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    Congrats to you happy people. I love to read every post here.

    I am happy with my 5-session / 8000m+ total this last week. This is a transition / off-season period, with pool availability somewhat limited this month. Sometimes I have to swim in turbulent waters. (I made a thread about it.)

    My favourite pool will re-open in early August.
    Current PRs: 25m-:16.8/50m-:37.0/100m-1:21.0/200m-2:56.8/400m-6:15/800m-12:50/1600m-26:37.

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m by the end of 2019.

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    Okay so this isn't exactly swim happy, but it's tied to it. I was so excited to get to spend some time with fellow forum-ite, Elaine K, and her hubby when they passed through Memphis the other day before a trip. We had a fantastic dinner and got to really get to know each other a bit more. Wonderful conversation, not only about swimming, but travel and life in general. It's great to put faces behind the names we chatter with all the time.
    Kari Kennedy

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    After some rough patches (cellulitis, travel, kidney infection) I got in a good swim at the lake yesterday and split the mile (6 laps of the swimming area) in two segments (3 laps) instead of three for the first time. Felt pretty good after both. Less than a month til my next two races.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms View Post
    Okay so this isn't exactly swim happy, but it's tied to it. I was so excited to get to spend some time with fellow forum-ite, Elaine K, and her hubby when they passed through Memphis the other day before a trip. We had a fantastic dinner and got to really get to know each other a bit more. Wonderful conversation, not only about swimming, but travel and life in general. It's great to put faces behind the names we chatter with all the time.
    Thanks, Fly, likewise! Bruce and I enjoyed getting to know you, too! I have made so many wonderful friends through USMS, and I am happy you are my newest one. Thanks for meeting up with us at the Blues City Cafe!
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    Enjoying the glorious lake access. The lake is set up so there are shallow areas for nonswimmers, a "deep end" for kids who pass the test, and a very large area for "adults only". It gives everyone plenty of space to enjoy the water. 6 rounds of the large area is a mile, and last year I'd do 3 sets of 2 laps. Now I can easily do 2 sets of 3, and with a slightly longer break an additional 3. I'm going to try doing a 4-2-2, nudging up until I can hit a continuous mile. I feel pretty good about my two upcoming races, so much so that I've signed up for the 1.4 mile Provincetown Swim for Life in September. 😱 I'm nervous about that, but they stress it's not a race, no time limit, the swim is done when the last person crosses the finish line.

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    I'm thrilled with my new 200m PR of 3:01.5 today, down from 3:04.

    But wait: 3:04 was a few weeks ago in a pool with beautiful lane dividers. Since the end of June I have mostly endured high sea-states in pools with no lane dividers. There was 4 other swimmers (wave makers) today, to my left and right. I'm convinced that my 3:01.5 in these turbulent conditions really means 2:57.5 in my "fast" pool. (I honestly believe this accounts for 1sec per 50m. I made a thread about it.)

    Sub 3min 200m is very significant. I'm halfway to my big 400m goal in April 2020. (See my sig!) I have 9 months to figure out how to double what I did today.
    Current PRs: 25m-:16.8/50m-:37.0/100m-1:21.0/200m-2:56.8/400m-6:15/800m-12:50/1600m-26:37.

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m by the end of 2019.

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    This is only tangentially related to swimming. I start a new job on Monday! But hereís how it relates: Iíve been driving an hour to work (each way) for 5 years now, so my new job is less than 5 miles from home. Guess whoís gonna get more time in the water!!! Woo hoo! (That would be ME!)

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    Celestial, that's great news, congratulations!
    Kari Kennedy

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    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms View Post
    Celestial, that's great news, congratulations!
    Thanks!

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    Yes!!! My new 100m PR is 1:22 (in a laneropeless turbulent pool), down from 1:23 (in a pristine roped pool). I'm convinced that I can do 1:20 with the ropes now.

    And I'm doing flips at both ends in most of the swimming now. Many of these flips are terrible, but some show promise. I just have to keep at it.

    There is so much for me to learn!! Sometimes this fact freaks me out, but the flipside is....there's so much I can do to get faster.

    God I love this!!!
    Current PRs: 25m-:16.8/50m-:37.0/100m-1:21.0/200m-2:56.8/400m-6:15/800m-12:50/1600m-26:37.

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m by the end of 2019.

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    Swam a full continuous mile in the lake for the first time today! Great success, and now feeling slightly less terrified about the Swim 4 Life in September.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skuj View Post
    Yes!!! My new 100m PR is 1:22 (in a laneropeless turbulent pool), down from 1:23 (in a pristine roped pool).
    Thatís a good time, especially on your first year swimming. Going under 80 seconds can also happen with a decent start from a block, and another 1-2 seconds with a shave and tech suit.

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    Thanks Steve.

    Today I finally broke 3min for 200m. It was right around 2:59.8....I'll take it.

    I'm exactly halfway to my big goal of SUB SIX IN SURREY!!! (See my sig.)
    Current PRs: 25m-:16.8/50m-:37.0/100m-1:21.0/200m-2:56.8/400m-6:15/800m-12:50/1600m-26:37.

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m by the end of 2019.

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    First place in my age group at the Wild Fish 1/2 mile this morning! Good lord it was cold, I was afraid I wouldn't make the first buoy. ❄🌊 Glad I did!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swim_badger View Post
    First place in my age group at the Wild Fish 1/2 mile this morning! Good lord it was cold, I was afraid I wouldn't make the first buoy. ❄ Glad I did!
    Congratulations, 'Badger! Way to go!
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    Quote Originally Posted by swim_badger View Post
    First place in my age group at the Wild Fish 1/2 mile this morning! Good lord it was cold, I was afraid I wouldn't make the first buoy. ❄ Glad I did!
    Wow!! Good for you!

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    I've done zero coached sessions / video analysis since SRD (Swimming Realization Day - February 21st, 2019), but now I am very happy that I signed up for a swimming camp (4 x 1hr Wednesday sessions) in September. The coach is awesome. I have so much to learn.
    Current PRs: 25m-:16.8/50m-:37.0/100m-1:21.0/200m-2:56.8/400m-6:15/800m-12:50/1600m-26:37.

    My main swimming goal: Sub6min 400m by the end of 2019.

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    Sunday's water temps were cold enough I'm happy to have finished, when some folks didn't even start! 😄 (Mike will vouch for the chill factor, I believe...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by swim_badger View Post
    Sunday's water temps were cold enough I'm happy to have finished, when some folks didn't even start! 😄 (Mike will vouch for the chill factor, I believe...)
    Holy crap it was cold. Thank goodness I'd been getting acclimatized. Felt just fine after the first buoy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mjtyson View Post
    Holy crap it was cold. Thank goodness I'd been getting acclimatized. Felt just fine after the first buoy.
    I think there's a fine line between "just fine" and "can't feel my limbs, so might as well keep swimming."

    My dad told me the news anchor reported the ocean temps at 65+. 😒

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