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  1. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    My equipment bag is extremely varied - I think my pullbuoy is from club swimming sometime, kickboard was given to me at a swim camp when I was about 14. Goggles come from all over the place. I never did have my own snorkel before - college team had enough for everybody and coach would disinfect them every year and pass them back out to the new freshmen. Unfortunately my fins, paddles and all my suits dry rotted or otherwise fell apart during my 6 year hiatus, so I had to replace all that stuff.
    Paddle straps I find last the least amount of time. I am replacing those every month or two. Paddles themselves (I use level 1 "green" Strokemakers) have broken over time, usually beginning with a slow warping/bending in the direction that I pull, and eventually splitting (starting right between the straps the middle finger slides into). Nowadays, when I see the fracture start to form, I toss the paddle and get a new one. I carry like 4-5 "blank" paddles in my bag so that I can quickly swap out broken ones. I find them littering the area BEHIND the pool deck at the end of each summer.

    I did something similar with some snorkels as well. Since you used to swim with LRAD, you might remember the metal equipment bins full of dirty discarded equipment that they had at UALR. The aquatic director, a few years ago, got tired of them sitting on the deck and emptied them out. He piled all the snorkels up for kids to claim, but no one took any. After about 2 weeks I asked if I could have them. Took them all home, disassembled them, soaked them in Simple Green (figured if my fraternity brothers could use it to clean heavy resin out of their bongs, it could clean mold out of snorkels!), ran them through the dishwasher, and reassembled them. I then passed them out to my high school swimmers I coached. Basically got a team's worth of snorkels for free. The ones beyond repair I took for my graveyard of parts to repair my snorkel every time it needs maintenance.
  2. JPEnge's Avatar
    My equipment bag is extremely varied - I think my pullbuoy is from club swimming sometime, kickboard was given to me at a swim camp when I was about 14. Goggles come from all over the place. I never did have my own snorkel before - college team had enough for everybody and coach would disinfect them every year and pass them back out to the new freshmen. Unfortunately my fins, paddles and all my suits dry rotted or otherwise fell apart during my 6 year hiatus, so I had to replace all that stuff.
  3. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    You motivated me to buy a snorkel... need some work on my body positioning.
    I still have 4 standard issue items from my very first day of college swimming:

    1) my drag suit (which is mostly in tatters but still wearable...although not as a stand alone suit anymore!)...(It doesn't look anything like it did in my avatar picture from '05)

    2) my goggles (just the UV brown Swedish goggle lenses...the straps I replace every 6-9 months)

    3) my mesh bag (which I forgot to return before graduation but no one seemed to care)

    4) my snorkel (which has been repaired by pirating pieces from other snorkels many times, but having coached swimming for 6 years and seeing snorkels come and go, none of them have stood the test of time like the original FINIS v1.0 snorkel. I have never managed to nibble through the mouthpiece, it stays clean, and the straps never broke!)

    Needless to say, I love to snorkel.

    I should add, on a note about equipment, that I have some other college items and some stuff that even predates college:

    - kick board (borrowed from MAC's kick board bin when they used to use Davidson's pool)
    - tube (this silly black tire thing, looks like it belongs on a tricycle. Was a "gift" from my club coach from back in junior year of high school, where, for 2 months, he went on a "tubing" obsession...think he got the idea from an ASCA conference)
    - "pull buoy" (not the one I use currently. As a tribute to its longevity, I still have both Styrofoam "cylinders" from my old old school pull buoy. The cord has long since fallen apart so the buoy can no longer be used. This was my first piece of equipment I ever got for swimming, and it was when I was nine years old. It lasted through college and fell apart, finally, about 20 years after first getting it!)
    Updated May 25th, 2018 at 11:52 AM by Calvin S
  4. JPEnge's Avatar
    You motivated me to buy a snorkel... need some work on my body positioning.
  5. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by gdanner
    Great times man! I got to the meet and completely forgot to find you, lol. You had a heck of a meet in general, not to mention only being back for a short span. The younger age groups seemed more stacked than I remember them being in the past.
    Thank you sir! You had a good meet too! I watched most of your races, but between there being 2400 people there and everybody looking different in a cap and goggles than otherwise, I didn't really know how to go about finding you or any other forum denizens or random people I knew from the small world of swimming.
  6. gdanner's Avatar
    Great times man! I got to the meet and completely forgot to find you, lol. You had a heck of a meet in general, not to mention only being back for a short span. The younger age groups seemed more stacked than I remember them being in the past.
  7. ourswimmer's Avatar
    No actual ice in the cold tub, but it was punishingly cold. I couldn't stand to be in it. One of my teammates used it after several of his events, though, and thought it was helpful. He has gone a few times for that super-cold cryotherapy, too.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Kicking long course is miserable. Sometimes a 50 seems so interminable that I have to look over my shoulder at the lane rope to verify that I am indeed actually moving. Kudos for hanging in there.
    I like to kick, but I have to confess that I pulled on the lane line a time or two -- and I never do that!
  9. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Ah long course season - think our pool will be flipped for tomorrow too. First practice always seems like an OW swim. But IMO the transition back to short course is weirder yet, seems like you are in video game with someone dropping walls in front of you.

