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  1. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Haha, I remember little Ravi!
    haha, yeah "little Ravi" who was still 1:47 in the 200 BK! He said it was his first time back in the water in several months. He was training for the Little Rock Marathon last time I had seen him. He is back in LR for medical school. I told him he looked good in the water, but he was definitely a little out of swimming shape!
  2. JPEnge's Avatar
    Haha, I remember little Ravi!
  3. tripswim's Avatar
    I think what young Calvin means is that the consistency and degree of difficulty in Trip's workouts leads to breaking records.
  4. JPEnge's Avatar
    Not bad splitting on that!
  5. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Nice IM set there. I might steal it and modify a bit for the group I coach Tuesdays.
    It was actually a further modification of two I.M. sets I did with the Dolphins, compliments of Kyle Cormier (the coach who replaced Matt):

    "200 I.M. set"
    8x25 @ :30 SMOOTH FL breathe every 4 (or 1 breath max or some sort of artificial fatigue factor)
    4x50 @ :50 FAST BK (hit target 200 I.M. pace)
    4x50 @ :50 FAST BR (hit target 200 I.M. pace)
    5x100 @ 1:10 D1-3 to FAST, hold 4/5 (over training FR)

    "400 I.M. set"
    4x50 @ :50 FL (target pace: 2nd 50 of 100 FL)
    4x75 @ 1:10 FAST BK (at PACE)
    4x50 @ :50 FAST BR (at PACE)
    4x75 @ 1:10 FAST FR (at PACE)

    The 200 I.M. set never changed. The 400 I.M. set started as written and got as high as 6 or 7 (I can't remember) of each rep, then fell back down to 4.

    Full confession: the 400 I.M. set was "easier" than the 200 I.M. one, and ironically was shorter in total yardage!
  6. JPEnge's Avatar
    Nice IM set there. I might steal it and modify a bit for the group I coach Tuesdays.
  7. Karl_S's Avatar
    In a way it's good that this is just a stupid URI. You'll recover from that. A broken or inadequate air handling system doesn't get better unless someone fixes it.
    Feel better soon!
  8. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    "If you cough when you breathe, just don't breathe."
    Sounds like a stupid coach comment.
    If you cough when you breathe, assuming you aren't ill, someone needs to fix the air handling at the pool. Harangue the responsible party until it is fixed.
    Idiots... you hit a hot button here...
    Actually pool was fine (although, on a side note, it has been in the 60s the past few days here in Little Rock and today it was 76! I wish the bubble could be retracted for gorgeous days like today [2/4/19]!). Anyways, I have an upper respiratory infection that my wife and kids graciously gave to me without me even asking (how thoughtful). So I was having coughing fits for a while there any time I put my head under water. On Sunday, I coughed any time I took a deep breath...hence the joking title of the workout (and the reason for doing a bunch of underwaters!).
  9. Karl_S's Avatar
    "If you cough when you breathe, just don't breathe."
    Sounds like a stupid coach comment.
    If you cough when you breathe, assuming you aren't ill, someone needs to fix the air handling at the pool. Harangue the responsible party until it is fixed.
    Idiots... you hit a hot button here...
  10. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Shoulders been bugging you? Or just trying to get your legs stronger?
    Both. Father-in-law is a PT and took a look. It isn't even swimmer's shoulder. Just nagging soreness/minor pain from time to time. Since my comeback last January I have taken two other such breaks, both about a week long, where I just kicked with a snorkel and my hands at my side. I call them "mental health breaks" for my upper body. And obviously the kicking helps with my leg strength. I have started adding swimming back in again. I also suspect part of the issue, since it is only on my left side, stems from my single side breathing, every two strokes, on my left side (so breathing to the right). So I am trying to work in some breathing to the other side to alleviate some of the stress.

    Also also, since my big meet is not until mid April, now would be the time to do preventative maintenance so that I can prepare myself for the last big push over the next 9-10 weeks before I start to taper!
  11. JPEnge's Avatar
    Shoulders been bugging you? Or just trying to get your legs stronger?
  12. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    I did. Forgot to announce that. Happened a few days before Christmas. And thanks. I love this workout because it's 7000 yards that doesn't feel like 7000 yards. It helped having some other people doing the workout with me. That made it seem to go by even faster.
    That workout looks suspiciously like something I did when I swam in Mesa with Paul Smith coaching. The fast lanes might have done those intervals, but my lane probably had a 1:30 base.
    Paul is a strong advocate of swimming with fins and paddles.
  13. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    Wow, that's some serious distance, with some serious intervals!

    Did you ever make it to 500 miles?
    I did. Forgot to announce that. Happened a few days before Christmas. And thanks. I love this workout because it's 7000 yards that doesn't feel like 7000 yards. It helped having some other people doing the workout with me. That made it seem to go by even faster.
  14. aztimm's Avatar
    Wow, that's some serious distance, with some serious intervals!

    Did you ever make it to 500 miles?
  15. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by raysun
    FR kick H.A.S - what is H.A.S.? Carol
    I got lazy years ago writing hands at side so I just started abbreviating H.A.S.
  16. raysun's Avatar
    FR kick H.A.S - what is H.A.S.? Carol
  17. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    yes that is correct (since you once did a turn with the Arkansas Dolphins you may have become familiar with it!).
    It is more like "four...sixtwo" the 6 flutter kicks basically happen with the 2 opening strokes. It isn't like I do 4 fly kicks, then 6 flutter kicks, all under water, then breakout and THEN do 2 strokes. That is just silly!
    Yeah, that's about what I figured - and I may have dredged that guess out of my time with the Dolphins, I don't remember exactly! The thing I do remember that I like to put into parts of warmup is the variable speed sets.
  18. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Been meaning to ask - is "4/6/2 turns" 4 dolphin kicks, 6 flutter kicks, 2 strokes before breathing? Or something else?
    yes that is correct (since you once did a turn with the Arkansas Dolphins you may have become familiar with it!).

    It is more like "four...sixtwo" the 6 flutter kicks basically happen with the 2 opening strokes. It isn't like I do 4 fly kicks, then 6 flutter kicks, all under water, then breakout and THEN do 2 strokes. That is just silly!
  19. JPEnge's Avatar
    Been meaning to ask - is "4/6/2 turns" 4 dolphin kicks, 6 flutter kicks, 2 strokes before breathing? Or something else?
  20. rxleakem's Avatar
    Well done with a lot of swimming! Your 500 was beautifully split, and your times stayed super fast through all of those 100s!
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