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  1. pwb's Avatar
    Your trip sounds lovely and I am sure it was a blast. I do think these extended breaks are warranted. I took the entire summer off in 2008 after Austin Nationals (out of the water the entirety of June and July along with a bit of May and a bit of August) as we did an extended family trip to England and Africa, along with a work trip to India. I came back woefully out of shape, but was already swimming fast by the December SCM taper meet. You'll bounce back more quickly than you think.
  2. flystorms's Avatar
    That's gorgeous!
  3. jpetyk's Avatar
    That is a picture worthy of framing. Just. Beautiful.
  4. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Wow, what an amazing week! Fantastic job, Stewart and it sounds like you put all you had into each and every day. I hope it's a good payoff for the meet. You'll do great.
    Thanks Kari. As I was going through the week it was tough for sure but in hindsight it was a really fun week and well worth the effort. At this point I have done all I can to get ready for worlds. Just a transition week and a good taper to go and it will be what it will be. I am optimistic I will have a good meet

    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Did you lose any weight during all of this? Or were you able to eat just about anything you wanted?
    It seems a life time ago when I was a 225lb man embarrassed by my weight and my body just under 2 years ago. I dropped my weight very quickly to what I am today which is 180lbs. I have been lower than this but this feels like a very good weight for me(6'5" tall). I am fortunate enough to be able to eat what I want right now, although I still avoid alcohol, fatty foods and deserts. As my taper kicks in I will watch my calorific intake as I cut back on workout distances and fingers crossed will be around 180lbs in Montreal.
  5. flystorms's Avatar
    Wow, what an amazing week! Fantastic job, Stewart and it sounds like you put all you had into each and every day. I hope it's a good payoff for the meet. You'll do great.

    Did you lose any weight during all of this? Or were you able to eat just about anything you wanted?
  6. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Congrats on finishing a very very strong training week.
    It must be great to be going to worlds with a team that has a shared training experience.
    I borrowed one of your sets today. Even going scy it was pretty draining. I'm amazed you can recover and get all those sessions in this week.
    Thanks Karl. This is my third training camp in 2 years and the first I have done with the team. I can definitely say this was the most fun and rewarding camp by a mile. Having us all go through the week together was awesome. I have some terrific team mates and everyone supports everyone else. When individuals had bad days other team members helped motivate them through. It was truly awesome! I took the week off work and was beat. I am in awe of some of my team mates who did not take the week off; I don't know how they did it physically.

    The session on Thursday you used was deceptively hard. Nice job.
  7. Karl_S's Avatar
    Congrats on finishing a very very strong training week.
    It must be great to be going to worlds with a team that has a shared training experience.
    I borrowed one of your sets today. Even going scy it was pretty draining. I'm amazed you can recover and get all those sessions in this week.
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Congratulations, you did my PB 32 times on 2:00! Are you 19 years old?
    Thanks Steve. I wish I recovered like a 19 year old but alas those days are long gone(I am 44). It was funny after about 20 or so of the 50s, I looked over at Emma and she was dancing around between 50s while I had my hands on my knees gasping for air.
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    What a killer way to end a killer week. I'm exhausted reading your blogs as you've gone through this training camp. Great job! You're going to sleep like a baby for a few more days, aren't you?

    You sound like you're ready to tackle the world in competition coming next month. Stewart, I have no doubt you're going to kill it!!
    Its been a very tiring week for sure, but we have had some awesome sets and I was especially pleased with a couple of test sets; my best average kick set in particular I was very happy with and I have been working on my kick for over a year now. Thanks for the kind wishes.

    We have a month to go but fingers crossed all the hard work over the past year will result in my entire team having fun swimming fast at worlds. I have some lofty personal goals but at this point I don't think I could have done much more to prepare. Two more workouts and then time to start cutting back.
  10. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ndauksavage
    Nice workout today! It was fun even though it hurt. Can't wait for our last day of boot camp!
    It was great fun and the group seemed to really get into it. Two more workouts!
  11. __steve__'s Avatar
    Congratulations, you did my PB 32 times on 2:00! Are you 19 years old?
  12. flystorms's Avatar
    What a killer way to end a killer week. I'm exhausted reading your blogs as you've gone through this training camp. Great job! You're going to sleep like a baby for a few more days, aren't you?

    You sound like you're ready to tackle the world in competition coming next month. Stewart, I have no doubt you're going to kill it!!
  13. ndauksavage's Avatar
    Nice workout today! It was fun even though it hurt. Can't wait for our last day of boot camp!
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ndauksavage
    Nice workout today! Can't believe we are getting so close!
    Thanks. You too. I am glad you are feeling better. Migrains are bad at the best of times let alone during a training camp. 3 more workouts this week. Hang in there and keep pushing hard.

    Scary how our taper is just around the corner.
  15. ndauksavage's Avatar
    Nice workout today! Can't believe we are getting so close!
  16. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    That's fast! I tried a set of 15x100 on 1:15 last weekend and couldn't do it. Make about the first three and then most of the rest were more like 1:17.
    Thanks Kirk. This morning Stephanie Stone who is a mid distance swimmer at Plano masters(2nd at 2013 short course nationals in 500 free in the 45-49 age group) joined us and she swam in the lane next to me with fins. She really helped push me this morning and it's what I needed at this phase of the camp. Our team has had about 6 swimmers who have consistently made doubles plus weights and drylands this week and a few practices like this morning with 8 swimmers. Despite a range of ages and abilities everyone has worked there tails off and it's been great fun. I know we are all looking forward to worlds! It's hard to believe it starts a month from Sunday.
  17. knelson's Avatar
    I was holding between 1:07-1:10 on the 100s
    That's fast! I tried a set of 15x100 on 1:15 last weekend and couldn't do it. Make about the first three and then most of the rest were more like 1:17.
  18. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Holy cow that's a lot of mileage for a week. Great job. So is this training camp a crash course on top of work, or are you taking the week off for this?
    yes. We are likely to do between 60-70k meters this week, plus a lot of high intensity work. This is the final push for our team before worlds. I took the week off work but three of my team mates are doing the camp and working. I don't know how they are surviving.

    With Friday being the 4th we only have one workout on Friday so we are officially over half way through the camp.
  19. flystorms's Avatar
    Holy cow that's a lot of mileage for a week. Great job. So is this training camp a crash course on top of work, or are you taking the week off for this?
  20. Matthewivan9's Avatar
    I swim with Neil here in Ohio. You should see some of the workouts he does. He is truly an amazing swimmer.
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