    Glad the compression sleeve seems to help - I've used one for calf pulls when running and it did seem to help recovery. keep it up, Leslie.

    And 32-33 br is crazy good lcm even with fins.
    Yeah, long course and short course are so different ...

    I'll see how I like the A3 sleeves that I ordered ...
  10. JPEnge's Avatar
    Exactly. I was a 400 IMer in college and it just wasn't worth the loss of air to do it. Now I feel like I'll be putting myself at a big disadvantage in the 100 IM if I don't do it, and I'll need every advantage I can get against some of these DI sprinters only a year or so removed from college in the 25-29 age group!
  11. Karl_S's Avatar
    LCM...

    8 x 50 kick, no fins @ 1:10
    -- holy cow, this felt long and never ending ...
    Kicking long course is miserable. Sometimes a 50 seems so interminable that I have to look over my shoulder at the lane rope to verify that I am indeed actually moving. Kudos for hanging in there.
  12. Sojerz's Avatar
    Ah long course season - think our pool will be flipped for tomorrow too. First practice always seems like an OW swim. But IMO the transition back to short course is weirder yet, seems like you are in video game with someone dropping walls in front of you.

    Glad the compression sleeve seems to help - I've used one for calf pulls when running and it did seem to help recovery. keep it up, Leslie.

    And 32-33 br is crazy good lcm even with fins.
  13. gdanner's Avatar
    This reminds me to work on my crossover turn...I haven't practiced it in a few years. I think it's only useful for me in the 100 IM and that's about it. Takes away too much air in the 200 and 400.
  14. shera's Avatar
    Thanks! I will give the shooters a try!
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by shera
    Hello, These look like really good workouts. If you have a moment, I'd appreciate if you could answer a couple of questions. Can you tell me what are "shooters" (in the context of swimming not happy hour, lol). And the 100 scull - are you doing any kind of kick, for example some light dolphin kicking to add a bit of rhythm to the sculling, or is it pure sculling without kick? Thanks!
    Hi Shera.

    A "shooter" is a 25 all underwater streamline dolphin kicking.

    When I scull, I use small paddles and do not kick at all. You're trying to get a feel for the catch.
  16. shera's Avatar
    Hello, These look like really good workouts. If you have a moment, I'd appreciate if you could answer a couple of questions. Can you tell me what are "shooters" (in the context of swimming not happy hour, lol). And the 100 scull - are you doing any kind of kick, for example some light dolphin kicking to add a bit of rhythm to the sculling, or is it pure sculling without kick? Thanks!
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Wait, what?
    I'm on-board with aerobic exercise stimulating the growth of more capillaries and eventually veins, but I thought the problem was at your shoulder/rib cage junction. What the heck is with the treadmill?? Shouldn't you be using one of those hand-crank stationary "bikes"? Or maybe a X-C ski machine with integrated arms?
    I think once you get your aerobic system going, it's systemic. And I really pump my arms on the treadmill.

    But maybe I should hop on the rowing machine from time to time ...
  18. Karl_S's Avatar
    One reason I've been on the treadmill so much.
    Wait, what?
    I'm on-board with aerobic exercise stimulating the growth of more capillaries and eventually veins, but I thought the problem was at your shoulder/rib cage junction. What the heck is with the treadmill?? Shouldn't you be using one of those hand-crank stationary "bikes"? Or maybe a X-C ski machine with integrated arms?
  19. JPEnge's Avatar
    Not bad for "out of shape!"
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    hours of aerobic exercise will help you develop collateral veins?
    That's the theory. One reason I've been on the treadmill so much.
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