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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    That is a hellacious set. Friday I did 15 x 100 on 1:30, but tried holding mile pace. Ideally I would hold about 1:03, but I was more like 1:04 average. After the first couple you're thinking "this is plenty of rest to keep going at this pace," but it deteriorates quickly! Trying to hold under a minute even with the extra :30 rest sounds brutal. You're right that it's just as tough mentally as it is physically.
    i think what makes it so hard for me is that we do it every week so I know from one week to the next what's coming and how hard it was last time I swam it.

    It's still early days with my race pace experimentation but so far it's working great.
  2. Sojerz's Avatar
    Stewart, my recollection of HS swimming is of times all over the place - sometimes coming down, often plateaus, and sometimes going up too. The life of a HS swimmer is full of many vagaries.
    Great stroke count 10 and 9! - we worked on that too this morning, although not 150s. Coach wanted us to descend stroke count thru 12x25s, so I went 17-16-15 and held 15s - told her I could hit 14 if I did more SDKs Will set a goal of 10 to 9.
  3. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    I could, but I'm not sure about making the trip. The pool looks great. My only hesitation is that it's outside. Swimming backstroke outside is not my forte, so I would have to do other events. It's two weeks after Zones and I've had good luck resting for ones and then re-resting for nationals before.
    thats my fear too but I did not have an issue on our medley relay at worlds so I am likely to do back in San antonio.

    I have a friend who I train with whose parents live near the pool and he swims there every time he goes to visit; he said it's awesome. Our kids did TAGS at Northside last March and said the weather sucked but the pool was awesome. Fingers crossed by late April the weather is a non issue.
  4. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Swimming backstroke outside is not my forte, so I would have to do other events.
    Freestyle!
  5. knelson's Avatar
    That is a hellacious set. Friday I did 15 x 100 on 1:30, but tried holding mile pace. Ideally I would hold about 1:03, but I was more like 1:04 average. After the first couple you're thinking "this is plenty of rest to keep going at this pace," but it deteriorates quickly! Trying to hold under a minute even with the extra :30 rest sounds brutal. You're right that it's just as tough mentally as it is physically.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Are you able to make a nationals in San Antonio?
    I could, but I'm not sure about making the trip. The pool looks great. My only hesitation is that it's outside. Swimming backstroke outside is not my forte, so I would have to do other events. It's two weeks after Zones and I've had good luck resting for ones and then re-resting for nationals before.
  7. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Are you able to make a nationals in San Antonio?
  8. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Welcome back Alex and I am glad your getting on top of life again after the move. Remember Spring Nationals are in San Antonio at the end of April and it would be great to see you there
    Thanks, Stewart, I'm going to try to do the 100-200 bk, maybe the 1000 free, in San Antonio (as long as I don't need an NQT!). I think there's a DAM meet coming up later this spring that would be pretty easy to get to, I'll double check the schedule on that.
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Welcome back Alex and I am glad your getting on top of life again after the move. Remember Spring Nationals are in San Antonio at the end of April and it would be great to see you there
  10. Celestial's Avatar
    Well, I'm not sure the last person was supposed to pass everyone during the 50, because they DID have a whole 500 to do, I think they were more like pacing and drafting off each other!
  11. thewookiee's Avatar
    The pool was packed today. Is it always that way on Friday morning?
  12. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S

    Great work!

    Swimming 50s@200 pace on 1 is very tough for me if I do more than about 4 or 5.
    Sometimes I will do 4x50/:45 trying to hit my 200 pace. These are close to meet-level pain so I can imagine what it would be like to attempt 16 of them on :50.
    Thanks Karl.

    The race pace training is really tough but in a sick way I kind of enjoy this particular set.

    The 16x100s we do on Saturdays at 500 pace on the other hand is awful and I dread it.....but I know it's good for me so I am sticking to it, but it takes all my mental strength to attack it from the first 100.

    I am by no means an expert on this type of race pace training but from what I have read on usrpt we are trying to follow the 20-25 seconds of rest that Rushall recommends on 50s. Rushall does not recommend the 100s but we think it's an important part of my 500 training.
  13. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Honestly I don't think I should be called upon for expertise in training for the 100, because I'm not exactly good at it. But I had the most success in the 100 in Atlanta, when I was doing alternating workouts of 100 AFAP and 200 AFAP. Something like USRPT, with higher volume, might be more productive for most people. But I tend to get elbow pain doing any kind of reasonable volume at that speed, so race simulation is helpful for injury prevention because it's so short.
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    Oh! Right, a work of genius
    What genius forgets his best set?

    What set do you like for 100 training? Just 100 AFAP race simulation style?
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Paris is awesome - I've loved it when visiting on vacation and even had a great time when there on work. I'm hoping to be back there in 2016.
    Yes! I haven't been in 13 years, and am extremely excited about it. I think it will also be nice to be staying in a Parisian apartment (with my friend) instead of a hotel and having the benefit of some inside scoop on good cafes, etc.
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by sglines
    Oh Leslie you will love Paris...You deserve a break like this....Wishing you a Happy Healthy New Year. This year aI am adding in more upper body strength. That seems to be the line for better times.What is your take on tech suits how many swims What do you recommend.... what suit do you like for back stroke
    I do feel like I need a nice break from Pittsburgh in the gray and gloomy winter. Even if it's cold in Paris, it's still Paris.

    Like Jazz, I think strength is important for swimming and also can help hold your shoulders together if you're not going crazy with heavy weights (at our age).

    My favorite tech suit is the Arena closed back carbon pro suit. I ordered the Areana carbon flex (their newest suit) awhile ago, but haven't had a meet to use it in yet. I've tried the Speedo LZR Elite closed back suit and liked that too. But I believe the Arena suits provide more leg compression. You have to see what fits you best too. The Arena suits seem to run big on top, unlike the Speedo.
  17. Jazz Hands's Avatar
    Oh! Right, a work of genius
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands
    I like that pyramid set.
    Jazz, that is your set! You suggested it to me years ago and I do it from time to time. I think it's a great set for the 50 free.
  19. pwb's Avatar
    Paris is awesome - I've loved it when visiting on vacation and even had a great time when there on work. I'm hoping to be back there in 2016.
  20. sglines's Avatar
    Oh Leslie you will love Paris...You deserve a break like this....Wishing you a Happy Healthy New Year. This year aI am adding in more upper body strength. That seems to be the line for better times.What is your take on tech suits how many swims What do you recommend.... what suit do you like for back stroke
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