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elainekhowley
December 16th, 2013, 11:53 AM
I'm working on the 12 Days of Christmas challenge that Charlotte Brynn in Stowe, Vermont has dreamt up: Pick any 12 days in December and start on day 1 with 1,000 yards or meters. The next day do 2,000. On the third day do 3,000 and so on, increasing the distance each day by an additional 1,000 yards or meters until you get to 12,000 on the 12 day of the challenge. I just did day 5, and I'm already dragging. One week to go!

We also have a tradition here of doing 100 x 100 the day after Thanksgiving and on New Year's Eve. Got me wondering about what other special events and challenges other swimmers have during the holiday season. Got a fun workout with reindeer games? Or a special polar plunge event? Or some set workout you do every year like the 100 x 100 that you do with your team just for fun or as a fundraiser? If so, let me know! I'm interested to hear how other swimmers around the country ring in the New year and celebrate this festive season in swimming style.

Karl_S
December 16th, 2013, 12:07 PM
I don't have any "tradition", but last Dec. 24th I did this workout with some friends.
Note the "12" theme. I remember my arms being very tired the following day.
I forget where I got the idea for this workout. Apologies to its originator.

600 wu,

12 lengths choice + 1 deck pullout,
11 lengths choice + 2 deck pullouts,
10 lengths choice + 3 deck pullouts,
9 lengths choice + 4 deck pullouts,
-50 bk for time-
8 lengths choice + 5 deck pullouts,
7 lengths choice + 6 deck pullouts,
6 lengths choice + 7 deck pullouts,
5 lengths choice + 8 deck pullouts,
-200 IM for time-
4 lengths choice + 9 deck pullouts,
3 lengths choice + 10 deck pullouts,
2 lengths choice + 11 deck pullouts,
1 lengths choice + 12 deck pullouts,
-4x25/:45 IMO best add-up-


400IM.
100 ez.

Rob Copeland
December 16th, 2013, 12:31 PM
If you are looking for yardage around the 100 X 100 you can get in 9,100 by doing 25’s for the whole 12 days song.
1-25 bilateral
2-25’s every 5; 1-25 bilateral
3 25’s every 7; 2-25’s every 5; 1-25 bilateral
4 25’s every 9…
5 25’s build…
6 25’s fast…
7 25’s choice…
8 25’s IM order…
9 25’s drill…
10 25’s pull…
11 25’s kick…
12 25’s fly…

robertsrobson
December 18th, 2013, 09:47 AM
We did something similar last night -

Whole session 3125m (it was meant to be 3000m but I changed a couple of bits around)

12 lengths of front crawl
11 singles fly kick
10 50s free pull
9 singles fly swim
8 50s backstroke
7 singles breast drill
6 half length form sprints (drift to 25)
5 hundreds IM 2500
4 doggy paddle
3 50s build
2 singles fly
and 200 metre swim down

Quite a tough challenge - our top lane did it in ~65 minutes, metres.

We let the lanes manage their own rest and didn't give too much instruction otherwise (to fit the song!)

sunruh
December 18th, 2013, 10:03 AM
my holiday tradition is to not do any stupid holiday tradition sets. (and some that werent even on a holiday)

did enough as a kid..i'm good for the rest of my life.

i still have one burnt into my memory that i may never forget:
10x100 warmup on 1:30
on 1:20 base
1000 , 2000 , 3000 , 2000 , 1000
300wd
a nice little lcm workout.

Bill Sive
December 18th, 2013, 07:46 PM
Long Beach Swim Masters. You never hear of this group, they are big on Open Water, but they have heavy duty workouts in the pool.

12/20/13 - First Masters Workout in the new Belmont Out Door (above ground) Pool. The Belmont Pool is the official pool for this group.

12/21/13 - 47th Annual Scout the Route. 5:45 am - swim around Treasure Island. If you have done the Naples Island Swim (3 mile), then you would know that the 1 mile is the one around Treasure Island. The one that goes through the canals.

12/23/13 - The Night Before, the Night Before Open Water Swim. 6:00 pm begins at approximately at the Start of the Naples Island Swim, goes to the 2nd Street Bridge, and back.

