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  1. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    That's a better pool than most resorts offer; next time you're in Tucson, you have to try to either swim at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center or down with Ford Masters at the U of A.
    Yeah, the up-side to this resort and conference venue was the spectacular setting, but the downside was that it was pretty isolated out there in the Catalina Foothills, and without a car we were pretty much trapped on the resort. I would have liked to have been downtown and closer to things by walking or public transportation... that's how I usually find a university pool or YMCA.
  2. aztimm's Avatar
    Which resort in Tucson were you at? It kind of looks like Loews Ventana Canyon, but they all start to look the same after a while

    You should have given one of us a shout, as there are some decent training pools in the area (if you have a vehicle and time to get away, of course).

    Great job at the meet!
    It is interesting following your training, as you seem similar to how I was when I started swimming masters. And I did about the exact same thing for my very first event at a meet--the 200 free, but it was LCM. My coach told me afterwards that I had a decent 100 (only the 2nd 100 wasn't so good).
  3. __steve__'s Avatar
    Weights slow me down and ruin my form while training, but on race day I'm much faster
  4. pwb's Avatar
    That's a better pool than most resorts offer; next time you're in Tucson, you have to try to either swim at the Oro Valley Aquatic Center or down with Ford Masters at the U of A.
  5. mcnair's Avatar
    Not sure why, but the photo of the start is not up-loading. Maybe I'll try to upload it tomorrow.
  6. mcnair's Avatar
    Thanks for the encouragement, guys, I feel a little bit better about it today... having survived the workout at all. I like the idea of longer active recovery between sets. Another thought I had, if it looks like I'm just having a bad day at some point in the future, was to shorten the rep distance. i.e., if it looks like I'm swimming slower than race pace in 50s on 1:00, maybe do the last couple of 50s as 2 x 25 on :30 to see if I can't stay closer to race pace.

    I think my swimming is actually better than it was last year at this time... I can swim each of the strokes a little faster... but since my conditioning is not where I was then, I just can't hold that faster pace for as long.
  7. __steve__'s Avatar
    Slow - twitch

    Slow is (4IM) also a relative (2bk, fl, br, fr) term. You haven't seen slow until the day I'm witnessed swimming these
    Updated March 7th, 2014 at 11:39 AM by __steve__
  8. Karl_S's Avatar
    Suggestion: Do more active recovery between the broken 200s.
    4x50@200 pace on ~:10 RI is demanding and requires recovery
    to produce strong efforts. For example, I did this set yesterday:

    3x[
    4x50 bk/:45@200 pace + 200 AR/4]
    2x[
    4x50 fr/:45@200 pace + 200 AR/4]

    (The 45s interval gives me ~10s rest.) Even then, I wasn't anywhere close to 200 pace by the last 1.5 broken 200s.

    Also, Stewart is right, it's just a lousy practice, nothing else.I think sometimes that those lousy practices actually contribute a lot to making us better, but I sure don't like to suffer them!
    Updated March 7th, 2014 at 01:27 PM by Karl_S
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Don't beat yourself up. We all have bad practices and this does not make you a bad swimmer. Swimming is a funny sport in that one day you can feel awesome andfaithsext like complete dodo. Don't get down on yourself. You had a great meet last week so you know you are not a bad swimmer, keep the faith my friend. Also don't over analyze it, it was just a bad practice.
  10. mcnair's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ekw
    My parents are in the process of selling my childhood home and even though it's been a long time since I've spent any period of time there and I don't have any friends left in the area it makes me surprisingly sad. It's a lot easier to keep in touch with faraway friends thanks to Facebook, though.
    Yeah, my folks moved into a new home right before we moved to WI fourteen years ago, and I remember the first time we went back and stayed with them; I was like "yeah, this doesn't feel like home yet." It took a few years before their "new" place felt normal to me.
  11. ekw's Avatar
    My parents are in the process of selling my childhood home and even though it's been a long time since I've spent any period of time there and I don't have any friends left in the area it makes me surprisingly sad. It's a lot easier to keep in touch with faraway friends thanks to Facebook, though.
  12. mcnair's Avatar
    Thanks guys! And I wish I could say it was all my enthusiasm... but Scotty and Scott have been the ones rubbing off on everyone else lately; they keep me enthused even as the long winter seems to want to conspire against us!

    It is amazing how just signing up for a meet and convincing one or two others to join up really perks people's interest. The folks back at the Y hear about how much fun we have, they ask about how it went, and before you know it they're swimming a little harder during their workouts... it is totally contagious!
  13. fdtotten's Avatar
    Great meet! I think your enthusiasm flows so freely, that your relay, team members, and those around you at the meet swim faster also! Where ever you go, I hope you can continue to have the great swimming experiences.
  14. rxleakem's Avatar
    Way to go, Alex!
    It's great to see that so many from your area went to the meet as well. Your enthusiasm is spreading!
  15. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    What an awesome meet. I suspect one of the big highs was being part of a team. That's terrific. I look forward to hearing more about the new job.
  16. __steve__'s Avatar
    Congradulations with your performances!
  17. mcnair's Avatar
    Thanks for the encouragement, guys. Was finally able to get back into the pool today. Did 2000 and felt pretty good, but the legs and lungs are still a bit weak, so i didn't push too much.
  18. Sojerz's Avatar
    Sounds like a norovirus. Obnoxious but was able to recover fairly quickly. Hope you do too
  19. __steve__'s Avatar
    Getting sick does impact training level with a step back or two, but this can also be viewed as an early season cleansing of the sorts, like a pushed reset button that you can use as leverage so you can jump into your game with fresh momentum.

    Take it easy, gradually build back into it.
  20. BrendaL's Avatar
    How fun! Kudos for great swims!
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