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  1. JPEnge's Avatar
    My equipment bag is extremely varied - I think my pullbuoy is from club swimming sometime, kickboard was given to me at a swim camp when I was about 14. Goggles come from all over the place. I never did have my own snorkel before - college team had enough for everybody and coach would disinfect them every year and pass them back out to the new freshmen. Unfortunately my fins, paddles and all my suits dry rotted or otherwise fell apart during my 6 year hiatus, so I had to replace all that stuff.
  2. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    You motivated me to buy a snorkel... need some work on my body positioning.
    I still have 4 standard issue items from my very first day of college swimming:

    1) my drag suit (which is mostly in tatters but still wearable...although not as a stand alone suit anymore!)...(It doesn't look anything like it did in my avatar picture from '05)

    2) my goggles (just the UV brown Swedish goggle lenses...the straps I replace every 6-9 months)

    3) my mesh bag (which I forgot to return before graduation but no one seemed to care)

    4) my snorkel (which has been repaired by pirating pieces from other snorkels many times, but having coached swimming for 6 years and seeing snorkels come and go, none of them have stood the test of time like the original FINIS v1.0 snorkel. I have never managed to nibble through the mouthpiece, it stays clean, and the straps never broke!)

    Needless to say, I love to snorkel.

    I should add, on a note about equipment, that I have some other college items and some stuff that even predates college:

    - kick board (borrowed from MAC's kick board bin when they used to use Davidson's pool)
    - tube (this silly black tire thing, looks like it belongs on a tricycle. Was a "gift" from my club coach from back in junior year of high school, where, for 2 months, he went on a "tubing" obsession...think he got the idea from an ASCA conference)
    - "pull buoy" (not the one I use currently. As a tribute to its longevity, I still have both Styrofoam "cylinders" from my old old school pull buoy. The cord has long since fallen apart so the buoy can no longer be used. This was my first piece of equipment I ever got for swimming, and it was when I was nine years old. It lasted through college and fell apart, finally, about 20 years after first getting it!)
    Updated May 25th, 2018 at 11:52 AM by Calvin S
  3. JPEnge's Avatar
    You motivated me to buy a snorkel... need some work on my body positioning.
  4. JPEnge's Avatar
    Not bad for "out of shape!"
  5. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    This looks brutal. Of course I can't make 100s on the 1:15, but even if I adjust that interval so it is doable, if I understand the "spirit" of the thing correctly, it looks simply awful. Good work!
    Karl,

    Yeah lactic hold sucks. Necessary evil I learned to tolerate a few years ago. Its like "active recovery" on steroids. During round 2 I was thinking "You are self-coaching here. You could have chosen any set you wanted and you chose to do this?"
  6. Karl_S's Avatar
    3x
    4x25 @ :15 rest 15M BURST w/ chute
    1:00 REST
    100 @ 2:00 push FAST (:57, :57, :57)
    3x100 @ 1:15 lactic hold
    2:00 REST
    This looks brutal. Of course I can't make 100s on the 1:15, but even if I adjust that interval so it is doable, if I understand the "spirit" of the thing correctly, it looks simply awful. Good work!
  7. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by UK-David
    Looks good. What do "AE" and "VS" mean in your 100 and 25 sets?
    David,

    AE means aerobic. Whatever speed/pace I could hold indefinitely. V.S. stands for "variable sprint". These can be done a couple of different ways:

    version 1: #1 - half fast/half EZ, #2 - half EZ/half fast, #3 - all EZ, #4 - all fast
    version 2: #1 - build up to fast, #2 - just the opposite of #1 (start fast and slow down through the distance), #3 - half EZ/half fast, #4 - half fast/half EZ

    I have been doing version 2 for the most part in recent months. There are other versions floating around out there also (you may already do something similar or the same but know it by a different name).
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    I can't even do a 200 fly short course so I applaud you for stepping up and doing it LCM. I still have vivid memories of my one and only LCM 200 fly as a kid and will never do it again. That is one tough double. Nice job.
  9. UK-David's Avatar
    Looks good. What do "AE" and "VS" mean in your 100 and 25 sets?
  10. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Russian roulette apparently.


    OMG you are going to DIE! You should always surface at the flags.. and please sign this waiver before you swim because we can't be responsible if you do something stupid like actually push yourself.
    http://forums.usms.org/showthread.ph...rwaters-safely
    O.0 I just read that thread. I will say that I RARELY do an underwater set with no supervision. For instance, in the winter, the SCY pool here has a bubble over it and is "swim at your own risk". During the spring/summer, the LCM pool is also "swim at your own risk". I wouldn't attempt any underwater stuff (the above set, Rouse 100s, etc.)if there was no coach or lifeguard or SOMEONE on the deck whose job it was to (at least occasionally) watch me.

    All that being said, I try to push myself on hypoxic/underwater work by speeding up intervals but limiting underwater time. Gone are the days of me doing the old 25^3 (an old underwater hockey training set, 25x25 @ :25 w/ fins under H2O all fast).

    "Hypoxic/underwater sets are a necessary evil​."
  11. Karl_S's Avatar
    "Hypoxic/underwater sets are ______"
    Russian roulette apparently.

    So on the 400/300/200 I flipped at both ends for each 25 under H2O. I felt like I was about to pass out by the end of each distance. On the 100s, I did 4/6/2 turns off every wall (4 FL kicks, 6 FR kicks, and 2 strokes before taking first breath).
    OMG you are going to DIE! You should always surface at the flags.. and please sign this waiver before you swim because we can't be responsible if you do something stupid like actually push yourself.
    http://forums.usms.org/showthread.ph...rwaters-safely
  12. flystorms's Avatar
    "Hypoxic/underwater sets are ______" (fill in the blank)

    Crazy! I don't know how y'all do 'em.
  13. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Hypoxia sets suck big time. Great workout.
  14. rxleakem's Avatar
    Great job, Calvin!
    I still dream of getting under :60 in the 100 IM, but I need to focus on improving my breaststroke before that will happen..
  15. Calvin S's Avatar
    Stewart - I have not really made much in the way of meet plans for this summer yet. I have a couple of things potentially going on outside the pool with might limit my training/meet travel. We have two LCM meets here in Little Rock, one May 9-11, and another July 11-13. I may swim in those (with the July one a possible taper meet). I will keep you posted, but for the foreseeable future, I won't be travelling much outside the state of Arkansas.
  16. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Nice meet. I almost registered for this meet but my daughter had a usas dual meet. Are you swimming any meets my way this summer? I am probably going to swim the masters zone meet in Mansfield but it's two weeks before worlds so will be during my taper so not sure how well I will be swimming at that point.
  17. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Phillip Luebke
    I have a solution for that "pace clock at the other end" problem. http://brilliantswim.com/products/pacewatch
    and it's analog!!!! looks kind of bulky though...
  18. Phillip Luebke's Avatar
    I have a solution for that "pace clock at the other end" problem. http://brilliantswim.com/products/pacewatch
  19. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Great 200 breast. To final at sectionals is a gig achievement. Congratulations.
    Thanks Stewart!
  20. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Great 200 breast. To final at sectionals is a gig achievement. Congratulations.
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