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  1. aztimm's Avatar
    How are the pools at LA Fitness?

    There's a new one opening about a mile from home and I'll probably check it out. Can't be any worse than the pools at 24 Hour Fitness (that is about 2 miles from home).

    LA Fitness seems to be in more places around the country. I see them almost everywhere.
  2. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sunruh
    how did those pace 100s turn into RACE 100s? competitive? naw, not me!
    The question should be, how come EVERY time you and I get in the pool together it ends up like that. I think WE are cut from the same cloth. As usual It was a lot of fun. Hopefully I will see you at Christmas. Stay healthy little Ewok.
  3. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    Not fair for you to become a sprinter too now! Great 50! I'm jealous. I have a rough work travel week ahead. Vancouver and Singapore. Won't get much if any pool time in.
    Thats a word I have never associated with me, but with the race pace work I definitely feel quicker than usual. Who knows maybe I will grow into the sprints.

    I thought my work travel schedule was rough between now and Christmas with trips to LA, San Francisco, Sacremento, Atlanta and Birmingham, but your trips are unreal. Singapore is a brutal flight but you will have fun if you get some opportunities to get some downtime. It's a great place to visit. Safe travels.
  4. Water Rat's Avatar
    Not fair for you to become a sprinter too now! Great 50! I'm jealous. I have a rough work travel week ahead. Vancouver and Singapore. Won't get much if any pool time in.
  5. sunruh's Avatar
    Dear Youngster,
    your plan is doomed from the onset. this is a race about ice cream. give up now. you have NO hope of winning. i gained 5lbs from thanksgiving. uuuurrrrrppppp you think that was just turkey?

    how did those pace 100s turn into RACE 100s? competitive? naw, not me!
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    I can only imagine having two reallyl good swimmers together had to make for some great conversation. Would love to hear what you two talked about.

    You won't be at the DAM Christmas relays next weekend, will you?
    He is a great friend and we shared some great swimming memories.

    I wont be be at the DAM relays I am afraid. I am swimming in the SPMS meet in LA next weekend and then a USAS meet in Rockwall the week after with my daughter.

    Good of luck at the relays.
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Those are the best kind of swimming friends to have!

    I am hoping to be both in shape and present in San Antonio to challenge both of you for that pint
    It will be great to swim against you in San Antonio. It will be very competitive I am sure....which will be great fun.
  8. flystorms's Avatar
    I can only imagine having two reallyl good swimmers together had to make for some great conversation. Would love to hear what you two talked about.

    You won't be at the DAM Christmas relays next weekend, will you?
  9. pwb's Avatar
    Despite us being ultra competitive there is huge mutual respect and I am lucky to be able to call Steve a friend. If he reads this, I still plan on kicking his butt at the blue bell challenge at Nationals(500 free is both our favorite scy events an
    Those are the best kind of swimming friends to have!

    I am hoping to be both in shape and present in San Antonio to challenge both of you for that pint
  10. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    That will be a great lineup of events for you. The competition should be great. I can't wait to see the psych sheets.
    i am looking forward to the meet.

    Steve said to let him know when you are Austin and he hoped you guys could train together.
  11. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    i am doing the 100 free and 200 back on Friday, 400 free and 100 back on Saturday, 200 free and 50 back on Sunday. Looks to be a really fast meet based on names I recognize. See you Friday.
    That will be a great lineup of events for you. The competition should be great. I can't wait to see the psych sheets.
  12. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Glad you got in some fun with Steve. I'm going to be in Austin again in January and, provided I don't bust my foot up again, I really hope to be able to train with him. After my little bit of events on Friday at SPMS, I'll orient all my training to get ready to try to hang with him

    You might have already said this, but what events are you swimming on Friday at SPMS? I should be there and will definitely do the 200 IM and 200 back.
    i am doing the 100 free and 200 back on Friday, 400 free and 100 back on Saturday, 200 free and 50 back on Sunday. Looks to be a really fast meet based on names I recognize. See you Friday.
  13. pwb's Avatar
    Glad you got in some fun with Steve. I'm going to be in Austin again in January and, provided I don't bust my foot up again, I really hope to be able to train with him. After my little bit of events on Friday at SPMS, I'll orient all my training to get ready to try to hang with him

    You might have already said this, but what events are you swimming on Friday at SPMS? I should be there and will definitely do the 200 IM and 200 back.
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    My wife and I felt the same way and so we switched to doing a Thanksgiving fondue a few years back. It actually creates a great, family style meal that is slow, relaxing and conducive to conversation. We usually do three courses - veggies, meat and then, of course, chocolate for dessert. It stretches the meal out over a few hours and just makes for a great family time.
    That's a great idea! However, the guys in the family seem to like the traditional fare. However, I will not be cooking it. I'm definitely encouraging alternative fare next year.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by magick17
    Ah Thanksgiving...a speed bump till Christmas....I'm was dying laughing at the food is disgusting....enjoy that beautiful family though!
    It is disgusting -- heavy and unhealthy. I will skip all the icky sides and have a salad. Happy Thanksgiving to you!
  16. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    Hi Stewart! Nice to see your posts; finally catching up on some blog reading! You are smart to take a day and truly do some easy stretched out swims. So you are going to the masters meet in CA? Not COR Classic?
    Hi Michelle. I have enjoyed the changes I have made during this training cycle and in particular the race pace training, yoga and recovery days have all been great.

    I found out in September that I needed to go to California with work before the end of the year so arranged my trip so I could also swim at the SPMS meet in California. Reading Patrick's meet summary from last year got me thinking about this meet so it will be great to attend. It looks really competitive so fingers crossed I should have some great races. It's a shame I miss COR Classic since its heats and finals and always very competitive. I am planning on holding my taper the week between COR and the LPA usas meet which is also in Rockwall so I should get a fast USMS meet and a fast USAS meet during this taper. I have never done race pace training so don't know how well I will hold the taper but it should be fun either swimming fast or dieing trying to swim fast. Sorry I will miss you at COR. Swim well and represent us oldens well.
  17. pwb's Avatar
    Not that I like Thanksgiving much -- the food is disgusting.
    My wife and I felt the same way and so we switched to doing a Thanksgiving fondue a few years back. It actually creates a great, family style meal that is slow, relaxing and conducive to conversation. We usually do three courses - veggies, meat and then, of course, chocolate for dessert. It stretches the meal out over a few hours and just makes for a great family time.
  18. magick17's Avatar
    Ah Thanksgiving...a speed bump till Christmas....I'm was dying laughing at the food is disgusting....enjoy that beautiful family though!
  19. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by chowmi
    Good workout for being sick and not overdoing it. Sorry to hear about your thyroid going beserk! I have taking your comment about breaststroke and really trying to feel my body position better - for whatever reason it's easier to feel in fly and very mechanical for breaststroke. But reducing resistance and setting up a powerful lunge is so key.
    A good kick really helps the lunge too, but that eludes me. But the pull can set it up pretty well. Good luck! Any more SCM meets in December? Will you get your next ten TTs in SCM?
  20. chowmi's Avatar
    Good workout for being sick and not overdoing it. Sorry to hear about your thyroid going beserk! I have taking your comment about breaststroke and really trying to feel my body position better - for whatever reason it's easier to feel in fly and very mechanical for breaststroke. But reducing resistance and setting up a powerful lunge is so key.
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