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slow
December 6th, 2011, 06:14 PM
I had made a comment about having a Twelve Days of Christmas workout. Some people responded and then swimsuit addict suggested:


12 Days of Christmas Holdiday workout, done as 12 rounds on 1 day
On the first day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
A 50 dolphin kick on my back

On the second day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
2 x half-pool sprints [2 x (12.5 sprint / 12.5 easy)]
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the third day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
3 lengths back [75 BK]
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the fourth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
4 breaststroke pullouts [2 x 25, with 2 pullouts per length—surface for breath in between and exaggerate glides to see if you can make it to end of pool by the end of the 2nd pullout]
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the fifth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
5 streamline jumps! [in deep end of pool]
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the sixth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
6 fly stroke cycles [ie a 25 fly for some of us]
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the seventh day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
7 lengths of freestyle [175 FR]
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the eighth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
8 dolphin dives [or 50y of dolphin diving, at 4 per length]
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the ninth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
9 breaststroke kicks [25y BR kick]
8 dolphin dives
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the tenth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
10 strokes of corkscrew [25y corkscrew]
9 breaststroke kicks
8 dolphin dives
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
11 fathoms sculling [that’s 25y scull, if you can manage 1.5 fathom push-offs]
10 strokes of corkscrew
9 breaststroke kicks
8 dolphin dives
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
12 lengths IM [300 IM]
11 fathoms sculling
10 strokes of corkscrew
9 breaststroke kicks
8 dolphin dives
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

The workout totals 4350 yards, if you stick to the yardage suggested in the brackets. Plus 40 streamline jumps. Happy holidays!


Karl_S made a point about swimming twelve days in a row, so I think it should just be any twelve workouts between now and December 25. That gives us 16-17 days to get through it all.

Personally I think swimsuit addict's plan is pretty good and will give it a shot. It is a fair challenge but not overwhelming.

jswim
December 8th, 2011, 07:57 PM
LOVE IT... not sure what corkscrew is, but love it nonetheless!

-J

jswim
December 8th, 2011, 08:00 PM
Of course now I will have:

"Fiiiiiiiive Streeeeeamliiiine juuuummmmmmps"

to the tune of 'fiiiive golden riiiings'!

stuck in my head for the rest of the day! :bump:

slow
December 9th, 2011, 01:54 AM
I understood corkscrew to be a drill where you continuously rotate between freestyle and backstroke. The goal is to use your body's core (not your arms) to make the rotation but I will probably not be able to make a full length without cheating.

Tomorrow I start with 3 lengths back! :cheer:

jswim
December 9th, 2011, 03:37 PM
Aha, thank you for the corkscrew definition. I'll give it a try. :)

ALM
December 9th, 2011, 06:14 PM
Perfect opportunity to post this link:

Straight No Chaser - The Twelve Days of Christmas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2kYEK-pxs_A)

swimshark
December 9th, 2011, 09:06 PM
Perfect opportunity to post this link:

Straight No Chaser - The Twelve Days of Christmas (http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=2kYEK-pxs_A)

Awesome song and album.

swimshark
December 10th, 2011, 06:54 AM
My age group team is off today due to a big meet so I'm going on my own. I am going to do this workout. Watch the lap swimmers stare at me :)

slow
December 12th, 2011, 06:34 PM
Tomorrow my swim coach is giving me 6 fly stroke cycles.

I must say, the lunch time crowd at the Y was giving me some strange looks today.

slow
December 20th, 2011, 09:46 PM
Tomorrow is Day #11 - this has been a nice change of pace.

slow
December 22nd, 2011, 05:33 PM
Okay, today I finished the whole list. This added a little fun to swimming in December. :carolers::cheerleader::presents2:

couldbebetterfly
December 23rd, 2011, 09:24 PM
Today I managed a "7 days of Christmas" workout and before any of you think it was a cop-out, I swam it in a 50m pool -and with a breaststroke theme (as it happened to be breaststroke day) so it was tough for me!

Anyway it came to a total of 84 lengths (4200m) plus an addtitional 100 to retrieve my kickboard :bed:

Paul Smith
December 24th, 2011, 05:54 PM
LCM

10 minute choice warm-up

1) 1 x 25 fly @ :30

2) 1 x 25 fly @ :30, 1 x 25 back @ :30

3) 1 x 25 fly @ :30, 1 x 25 back @ :30, 1 x 25 breast @ :30

4) 1 x 25 fly @ :30, 1 x 25 back @ :30, 1 x 25 breast @ :30, 1 x 25 free @ :30

5) 4 x 25's IM order 2 :30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30

6) 4 x 25's IM order 2 :30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30, 1 x 100 free @ 1:30

7) 4 x 25's IM order 2 :30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30, 2 x 100 free @ 1:30

8) 4 x 25's IM order 2 :30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30, 3 x 100 free @ 1:30

9) 4 x 25's IM order 2 :30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30, 4 x 100 free @ 1:30

10) 4 x 25's IM order 2 :30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30, 4 x 100 free @ 1:30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30

11) 4 x 25's IM order 2 :30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30, 4 x 100 free @ 1:30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30, 1 x 200 pull @ 3:00

12) 4 x 25's IM order 2 :30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30, 4 x 100 free @ 1:30, 1 x 50 kick @ 1:30, 2 x 200 pull @ 3:00

* No breaks between rounds
** sprinters swam 50's @ 1:00 instead of 100's and pulled 100's @ 2:00 instead of 200's