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  1. Karl_S's Avatar
    I saw Josh Davis in the results. (You beat him )
    Did you see him there?
    Must be nice to be 46 and scoring a second swim at sectionals...
  2. JPEnge's Avatar
    No, it was all good, we still won by 200 points. I checked with the coaches to make sure, because I specifically didn't want to hurt the team score when we were in the lead from the very first event.
  3. Karl_S's Avatar
    Congratulation on what sounds like a landmark meet for you!
    50 Breast - 26.77, 8th place prelims - Lost track of time and forgot to warm up but went surprisingly well anyway! Was hard to scratch out of a championship finals but I wanted to get home by this point.
    I hope that didn't cost your team a placing...
  4. Calvin S's Avatar
    Go get you some!
  5. JPEnge's Avatar
    Actually, I just found the rules on measurement. Mizzou length is on record according to the list I found, so this'll be even easier than I thought...

    "The measurement rules and policies of USA Swimming shall be the standard for Top 10 eligibility forevents sanctioned by USA-S. Currently USA-S only requires bulkhead placement measurements fornational records, so times achieved by USMS at USA-S meets are eligible for Top 10 considerationwithout bulkhead measurements. The measurement rules and policies of USMS shall apply for dualsanctioned events, so at these meets bulkhead measurements must be performed for times to beconsidered for either USMS Top 10 or Records."
  6. JPEnge's Avatar
    Oh, I've talked to our Top Ten person - technically, I am Top Ten person in training, actually, so I work with her a lot.

    Plus one of the LMSC board members who used to do lots of USA-S meets will be there officiating so she can help. And one of the meet organizers is a Masters person. I think I'll be good!
  7. Calvin S's Avatar
    Your Top Ten chairperson for your LMSC usually can handle that. Ours is Doug, so he is ALWAYS on top of those things

    Although there was a time when TT times required the most ridiculous burden of proof. You used to need a pool measurement for each session in which an event was contested. This was crazy most USA-S championship meets they measure the pool once, in each lane, before the start of the event. Was a huge pain in the ass.
  8. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    Exactly how I feel about my upcoming taper for YMCA Masters Nationals.
    Now, the interesting thing is going to be maintaining through Ozark Champs last weekend of March. Though it looks like it won't take going through hoops to get my Sectionals times USMS approved so if I accidentally overtaper myself it isn't the end of the world.
  9. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    This'll be a little different than my taper for Masters Nats last year - I have a LOT more base than I did last year, and I think I'm overall stronger, so theoretically I should have more to taper off of.
    Exactly how I feel about my upcoming taper for YMCA Masters Nationals.
  10. JPEnge's Avatar
    Yep, that's what I was figuring. It took me until probably my junior year of college to learn to trust the taper process and not think about how I felt until pretty much doing pre-race specific warmup before my first race.

    This'll be a little different than my taper for Masters Nats last year - I have a LOT more base than I did last year, and I think I'm overall stronger, so theoretically I should have more to taper off of.
  11. Calvin S's Avatar
    Probably that pre-taper/just started taper blues! For me that was always the scariest part of taper, and why I hated using the word around my swimmers early on in the process. You say taper and they think: a) low/no yardage and easy swimming and b) that when they swim they are supposed to all of a sudden feel magically AMAZING.
    Instead, I would have to remind myself that I was still only just beginning to taper and that I wasnt to that easy speed yet.

    Also from one former breaststroke to a born again breaststroke, that stroke made taper doubly scary. There were seasons and taper meets where I went to warm up for my first breaststroke race and STILL didnt feel tapered/didnt have a stroke that get right. I learned to trust (eventually) that when the horn sounded and I dove in the water, my breaststroke would be ON!
  12. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    I ought to buy a chute - I think the Finis was what I used this morning.
    mine cost me I think 70.00. A worthwhile investment because it seems well made. My only complaint about it is that if you are doing any setting other than full open or full closed, you have to be sure to line the zippers up perfectly otherwise the chute can "fish tail" while in use...which is a whole new level of drag I am not interested in.
  13. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    I just bought a Finis drag+fly chute to use on my "power" days/workouts. It is my cheaper substitution for a power tower, since we don't have one at the LRRC.
    I ought to buy a chute - I think the Finis was what I used this morning.
  14. Calvin S's Avatar
    I just bought a Finis drag+fly chute to use on my "power" days/workouts. It is my cheaper substitution for a power tower, since we don't have one at the LRRC.
  15. JPEnge's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    I loved station workouts. Coach Kyle used to right some positively amazing station workouts when I was still swimming with the Dolphins. Except for one set. At least once a month, stations would include the following set:

    4x75 @ 2:30 UW FL kick
    2 air squats at start wall, climb out at each subsequent wall and do: 4, 6, 8 air squats.

    basically 2 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 4 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 6 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 8 squats all on 2:30. Which seems like a lot of rest for a 75...but it isn't. Not when you have to climb out and squat and you are UW kicking.
    That sounds... devious. But probably effective if you can do it right!

    I hadn't done buckets or chutes since... well, probably since afternoon practices at UALR when I was there.
  16. Calvin S's Avatar
    I loved station workouts. Coach Kyle used to right some positively amazing station workouts when I was still swimming with the Dolphins. Except for one set. At least once a month, stations would include the following set:

    4x75 @ 2:30 UW FL kick
    2 air squats at start wall, climb out at each subsequent wall and do: 4, 6, 8 air squats.

    basically 2 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 4 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 6 squats, 25 UW FL kick, climb out, 8 squats all on 2:30. Which seems like a lot of rest for a 75...but it isn't. Not when you have to climb out and squat and you are UW kicking.
  17. Karl_S's Avatar
    Showin' some serious speed there! Nice
  18. rxleakem's Avatar
    Super fast swims Jeff. Glad that your training is realizing some great swims at this point in the season for you.
  19. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Ha, I did that drive with you and Matt once! A lot easier from where I am, little less than 2 hours per the Googs. I did check and see if it was SCY or LCM, no way would I even consider it LCM. Would be fun to swim at Mizzou again, a good chunk of my PRs are still in that pool.

    Have to decide quickly though, looks like the only meet still available for the club team my masters group is attached to that I could qualify at is Ozark Senior Champs last weekend of January and the entry deadline is... tomorrow. On the plus side, it is in a brand-spanking-new high school pool literally 10 minutes from my house.
    THATS RIGHT! Forgot we all carpooled together. You could always just deck enter. I usually do that with the smaller local meets here. That way Im not out the money if I cant make the meet. Yeah I pay like a 5.00 premium to enter events if I deck enter, but Im usually only dropping in for one event (because I normally do deck entry if I know my weekend will be busy and my schedule might be in flux, as opposed to when I enter ahead of time and have cleared my calendar for the meet).
  20. JPEnge's Avatar
    Ha, I did that drive with you and Matt once! A lot easier from where I am, little less than 2 hours per the Googs. I did check and see if it was SCY or LCM, no way would I even consider it LCM. Would be fun to swim at Mizzou again, a good chunk of my PRs are still in that pool.

    Have to decide quickly though, looks like the only meet still available for the club team my masters group is attached to that I could qualify at is Ozark Senior Champs last weekend of January and the entry deadline is... tomorrow. On the plus side, it is in a brand-spanking-new high school pool literally 10 minutes from my house.
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