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  1. flystorms's Avatar
    Stewart how do you feel your training is going with these adjustments? It sounds like your kicking is definitely getting stronger. How's your left arm holding up with it being your only option? When's surgery?

    As fast as you are kicking, man you could still probably win a medal at corporate challenge just kicking!
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    Good luck! What events?
    Thanks. Going to swim the other two 50s -- 50 breast and 50 free -- to complete the drop dead LCM sprints. Depending on timing, I may do the 100 back. Depends how shallow the shallow end is ... and if there is enough rest.
  3. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Good luck! What events?
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by jpetyk
    It's up to 49 today! I just can't bring myself to make the drive to Cleveland. I will splash around with the other 20 folks going SCM in Frostburg on Sunday.

    Good Luck in Ohio.
    Thanks. You too in MD. It is a hike, but not quite as bad as going to the DC area. Just want to get a couple more LCM times bc there are more opportunities for SCM items later.
  5. jpetyk's Avatar
    It's up to 49 today! I just can't bring myself to make the drive to Cleveland. I will splash around with the other 20 folks going SCM in Frostburg on Sunday.

    Good Luck in Ohio.
  6. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny100
    There are not many long course pools near me, so little opportunity to practice. The few LCM workouts I have done were tiring..... especially trying to swim Fly
    Yes, even when short, they are exhausting if you're doing race pace work. If you're not used to long course, they are super tiring. I remember one of my first ones this year.
  7. Kenny100's Avatar
    There are not many long course pools near me, so little opportunity to practice. The few LCM workouts I have done were tiring..... especially trying to swim Fly
  8. joel schmaltz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Oh that one looks like fun.
    Thank you! I think I have a few sets that I do periodically and this one will probably be added to the list
  9. joel schmaltz's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Can't wait to see ya'll this weekend
    Yes sir! I love that meet and it will be nice to get away. You can teach me how to sprint.
  10. flystorms's Avatar
    Oh that one looks like fun.
  11. __steve__'s Avatar
    Can't wait to see ya'll this weekend
  12. Karl_S's Avatar
    Fin socks work very well to prevent chafing, blisters etc. You might have to buy larger fins but if you are going to be doing a lot of kicking it's definitely worth it.
  13. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by flystorms
    Wow that's fast with the fins!

    One other thing, have you done the head stability drill where you do one arm swim and keep a paddle to the front of your head? It's hard, but it definitely forces you to think about head position when you breathe. I'm sure you've seen it, but if not, you push off, one arm is by your side (the side you breathe to), then the other is doing the stroke. The paddle should be at the top of your head and the first thing that cuts the water. As you turn your body/head to breathe, the paddle stays and you rotate through it. It helps to have fins and a paddle on the stroking hand at first to get used to it, then you can eventually drop the paddle, then the fins to make it harder. The first few weeks coach Junior had us doing these, I did a TON of cussing. Hated it. It's still my least favorite drill, but the one that has brought the most benefit lately. Good luck, Stewart!
    i have done that before and do it from time to time with the kids. It's always good to work on I mproving specific areas. Despite the elbow challenge I believe I need work on some specific areas and my underwaters, kicking stamina and Hypoxic seem very doable.
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Why use fins you don't need? Kicking fast
    need or not kicking non stop for 75-90 minutes is boring as heck. Breaking it up keeps me sane.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    It is just quite a bizarre story.
    I just happened to be watching NBC last night (in bed) when they mentioned how the 2 guys were pulled off of their flight. I had to pull out my laptop and get more info...
    If this new version that's emerging is actually true, I feel bad for the young guys. They could possibly be sanctioned or suspended from school, and I guess even be in jeopardy of losing their scholarships.
    It is bizarre. We can't believe the AP story yet -- it's hearsay from a Brazilian source.

    They were drunk outside the village, bad. However, as a lawyer, I rather agree with this swimswam commenter:

    1. No video proof of damage by the swimmers.
    2. Video proof that corroborates Lochte’s story – he raised his hands and you CANNOT see what the “security” officer is doing off camera. Why was this cut? They were taken off camera.
    3. No video proof that the swimmers were “joking around” as purported by Brazilian authorities upon them returning to the Olympic village that morning.
    4. Plenty of proof that numerous guests at these Games have been victims of crime.
    5. No ACTUAL proof that Conger or Bentz have admitted to Lochte’s story being a fabrication.
    6. Real, statistical proof that Brazil has an inordinately high level of crime and corruption in their police/justice system (gotta love that they couldn’t even get the athletes names spelled correctly on their warrant!).


    Honestly, even if they damaged something, which we don't know, pulling out a gun and detaining them could be viewed as false imprisonment. It still could be Brazil trying to spin their narrative. Apparently, two Aussie swimmers were mugged on the beach last night. The truth is probably somewhere in-between.
    Updated August 18th, 2016 at 03:17 PM by The Fortress
  16. aztimm's Avatar
    It is just quite a bizarre story.
    I just happened to be watching NBC last night (in bed) when they mentioned how the 2 guys were pulled off of their flight. I had to pull out my laptop and get more info...
    If this new version that's emerging is actually true, I feel bad for the young guys. They could possibly be sanctioned or suspended from school, and I guess even be in jeopardy of losing their scholarships.

    I'd ask if you want to swim a 5k with me in PA on 8/28, but I've asked twice before and I know the answer

    We were talking last week about gym and such. There's supposed to be a Gold's opening nearby that would be rather convenient. We drove by, and it looks like construction hasn't even started. After my next batch of travel, I'll probably do a free 2-week trial at 24 Hour, and maybe join them through the Costco deal. It isn't terribly far, but not nearly as convenient as what I had in AZ. After 2 years, I'd hope that the new Gold's is open.
  17. flystorms's Avatar
    Wow that's fast with the fins!

    One other thing, have you done the head stability drill where you do one arm swim and keep a paddle to the front of your head? It's hard, but it definitely forces you to think about head position when you breathe. I'm sure you've seen it, but if not, you push off, one arm is by your side (the side you breathe to), then the other is doing the stroke. The paddle should be at the top of your head and the first thing that cuts the water. As you turn your body/head to breathe, the paddle stays and you rotate through it. It helps to have fins and a paddle on the stroking hand at first to get used to it, then you can eventually drop the paddle, then the fins to make it harder. The first few weeks coach Junior had us doing these, I did a TON of cussing. Hated it. It's still my least favorite drill, but the one that has brought the most benefit lately. Good luck, Stewart!
  18. __steve__'s Avatar
    Why use fins you don't need? Kicking fast
  19. __steve__'s Avatar
    Good To hear there's no gators in that lake. Definitely plan to swim there again, and possibly as my first OW event.
  20. Sojerz's Avatar
    My parents retired to Seneca, SC next to Clemson and I swam and water skied in lake Keowee just west of campus 100s of times with family, friends and my kids. Never heard anything about gators in that area. Gas bubbles could be from bottom mud and decomposition or I think possibly turtles in the bottom mud.
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