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  1. jpetyk's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    . It's really a shame there just aren't many places to swim in Pittsburgh ...
    Maybe you look at trading your LAF membership for one at the USC Rec Center. The pool is still warm, but it has a deep end, backstroke flags and a pace clock. The rec center also has a gym for your weight training needs.
  2. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by aztimm
    One of the 24 Hour clubs I worked out at in AZ also had, "no flip turn," signs up in the pool area. No lifeguard, and I just ignored them. Never a word about it.
    The only thing I could suspect was that one side of the pool was shallow, I'm guessing 3' or so. But I've done them in less.

    Glad to see that you're back swimming again!
    The only sign was "no diving." Yes, it's very shallow. And the pool deck was soaked on the end that I wasn't flipping in. It's really a shame there just aren't many places to swim in Pittsburgh ...
  3. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Amazing! thought they might have objected cause of pool depth - ours is only 3' and you have to think on the turns when the water level is a bit low.

    They told me ours was "Olympic" length - i doubted it was even 25 meters and measured it to be 75'. No pace clocks, back stroke flags or gutters.

    They do a better job than the Y at keeping the temperature at something reasonable, but the chlorine level in the air was often messed up.
    Agree, the chlorine levels are awful! Mine is 3+ feet at each end too. They just not understand what "Olympic" length is; some false advertising there.
  4. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Water Rat
    LAF pools are an absolute joke. the water temp is absurdly high. the real danger isn't a wet pool deck. it's overheating.
    Gotta keep the slow moving noodlers happy!
  5. aztimm's Avatar
    One of the 24 Hour clubs I worked out at in AZ also had, "no flip turn," signs up in the pool area. No lifeguard, and I just ignored them. Never a word about it.
    The only thing I could suspect was that one side of the pool was shallow, I'm guessing 3' or so. But I've done them in less.

    Glad to see that you're back swimming again!
  6. Sojerz's Avatar
    Amazing! thought they might have objected cause of pool depth - ours is only 3' and you have to think on the turns when the water level is a bit low.

    They told me ours was "Olympic" length - i doubted it was even 25 meters and measured it to be 75'. No pace clocks, back stroke flags or gutters.

    They do a better job than the Y at keeping the temperature at something reasonable, but the chlorine level in the air was often messed up.
  7. Water Rat's Avatar
    LAF pools are an absolute joke. the water temp is absurdly high. the real danger isn't a wet pool deck. it's overheating.
  8. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Sojerz
    Missed yah. Good to know that you are back in the water with a great workout after the long battle. Seems like you are hardly missed a stoke or a kick. Hope all goes well from here on.
    Thanks Bill! Congrats on the grandson!
  9. Sojerz's Avatar
    Missed yah. Good to know that you are back in the water with a great workout after the long battle. Seems like you are hardly missed a stoke or a kick. Hope all goes well from here on.
  10. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    Welcome back Fort, your sprint posts have been missed. Will do 8x25 sdk w fins in your honor tomorrow...but not 3000 yds! Take it easy...
    I'm easing in ... I probably won't swim on back to back days for awhile. I have been on the treadmill quite a bit, so I'm fairly fit. I miss my shooters too!
  11. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Kenny100
    Hey Fort, glad to see you post again. I have missed your workout posts with a high intensity focus. You certainly are determined after all you have been through.
    Thanks Kenny! I have flashes of determination ... but I am also a realist. Mostly, I'd just like to be able to get in the pool and see swim friends.
  12. Doug Martin's Avatar
    Welcome back Fort, your sprint posts have been missed. Will do 8x25 sdk w fins in your honor tomorrow...but not 3000 yds! Take it easy...
  13. Kenny100's Avatar
    Hey Fort, glad to see you post again. I have missed your workout posts with a high intensity focus. You certainly are determined after all you have been through.
  14. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Karl_S
    Well that's just awful. Best wishes that you are past the rough patch!
    Sooo happy to see your post! It's about time we get to hear about your: HIT - long rest - blazing-fast 25s and blasto SDKs again.


    Please tell me that was with fins and fly kick?? As far as I know my ribs are all intact and I consider a :46 to be really good for a DPS 50 br.
    Thanks Karl. As you know, I'm a bit of a fin addict in healthy times. And I usually do breast-dolphin bc of my knees. I do not forsee swimming without fins in the near future. No paddles either. So yes, those DPS 50s were breast-dolphin with fins.
  15. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Welcome to the long road back ... may the path forward be straighter than the one you have been on.
    I would be extremely happy with straight!
  16. Karl_S's Avatar
    Well that's just awful. Best wishes that you are past the rough patch!
    Sooo happy to see your post! It's about time we get to hear about your: HIT - long rest - blazing-fast 25s and blasto SDKs again.

    Did a couple DPS 50 breasts at 31
    Please tell me that was with fins and fly kick?? As far as I know my ribs are all intact and I consider a :46 to be really good for a DPS 50 br.
  17. pwb's Avatar
    Welcome to the long road back ... may the path forward be straighter than the one you have been on.
  18. pwb's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by The Fortress
    How is your rehab going? Shoulder better?
    I am back in the water on a limited schedule, but progressing well. I'm taking it slowly with no plans to even consider competing before the fall.
  19. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Doug Martin
    Leslie, you are leaving a big void in Masters swimming, beyond your prowess in the pool and many world records. You were an informed source on training, technique, suits, nutrition, drylands, tapers, and many other subjects. When friends of mine ask for sprint workouts, I refer them to your HIT blog. Thanks for all that and I hope to see you back in the pool and on the forums someday. 55 is still young in Masters swimming.
    Thanks Doug. Means a lot. The thought of starting from scratch is a bit daunting. But you never know ... Congrats on you #1s in the 50 frees!
    Updated March 29th, 2017 at 12:36 PM by The Fortress
  20. The Fortress's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by pwb
    Oh, Leslie, this was not what I wanted to read. Swimming will always be there for you and we all hope that your treatment is successful and brings you back to the sport.
    Yeah it's not what I hoped either. The clot just was not caught soon enough and I had a huge first rib which could have been damaging the vein for years. My dr is going to schedule the surgery on my left side. So I will be out for a long time. How is your rehab going? Shoulder better?
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