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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Even if I manage to be consistent, though, I'll always be the 'last one in the yoga lane' ... but I'm cool with that ... well, at least my Type A self is trying to be cool with that.
    i caught myself competing today and I laughed out loud when our teacher said its not a competition. I too rank rock bottom but it's pretty awesome exercise. I totally agree with your thoughts about others in the class and my experience is very similar. There are some incredibly strong flexible people who are definitely not shaped as you would expect to meet that description.
  2. Karl_S's Avatar
    Today we we did a race pace set which will become a staple over the next few months. Today we did a fixed number of 100s but the plan is to do a 100 set on Saturdays until failure.
    Have you and your coach picked a focus event for the season?
    From my analysis,
    http://forums.usms.org/entry.php?340...onday#comments
    it looks like the 500 SCY is clearly your most competitive, with the 800 LCM second.
  3. pwb's Avatar
    After lifting, I did my yoga class which absolutely crushed me physically today. I really have an appreciation for yoga and have really enjoyed the core and stretching associated with it....but it's the base class and it's kicking my butt. Heaven knows how bad I will feel when I go up to the next level. Maybe I will just stick with this level and concentrate on core and flexibility.
    Beyond feeling the same as you with the base level class, what always humbles me is when I look around the room (I know I'm supposed to keep my mind on the mat and not do this, but I do it anyway) and see a whole bunch of people who, from all outward appearances are not as "fit" as me, but who routinely kick my butt throughout the entire yoga class. I find yoga to be an awesome addition to my overall fitness routine, but I just need to make a more consistent effort to get to a couple of classes each week. Even if I manage to be consistent, though, I'll always be the 'last one in the yoga lane' ... but I'm cool with that ... well, at least my Type A self is trying to be cool with that.

    Keep up the good yoga.
  4. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Great job Chowmi! All very respectable times.

    Phelps is puzzling to me too. He could easily have called a car service or a friend. I think the heart of it is what that swimming world article said -- that champions often think they can do anything, including drive drunk safely. You would think that by 29, he'd have more of a grip on when he can't drive ...
    I think a better story is the whole story - who was he with? What were they doing? Where were they? It sounds like he's hanging with people who aren't making good choices. I disagree that Phelps thinks he can do anything. I think he simply wasn't thinking and hasn't matured to where he can understand consequences.

    In a way, I think athletes with his history are stunted in growth. At nearly 30, he has really had very little life experience. He's had the same coach, environment, and his world is limited to swimming and peripherally acquainted with other athletes and hanger-on groupies. He's doing the same stupid things at 29 as he did at 19 because, well, he's in exactly the same enviornment and view of the world at 29 as at 19.
  5. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I haven't raced the 200 IM in decades, but for the 200s of bk, br and fr, I find that my add-up time for 4x50 with 8-12s rest after each 50 yields a good estimate of my meet time for the full 200. 4x50 on the 1:00 interval gives more rest and produces an add-up that is unrealistically quick as an estimate. YMMV

    Here is a link to an article I saw a few days ago that discusses how elite women swim the 200 IM:
    http://coachrickswimming.wordpress.c...im-the-200-im/
    I agree. It's totally different swimming the 50 breast connected to the fly and back vs. having a 1 minute interval. Not the same event at all. For as bad as it hurt on the 1 min, I think I might just skip this event. There is always next year! On the other hand, since I just did the 400 IM, I probably can appreciate the 200 more instead of resenting how long it is.
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Im envious you have a coach who is into helping you with goals. Good for you! He's a gem. I hope to find one like that soon...
    He is awesome. Its a shame you weren't closer because you would fit so well with our team.
  7. flystorms's Avatar
    Im envious you have a coach who is into helping you with goals. Good for you! He's a gem. I hope to find one like that soon...
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Great job Chowmi! All very respectable times.

    Phelps is puzzling to me too. He could easily have called a car service or a friend. I think the heart of it is what that swimming world article said -- that champions often think they can do anything, including drive drunk safely. You would think that by 29, he'd have more of a grip on when he can't drive ...
  9. Karl_S's Avatar
    Today we did a set of 4 times 4 x 50 Im order 1:00 fast, and I went roughly on average 36 40 46 36 so that's a 2:38.
    I haven't raced the 200 IM in decades, but for the 200s of bk, br and fr, I find that my add-up time for 4x50 with 8-12s rest after each 50 yields a good estimate of my meet time for the full 200. 4x50 on the 1:00 interval gives more rest and produces an add-up that is unrealistically quick as an estimate. YMMV

