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  1. I bought a new Forester this summer when my Yukon XL with 250,000 miles became a maintenance project instead of a reliable car. I test drove the Crosstrek, Forester, Outback, Rav, CRV, Escape and ended up with a Forester. I put the same studded Hakkapolitas on it AmandaVT uses. In our first half inch of snow, it slid down the road my house is on - something the Yukon never did. The CVT transmission is also annoying - it doesn't shift smoothly at low speeds, and you can't rock it if you get stuck. I should have got the manual transmission. I did go test drive in the snow. The local Honda dealer would only let me take the one CRV they had put Hakkepolitas on and the Ford dealer wouldn't let me test drive at all. The Subaru dealer let me go without a salesman and look for "virgin snow" (about 5 inches deep) to test it in, with the regular all season tires. I took that as a hint. The guys at the garage talked me into Blizzaks one year. The rubber is harder than the Hakkepolitas so they grip less but last longer. Good luck
  2. I've seen many that do not. SOme closets didn't even have doors. We had trunks.
  3. Here, it starts with everyone who "opened a file" http://www.usma.edu/admissions/SitePages/Class%20Profiles.aspx The admission rate for those who get a nomination varies by area. If you do the math, after every Senator and Representative gets 5 slots to each academy, spread over the four years, there are about two thousand leftover. Each Rep/Sen gets to nominate 10 candidates for each slot. The other 9 nominations compete for these leftover slots. Some areas have high stats and low demand (and they get lots of these) while other areas are lower stats (and they get few of these). When I grew up in MI, almost everyone who got a nomination also got an appointment (high stat area); where I live now, I have heard of several people who got a nomination but didn't get an appointment (really, only one "competitive" high school in the area). A nomination by itself is not a guarantee of an appointment - you still have to meet all the minimum standards (medical, physical and academic).
  4. Congratulations to her!! Will the shoulders get a rest for a bit now? We have a good month off, after the last championship meet (that only a few swimmers qualified for) before the "summer" season starts.
  5. 1. Pick the "best" possible college he might want to go to. 2. Look up their requirements. 3. Look up the tests their applicants take (MIT has an interesting assortment of competition tests they are interested in) 4. Look up their "average" freshman class stats. 5. Plan his high school coursework to meet them. 6. Start prepping for the PSAT NOW (ie. plan his English and math to ensure good grammar, large vocabulary, excellent command of algebra and problem solving) Its not really so much where he takes the courses as what he learns in them.
  6. For Foerster Calculus: I have this: (Solutions to all problems, with some explanations) http://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Concepts-Applications-Solutions-Manual/dp/1559531185/ref=pd_sim_b_4?ie=UTF8&refRID=1HPSJ64NVA65JV11B41X and this (activities to go with the calc book) http://www.amazon.com/Calculus-Explorations-Paul-Foerster/dp/1559533110/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1424653612&sr=1-1&keywords=calculus+explorations
  7. Do you mean shoulder pain? If so, take her to a PT, yesterday. Cutting back will not solve the problem.
  8. If she's: a) Under 12, or b) Swimming less than 5000 yds a day or I wouldn't taper - just be well rested. If she's over that, tapering is a finely tuned art form, but essentially, they gradually transition from long hard sets with little rest to all-out sprints with more rest. Yardage will decrease, but can't go below what she swims in a day at a meet (ie. 1000 warm up, a 400 IM, 500 warm down, 200 Back, 500 warm down, 200 Breast 500 warm down, 100 Free, 500 warm down adds up to 3900 yds, so her taper can't go below that or she will be overtired for the following days of the meet). Some people don't respond well to a taper, others do great. There is some trial and error there. How they taper depends so much on what they were doing for the rest of the season. Doesn't her team have a championship meet sometime around then anyway? Dryland is also dependent on age. Under 12 (or full grown, whichever comes later) is generally body weight only (planks, lunges, etc) I would talk to the para coach or a PT about this, as she likely under-uses and overuses different muscles Most of all, I recommend looking for a team that will work with you on this. Coaching over the Internet leaves a lot to be desired.
  9. If you're not into apps, this will show you his best times (from USA Swimming sanctioned meets): http://www.usaswimming.org/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=1464 and here are the time standards: http://www.usaswimming.org/_Rainbow/Documents/d5488067-09a8-4b0e-8dc6-6dd4d72e251b/2016MotivationalTimes-Top16SingleYear(Revised11-15-2013).pdf
  10. Jacob's Geometry is popular with Foerster, though obviously there are other choices. Preferably the 2nd edition.
  11. I read somewhere, a few years ago, that Foerster recommended doing the alg II from his Algebra and Trig book, then switching to the Pre-calc book for the trig (and everything else in there), then doing calc That would avoid doing the trig three times.
  12. I have to disagree with this. I have no idea what Michael Phelps' problem is, but he's certainly not the norm. Most swimmers do not go from "swim eat study eat study eat swim sleep" to rich, famous and unemployed. One doesn't learn time management by having plenty of free time.
  13. No, they don't need to get a GED. That is one of the ways of showing "high school equivalency". Wouldn't that solve the problem for just about everyone? I'm having a hard time picturing a college that doesn't require at least that much.
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