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Ugh, I forget how bad it sucks to swim the first time when you've been away from it for a while. CS, don't kill me, but I didn't get near the distance in!! I swam for about 35 minutes, which was all I had today. But that has to be better than nothing... I digress...<br><br>
So Question #1:<br>
How to prevent having raccoon eyes the rest of the day from my goggles? Swimming at lunch is my best option most of the time, so help! I have used several different goggles, and while they seal up well, they practically bruise my face. Then I look stupid all day. And it hurts.<br><br>
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I noticed today that my left arm hurts. It hurts when I am bringing the other arm out of the water and breathing. If I lower that arm in the water, it doesn't hurt. So, should I just do that?<br><br>
My form sucks already, so I can't imagine it getting much worse.
 

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Can't help with #2....<br><br>
But, for #1.....personally, I just live with it. They go down in a little while...and it's a warning to those around me that me mood may be slightly altered due to increased endorphin levels and breathing of chlorine.<br><br>
You may want to consider loosening the strap on the goggles a bit, OR, changing the width of the nosepiece if it's adjustable. I wouldn't loosen it too much, though.<br><br>
Be sure you drink plenty when you get out, get some hydration back in your body, that will help a little. And, if it really bothers you a ton, give yourself a little face massage when you're at traffic lights on the way back to work.<br><br>
If none of that works and you're still having trouble......consider a different goggle type.
 

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#1 - have you tried the bigger goggles with the expanded field of view? I have a pair for open water swims and a standard pair for almost everything else, so that may help just a little bit<br><img alt="" src="http://www.sporteyes.com/barwire.jpg" style="border:0px solid;"><br><br>
#2 - I was trying to picture your position in the water, but maybe it's just a case of shoulder soreness from not having swam in awhile? I know I my right shoulder can give me issues if I overwork or stress it too much.
 

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I will look SO COOL in those. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> It's probably the answer, tho...<br><br>
It's like I've got my left arm out straight in front of me, along the surface of the water, and I'm kind of rolled on to the left side (right side up) of my body, while I take my right arm out of the water, and breathe... It seems to put pressure on my upper arm. But if I don't hold my arm out straight and let it drop, it doesn't hurt.<br><br>
I need a swim coach who can whip me in to shape.
 

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Huh?<br>
which way is it pointed,.....ahead of your head? or some other direction?<br><br>
which way are your fingers pointing?<br><br>
The only time I've felt twinges in the position you describe, it's been in my shoulder......sorta like at the top of my bicep.
 

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I have these for OW and have been using them in the pool some too. I keep them pretty tight for a good seal and end up with goggle face with these too. Personally I don't care cause I usually swim at night and then go home. But, it does go down and I agree about the hydration part.<br><br>
Sorry, no help with #2.<br><br>
BTW, Courtney...I'm thinking of doing Twin Peaks up in Longmont on June 1.... are you in?! Hoping we finally meet up this year!<br>
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What is Twin Peaks in Longmont? Is it a sprint?<br><br>
Stitch... So my arm is pointed straight out in front of me, fingers towards the end of the lane. Like my body is in one long line "floating" on top of the water -------- (arm extended, torso, legs). It's definitely not a muscle soreness, like from working hard. I felt that in my arms as well, since it's been so long since I was in the pool! <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> But it was a twinge/pain.
 

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Was it in your shoulder?<br>
or, in the middle of your arm?<br><br>
I'm not the one to recommend anything for twinges/pain....<br>
talk to CS or CC about that.<br><br>
But, if you can get in with a coach who can watch you for some lessons, that may help a bit.<br><br>
I struggle with that in my left shoulder, too.<br>
There are times when I just have to back off the yardage and intensity a bit until it gets undercontrol.
 

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I am hoping CS pops in here. I'll bug him with an email later if not.<br><br>
You'd think that I could get someone to help me with this here. I just have no idea how to find someone reputable.
 

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well to date myself, while swimming in high school we did not use goggles so racoon eyes were the least of the problems. How many times can you answer the question about what and why you are taking drugs since your eyes are all red. Maybe swimming 3000 yards ina town pool could do it.
 

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I wonder if #2 is caused by a shoulder flexibility issue. You might want to work in some good shoulder/chest stretches for a while and see if things improve in the water.
 

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Twinge pain not good.<br><br>
Shoulder pain comes from bad form. I notice that I start getting issues on my swims over a mile. My form deteriorates and insread of rolling to breath on the right side (left side no problem) I end up turning my head which forces me to raise my head which in turn gets me twisted and my legs drop. This poor form being twisted like this puts very large amounts of additional stress on my shoulder causing an impingement. NOT GOOD!<br><br>
I would work on drills to help clean your form up, focus on proper rotation and roll of the shoulder through the stroke.<br><br>
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Yes... a sprint and a pool swim, which is always good for me! I have a friend up there and she wants to do Tri for the Cure in August, so I'm gonna talk her into this one too! I've heard good things about it from another friend who did it a couple of years ago. I think if I'm around I am definitely in.<br><br>
Are you going to do an Oly this year? If so, which one? 'm giving that some consideration as well but not sure I'll have the time to train for it.<br><br>
P.S. I hope your shoulder issue gets resolved quick!
 

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For me it's not so much the chlorinated water (that's more irritating to my sinuses for me) but the fact that I'm super near-sighted. I either have to use those diopter goggles or wear goggles to keep my contacts from washing away.<br><br>
I suppose in the pool I could probably survive a workout semi-blind, but in open water I'd have a helluva' time sighting any turn buoys or landmarks until I was super-close to them.
 

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Hmmm... interesting. Pool swim is good that early in the season. Brrr....<br><br>
I am tentatively planning on Tri for the Cure, too. Either that one or a race the prior week back in KS with my brother. We'll see how his schedule works out.<br><br>
The Oly I am planning on is the Rattlesnake tri, and it's August 16th, I think.
 

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Oh, Carrie, there is also a bike ride up in Loveland (I think) at the McKesson Medical place. They do a 30, 37, 65, & 100 miler. If we are in town, and it fits with my training plan, I might do one of the shorter distances... interested?<br><br>
Also, bumping for CS to see my questions...
 

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Do you mean McKee Medical Center in Loveland? When is that bike race? I grew up in Loveland and my mother lives down the street from McKee. I''ll probably be there this summer. I was there in July and I'll have to make the obligatory trip home this summer.<img alt="roll_eyes.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/roll_eyes.gif"> I just haven't decided when I'll go. A nice bike ride might determine when I'll go. I have to do something otherwise my mother takes me hostage.<img alt="sad2.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif">
 

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#2 I think I get sometimes. I think mine comes from pushing my left arm down when it is at full extension, because I am trying to get my head up to breath. Not exactly the proper form, and that puts a huge amount of stress on some pretty small shoulder stabilizing muscles.
 

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Do an Oly!!! You will have time. I wasn't sure last year, but I did it and LOVED it!! I didn't think I would like it as much as sprints, but I was wrong. I used the Oly plan on BT, but I missed quite a workouts and I was still fine. You just work it in. Your long runs and rides are just a little longer, but you don't need any more workouts.
 

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YES!! May 18th. Sorry, I couldn't remember the name.<br><br>
I'm sensing a Colorado Multisporter meet up. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 
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