    Here is a link to an article I saw a few days ago that discusses how elite women swim the 200 IM:
    http://coachrickswimming.wordpress.c...im-the-200-im/
  10. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial
    You know, we all know the other superstuds are drinking and smoking pot and whatever. But even though they aren't brain surgeons, somehow they manage to not get caught. Such a wonderful example for our youth
    Celestial, exactly what orbit is he in? Get it, hahaha!! I think what makes me have no patience for this is that he is 29 years old. I must admit, it is hard NOT to overlay our own experience on others, and at 29, I was well on my way to being a professional woman- meaning, I was out of business school and really striving to establish myself. Drinking, partying, all that stuff was over by 21. And he's still doing it. It's like life hasn't changed for him - and he hasn't needed to change or "grow up". There doesn't seem to be any maturation and really, his one "job" has been swimming.
  11. chowmi's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by arthur
    I think 2:40 is pretty accurate. If your speed decreases from 100 to 200 at the same rate as 200 to 400 then it comes out exactly at 2:40. If you are more suited for sprinting you could probably go a bit faster.

    It is pretty disappointing about Phelps. His apology sounds almost exactly the same as when he was 19. I was surprised the story made the front of the BBC and CBC news websites.
    Thanks for confirming 2:40ish. Today we did a set of 4 times 4 x 50 Im order 1:00 fast, and I went roughly on average 36 40 46 36 so that's a 2:38. That freestyle was incredibly painful I may not swim the 200IM.

    The Dallas Morning New sports section is supposedly really good, but all they report on are the big 3 sports. Michael got a blip on the back page. In other news, EBOLA is a huge news story. One of the elementary schools cited is one block from our home office!
  12. Celestial's Avatar
    You know, we all know the other superstuds are drinking and smoking pot and whatever. But even though they aren't brain surgeons, somehow they manage to not get caught. Such a wonderful example for our youth
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Do you think it's allergies or busy life leadi g to a busy mind? I hope you enjoy the trip and are able to catchup on your sleep.
    I think it's probably due to busy mind. My allergies were horrible last month -- September is always a bad one for me with all the ragweed -- but I am on the full cocktail of allergy meds.
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I hope your flights and trip to AZ goes smoothly. If you're down in the Tucson/Oro Valley area and have time, try to avail yourself of the many resorts with spa/massage relaxation options.
    Flights went smoothly, but no real time for relaxation. Maybe another trip.
  15. arthur's Avatar
    I think 2:40 is pretty accurate. If your speed decreases from 100 to 200 at the same rate as 200 to 400 then it comes out exactly at 2:40. If you are more suited for sprinting you could probably go a bit faster.

    It is pretty disappointing about Phelps. His apology sounds almost exactly the same as when he was 19. I was surprised the story made the front of the BBC and CBC news websites.
  16. flystorms's Avatar
    Sounds like a fun workout!
  17. ndauksavage's Avatar
    Glad you are feeling better! Everyone has been asking when Stewart gets back! Have a safe trip back and I will see you in the morning!
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ndauksavage
    You need to be careful!!! I told you breaststroke is dangerous, thats why I don't do it LOL!!! Anyways hope you are having a good trip and look forward to you being back at practice
    Doing swimmers cross fit(the IM) is always a challenge as far as I am concerned but I think the real problem was I tried doing hard breaststroke before I was completely warmed up. You know me, I never turn down the chance to swim fast and this was my own stupidity. I am feeling SO much better than I did on wednesday. I can still feel the pull but nothing like wednesday and it is not preventing me from doing anything like it was on wednesday.


    I get back tonight around 8pm and will be at practice tomorrow morning. You guys are awesome! Bill texted me earlier asking when I was getting back. Its great to swim with other teams for a number of reasons, but it does reinforce how lucky we are with our facility and training group. I had fun with Alexandria but I cant wait to get home!
  19. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Sounds like a fun event!

    I have the exact same problem on backstroke starts. I wish I had a solution for you!
    It was a fun event. I would have loved to have raced in the same heat as the young guys.

    The only thing I can put the struggle down too is my head position on my entry and under water streamline. I think I will try to get my coach to record me on my start and see if we can see anything. Its annoying because I am loosing all my underwater speed and coming to an almost complete stop when I break the surface. I think if I can correct this issue I will have some interesting back swims this season.
  20. ndauksavage's Avatar
    You need to be careful!!! I told you breaststroke is dangerous, thats why I don't do it LOL!!! Anyways hope you are having a good trip and look forward to you being back at practice
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