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Forum: Freestyle 09-04-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,769
Posted By gary p
I can't believe how fast that guy in lane 5 was...

I can't believe how fast that guy in lane 5 was given how awful his stroke was when breathing.
Forum: Freestyle 07-18-2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1,619
Posted By gary p
I'm definitely a pinky-down-at-the-catch kind of...

I'm definitely a pinky-down-at-the-catch kind of guy
Forum: Freestyle 06-14-2018
Replies: 42
Views: 5,270
Posted By gary p
Let me get this out of the way, first. 5'7"...

Let me get this out of the way, first. 5'7" isn't that short. Certainly not so short you need a unique approach to swimming. Don't let yourself use your height, or perceived lack thereof, as an...
Forum: Freestyle 05-18-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
I averaged ~12k yards a week for 7 months. I had...

I averaged ~12k yards a week for 7 months. I had a few outlier weeks on either side of that, but it was pretty steady. I do very little slow swimming. Even in warmup, I don’t swim much slower than...
Forum: Freestyle 05-16-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
End-of-season update. After failing to secure a...

End-of-season update. After failing to secure a National Qualifying Time in the 1650 per the post above, I went to 125's, eventually got to ~20 reps @ the 1:15/100 pace I was aiming for. At my next...
Forum: Freestyle 01-22-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
A 28 minute 1650 for someone who took up swimming...

A 28 minute 1650 for someone who took up swimming in their 50's is pretty good!

You mention going from 1:40 to a 1:35 pace. I would highly recommend taking it in smaller steps. 2 seconds max,...
Forum: Freestyle 01-22-2018
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
I have come to the conclusion that, for me, at...

I have come to the conclusion that, for me, at least, USRPT sets of 100's aren't quite predictive of 1500/1650 race pace. Just finished a 13 week long training block with lots of hundreds on ~20...
Forum: Freestyle 12-22-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
When I did the 1 hour e-postal swim (as far as...

When I did the 1 hour e-postal swim (as far as you can swim in one-hour) in a 25y pool a couple years ago, I was cramping pretty bad in my calves and thighs by the end from all the push offs.
Forum: Freestyle 12-17-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6,752
Posted By gary p
LOL, I went the opposite direction yesterday,...

LOL, I went the opposite direction yesterday, doing 100's (yards) at a <1:14.00 pace on a 1:30 interval. I failed at 14, 17, and 21. 5 seconds less rest per rep added up to a lot more accumulated...
Forum: Freestyle 12-15-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6,752
Posted By gary p
I'm training for the 1650 this season. With...

I'm training for the 1650 this season. With that set, I'm using the typical +/- 20 seconds rest (currently on a 1:55 interval and 1:32.50 target time). I know the repeat distance is beyond USPRT...
Forum: Freestyle 12-14-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6,752
Posted By gary p
This photo shows what it felt like I was...

This photo shows what it felt like I was doing.

https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-3ciqXufL9nc/WDlFj6U0jMI/AAAAAAAANp8/cM5z1yW6IHMoHGekacQY3sk7ttkVXnxsQCLcB/s1600/phelps%2Bfreestyle%2B900%2Bf5.png
Forum: Freestyle 12-13-2017
Replies: 49
Views: 6,752
Posted By gary p
In the middle of a 20x125 set yesterday, I was...

In the middle of a 20x125 set yesterday, I was tightening up and my completion times were creeping up. I noticed I was not getting much rotation to my breathing side. My initial attempts to correct...
Forum: Freestyle 12-11-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
At every self-directed workout, I do at least one...

At every self-directed workout, I do at least one set that's USRPT or a derivative. I do a couple workouts a week with a Masters Team which are not USPRT, but I look at the distance, interval, and...
Forum: Freestyle 12-05-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
Yes, it can be very motivating. After 5 months...

Yes, it can be very motivating. After 5 months of minimal swimming while I concentrated on improving my triathlon bike leg potential, I got back to exclusive swim training in early October. Nov 1,...
Forum: Freestyle 11-29-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
After 9 months of intense, USRPT exclusive...

After 9 months of intense, USRPT exclusive training, I found great correlation. I predicted my 100 free time to within 1/100th of a second of my actual race performance, and predicted my 400 free...
Forum: Freestyle 11-28-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
This is why I pretty much exclusively use 75's...

This is why I pretty much exclusively use 75's for 400/500 race pace work.
Forum: Freestyle 11-28-2017
Replies: 78
Views: 10,341
Posted By gary p
I don't use SPL as a failure criteria, but I...

I don't use SPL as a failure criteria, but I still count strokes. If your SPL at the turn is high, you know your DPS is slipping and you either have to increase your tempo or correct your form...
Forum: Freestyle 11-21-2017
Replies: 6
Views: 1,538
Posted By gary p
Welcome back! After a summer where I...

Welcome back! After a summer where I concentrated far more on biking than swimming, and an illness in September, I got back to serious swim training in early October. Been doing USRPT sets of 50's,...
Forum: Freestyle 09-08-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 13,608
Posted By gary p
Clipped my heel on the gutter, split it open,...

Clipped my heel on the gutter, split it open, took a long time to heal.
Forum: Freestyle 09-02-2017
Replies: 51
Views: 13,608
Posted By gary p
Like you, I found the deep spear to be an arrow...

Like you, I found the deep spear to be an arrow in the quiver that could be useful in some situations, but wasn't the end-all, be-all answer. At times when I was fatigued while deep spearing, I would...
Forum: Freestyle 07-08-2017
Replies: 100
Views: 16,051
Posted By gary p
Use a finger stopwatch...

Use a finger stopwatch (https://www.swimoutlet.com/p/sportcount-stopwatch-4029/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=google-shopping&gclid=CJS3g_b0-dQCFRe4wAod8BYLOA) to record your times,...
Forum: Freestyle 06-15-2017
Replies: 3
Views: 1,306
Posted By gary p
IMHO, a Garmin is too unreliable for lap...

IMHO, a Garmin is too unreliable for lap swimming. If you want accurate lap splits, you're best to use a SportCount finger stop watch. The red or blue version will...
Forum: Freestyle 05-15-2017
Replies: 8
Views: 2,166
Posted By gary p
At 66, if you regularly go swim a mile in the...

At 66, if you regularly go swim a mile in the pool, you're lapping 99.9% of your peer group. Swim whatever stroke, or strokes, you want.
Forum: Freestyle 04-23-2017
Replies: 106
Views: 17,361
Posted By gary p
Two sets of 75's per week should be no problem. ...

Two sets of 75's per week should be no problem. I thought you meant you were trying to do two sets in a workout.

One time going backwards is nothing to worry about. Sometimes you're just not...
Forum: Freestyle 04-22-2017
Replies: 106
Views: 17,361
Posted By gary p
Your first set of a workout is almost always...

Your first set of a workout is almost always going to be your best. Not surprised you struggled a little with 75's as a second set, especially since it was your first time trying two in one...
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