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  1. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Leslie, that sucks ... though knowing what it is will hopefully get you more quickly fully repaired. I, too, hope it is not surgical.

    Be careful on the running, though. My wife has had to significantly cut back her running due to knee problems. Getting old sucks, especially when folks like us who try to stay fit and healthy get derailed by injuries.
    Thanks Patrick. I don't plan on much running. My knees have been a little twitchy with all the kicking. They're probably the next thing to PRP, with my luck. I blame my crap shoulders on all that mega distance training as a kid.
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Leslie, that sucks ... though knowing what it is will hopefully get you more quickly fully repaired. I, too, hope it is not surgical.

    Be careful on the running, though. My wife has had to significantly cut back her running due to knee problems. Getting old sucks, especially when folks like us who try to stay fit and healthy get derailed by injuries.
  3. ekw's Avatar
    That stinks. Baseball doctors would know about the shoulder, though - I hope you don't need surgery.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Celestial
    I miss the daily grind. My 5th kid is off to school - and I remember when he first left, I wondered what on earth to do with myself on the weekends, and the afternoons! Even though I have a full time job, I juggled swim practice, tennis practice, school plays etc., and I actually loved it. Fortunately, the kids can get so annoying by their senior year, you almost are on the verge of kicking them out anyway, lol!!
    And the first kid to leave the house was ruff, but let me tell you, #5 was brutal. My heart goes out to all parents at this time in their lives. (I love being just an old married couple, now, though, hahaha!!)
    I don't really mind the grind either. But the first couple weeks can be tough transitioning back in. How very true about them getting annoying. I couldn't wait for Teen Fort to get out the door, and we get along so much better now. But I can see where the last one would be very very hard. I still have 5 years left with Lil Fort! And one kid is a piece of cake.
  5. Celestial's Avatar
    I miss the daily grind. My 5th kid is off to school - and I remember when he first left, I wondered what on earth to do with myself on the weekends, and the afternoons! Even though I have a full time job, I juggled swim practice, tennis practice, school plays etc., and I actually loved it. Fortunately, the kids can get so annoying by their senior year, you almost are on the verge of kicking them out anyway, lol!!
    And the first kid to leave the house was ruff, but let me tell you, #5 was brutal. My heart goes out to all parents at this time in their lives. (I love being just an old married couple, now, though, hahaha!!)
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Ok, we've been blogging for a long time as I remember you writing about him making the decision to go there. Seems like only yesterday for me ... can't imagine how fast it feels for you.

    I'll be in your single child at home situation in a year as my second daughter is a HS senior this year. Crazy.
    The fairly quick move from 3 to 1 children is somewhat disconcerting. In a way liberating. And in a way it makes you feel old and displaced. Sending good vibes to you for the next couple weeks as you make this first change. The first was definitely the worst for me.
  7. pwb's Avatar
    before he heads back to Dartmouth for his senior year.
    Ok, we've been blogging for a long time as I remember you writing about him making the decision to go there. Seems like only yesterday for me ... can't imagine how fast it feels for you.

    I'll be in your single child at home situation in a year as my second daughter is a HS senior this year. Crazy.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    I think that's probably right. I wouldn't want to go multiple seasons without lifting or kicking.
    I read somewhere recently (maybe Swimming World?) that Andrew Seliskar (couple years older than Andrews) does 30 x 25 burst SDK almost every practice. He has killer SDKs in short course. The fact that it's a kick set doesn't negate the neural patterning effect, IMO.
    Updated August 31st, 2014 at 11:59 AM by The Fortress
  9. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    Ah good, I am usually doing less than 30 as well. I'm not sure his rigorous guidelines really apply to masters our age anyway.

    I know he deems kick sets worthless. I do notice that Andrew's kick and SDK are the worst part of his races though ... And, I am a kicker, so fully intend to keep doing my kick sets. With bicep tendonitis, I don't have much choice for awhile. I wonder if dropping kick sets doesn't have an immediate impact, but might have a cumulative effect over time? As an analogy, when I dropped weights (which Rushall also disdains) for 8+ months last year, it didn't have an immediate impact. But at the end of that period, I was having trouble finishing my races and had better swims after going back to lifting.
    I think that's probably right. I wouldn't want to go multiple seasons without lifting or kicking.
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    I didn't "drop" kick sets this past season, but I did a lot less kicking than in the past 2 years. While I don't think it hurt my top speed, I do think it negatively impacted my ability to do multiple events in a short time period.
    Yes, I've always felt, intuitively, that investing in kicking helps you close races and not die over multiple races.
  11. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    Lesser--just 10x25 at most--and it's not formally USRPT, because I don't incorporate the failure aspect that Rushall insists upon. You probably know he also deems kick sets mostly worthless. Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
    Ah good, I am usually doing less than 30 as well. I'm not sure his rigorous guidelines really apply to masters our age anyway.

    I know he deems kick sets worthless. I do notice that Andrew's kick and SDK are the worst part of his races though ... And, I am a kicker, so fully intend to keep doing my kick sets. With bicep tendonitis, I don't have much choice for awhile. I wonder if dropping kick sets doesn't have an immediate impact, but might have a cumulative effect over time? As an analogy, when I dropped weights (which Rushall also disdains) for 8+ months last year, it didn't have an immediate impact. But at the end of that period, I was having trouble finishing my races and had better swims after going back to lifting.
  12. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    ... Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
    I didn't "drop" kick sets this past season, but I did a lot less kicking than in the past 2 years. While I don't think it hurt my top speed, I do think it negatively impacted my ability to do multiple events in a short time period.
  13. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Lesser--just 10x25 at most--and it's not formally USRPT, because I don't incorporate the failure aspect that Rushall insists upon. You probably know he also deems kick sets mostly worthless. Historically a big proponent of kick sets, I dropped them the past year and it didn't seem to have a negative effect.
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by dhmartin
    3600 yesterday and 4150 today. Who are you and what have you done with The Fortress?
    Ha! Even when doing strictly HIT, I sometimes get to 3500 or so because I do so much recovery swimming. It just didn't seem very satisfying to do a low yardage kick workout ... I also did read in swimswam recently that high volume kick sets can contribute to kick speed. I would never try that approach with swimming, but my kicking seems pretty fast lately. No worries, when I can do full stroke swimming, I will be back to my usual ways.

    When you are doing USRPT, do you do the full 30 x 25 or some lesser version of that?
  15. Doug Martin's Avatar
    3600 yesterday and 4150 today. Who are you and what have you done with The Fortress?
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    The foam roller definately helps?
    They're supposed to promote recovery by smoothing muscles, breaking up knots and scar tissue and helping circulation. Everything I've read about foam rolling makes it seem like a must do for serious athletes.
  17. __steve__'s Avatar
    The foam roller definately helps?
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Hope the shoulder eval works out ok.
    Thanks. I probably should have laid off any swimming and weights even though it didn't hurt when I swam initially. Until then it did. Sucks being old. Hope your rehab is coming along nicely.
  19. Sojerz's Avatar
    Hope the shoulder eval works out ok.
  20. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    I just didn't fancy showing up at nationals and swimming poorly.
    Makes sense.