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My 2009 LCM season & distance training are done. I plan to swim easy this week, train with team Tue & Wed, then Vegas Vacation
from Wed afternoon till Monday July 27th. Anyone have any Recs for what to do in Vegas?

SCM season is next.

I'm returning to sprints, 50's & 100's all strokes including SDK
Training will shift:

+ no long hard swims with little rest, I'll do gentle aerobic on easy intervals, but mainly
more fast short swims with lots of rest,
15's, 25's, 50's, 75's & 100's,

+ weight training, &

+ weight loss.

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  1. qbrain's Avatar
    There are soft low limit hold 'em tables at the Flamingo. That's all I got.

    + weight loss.
    Is there a master plan for this one?
  2. pwb's Avatar
    Anyone have any Recs for what to do in Vegas?

    • If you have flexibility in where you stay, stay at the Trump International ( It's very nice, completely non-smoking and no casino in the hotel. If you need a casino, the Wynn is a 5 to 8 minute walk.
    • If you want to train there, the Las Vegas Masters ( group is GREAT. Great pool about 10 to 15 minutes from the strip, great coach, large team.
    • Go see 'O' by Cirque de Soleil. It's a swimmers/divers dream show. Pay the extra money to get closer if you can as it's a very large theater. If you can't get into it, try any of the Cirque shows.
    • You'll probably appreciate Blue Man Group -- funny, a bit off the wall and some neat, neat music.
    • I haven't tried this, but a friend of mine highly recommended the Vegas Indoor Skydiving (
    • Try the rides at the top of the Stratosphere. Go at opening time (10am or 11am) and you won't have to wait. Spring for the package for all three rides.
    • I'm a big 'foodie' but I've never found that even the top end restaurants in Vegas live up to their billing: too large, poor service, over-priced. I'd aim for the lower side of the upper end or the upper side of the middle tier of restaurants. Prepare, though, to be disappointed in the food no matter where you eat.
    • Don't gamble: it's a suckers game.
  3. knelson's Avatar
    I still think Mystere is the best show I've seen in Vegas. It might be because it was the first Cirque show I ever saw, I don't know. O was good, too. I haven't seen a few of the more recent ones.

    I got to the Bellagio Conservatory and see the fountain show nearly every time I'm in Vegas. I think these are the best free attractions in town. OK, the Fremont St. Experience is cool, too, but I don't go to downtown Vegas every trip.

    If you have a car there are some great things to see within easy driving distance. Red Rocks Park is something like 20 miles West of the Strip. Valley of the Fire is a little bit farther. Hoover Dam is about 30 miles away. I love Vegas, but can only take so much of the Strip excitement. After a day or two I'm ready for something natural.
  4. aztimm's Avatar
    I've seen a bunch of shows in Vegas, and you really can't go wrong with any of them. Cirque has a deal now, buy 1 ticket regular price, the second is $25. Mystere is a great starter show, but I really liked KA. I'm going up in Aug and will see Zumanity. Other shows I've seen are Mama Mia, Penn and Teller, and Jubilee. All are great.

    I second the recommendation for getting a car, and I've swam with the masters team in Henderson a few times. It is more casual, but a great group, and fantastic facility.

    Having a car opens many opportunities for eating. There's a great local Mexican place I go to every time I'm in town, let me know if you want the info.

    I go to Vegas several times a year, for both work and vacation. I've stayed all over the strip, off strip, just not downtown. There's great people watching everywhere. If you are going with your wife and haven't yet done it, go up the Eiffel Tower at Paris at night, and time it so the Bellagio fountains across the street will be going...priceless.