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jaadams1
January 23rd, 2011, 11:41 PM
I found this on the Utah Masters website homepage (http://www.utahmasters.org/w/index.cfm). Amazing what they did, although a bit excessive and crazy too. That much strain on the body cannot be that good for a person either. Was it really worth it?

Read below:



Amazing Utah Swim - 50,000 yd. SWIM in one day

For several weeks, Will Reeves (a 57 year old diehard distance swimmer), had it in his head to swim 50,000 yards (30.3) miles in one day. On Jan 17, 2011 it happened. Believe it or not, there are witnesses. Mori Paulsen, (a 51 year old extreme fitness kind of guy), ended up having the holiday off from work and decided to join Will. They started at 7:15 a.m. Monday morning and finished at 9:00 p.m. They swam (25) 2,000 yard sets with an average 2-3 minute break between the 2,000s. At about 30,000 yards they both hit the wall. Will was getting sick and Mori started having the shakes and cramps in his right triceps. In pain, they both persisted and decided to shoot for 40,000. When they reached 40,000, the physical pain to call it quits dissipated somewhat and they pushed on to the 50,000.goal. It took a couple of days to recover. Mori is still feeling soreness in his triceps. Congratulations on the swim!!

That Guy
January 24th, 2011, 12:03 AM
13:45 workout time is similar to an Ironman triathlon. So I'm guessing that like most Ironmen, they settled into an aerobic pace (say 130-140 heartrate) and pretty much stayed there. But... in an Ironman you get to change activities twice, and see different things throughout the day. These guys were Energizer bunnies, doing the same exact thing over and over. The indoor pool I competed at today had no windows to the outside world... I wonder if theirs did... :bed:

chaos
January 24th, 2011, 01:15 AM
yes

ViveBene
January 24th, 2011, 05:41 AM
Not in a pool. I'd love to have the strength, skill, conditioning, and right stuff to do a long swim of the sort across a lake or a channel, where I could see things and have a change of scenery.

thewookiee
January 24th, 2011, 07:15 AM
yes

Proves what I have thought about open waters swimmers-y'all are nuts

ViveBene
January 24th, 2011, 07:35 AM
Proves what I have thought about open waters swimmers-y'all are nuts

But in the nicest possible way! :)

Just checked the Go the Distance roster. I am tied for oldest participant in Illinois Masters club, which is huge and has many workout groups.

(Inside every old person there is a young person crying out, "What happened?")

I'm fetched by the "100x100x100" promised in a thread title elsewhere in the forums. :bow:

lefty
January 24th, 2011, 11:30 AM
So it took 825 minutes to do the workout, meaning the spend 33 minutes per 2000 yard set. Factoring in the 2-3 minute break, their base time was 1:30 per 100 yards.

If you do a copule of sets with a kickboard and zoomers, or a pull bouy does the distance still count? I think that makes the idea more palatable.

Considering the goal, would they may have been better served breaking the swim up into 5,000 yard swims and taking 5-7 minute breaks? Either way good job!

pwb
January 24th, 2011, 11:42 AM
I wouldn't swim 50,000 in a week, much less in a day. Come to think of it, there's never been a two week period in my Masters' career where I've swum 50,000 yards.

Quality, not quantity -- that's my cop-out excuse. :bolt:

smontanaro
January 24th, 2011, 11:51 AM
I would think you'd cool off too much with five- to seven-minute breaks.

The website says nothing about how they managed calorie and fluid intake. When I've done the 10k postal swim I've taken calories and liquids every 2000-3000 meters. (I assume that since they were "diehard distance swimmer"s they had appropriate intake plans and had suitably loaded up on carbohydrates if they were into that sort of thing.)

Also, this would seem to be an event" which would be better done LCM (999 turns) than SCM or SCY (1999 turns), even considering the extra distance of swimming LCM over SCY. I know my calves would give out with all those push offs anyway.

orca1946
January 24th, 2011, 12:26 PM
WOW ! Black line fever is what happened.
They were dazed by the line & could n o t stop.
What an entry into their FLOG that is !

knelson
January 24th, 2011, 04:21 PM
It took a couple of days to recover.