12/24/13 - Belmont (above ground) Pool - 100 x 100. Begin swimming at 6:30 am

Long Beach Swim Masters have some very accomplished swimmers in their group. They have a new website. Check it out at: swimlongbeach.com

sunruh
December 19th, 2013, 08:39 AM
12/24/13 - Belmont (above ground) Pool - 100 x 100. Begin swimming at 6:30 am


icing and ibuprofin on the finish.
12/25/13 off - too sore
12/26/13 off - ditto
12/27/13 off - see sports rehab
28th - 30th off and rehab
31st see orthpedist for that end of year insurance claim and why those shoulder hurt so much
5.68 miles is not something you just jump in a do

bill, i wish the safest and best swims for all.
really enjoy all of the info you print about the pools

flystorms
December 19th, 2013, 09:32 AM
robertsrobson and this thread of folks, you saved my bacon this morning, thanks! Our coach was sick this morning and asked a couple of us to fill in. I'd written down the 12 day countdown, tweaked it slightly, and stuffed it in my bag. It was funny how people said it looked easy on paper, but in actuality it was a tough! Thanks for the great ideas, all! Tomorrow if he's sick again, we have a backup plan of doing some warmup for 20-ish mins, then play around with fun relays. It'll be a good way to end the month on the last day before the pool closes.

knelson
December 19th, 2013, 12:05 PM
Long Beach Swim Masters...they have duty workouts in the pool.

Better than doodie workouts in the pool. :bolt:

thewookiee
December 19th, 2013, 12:30 PM
Xmas Sets:

Warm-up
100 up to 1000 back down to 100
Warm-Down


A 10,000 for time. This is one of the most boring swims possible. I couldn't keep enough songs in my head.

My senior year of high school, 1994, we did 94x200's(not counting warm-up and down)

sunruh
December 19th, 2013, 12:53 PM
i think it was '81 when we did the marathon swim-a-thon (tm)

1hr swim
1hr rest
repeat 6 times for 12hrs total.
i averaged 5k each hr for a total of 30,000 that day.

kmoehumphreys
December 19th, 2013, 09:47 PM
We have a December kind of pagan ritual. We add one 25 butterfly to the end of each practice for each day, from December 1st until the Winter Solstice on the 21st. It starts off feeling pretty easy but if you swim 5-6 days a week by the time you get to 18x25s fly followed the next day by 19x25s etc. it takes its toll. But at the end we can celebrate accomplishing some tough swimming and look forward to longer days again. And IMHO for old folks it is way more sensible than 100x100s.

ElaineK
December 21st, 2013, 02:07 PM
Last year, I challenged other Forumites to a 1,000 yard butterfly swim before the end of the year. That Guy and Yosemite took up the challenge, and the three of us accomplished the challenge. (I can't remember who else joined in.)

Can you guys believe it has been a year since we did that? Time :bolt:!

Today, in honor of those who count down to Christmas Day, I started with an 800 IM and worked down the IM's (400, 200, 100). It wasn't that grand of an accomplishment; however, I did attempt these at race pace, such as it was. :blush:

Aymese
December 21st, 2013, 05:36 PM
On Christmas Eve, we used to a different version of the "12 Days of Christmas" and it went like this:
12x25 warm up
11x50
10 x 75
9 x 100
8 x 125
7 x 150
6 x 175
5 x 200
4 x 225
3 x 250
2 x 275
1 x 300 warm down

If my math is correct, I think that is 9,300 yd. I don't remember what the specific parts of the set were but you can get painfully creative...

rxleakem
December 21st, 2013, 07:35 PM
swimsuit addict has gotten many of us craving a Turducken (http://forums.usms.org/entry.php?6913-The-Turducken-Workout) this time of year
:turkey:

pmccoy
December 21st, 2013, 11:00 PM
Last year, I challenged other Forumites to a 1,000 yard butterfly swim before the end of the year. That Guy and Yosemite took up the challenge, and the three of us accomplished the challenge. (I can't remember who else joined in.)

Can you guys believe it has been a year since we did that? Time :bolt:!

