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    Re: Swim happy

    Quote Originally Posted by MickYoung View Post
    I just got to 60 miles for 2019.

    It's not clear if I'll make 100 miles for the calendar year. I've never done that (although I've done more for August 1 to July 31).
    It's worth a shot.

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    Re: Swim happy

    I am very happy with my new 200m PR of 2:57.0, down 2sec from my previous best from a few weeks ago.
    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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    I am very happy to adjust my Main Swimming Goal in my sig, from "sub 6min 400m FS/SC by April 2020" to.....well.....my new sig.
    Last edited by Skuj; September 19th, 2019 at 02:22 AM.
    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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    I'm thrilled with my new 1600m PR of 26:37. (24:59 at 1500m.) This is 64sec faster than my previous 1600m effort, which I confess was many weeks ago.
    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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    Re: Swim happy

    You are quickly moving up

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    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__ View Post
    You are quickly moving up
    Aw, thanks Steve.

    I'm happy to have registered for my second swim meet, on November 16th. I entered the 400m FS SC, and seeded at 6:05. My current best is 6:15. I can knock 10sec off in the next 7 weeks, right?
    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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    I'm very happy with my new 50m PR of 37.5sec today, which is about 1.5sec faster than my previous best.
    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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    In spite of being restricted from swimming at all until the surgeon's say-so, I'm happy to have had my discectomy on Friday, because it'll mean (eventually) swimming without pain during or after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swim_badger View Post
    In spite of being restricted from swimming at all until the surgeon's say-so, I'm happy to have had my discectomy on Friday, because it'll mean (eventually) swimming without pain during or after.
    Best wishes for a speed recovery, 'Badger! I had a laminectomy & discectomy of L5S1 back in 1987 when I was only 25 years old. It was 100% successful, and I have never had a problem with my back since. Here's the key: DO EVERYTHING YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST TELLS YOU TO DO! Then, after you are released from PT, keep on doing the exercises for the rest of your life. Seriously. I practice what I preach!
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    I'm thrilled with my new 800m PR of 12:56 today, down from 13:09 in August. (I'm especially happy with the 3:15/3:15/3:14/3:12 200m splits. Sometimes I've died off the pace in these longer swims, and that is an unhappy feeling.)
    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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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    Best wishes for a speed recovery, 'Badger! I had a laminectomy & discectomy of L5S1 back in 1987 when I was only 25 years old. It was 100% successful, and I have never had a problem with my back since. Here's the key: DO EVERYTHING YOUR PHYSICAL THERAPIST TELLS YOU TO DO! Then, after you are released from PT, keep on doing the exercises for the rest of your life. Seriously. I practice what I preach!
    Thank you! I'm told it was a big ol' chunk of disc but no complications, and I really haven't had much pain. The plan is to do everything the surgeon and PT says to the letter. I hope I can at least get into a pool soon, though, just to float around.

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    I'm very happy that I have re-arranged my swimming somewhat. I now feel the need for an easy 800m at the start and end of every session. This beefs things up a bit, and it feels like I'm warming up / cooling down better.
    Last edited by Skuj; October 12th, 2019 at 06:23 PM.
    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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    Just had my 2-week postop and I am cleared to get back in the water! No breaststroke or butterfly, and no big 2k yard workouts, but it's something.

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    Re: Swim happy

    Quote Originally Posted by swim_badger View Post
    Just had my 2-week postop and I am cleared to get back in the water! No breaststroke or butterfly, and no big 2k yard workouts, but it's something.
    I am glad you are finally in the water. When I was out 6 wk post op it just felt good to be in the water, even though it was 6 more weeks before I could pull with my left arm. Enjoy being able to be submerged.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    I am glad you are finally in the water. When I was out 6 wk post op it just felt good to be in the water, even though it was 6 more weeks before I could pull with my left arm. Enjoy being able to be submerged.
    Thank you! Since it's my low back, they are considered about flexion and torsion, so I may be doing a lot of kick and pull sets or making friends with a snorkel. (And some very careful test runs - sadly, open water season is pretty close to over here for most of us, or I'd go for a nice float in a lake.)

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    If you do kick sets, I'd suggest not using a kick board. Use paddles out in front of you for a bit of support/balance that doesn't flex your back or put pressure on your shoulders. Use a snorkel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms View Post
    If you do kick sets, I'd suggest not using a kick board. Use paddles out in front of you for a bit of support/balance that doesn't flex your back or put pressure on your shoulders. Use a snorkel.
    Fly, thank you for the advice. I did a little bit of kick set today, with the board, but I will give paddles and a snorkel a try next time.

    For my first time swimmimg in 3 weeks, and being restricted to freestyle, my endurance is surprisingly ok and 1000m total felt just right for a start. At least now I'm forced to work on my freestyle. 😁

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    I love reading this thread. I wish I could "like" each happy post!!

    My new 25m PR is 17.0sec, down from 17.3sec some time ago. I've suddenly felt much stronger in the pool on the last couple of sessions. Something seems to be clicking with my stroke. If I don't swim a 100m PR tomorrow, I will be shocked.

    Edit: I swam a new 100m PR of 1:21.5 the next day.
    Last edited by Skuj; October 18th, 2019 at 05:15 PM.
    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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    1500m today! Feeling good, and freestyle is getting easier each time. I am even, shockingly, somehow on pace to meet my distance goal for the year.

    Fly, I tried your suggestion with the snorkel, and it worked great. Thank you! I think it even helped with my breathing generally.

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    Great job Badger! Glad you're getting some work out of using the board and snorkel. It helps to keep your body in better alignment with how you swim (or should be swimming). Just as technique, think about your head and neck placement as you're kicking. You should be looking nearly straight down or maybe at a 20-30% angle just barely ahead. The water should be hitting the top of your head, not your forehead. This should be how your head placement should be while swimming too. It's good practice any time.

    another thing you might want to consider working on is sculling. You can google it for videos, but sculling can help you get a good feel for your hands and arms in the water for better pulling. Again, use the snorkel so you don't have to fight breathing. Wear fins or a pull bouy to keep your legs in alignment. Try sculling with your paddles at first to get a feel, then go bare handed to see how it affects. It can be very soothing as well, get into a zen mode.
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