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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Those IMs might not be off events any more after this weekend!

    13 hours of sleep? That must have been awesome, but how did the rest of the Carroll family household let you manage that?
    i don't have a very strong breast so will likely do ok but will never be a real IMer. It will be nice to do some IMs just to see how I do.

    The he sleep was awesome. According to my wife after yoga on Saturday I was mid sentence and just stopped and fell asleep. I can't even remember starting this supposed conversation. I was really wiped out. Apparently my daughter even had a friend over on Saturday afternoon and I slept through it. I don't think that's ever happened before. Like I said was tired.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    That's what I was wondering, Patrick! Naps and 13 hours of sleep -- your wife must have the patience of a saint. I would have killed Mr. Fort if he had done that when I had all 3 kids at home. And it would have been logistically impossible with their schedules.

    I also don't think it's even possible for me to sleep that long ...
  3. pwb's Avatar
    Those IMs might not be off events any more after this weekend!

    13 hours of sleep? That must have been awesome, but how did the rest of the Carroll family household let you manage that?
  4. Karl_S's Avatar
    2000 free w/paddles & bouy 15:07 at the 1000 and 24:57 at the 1650 and 30:15 at the 2000
    It looks like your pace slipped by 0:01 per 1000 in the second half. Either you have absolutely no sense of pace, or you are a Slacker!
  5. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    The meet got rescheduled for next Saturday so I will get a shot at the IMs. The great thing is I have no expectation since I have never done one scy. Should be interesting. There will be some fast guys there too. Scott Heber will do the 2IM and 1IM and Andrew Ellis will likely do the 4 IM.
    Awesome. I have raced Scott before, so he will definitely push you. I don't know Andrew, but hopefully he puts up a good fight for you!
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    It is a shame you didn't get a shot at swimming IMs in that meet that got cancelled. Dropping a 1:04 from a push in workout is very good. I think you'd have a strong 400 IM, for sure.
    The meet got rescheduled for next Saturday so I will get a shot at the IMs. The great thing is I have no expectation since I have never done one scy. Should be interesting. There will be some fast guys there too. Scott Heber will do the 2IM and 1IM and Andrew Ellis will likely do the 4 IM.
  7. pwb's Avatar
    It is a shame you didn't get a shot at swimming IMs in that meet that got cancelled. Dropping a 1:04 from a push in workout is very good. I think you'd have a strong 400 IM, for sure.
  8. Sojerz's Avatar
    QUOTE=mcnair;bt116303]Yeah, I have the same trepidation about the mini-pace clocks... but you could time yourself in the locker-room shower afterwards... interval shampooing and conditioning![/QUOTE]

  9. mcnair's Avatar
    Yeah, I have the same trepidation about the mini-pace clocks... but you could time yourself in the locker-room shower afterwards... interval shampooing and conditioning!
  10. Sojerz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by mcnair
    That's a good tip. I keep track of my own splits mentally (assuming I can see them!), so I would just need to watch the clock to leave on the right intervals and keep track of how many intervals I've done on the longer sets... so 8 x 100 on 2:00 (or 16 x 50 on 1:00) means I'm finishing the set at 16:00 and trying to remember more or less my average split.

    I thought about one of those watches that keep track of yardage too, but I also wonder how it would affect my stroke... having this thing on my wrist. I guess folks do it all the time, so the effects are probably minimal. My other option is just to buy a small pace clock and set it up at the end of the lane.
    I bought one of those swimovate watches a few years back - it counts laps, strokes, takes splits etc., and uploads through a pod to their software onto you computer. It doesn't work real well with the strokes other than free, but was ok, the biggest problem I had was the size of the face digits - they are too small for me to read without glasses on. the watch doesn't materially impact your swimming - I raced with it on last week (just forgetting to take it off. The Timex watch was great in OW courses, keeping track of my lap times. I thought about the portable pace clocks - there is a mini-size pace clock and also one that sits on the bottom of the pool, but wasn't sure I really wanted to lug one around with all the other pool toys.
  11. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Alex, I bought a relatively inexpensive Timex "Ironman Triathlon" watch (about $40) and use that at pools with no pace clock. It's been working for over a year now, seems to keep good time, has a large enough face to read, and it's relatively simple to take splits. Not a lot of memory for splits (think it saves about 10 or so).
    That's a good tip. I keep track of my own splits mentally (assuming I can see them!), so I would just need to watch the clock to leave on the right intervals and keep track of how many intervals I've done on the longer sets... so 8 x 100 on 2:00 (or 16 x 50 on 1:00) means I'm finishing the set at 16:00 and trying to remember more or less my average split.