Hell, it probably took a couple days for their skin to unprune.

jethro
January 24th, 2011, 05:36 PM
My first reactions was that yes, it would be a pretty cool thing to try.

Then I read this:


At about 30,000 yards they both hit the wall. Will was getting sick and Mori started having the shakes and cramps in his right triceps.

And then this:



It took a couple of days to recover. Mori is still feeling soreness in his triceps.

I think I'll pass on the whole 50K thing. :afraid:

Lump
January 24th, 2011, 06:06 PM
I'd try it, but would need a support group for food & drink, moral support, and cheers.

I've did 100x100 twice last year (once SCY, once LCM) by myself with no problem. I broke it up enought to keep it interesting.

I'm now "thinking" of trying this at some point:

100 x 100
100 x 75
100 x 50
100 x 25
______________

25,000 SCY

Does anyone know if there is a "24-hour" postal? I wonder what the most a person could swim in 24-hours.

jaadams1
January 24th, 2011, 07:27 PM
I'm now "thinking" of trying this at some point:

100 x 100
100 x 75
100 x 50
100 x 25
______________

25,000 SCY

Does anyone know if there is a "24-hour" postal? I wonder what the most a person could swim in 24-hours.

Good luck on trying either one of those things. Serious swimming like that cannot be taken lightly. Jumping right into a max distance type of workout can be really strenuous on the body/heart/lungs/muscles, and more. Medically I do not think it is a good idea to do that kind of damage to one's body. You definitely have to be training to work up towards that kind of distance, either in yardage or time. Ironman triathletes don't just "sign up" for the event because it sounds like something cool to do, they train hard for many months, or even years before attempting these type of distance events. Good luck if you do choose to go onward with one of these events, but be careful with yourself.

Rykno
January 25th, 2011, 06:57 AM
I wonder what the most a person could swim in 24-hours.

I've heard that a swimmer in Linköping (Sweden) Anders Forvass swam 101.9km (63.3 miles) in 24hrs back in '89. so i did a google search and it looks like the 2003 guinness book of world records shows

Anders 63.3 miles as the most in a 25m pool

Grant Robinsoon australia 62.82 miles in a 50m pool

Kelley Drifeld australia 59.44 miles in a 50m pool

souce http://www.soloswims.com/24-hour-pool.htm

lefty
January 25th, 2011, 02:20 PM
Ironman triathletes don't just "sign up" for the event because it sounds like something cool to do,

Hmmm this actually is what happens all the time which is why there is a no refund policy. (I know that is not what you meant!)

havepoolwillswim
January 25th, 2011, 05:02 PM
And I thought the 100x100s I did in high school was a bit nuts. 50k is crazy. I hope they enjoyed themselves.

Chicken of the Sea
January 25th, 2011, 05:35 PM
yes

You already have! Several times :)

nhc
January 25th, 2011, 05:40 PM
When they reached 40,000, the physical pain to call it quits dissipated somewhat and they pushed on to the 50,000.goal.

Well, then, if they had continued after 50,000, maybe all the discomforts will dissipate. They might be able to make 100,000, or until they are 80 years' old. :D

Lump
January 25th, 2011, 05:53 PM
I've heard that a swimmer in Linköping (Sweden) Anders Forvass swam 101.9km (63.3 miles) in 24hrs back in '89. so i did a google search and it looks like the 2003 guinness book of world records shows

Anders 63.3 miles as the most in a 25m pool

Grant Robinsoon australia 62.82 miles in a 50m pool

Kelley Drifeld australia 59.44 miles in a 50m pool

souce http://www.soloswims.com/24-hour-pool.htm

Wow, that close to 4000m per hour! A good clip!

lefty
January 28th, 2011, 01:33 PM
Imagine if the set written on the board was 100 x 1000's on 15:00

jaadams1
January 28th, 2011, 08:26 PM
Imagine if the set written on the board was 100 x 1000's on 15:00

I would pack up my stuff and say "see ya tomorrow". :banana:

darrinlajoie
January 29th, 2011, 08:40 AM
Imagine if the set written on the board was 100 x 1000's on 15:00

25 hour workout. That's getting your moneys worth, but how do I record that on my FLOG?