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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I am assuming that the best average kick was with fins, because that's flying(even with the fins). Really nice kick set.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    That looks like a cool meet. We need more options for a season-ending SCM meet. There's no way I'll make the trip out this year, but I'll certainly keep it in mind for the future.
    I'm sure you have plenty of SCM meets in your neck of the woods! The smack down is a cool concept, though the Boston meet has the advantage of being bigger and providing more rest.
  3. pwb's Avatar
    That looks like a cool meet. We need more options for a season-ending SCM meet. There's no way I'll make the trip out this year, but I'll certainly keep it in mind for the future.
  4. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    That is a scapular strengthening exercise. The straight arm nature of it doesn't hurt your shoulders. 75 = weight, 3 = number of sets, 25 = number of reps.
    'sounds interesting. Can you post a pic or a link? I'm having trouble visualizing it.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    What is this? Some kind of shoulder exercise? What does 75x3x25 mean? Something like three circuits each with 75 reps using 25-pound weights???
    That is a scapular strengthening exercise. The straight arm nature of it doesn't hurt your shoulders. 75 = weight, 3 = number of sets, 25 = number of reps.
  6. Karl_S's Avatar
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    What is this? Some kind of shoulder exercise? What does 75x3x25 mean? Something like three circuits each with 75 reps using 25-pound weights???
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Are those straight arm dips like the opposite of shrugs? Is it a shoulder related stability exercise?

    Hope your shoulder continues or starts to rehabilitate. I had to minimize straight arm fr movements to keep the joints happy. Not sure if I'm faster straight armed, but it sure looks more interesting.
    I guess you could look at them that way .... It's an exercise for the scapula -- one of the first ones I learned in PT years ago. The straight arm and lower weight does not stress the shoulders either, like regular dips.

    It's slowly getting better, just not as fast as I'd hope. Yep, straight arm free is so very tough on the shoulders. I still feel a twinge from yesterday's trial run. Won't do any AFAP free for awhile now.
  8. __steve__'s Avatar
    Are those straight arm dips like the opposite of shrugs? Is it a shoulder related stability exercise?

    Hope your shoulder continues or starts to rehabilitate. I had to minimize straight arm fr movements to keep the joints happy. Not sure if I'm faster straight armed, but it sure looks more interesting.
  9. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by 200free
    You've got a few hours left to change your mind about swimming in the Sprint Classic. Entries close at midnight tonight.

    He's right I have a hard time going over 1500 yards when I'm swimming by myself so the workouts you do day after day are truly amazing. And in that vein, I'm sure you're in good enough shape to sprint a few 50's and 25's this weekend.
    You know how much I would LOVE to be there. I can't believe I have to miss it ... But the shoulder is just not healthy enough. I haven't done any all out sprinting using my arms in ages ... Legs are super fit; arms are weak as a kitten.

    I'm hoping to come down for the Dec. 6 meet in Germantown.
  10. 200free's Avatar
    You've got a few hours left to change your mind about swimming in the Sprint Classic. Entries close at midnight tonight.

    He's right I have a hard time going over 1500 yards when I'm swimming by myself so the workouts you do day after day are truly amazing. And in that vein, I'm sure you're in good enough shape to sprint a few 50's and 25's this weekend.
  11. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    On a very motivated day, I go maybe 3,500. On an unmotivated day, 250. I'd love to have your level of unmotivation right now, so I'm going to rip off 2K from your workout and try it tomorrow.

    As for the iPhone 6, I'm a 1%er**, so we don't bother with those pedestrian playtoys ... I have the latest Nokia Windows Phone

    Seriously, though, it's the GREATEST phone and email/office/productivity device ... plus, no self-respecting hipster-app-developer would be caught dead creating Windows Phone apps so there's none of that distraction.

    ** phone OS market share, not income
    Well, I had two unmotivated days where I did 0 yardage ... It's easy enough to do small sets of 25s. They don't take much mental energy, especially using fins. Doing hard 50s or 75s or 100s -- that takes some determination.

    I had the original iPhone and iPad and have been hooked for years. No going back!
  12. pwb's Avatar
    On a very motivated day, I go maybe 3,500. On an unmotivated day, 250. I'd love to have your level of unmotivation right now, so I'm going to rip off 2K from your workout and try it tomorrow.

