be willing to make the points at the next meeting and emphasize the systemic changes needed. Hopefully you don't need to kick it up to the BOE level, but don't hesitate to do so if you don't feel satisfied - BOE meetings are public (press can attend) with parents on the board and the *&it will be hitting the fan at that point.
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    There's 3 big masters swim groups in town, as well as a few smaller groups (some are branches of the big groups). I'd just go with the group closest to where you'll be staying. Although I'm sure you'd be welcome to swim with us in Mesa Tuesday is usually shorter and sprint-type stuff, Wednesday longer (I'll get in 4,000 to 5,000 yards). We start long course this Friday
    I'm sure Patrick will take care of you, but let me know if you need more ideas.

    I did a PHX-ORD-PHX daytrip once, United flew me in for an interview but wouldn't pay for hotel. It was doable, but a long day.
    I've also done my share of, "milieage runs," or flying simply to get miles, especially when there were some double promos going.
    the event I will be in town for is in Chandler. I believe we get in at midday on Tuesday and leave about the same time on Thursday. Patrick mention swimming in Mesa as an option too. It will be my first week of tamper for nationals and I have found traveling is always fun when your tapering. The shingles adds an extra dynamic where I am pretty tired generally so my taper is going to be very much a day to day experience.

    I too too have done some of the crazy one day trips. In 2007-08 I was doing a lot of week long travel where I would hit 2-3 cities a week and knew msg of the major airports like O'Hare and Hartsfield like the back of my hand. Thank god those days are long gone and now I tend to do a trip or two a month rather than a trip or two a week.

    thanks for the advice on swimming in Phoenix and hopefully I will get a chance to meet you in person next week. You will definitely recognize me with the scabs on my face
  9. ekw's Avatar
    Take me with you on that vacation, please!!!
  10. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    This was a crazy one day out and back trip. I am supposed to be back next Tuesday through Thursday and emailed Patrick about swimming with him. I am hopeful I will have the pleasure of two or three workouts in Phoenix next week. The only wrinkle maybe this shingles I am suffering with. I am hopeful I start to feel better by the weekend.
    There's 3 big masters swim groups in town, as well as a few smaller groups (some are branches of the big groups). I'd just go with the group closest to where you'll be staying. Although I'm sure you'd be welcome to swim with us in Mesa Tuesday is usually shorter and sprint-type stuff, Wednesday longer (I'll get in 4,000 to 5,000 yards). We start long course this Friday
    I'm sure Patrick will take care of you, but let me know if you need more ideas.

    I did a PHX-ORD-PHX daytrip once, United flew me in for an interview but wouldn't pay for hotel. It was doable, but a long day.
    I've also done my share of, "milieage runs," or flying simply to get miles, especially when there were some double promos going.
  11. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Hope you have/had a good trip to Phoenix! Too bad you're not here long enough to at least get in a swim workout.
    This was a crazy one day out and back trip. I am supposed to be back next Tuesday through Thursday and emailed Patrick about swimming with him. I am hopeful I will have the pleasure of two or three workouts in Phoenix next week. The only wrinkle maybe this shingles I am suffering with. I am hopeful I start to feel better by the weekend.
  12. aztimm's Avatar
    Hope you have/had a good trip to Phoenix! Too bad you're not here long enough to at least get in a swim workout.
  13. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Oh, man, my daughter had shingles a few years back and it was not a pretty sight, either appearance-wise or for feeling better. I hope the meds are better now and you recover soon.
    yeah it's most certainly not a pretty condition. I feel tired all the time and my ear is still hurting but I will survive and if I can be smart over the next week or so I think I will be fine for nationals. Thanks.
  14. pwb's Avatar
    Oh, man, my daughter had shingles a few years back and it was not a pretty sight, either appearance-wise or for feeling better. I hope the meds are better now and you recover soon.
  15. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    That's sucks Stewart. But you are moving into taper soon. The most important thing is that you should feel well by nationals. Can you take any time off work? I hope everyone you're swimming with has had chicken pox before.
    I asked my doctor whether it is contagious and she said no. She said the only people at risk were people with a major immune deficiency or a new born baby. She said it was very unlikely that I will pass anything along which is good.

    Work is pretty hectic right now and I have some upcoming travel the week 6th April. Hopefully I will be well and truly over this by then. On the positive side at least there is an explanation to me feeling crappy the last couple of weeks and at least it's only my head that seems to be affected. If this was everywhere it would be really miserable. I am trying to find some positives and maybe the timing is a good thing. If it was at the end of my taper it would really suck. At least I have time to recover.

    I hope you get some rest and recover. A persistent ear/sinus infection makes your feel rough. Stay positive.
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    That's sucks Stewart. But you are moving into taper soon. The most important thing is that you should feel well by nationals. Can you take any time off work? I hope everyone you're swimming with has had chicken pox before.
  17. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    I don't know what more the drs can do to speed along our recovery ... It's just a slow frustrating process. Hope you ha a good nap!
    i broke out in blisters on the right side of my head, chin, nose, mouth, and ears this weekend. It turns out I have shingles and have to go on anti viral drugs for 10 days. We have 25 days til Nationals and I don't know how I am going to feel or even if I can do Nationals at this point. I am trying to stay positive and look at it as an enforced rest period which may be the best thing I can do anyhow. The doctor said I did not need to stay out of the water but warned me I would be very tired and it's painful. She is thinking that the ear pain may be the shingles too. I swam this morning and will hopefully not miss any water time. I have always had a high pain tolerance so maybe this will come into help me. If it disappears as she predicts I will have about two weeks to fully recover ahead of nationals. Just not the preparation I wanted.

    I hope one your feeling better.
  18. lulu393's Avatar
    That was actually very helpful. You're right about having air in the lungs making it easier to float. The buoy helps too.

    Thank you!!!
  19. The Fortress's Avatar
    I don't know what more the drs can do to speed along our recovery ... It's just a slow frustrating process. Hope you ha a good nap!
  20. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Stewart, you kicked butt in that meeting! Hard to balance the conversation without becoming emotional and it sounds like you did well. Glad you set your own agenda for the meeting.
    It's unfathomable to me that the principal wasn't there and frankly, speaks volumes.
    it was especially hard because my son was in the room and at on point when I was describing how important this was to us he tried giving me a hug and he also seemed to choke up. I held it together which was what I wanted to do. I think the fact that the teachers and principal were not there says a lot and I will use this in future interaction with them if they don't do what I asked. I have 3 ideas if I don't get what I need, the first is to go around the school to the school board, the second is to go to local media and the third is to being in a lawyer. Hopefully none of these will be needed because at the end of the day this affects more than just my son, this is a big deal for all kids attending this school. The assistant principal said they had multiple concussions in the fall under this teachers watch doing football. I can't fathom they have not done something about it.
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