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    A beautiful day yesterday, and a chance to get in some open water. Just a smallish pond, and some laps back and forth along the length of the beach (each lifeguard chair is about 25m apart, by estimation, and there's 6 chairs). I could have, by distance, gone right across, but I felt it was too risky without a buddy and no lifeguards. At any rate, it was so nice to be back in open water, the temp was slightly cool but fine, so I feel more confident about the race (less than 2 weeks away!)

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    Great job, Badger. It's goodfor the soul, isn't it? Good luck in your race and let us know how it goes!
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    I'm thrilled with my new 200m PR today - 3:08 (down from 3:11). It was my first time with a swimcap on!!
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    I'm thrilled with my new 800m PR today - 13:43 (down from 13:56). That 13:56 just about killed me, but today felt good and strong.

    My 400m splits today were 6:54/6:49. Hard to believe I swam 6:58 at my first meet a few weeks ago. (200m splits were 3:28/3:26/3:25/3:24). I'm happy about this pacing.
    Last edited by Skuj; May 22nd, 2019 at 09:46 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms View Post
    Great job, Badger. It's goodfor the soul, isn't it? Good luck in your race and let us know how it goes!
    It's the best. I'm glad it was finally warm enough! And on top of that, the gym's outdoor pools (they have an outdoor lap pool and a play pool/spray deck) are opening this weekend. I'll have so many after-work options soon.

    All I can do for the race is my best, and I plan to take a preliminary visit to the lake in the next few days.

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    I got pneumonia in March just when I had started to feel I had recovered from shoulder surgery enough to do full workouts. Our Association Meet was late this year, last weekend, and I thought I could be in reasonable shape for it. I can't say I felt in shape for the last half of the 200 BR, but the 50 and 100 BR felt good and it was nice to be back at a meet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    I got pneumonia in March just when I had started to feel I had recovered from shoulder surgery enough to do full workouts. Our Association Meet was late this year, last weekend, and I thought I could be in reasonable shape for it. I can't say I felt in shape for the last half of the 200 BR, but the 50 and 100 BR felt good and it was nice to be back at a meet.

    Sheesh, King Frog, you call that a "Swim Happy" when you don't tell it like it REALLY is???

    Forumites, this is what he forgot to tell you about that 50 and 100 BR that "felt good": KING FROG IS THE KING ONCE AGAIN! Congratulations, King Frog, for ranking #1 in the country in both events!
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    Wow! It's always such a pleasure to come to this thread and read so many good stories. Way to go Badger, Skuj, and Allen!

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    Aw thanks Zwemmer. I have to say that I read this thread with glee. I wish there was a "like" button or something. Because quoting and responding to every post would be wrong!! But please, keep the happy stories coming.

    After much trial and error, I FINALLY FIGURED OUT FLIPTURNS TODAY!!! Ok, so I'm not perfect yet, and I'm not doing them on every lap. I need to ease into this. But to actually do a few of them reasonably well makes me so happy!!! I got over the fear factor, and the "motion sickness" factor.

    Oh, and my new 100m PR is 1:27.0.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skuj View Post

    Oh, and my new 100m PR is 1:27.0.
    If you are on your way to mastering the flip turn, expect that 100M PR to drop substantially (even if it's only one turn).

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    Swam 6:35 for 400m today - 8sec faster than my previous best!!
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    I've been dreaming about SUB40 for 50m for a while now. I've done about 40.5sec three times, pushing off. I'm sure that a dive-in would solve this for me, but permission to do so on my sessions has been complicated. (Busy lanes.)

    So, today I pushed off again and.......

    I swear it was 40.00000000sec.

    Would a dive-in get me in the 38s?

    What if I master flipturns? 37s??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Skuj View Post

    Would a dive-in get me in the 38s?

    What if I master flipturns? 37s??
    "Anything is possible!"
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    I'm happy with my new 200m PR of 3:07. I dream of going sub3 by the end of this year. Anything is possible!
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    I'm swimming happy now because I'm getting cold water acclimated!

    Last Halloween (ish), I joined a bunch of crazy people up here in Boston and did a spooky dip. Well, can't remember the exact name, but you know what I mean. The water at that point was 51F and I couldn't even believe people were swimming in it. I ended up standing, mid-thigh high, for 10 or so minutes, then jumped in, intending to swim a bit, but after 5-6 strokes decided I was going to die so stood up and walked out. So damn cold!

    But just this past Sunday, I went to Winthrop, MA, and jumped in and swam around for 32 minutes...in 50-51F water. w00t!

    So happy!
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    Had my very first open water race this AM and didn't finish last! Actually did a lot better than I expected - a 1/2 mile in a cool 17:29, according to the results sheet. More than two minutes faster than my pool time three weeks ago! So proud to have finished and done not half bad. I was one of only two or three folks not wearing wetsuits. (Out of a 1/2 mile field of 20 or so?)

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    I'm happy with my new 400m PR of 6:32 (down from 6:35 last week). Last week I was doing 6:32 pace until 300m, then I died, massively. This week I did not die.
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    I'm thrilled with my new 200m PR of 3:05 (down from 3:07 last week).
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    I'm very happy with my new 800m PR of 13:32, down from 13:43 two weeks ago.

    I have revised my swim goals: By April 2020, I want to be at sub 6min 400m. Initially that was a dream for age 60 in 2022. But I can do this next year!!
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    Faster, Skuj, faster! You can do it.

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