    As for the iPhone 6, I'm a 1%er**, so we don't bother with those pedestrian playtoys ... I have the latest Nokia Windows Phone

    Seriously, though, it's the GREATEST phone and email/office/productivity device ... plus, no self-respecting hipster-app-developer would be caught dead creating Windows Phone apps so there's none of that distraction.

    ** phone OS market share, not income
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Are you still thinking of doing the SCM meet at BU this December?

    I got an email from them (finally, after several years doing the meet), letting me know of the dates. I'm debating if I want to do it...have a bit of travel before it (though not tons of driving like I did last year). It would probably be my only meet this year, unless the meet in Wilkes-Barre PA on 11/16 happens (still no updates on that):
    http://www.dvmasters.org/events.php
    I just noticed a January meet in Bushkill, PA, which is tempting (fairly close to family). But I usually try to avoid visits there in winter
    That is the one meet this year that I was considering, though I am wishing it was SCY. Funny, I didn't get that email and I've been going to the meet for like 8 years straight ... I wonder if Rich is considering it? Will have to ask.
  14. aztimm's Avatar
    Are you still thinking of doing the SCM meet at BU this December?

    I got an email from them (finally, after several years doing the meet), letting me know of the dates. I'm debating if I want to do it...have a bit of travel before it (though not tons of driving like I did last year). It would probably be my only meet this year, unless the meet in Wilkes-Barre PA on 11/16 happens (still no updates on that):
    http://www.dvmasters.org/events.php
    I just noticed a January meet in Bushkill, PA, which is tempting (fairly close to family). But I usually try to avoid visits there in winter
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    SPMS is indoors at a great pool in Commerce but I understand the travel aversion.

    One of of the reasons I try to do some USAS meets each season is the energy I get from them. Going in I know that no matter who I am swimming against I will have a good race. I found it nerve racking at first but the more I do them the better they have become. Several Dallas Masters(Michelle Chow, Stephanie Stone and Mark Glass, etc), also compete in USAS meets so I am not the only old and wrinkly. If you are able(which I suspect you would) to beat the kids it gives you an even bigger endorphin high. Perhaps a USAS meet would help you get your mojo back.
    I used to do a few USS meets when Teen Fort was swimming them. But I find I don't enjoy doing them much on my own and haven't done any for a few years. Now, if I could get some other masters to attend, it might be more fun.
  16. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    SPMS is indoors at a great pool in Commerce but I understand the travel aversion.

    One of of the reasons I try to do some USAS meets each season is the energy I get from them. Going in I know that no matter who I am swimming against I will have a good race. I found it nerve racking at first but the more I do them the better they have become. Several Dallas Masters(Michelle Chow, Stephanie Stone and Mark Glass, etc), also compete in USAS meets so I am not the only old and wrinkly. If you are able(which I suspect you would) to beat the kids it gives you an even bigger endorphin high. Perhaps a USAS meet would help you get your mojo back.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I agree with Stewart on the quality of the SPMS meet, but am in the same state of SCM ennui as you, Leslie. Forget SCM and come to San Antonio for nationals. It is less than halfway across the country and only 1 time zone for you.
    Yep, SCM ennui describes it. But San Antonio is a long way off. It might be a good meet for goal setting, but I feel like I need to race well before then. With my long course meet getting cancelled, I haven't raced since early April. I cringe to think of what has happened to my starts and turns ....
  18. pwb's Avatar
    I agree with Stewart on the quality of the SPMS meet, but am in the same state of SCM ennui as you, Leslie. Forget SCM and come to San Antonio for nationals. It is less than halfway across the country and only 1 time zone for you.
  19. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    It's scm and in the same time frame as NE Champs but I am going to swim SPMS in Commerce, CA. I read and tread Patrick's post from last year and its a great meet. It lines up with a trip I am making to California the following week and I like the idea of nice weather with no worries about weather related travel.

    Its hard when you are carrying and injury but some goal setting may get your reinspired, even if it's longer term goals. Just a thought.
    Thx Stewart. I'm a little worried about setting any goals bc I'll probably just suck at my next meet ...

    CA is out for me. Too far and I don't like to swim outdoors. I'm not a fan of cross country flights.
  20. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    It's scm and in the same time frame as NE Champs but I am going to swim SPMS in Commerce, CA. I read and tread Patrick's post from last year and its a great meet. It lines up with a trip I am making to California the following week and I like the idea of nice weather with no worries about weather related travel.

    Its hard when you are carrying and injury but some goal setting may get your reinspired, even if it's longer term goals. Just a thought.