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  1. Water Rat's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    She seems pretty happy with the whole experience today. The 200 breast victory definitely helped.

    Hey, I didn't lose my phone or car keys this meet. And realizing what a dumb blonde I can be, I even took inotes on where I parked my car.
    I'd like to think my Atlanta zipper story contributed to her rebound!

    don't think I wasn't worried when you couldn't find your phone after Rich taped your race! LOL
  2. chowmi's Avatar
    Fort, your swims were so excellent! You already knew that your training was effective - but with such great drops this year, I want to caution you against thinking big drops couldn't happen next year!!! Anything is possible - did you really think you'd be doing these times this year when you were a mid 27 50 flyer several years ago??? So there is no reason to put any limits on where you can keep going!!!!!!

    I say lots of goals, it's fun to have no shortage of carrots out there!
    50 free - sub 24 - and why the heck not? There is no reason to suffer through low 24 pergatory. Just punch it under!!!
    50 back - 26, c'mon!
    100 back - sub 1:00 - the only question is: how FAR under???? I think your 1st 50 was just too slow - you can only come back so fast. If you were out mid 28 or even faster, you'd be well under 1:00, like looking around Where-Is-Everbody wall time.
    100 free - ?????? you never know!!!!!
    50 fly - maybe 24!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    50 breast - not sure about time, just visualize whatever time and PR/NR notation!!!!!!!!!!!!
    100 breast?????

    Again, excellent swims and so much fun to think and dream up goals for you!!!
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by poolraat
    I'm glad you and your daughter got to experience doing this meet together. Now you know how much fun Jared and I had doing Omaha last year and Mesa the year before that. I just wish things had worked out for us to be there this year but between my shoulder problem and the meet being in the middle of his finals it just wasn't possible. Hopefully we can do it again next year, most likely Summer Nationals.
    Really, you might come for the U of Md meet? That is one that Teen Fort might be able to meet because her college does not start early.

    What is the exact nature of the shoulder issue?
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by swimsuit addict
    Congrats on your fabulous meet. It's really great to see everything coming together for you at the right time!
    Thanks SA! Yep, everything coalesced. I don't expect that to happen too often!
  5. poolraat's Avatar
    I'm glad you and your daughter got to experience doing this meet together. Now you know how much fun Jared and I had doing Omaha last year and Mesa the year before that. I just wish things had worked out for us to be there this year but between my shoulder problem and the meet being in the middle of his finals it just wasn't possible. Hopefully we can do it again next year, most likely Summer Nationals.
  6. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Congrats on your fabulous meet. It's really great to see everything coming together for you at the right time!
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by SwimStud
    "Awwwwwwwwwwwwww Dammit!!"

    It needed to go into print!

    Tell Teen Fort she became a true Master this weekend. "Eventually" shrugging off the bad stuff, enjoying the moment for the 200BR, and gutting out an impressive 100fly at the end for some bling/ribbon.

    Blog Lurkers: I will have the true, inside story from behind the "blocks" with Team Fortress at Indiana on my blog soon (yes, shameless bandwagon jumping for attention I know). Stay tuned for the expose!
    She seems pretty happy with the whole experience today. The 200 breast victory definitely helped.

    Hey, I didn't lose my phone or car keys this meet. And realizing what a dumb blonde I can be, I even took inotes on where I parked my car.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by beprocton
    Leslie: Very nice to have met you at the Forum/Stalkers dinner! Impressive swimming all around for you and I've taken lots of mental notes from watching your races and listening to you. It was also very special watching your 50 fly on the way to warm up for my event and watching your daughter yelling "Go Mom" as you went for the finish in record time. I'm still waiting for a confirmation from my son at Dartmouth as to whether he knows your son. Plotting out my summer swimming and may see you at Zones in Richmond as I prepare for Mission Viejo/Disneyland trip.
    Likwise Bruce!

    Teen Fort was a very good cheerleader for me and my friends, despite having a sub par meet herself. She doesn't have much experience in tapering after a few years out of the pool, and was a good sport about it all.

    Keep training hard and smart and you will pop into the TT soon enough.
    It is probably a very good idea to get one long course meet under your belt before heading out to MV. I hope the bribery works! Teen Fort was a very difficult toddler herself, so I feel your pain.
  9. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    But at least you'd gain 3 hours. So an 8am start (if you had such a thing) would seem more like 11am for you
    But I can't blame you. I avoid meets at one local pool because one time when I did a meet there the conditions were horrible. I'll fly to Boston for a weekend for a meet at a fantastic facility

    Awesome job at your meet!!! It really sounds like things just fell into place for you, and you nailed nearly everything well. I've been lurking here and on FB, reading about your times. Glad everything worked out for you.

