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  1. Karl_S's Avatar
    Bit of a rough year for me. Only two sessions swimming for a total of 1150 yds. I did a ton of spinning and calisthenics, and quite a bit of walking so I feel like I made the best with what I could do. (I blogged about it on 12/31/20)

    Vague hopes of going to UT with the family this summer. Hoping to get an effective vaccine asap.

    If you like long cold water swims, have you tried Magog on the VT/Canada border? Beautiful place. (I wouldn't even dip my toe in the water, but it sounds like you would be ok.) The full length of the lake is 30-somethng miles, but I think they have shorter options for more sensible folks. Also, no race that I know of, but folks swim across lake Champlain from Burlington VT to NY. That water can be a pretty sensible temperature by the end of summer. As I recall it's 7 miles so not preposterous.
  2. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    That's a lot of swimming, and in some picturesque locations too!
    Best of luck continuing to work your swimming around the pandemic this year.
    Thanks Karl! Hope you're doing ok! Are you still swimming? I think you're in the Philly area? I know Tom has gotten in some swims, though not nearly as much as he'd like.

    Yea, I tried to make the most of it. Since I wasn't going to the gym like I used to, I made up the time with more swimming
    I did a roadtrip to/from Utah for the Bear Lake swim in July, and stopped to swim in some lakes along the way. For the August swim in Utah I flew, but really didn't feel comfortable with that (and cases were much lower then). I did another roadtrip to Chattanooga in October when Suck was supposed to happen, and did some swimming in the TN river (my Airbnb was right on the river, so I swam at least once a day).
  3. Karl_S's Avatar
    That's a lot of swimming, and in some picturesque locations too!
    Best of luck continuing to work your swimming around the pandemic this year.
  4. Calvin S's Avatar
    Long blog post is long. Glad your pools are open again.
  5. Sojerz's Avatar
    Wow. Very cool trip and o/w swims - thanks for describing the swims and posting the pics.
  6. Sojerz's Avatar
    Terrific accomplishments for 2019 with a bunch of firsts too. Looking forward to hearing how you are making out in 2020 and especially with the USMS committee. Keep on Trucking!
  7. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Fantastic year for you Tim. Thats some crazy milage, probably 3x that of what I did.
    And there's nothing really wrong with either of us. That's one thing that I like about swimming, you can make it work for what you want out of it. Some people are sprinters, and there are meets/events for that. Others like to be on their own for 3+ hours in open water, and there are events for that too.
  8. __steve__'s Avatar
    Fantastic year for you Tim. Thats some crazy milage, probably 3x distance I did.
    Updated December 31st, 2019 at 06:04 PM by __steve__
  9. aztimm's Avatar
    Ah the lane dynamics during lap swim

    This is just a 2-lane 25 yard pool. Some people will sit on the stairs in that lane, sometimes creeping out and doing stretches or just walking around. I've almost run into people when I'm in that lane.
    The other lane seems be where more serious (well from a gym pool perspective) swim.
    I've been going to this gym for about 3 years so know most of the usual people who are there in the mornings, especially in the pool. Normally I just do a short swim-down after spending time on the treadmill, weights, stretching, etc. The guy who got in the lane with me today was the one who let me share with him yesterday.
    I agree with you on the rope side of the lane. That's a pretty bold ask, and I wouldn't feel bad saying no. Some people will offer that to me, and I'll gladly take it.

    Speaking of lap-pool lane dynamics...when I was in AZ last week, I did a meet warm-up at Eldorado pool in Scottsdale before heading to Kino. I swam at that pool years ago when I lived there and remember people getting mad if I got in, "their," lane in the morning. Last week I think I got in the lane I used to swim in then. But there were a few other people there, doing the same thing that I was (I really don't understand why more people swimming at a big meet like nationals don't see out alternate pools for warm-up.)
    I do have a preferred lane at Sendero; it isn't a wall lane and is one of 2 that doesn't have any jets on the wall, so I don't have to worry about hitting them on turns. But I'll swim in any lane, and I think I've been in all 8 lanes at some point.
  10. Calvin S's Avatar
    I often choose the step lane at the LRRC so that I can avoid sharing a lane. It is sort of an unwritten rule that the end lanes (particular the end lane with the stairs) is the last lane to be shared. I feel not a hint of rudeness telling someone who asks to share the end lane with me that they should share with someone in lanes 2-7 instead. Also I can always make the argument, "You should probably swim with someone more your speed."

    I have, on occasion, been in a situation where I am forced to share the end lane. Really find it funny when the person gets in to share with me and says "I need the lane rope [non-wall] side." To that I always say "no." First person in the lane gets to choose which side they wish to swim on (another unwritten rule at the club)!
  11. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    Damn. Thats a long ass swim.
    I think Apache is about 18 miles!
    http://www.scarswim.com/about.html
  12. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    It was billed as 10 miles, but most people said about 8.5 miles.
    Damn. Thats a long ass swim.
  13. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    What distance was the Saguaro Lake swim?
    It was billed as 10 miles, but most people said about 8.5 miles.
  14. Calvin S's Avatar
    What distance was the Saguaro Lake swim?
  15. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by tjrpatt
    Only swim butterfly at meets! lol!
    Haha, I don't swim that much fly, usually about 100 per workout. I've done the 100 IM at a few meets... If even I could swim a 25 fly (easy from a block start with underwater dolphin kicks), I think anyone could.
  16. tjrpatt's Avatar
    Only swim butterfly at meets! lol!
  17. tjrpatt's Avatar
    nice workout.
  18. Calvin S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    I'd swear I've seen you posting here for years... Obviously I was wrong. Well welcome back, and it sounds like it is sticking.

    Keep swimming and go for the 500!
    I used to like it when we got a free suit It wasn't anything special, just a Nike brief or jammer (we got to select either brief or jammer, size, and color), but at least it was something.
    I never got my suit last time :,(

    And I did post for several years here and then I went into a mini retirement. Had two kids and took about 3 years off where I focused on soccer and running (sports I sacrificed to pursue a swimming career). After two false starts I really started back in February (and started posting workouts again in April).
    Updated December 24th, 2018 at 01:17 PM by Calvin S
  19. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S
    Well my January total was ZERO. I started my comeback in February, and spent the first 6-7 weeks doing about 3000/week.
    I'd swear I've seen you posting here for years... Obviously I was wrong. Well welcome back, and it sounds like it is sticking.

    Keep swimming and go for the 500!
    I used to like it when we got a free suit It wasn't anything special, just a Nike brief or jammer (we got to select either brief or jammer, size, and color), but at least it was something.
  20. aztimm's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge
    Ha! I don't swim 10k a week, much less in one continuous swim! I guess you got me there. I'm a sprinter now...
    I'll check out the schedule (is it out yet?) for Thursday and Friday and see what it looks like. I was planning to work those days, but one of the offices I can use is about 10 minutes from Kino, so I could easily slip away for an hour or so and do a swim. Roosevelt is a night swim, so in theory I could swim Saturday morning...but not sure I'd want to do that.

    I'm definitely not a sprinter. About 7-8 years ago, I was trying to get my 100 yard free under a minute. My fastest was about 1:00.2, but I'm not nearly in that shape today. I'd be lucky to be under 1:03 (I did a timed 100 LCM free from a push in Sydney in October at the end of a workout in 1:18).
    I probably have better chances with breaststroke, and those events usually aren't as busy as freestyle.
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