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    Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Who is going? Or what pitiful excuse are you going to use to not go? Entries are still available until July 3, beat the rush.
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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Heather View Post
    Or what pitiful excuse are you going to use to not go?
    My pitiful excuses are funds and time.

    Mission Viejo is a phenomenal venue and I wish great success to all swimmers and the host.
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Heather View Post
    Or what pitiful excuse are you going to use to not go?
    My pitiful bank account is my excuse.
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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Heather View Post
    Or what pitiful excuse are you going to use to not go?
    I'm leaning toward not going and my excuse is the five day format. Two of my best events are on the first day and the last day, and that's just longer than I'd like to be away for a travel meet. I haven't decided for sure, but I'll probably do a meet I can drive to this summer instead (almost certainly it will be the Gil Young meet at Mount Hood CC in late August).

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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    1) It's in southern california

    2) It is an outdoor meet

    3) It's in southern california

    4) Not willing to sit on a plane for a meet in that is outdoors in southern california

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    I am going. I have been swimming Masters for 35+ years and have never been to Mission Viejo.
    I'm looking forward to it.

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    I'm still waiting to see if my shoulder will be healthy enough soon to start doing some real swimming(I can't believe how BORING all kicking workouts can be.)If I am able to do some real speed work before then I'll be there.
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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by thewookiee View Post
    1) It's in southern california

    2) It is an outdoor meet

    3) It's in southern california
    The way I calculate this, 2 out of 3 ain't bad. I typically prefer to race indoors, but I've entered because
    1) It's in southern California
    2) It's a historic pool and I swam well there in 2011
    3) MAC Masters will have some fun relays
    4) It's in southern California and I'm totally game to either sit on a 1 hour flight or bomb across the desert for a quick & easy 6 hour car ride to be there

    Now, like Allen, my actual attendance will be dependent upon the state of my shoulder.
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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    I'm still waiting to see if my shoulder will be healthy enough soon to start doing some real swimming(I can't believe how BORING all kicking workouts can be.)If I am able to do some real speed work before then I'll be there.


    I had to deal with kicking workouts for a year and it can be challenging to keep them interesting.
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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by thewookiee View Post
    1) It's in southern california

    2) It is an outdoor meet

    3) It's in southern california

    4) Not willing to sit on a plane for a meet in that is outdoors in southern california
    This is EXACTLY the reason I AM going! What a great excuse TO go.
    1. I get to see family where I grew up, just up the freeway in Long Beach.
    2. I get to see my best friend.
    3. I get to see my Forumite friends; especially Debaru! And, I hope King Frog and Seal Girl!
    4. I get to see our friends in San Diego, where we lived most of our lives.
    5. Oh yeah, and I get to swim at Nationals.

    Now for the bad news about swimming in Mission Viejo:
    1. It's an outdoor pool and I get a bit dizzy with my Meniere's swimming backstroke when I do not have a fixed focal point. Oh well, I'm signed up for 400 IM, anyway!
    2. It's long course. I LOVE long course, however, I have only been in a long course pool once this year.
    3. With my injury and other physical issues, my swimming has been the pits lately; especially breaststroke. My times
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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by thewookiee View Post
    1) It's in southern california

    2) It is an outdoor meet

    3) It's in southern california

    4) Not willing to sit on a plane for a meet in that is outdoors in southern california
    Ditto.

    I will add:

    5) I'm moving in late July.

    6) I hate long course.

    7) I already have to fly to Southern California in early September because Teen Fort is going to school there. Sigh.

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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    My excuse for not attending is the conflict with IGLA Championships in Seattle the same month. Otherwise, an outdoor nationals in southern california would be a draw for me.

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    Thewookie and Fort,

    I'm curious as to your take on Southern California?? What is your beef? I am a transplant from New Jersey and have been here for 37 years. I LOVE IT!!!

    Just came back from Pan Ams in Florida. YUCK. Humidity, flatness, endless strip malls.

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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    I have already been to two expensive away meets this year, SCY nats and Pan Ams. Outdoor pools are hard on backstrokers, California is far away, and that extra night on the road ... I'll have to pass on this one.

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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Despite being a better long course swimmer than a short course swimmer I am going to miss long course nationals. With only being back in the pool for such a short period of time I have decided to swim through the summer and build a good long course base with an eye to worlds next year. I will swim a few meets including south central zones, but won't do a full taper until next year.

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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by Glenn View Post
    Just came back from Pan Ams in Florida. YUCK. Humidity, flatness, endless strip malls.
    Hold on a minute. Pasadena is pretty nice, I'll grant you, but I'd say it's difficult to top Mission Viejo for strip malls. It's seems like miles of the exact same looking subdivisions and shopping centers. On the plus side the ocean is not far away.

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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    i'm thinking about going. I could be there for the whole meet, the problem would be that my school year starts the Monday morning after. Would the excitement post-meet carry me through the jet lag and tiredness + the stress of the first week back at school??
    HTFU!

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    As a native southern Californian and 4th generation from Pasadena, I agree with all of the haters. No one should ever come here from out of town. It is terrible that we have no season changes, the earthquakes are FRIGHTENING, we are forced to swim outdoors all year round, there is no end to the miserable life that we endure. To top it off, we never ever get to learn how to drive in snow. What a gyp.

    To be fair to MV re: strip malls. Because of the hilly nature of the area, at least you cannot see one mall from another.
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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    Hold on a minute. Pasadena is pretty nice, I'll grant you, but I'd say it's difficult to top Mission Viejo for strip malls. It's seems like miles of the exact same looking subdivisions and shopping centers. On the plus side the ocean is not far away.
    No arguement from me on strip malls behind the orange curtain. We drove from Sarasota to Ft. Lauderdale to visit my mother, some 200 miles and one town looked just like another...just like Orange County.

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    Re: Nationals in Mission Viejo

    Quote Originally Posted by psyncw View Post
    My excuse for not attending is the conflict with IGLA Championships in Seattle the same month. Otherwise, an outdoor nationals in southern california would be a draw for me.
    yea I'm also thinking of doing the IGLA meet in the Seattle area (the pool is in Federal Way). I can swim 4 events there, and only 3 at a USMS nationals. plus there's an o/w event at IGLA.
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