    I thought about one of those watches that keep track of yardage too, but I also wonder how it would affect my stroke... having this thing on my wrist. I guess folks do it all the time, so the effects are probably minimal. My other option is just to buy a small pace clock and set it up at the end of the lane.
  12. Sojerz's Avatar
    Alex, I bought a relatively inexpensive Timex "Ironman Triathlon" watch (about $40) and use that at pools with no pace clock. It's been working for over a year now, seems to keep good time, has a large enough face to read, and it's relatively simple to take splits. Not a lot of memory for splits (think it saves about 10 or so).
  13. GregJS's Avatar
    That picture cracks me up!
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    Re travel nutrition: http://www.questnutrition.com/
    this is going to sound like an excuse. I have tried bringing food such as energy bars, Gatorade powder, etc on trips, primarily so I eat before I swim and more often than not I end up with a mess. As a fairly frequent traveler I pack as compact as possible and as such powders tend to rip or spill, and bars tend to break.

    I usually have room for a couple of energy bars in the outside pocket of my backpack which usually also carries my work computer, chargers, etc and my swimming stuff, snorkel, paddles, goggles, suit. Alas I don't have room left for anything else.

    I think I need to work on this and maybe a ziplock bag and the packaging for some powder for a shake.
  15. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I am looking forward to the year after I retire from this whole work thing. I am going to get in kick-ass shape just by not doing biz travel look out for me when we're 65+
    Despite enjoying my job there are days where I wish I could quit it all and swim for a living. Unfortunately not many companies are looking for a middle aged man to advertise there products unless you count Depends.

    As as long as we are both around in 65, 85, 95, etc I look forward to it for a long long time.

    Good of luck with your 1000 this weekend.
  16. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Re travel nutrition: http://www.questnutrition.com/
  17. pwb's Avatar
    I eat too much fast food at airports and then have to attend work dinners which is usually vast quantities of over priced low nutrition food.
    I'm with you, Stewart.

    I am trying harder to eat more healthfully while on biz travel, but sometimes you're just stuck with airport food and sometimes you're stuck with getting some calories in rather than no calories.

    I am looking forward to the year after I retire from this whole work thing. I am going to get in kick-ass shape just by not doing biz travel look out for me when we're 65+
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    What is this? heehee

    I can see why you would have wanted to change your routine. Alcohol does suck the magnesium out of our bodies. But I'd think you could have one on a Friday or Saturday night!

    Duck fat?! Blech. I hate all types of fast food too. My problem is swimming makes me hungrier than my previous sport (running) and makes me look like a tank.
    You have to love auto correct.

    I am definitely an all or nothing person and have been that way all my life. I know I like beer and in the back of my mind I know I would not stop at one beer at the weekend. I honestly don't miss it as much as I thought I would.

    I agree on the duck fat. I guess I won the genetic lottery with my height which helped when I was 235 to hide the extra pounds to some extent. It's weird because my Dad is 5'6". We have extremes in our family......and I would never say you look like a tank.
  19. rxleakem's Avatar
    Opps, :20 seconds rest
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    I have changed my daily tobacco .
    What is this? heehee

    I can see why you would have wanted to change your routine. Alcohol does suck the magnesium out of our bodies. But I'd think you could have one on a Friday or Saturday night!

    Duck fat?! Blech. I hate all types of fast food too. My problem is swimming makes me hungrier than my previous sport (running) and makes me look like a tank.
    Updated March 11th, 2015 at 04:36 PM by The Fortress
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