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  1. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by __steve__
    Do you breathe right at practice?
    i am a left breather. I thing I pull my left shoulder back and drop my elbow slightly on the catch. I think video would really help and plan on asking tom to do underwater video. It's all very subtle and I don't believe it's a huge elbow drop but when I tried observing yesterday that's what I think I saw and felt.
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    Do you breathe right at practice?
  3. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    The mark of a great person are the positive memories they leave with others. Cherish the great memories! Sorry to read about your friend but thank you so much for sharing. To me she exemplifies what we all want ,which is a healthy quality life. We don't control when it ends, but we do control the quality of the time we have.
  4. Karl_S's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    They have 25s in the event rankings now. Maybe kicking is next! I'm sure any dolphin kicking event would be my best "stroke."
    I would not do well in a dolphin kicking event, but since my breaststroke kick is nearly as fast as my breaststroke stroke, I suspect I would be much more competitive at breaststroke kicking events than breaststroke stroke events. OTOH, breaststroke is a weak stroke for me so I probably would simply move from the poor to mundane category. 'might be fun though.
  5. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Maybe USMS should sanction kicking-only races. At any given time there seem to be quite a number of us who are restricted to mostly kicking du to some injury.
    They have 25s in the event rankings now. Maybe kicking is next! I'm sure any dolphin kicking event would be my best "stroke."
  6. Karl_S's Avatar
    Maybe USMS should sanction kicking-only races. At any given time there seem to be quite a number of us who are restricted to mostly kicking du to some injury.
  7. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by StewartACarroll
    Sorry to hear about the injury. You have really been in the wars so far this year. I have broken and dislocated the middle finger but I bet the little finger is worse. I can imagine catching it. Sounds painful. I hope your taping allows you to continue to work out. Although your kicking is unreal, I suspect you are sick and tired of just kicking from the last injury!
    Thanks Stewart. I do feel quite unlucky this year. And I am SO sick of doing so much kicking. Blech
  8. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Sorry to hear about the injury. You have really been in the wars so far this year. I have broken and dislocated the middle finger but I bet the little finger is worse. I can imagine catching it. Sounds painful. I hope your taping allows you to continue to work out. Although your kicking is unreal, I suspect you are sick and tired of just kicking from the last injury!
  9. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by DanSad
    Curious as to how the 100s kick were done, with or without a board, flip turns, any arm strokes into the walls? Impressive workout.
    Done with a board, no pulling into turns, touch turns focusing on push off from the walls. We have really worked on consistently kicking this type of set. Thanks
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    At least in my experience with finger jams and sprains (skiing) the pain should decline in a couple of weeks, as long as you don't reinjure it, and should be pretty much gone in a month or so, except if you bang it. You might want to tape three fingers together for more stability. The agility paddles don't seem to pressure my shoulders as much as the bigger paddles and my shoulders don't seem to mind swimming with them at mod pace for quite a few reps. I've found it hard to swim AFAP sets with the paddles on and tend to swim at a mod pace just working on DPS, underwater, catch, rotation, and mechanics. I've never tried sculling with paddles on, but think it would work ok too.
    Thanks Bill. That was exactly my thought after today -- that I need to tape three fingers together for more stability. I have size 1 agility paddles so they are small. Hopefully, the shoulders won't balk.
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    At least in my experience with finger jams and sprains (skiing) the pain should decline in a couple of weeks, as long as you don't reinjure it, and should be pretty much gone in a month or so, except if you bang it. You might want to tape three fingers together for more stability. The agility paddles don't seem to pressure my shoulders as much as the bigger paddles and my shoulders don't seem to mind swimming with them at mod pace for quite a few reps. I've found it hard to swim AFAP sets with the paddles on and tend to swim at a mod pace just working on DPS, underwater, catch, rotation, and mechanics. I've never tried sculling with paddles on, but think it would work ok too.
  12. DanSad's Avatar
    Curious as to how the 100s kick were done, with or without a board, flip turns, any arm strokes into the walls? Impressive workout.
  13. The Fortress's Avatar
    Well, it's odd. I thought they would repair it. But they just left the chunk of the ceiling that was missing untouched. If it's from water damage, I bet we all got an unhealthy dose of mold ...

    Stewart, I didn't think the leg lifts were too bad. But didn't have a chance to do multiple sets of them.
  14. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    That must be it. He's just exerting too much hydrodynamic force on the snorkel. Slow down, Stewart!
    You guys are so so funny.

    My wife thinks I have a fat head and bust them due to the shape of my head.

    On the fat head part - I have a lump that's been growing on the left rear of my head and after Nationals while I had the shaved head I went and saw a dermatologist who told me its a lipoma. My wife is convinced that when I lost all the weight from around my belly it did not go away but rather just moved to my head and she now refers to me affectionately as "fat head".
  15. StewartACarroll's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    I can totally relate. While I generally like the work content of my biz travel, getting a "surprise" week without biz travel is a true gift. Relish it.
    We worked for about 3 months to get the meeting I was going to Birmingham for only to find out the guy we were meeting with is now retiring and his replacement was not in the meeting and can only meet for 30 minutes later in the day after my flight home. Long story short we will be rescheduling! On one hand its annoying but on another its great to get the extra day!
  16. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Jeeez - hopefully it heals up without any issues. I've had pretty good luck taping jammed or sprained fingers together to swim, if you can get the tape to stay on. Also think the agility paddles will help.
    Good to know. I will give it a go today.
  17. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S

    'hope you heal promptly.
    Thanks Karl. At least the swelling is down some.
  18. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by magick17
    I wonder if you tape and use those finis agility paddles to deflect the push of the water you maybe able to get a workout in...
    hope you heal quickly
    Definitely. I thought about the agility paddles rights away too. Or I'll be kicking a lot, again.
  19. Sojerz's Avatar
    Jeeez - hopefully it heals up without any issues. I've had pretty good luck taping jammed or sprained fingers together to swim, if you can get the tape to stay on. Also think the agility paddles will help.
  20. knelson's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Kirk, I suspect that you and I don't push as much force into our snorkels as Stewart does
    That must be it. He's just exerting too much hydrodynamic force on the snorkel. Slow down, Stewart!
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