    Now hope your move goes just as well, and you find a great place to swim in Pittsburgh.
    Thanks Tim! I will definitely be in Boston next year at NE SCM Champs. That is really the perfect meet for me -- really nice pool, big enough to ensure lots of rest, etc.

    Everything went exceedingly well with just a few technical miscues here and there. Maybe having the move on my mind helped distract me from the mental torment of taper.
  10. SwimStud's Avatar
    "Awwwwwwwwwwwwww Dammit!!"

    It needed to go into print!

    Tell Teen Fort she became a true Master this weekend. "Eventually" shrugging off the bad stuff, enjoying the moment for the 200BR, and gutting out an impressive 100fly at the end for some bling/ribbon.

    Blog Lurkers: I will have the true, inside story from behind the "blocks" with Team Fortress at Indiana on my blog soon (yes, shameless bandwagon jumping for attention I know). Stay tuned for the expose!
  11. beprocton's Avatar
    Leslie: Very nice to have met you at the Forum/Stalkers dinner! Impressive swimming all around for you and I've taken lots of mental notes from watching your races and listening to you. It was also very special watching your 50 fly on the way to warm up for my event and watching your daughter yelling "Go Mom" as you went for the finish in record time. I'm still waiting for a confirmation from my son at Dartmouth as to whether he knows your son. Plotting out my summer swimming and may see you at Zones in Richmond as I prepare for Mission Viejo/Disneyland trip.
  12. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Gee, I'm shocked you aren't planning to swim at Santa Clara next year. Outdoor pool and a three hour time difference? Sounds exactly like your cup of tea!
    But at least you'd gain 3 hours. So an 8am start (if you had such a thing) would seem more like 11am for you
    But I can't blame you. I avoid meets at one local pool because one time when I did a meet there the conditions were horrible. I'll fly to Boston for a weekend for a meet at a fantastic facility

    Awesome job at your meet!!! It really sounds like things just fell into place for you, and you nailed nearly everything well. I've been lurking here and on FB, reading about your times. Glad everything worked out for you.

    Now hope your move goes just as well, and you find a great place to swim in Pittsburgh.
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Chris Stevenson
    Great meet, Fort. Looking forward to seeing you at LC zones, where the pool is neither shallow nor outdoors! And there will be FINA walls to help with your backstroke starts.
    Thanks Chris. Looking forward to the meet snd hope you are 100% by then. I have some unfinished business with the LCM 50 fly. And I do vastly prefer FINA walls for backstroke starts. I was slightly disappointed that we didn't have them in Indy.
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Great meet and truelly awesome times. I will remember that 50 fly for a very long time!
    Thanks Stewart! I was pleased with that race. And congrats to you on a wonderful nationals. Quite the coming out party!
  15. Chris Stevenson's Avatar
    Great meet, Fort. Looking forward to seeing you at LC zones, where the pool is neither shallow nor outdoors! And there will be FINA walls to help with your backstroke starts.
  16. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Great meet and truelly awesome times. I will remember that 50 fly for a very long time!
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    Gee, I'm shocked you aren't planning to swim at Santa Clara next year. Outdoor pool and a three hour time difference? Sounds exactly like your cup of tea!

    Damn impressive Nationals for you considering you weren't even planning to attend.
    Yep, I don't care how iconic Santa Clara is. Plenty of other meets to choose from. No east coast swimmer wants to swim backstroke outside.

    Glad I did attend Indy! You never know when you'll be firing on all cylinders at these meets. You had a very nice meet as well. Congrats.
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by quicksilver
    What a stellar meet. So nice to see all your efforts pay off. Especially neat is being able to have your daughter swim with you at the meet. Those memories will be far more rewarding than any medals or records.

    BTW....the .01 is going to be good motivation to train for the 100 next year.
    Thanks Quick. It was a gratifying meet. Definitely cool to have Teen Fort there, and hopefully she will be back. It was nice hearing "go mom" when I was on the blocks.

    Yes, that .01 will be on my mind for awhile!
  19. knelson's Avatar
    Gee, I'm shocked you aren't planning to swim at Santa Clara next year. Outdoor pool and a three hour time difference? Sounds exactly like your cup of tea!

    Damn impressive Nationals for you considering you weren't even planning to attend.
  20. quicksilver's Avatar
    What a stellar meet. So nice to see all your efforts pay off. Especially neat is being able to have your daughter swim with you at the meet. Those memories will be far more rewarding than any medals or records.

    BTW....the .01 is going to be good motivation to train for the 100 next year.