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  1. 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
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Water Rat's Avatar
    Have a safe trip. Sorry for the reason for the visit.
  8. 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.
  9. jpetyk's Avatar
    So sorry for you loss.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. jim thornton's Avatar
    Nice North Park experience with mither!
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Well the massage obviously worked and I am so pleased for you. You deserve the success you achieved. I think you are doing everything to do a great 50-200. It may just be me, but I would not think about pacing a 50. It is most definitely a full out sprint. I think some of those aerobic sets with little rest done over an extended period will help. For what it's worth you looked great.
    The one time that I tried to build a 50 in long course, I was .7 slower than I went in the same event a day earlier. So locking up on the final 10 meters, awful as it was, was still faster.

    You both had great meets and good luck in the upcoming 400 Stewart!
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    SQueeeee!! I'm so excited for you to go so fast and be with the big dawgs. Congratulations. Keep up the great work!
    Thanks so much. It's been a lot of fun.
  15. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Stewart once again we missed each other yesterday. My massage was at 4! I had Patricia and she was great but I needed 2 hours to recover from it before my breaststroke

    Great meet for you. I'm going to consider a bit more of a build in my 50 so I can finish strong instead of fading.
    Well the massage obviously worked and I am so pleased for you. You deserve the success you achieved. I think you are doing everything to do a great 50-200. It may just be me, but I would not think about pacing a 50. It is most definitely a full out sprint. I think some of those aerobic sets with little rest done over an extended period will help. For what it's worth you looked great.
  16. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jbs
    It sounds like you are having a great time, while also swimming really fast. Good luck with the 400!
    i would definitely highly recommend this meet despite the zoo that is the warmup pool. Despite the challenge of a warmup I have found it to be an awesome experience. Thanks.
  17. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    You're getting better each day, from my perspective. That's great, great speed on the 50. Take that relaxed feeling into your 400.
    Thanks Patrick. I have felt progressively better each day since the 800. I was pleasantly surprised by the 50.
  18. flystorms's Avatar
    SQueeeee!! I'm so excited for you to go so fast and be with the big dawgs. Congratulations. Keep up the great work!
  19. Water Rat's Avatar
    Stewart once again we missed each other yesterday. My massage was at 4! I had Patricia and she was great but I needed 2 hours to recover from it before my breaststroke

    Great meet for you. I'm going to consider a bit more of a build in my 50 so I can finish strong instead of fading.
  20. jbs's Avatar
    It sounds like you are having a great time, while also swimming really fast. Good luck with the 400!
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