Christmas Training Trips

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    • #12163
      The15mMark
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      What are the MIAC teams doing this year for their winter training trips?

      I haven’t heard anything yet on where teams are going. I’d also be interested to know what kind of time scales teams go on their trips for. Do most teams leave after Christmas?

    • #33044
      pullout
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      SJU is going to Ft. Lauderdale from Dec. 1-10th. That place is awesome… so many teams… so much swimming. It is an awesome training atmosphere. CSB gets their own pool in the keys and is going about the same time.

    • #33045
      silentp
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      Carleton is in Ft. Lauderdale and yesterday dualed Kalamazoo College.

    • #33046
      The Treat
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      @pullout wrote:

      SJU is going to Ft. Lauderdale from Dec. 1-10th. That place is awesome… so many teams… so much swimming. It is an awesome training atmosphere. CSB gets their own pool in the keys and is going about the same time.

      would you want “so many teams” be a good thing. i dont know how big ft lauderdale’s facilities are, but wouldnt that mean you’d have crappy practice times and less pool space?

    • #33047
      swim5599
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      Yeah I would think Lauderdale at this time of year would be ridiculous. You are swimming at weird times like 8 pm or something, and you have like 3 lanes. Not my idea of a great training environment.

    • #33048
      pullout
      Member

      i like it

    • #33049
      The Treat
      Member

      @pullout wrote:

      i like it

      for what reason?

      i guess its a hard thing to judge b/c not many people go to different places. is there anyone that has been to ft lauderdale as well as some place smaller?

    • #33050

      I’ve been to Ft. Lauderdale and I hated it. We practiced at night, the pool was extremely cold, and we had two lanes for 20+ people. Naturally there are half a dozen people with bad shoulders only kicking, another 3 or 4 slightly overweight girls doing breaststroke only, and two more hanging out in the corner working on their dolphin calls. It was a mess. We stayed just down the street from the pool (less than a mile), and I was asked if I wanted some crack almost every day by some crazy guy on the street. Normally this would be a fun interaction, but after swimming 10,000 yards in a 62 degree pool and not even getting a [edited by moderator], not so much. Florida can L my B’s.

      I really liked Hawaii and the Bahamas though.

    • #33051
      SeekUp
      Member

      I don’t understand why everyone hates Ft. Lauderdale so much. If it is really that bad why would all those teams keep coming back year after year? We leave in about a week for our third trip in a row to Ft. Lauderdale and I am pretty sure none of us are b****ing about it. In the past we have gotten the entire 25yr pool for mornings (6-8ish am) and when we split up (sprint and distance) for afternoon practice at around 2:30, each group gets at least four 50m lanes. Our hotel is next to the pool and both are on the beach, there are a ton of restaurants close and random entertainment, and what can beat the New Years Eve dance at that out door mall?!? I like having lot of other teams there, and it’s always fun to run into old club or HS friends. Sure Ft. Lauderdale is a crusty tourist enterprise that in a normal situation I would steer clear of but for a group of college kids who want to train hard and have a good time it’s perfect.

    • #33052

      @SeekUp wrote:

      If it is really that bad why would all those teams keep coming back year after year?

      Because it’s an extremely cheap way to do a training trip ❓

      I’m glad you enjoy it, have fun next week.

    • #33053
      iSwim
      Member

      @E-man’s Revenge wrote:

      @SeekUp wrote:

      If it is really that bad why would all those teams keep coming back year after year?

      Because it’s an extremely cheap way to do a training trip ❓

      I’m glad you enjoy it, have fun next week.

      True it’s a cheap way to do it…. But cheap doesn’t have to mean no fun.

    • #33054

      If I coached a team, we’d do a training trip to Vegas. Hit “Skin” and “the Beach.” No lane lines, but tons of mint tail and decent Bloody Mary’s.

      Bahamas is hands down the best place to have a training trip. Crappy, cold, pool, but you can go anywhere in town for like 75 cents on the Jitney. And they have a Casino that Michael J Fox goes to. And you can train in the ocean.

      I suggest staying at the St. Augustine Monetary. Super cheap and totally sweet place where the rats only eat shampoo bottles, not people.

      Junkanoo (New Years celebration) is like the Holidazzle parade meets halftime of the Grambling-Southern football game… pure awesome.

      Oh, and if you want to score crack, no problem.

    • #33055
      iSwim
      Member

      Sounds like a great place for a bunch of collegiate athletes at the peak of their training to be…..

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