Today, in honor of those who count down to Christmas Day, I started with an 800 IM and worked down the IM's (400, 200, 100). It wasn't that grand of an accomplishment; however, I did attempt these at race pace, such as it was. :blush:
I think I was the other one. That was painful! Friday, we did a "make it up as you go" set. Roger picked a set first: 1000 yards of IMs. Everyone got to choose how they wanted to do it (e.g. 10 x 100 IM, 5 x 200 IM, 3 x 300 IM + 100 IM, etc.). I went ahead and just did 1 x 1000 IM. The goal time was 14:00. Nobody made it but I was close at 14:10. I probably would have made it if I had split up the fly but it was a fun set anyway.

ElaineK
December 22nd, 2013, 09:13 AM
I think I was the other one. That was painful! Friday, we did a "make it up as you go" set. Roger picked a set first: 1000 yards of IMs. Everyone got to choose how they wanted to do it (e.g. 10 x 100 IM, 5 x 200 IM, 3 x 300 IM + 100 IM, etc.). I went ahead and just did 1 x 1000 IM. The goal time was 14:00. Nobody made it but I was close at 14:10. I probably would have made it if I had split up the fly but it was a fun set anyway.

How could I forget about you? Merry Christmas! Way to go on your IM! :applaud:

Will you and the Dave's be going to Auburn in February? If so, I'll see you there! :cheerleader:

rxleakem
December 22nd, 2013, 09:25 AM
Post #583:
http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?16588-The-Butterfly-Lane&p=279977&viewfull=1#post583

ElaineK
December 22nd, 2013, 10:25 AM
Post #583:
http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?16588-The-Butterfly-Lane&p=279977&viewfull=1#post583

Thanks, rx! My memory is :cane:.


These are the swimmers who took up last year's challenge:

That Guy- post #506- 13:56 :bow:
pmmcoy- post #528- 15:23
rxleam- post #539- 16:59* (including :57 break in between 500's)
Swimosaur- post #526- 17:52* (1000 split of a 1650! :applaud:)
jgale- post #550- 18:29
Yosemite- post #523- no time reported
Me- post #522- 23:07 :blush:

Swimosaur
December 22nd, 2013, 12:36 PM
These are the swimmers who took up last year's challenge:

So what's this years challenge? (NOT 2000 fly!)

ElaineK
December 22nd, 2013, 02:56 PM
So what's this years challenge? (NOT 2000 fly!)

I'm playing it smart this year. ;) Doctors orders were to lay off doing any extreme swims. As much as I would LOVE to beat my 2,000 fly record and throw that out as a challenge, I'm going to have to give it a miss. :cry: My 800-400-200-100 IM swim is as extreme as I am going to get.

Same goes for annual miles. I had originally set 475 as my goal this year after hitting 454 last year; however, I scaled it back to a goal of 425 for this year. I'm at 421 and will probably hit 430 or so for the year, so I'm keeping a max of 425 for future annual goals.

Unfortunately, my days of extreme swims are over if I want to keep off the surgery table and stay in the pool; BUT, I'm just happy to be able to swim at all! :bliss:

Debugger
December 23rd, 2013, 11:20 AM
Actually I never understood this tradition of extreme workouts after or before some celebration. IMO it actually causes extra unhealthy load on viscera. I prefer to do same yardage as usual but something easier aerobic and something I like to swim. Holiday should be holiday - in the water as well. You should enjoy holiday in the pool not torture yourself. If there's possibility to play some game like water polo instead of usual workout or just to have fun I think that can help recharge your swimming batteries.
Btw today I hit 500 miles for this year and I'm glad about that. In general I don't set annual mileage goals otherwise I feel bad and guilty if I can't achieve them even if I couldn't achieve them due to reasonable reasons. I prefer to set goals for certain annual meets to improve my PBs. That takes to make good planning of the macro-cycle which should include different methods like drills, speed sets, intervals and mileage as well. This year I could swim 50 LCM br in 34.07 (my PB last year was 35.08) and 100 SCM br 1:15.71 (last year PB was 1:19.38) so this approach works great for me and I don't feel guilty for overcelebrating and don't need to punish myself for it by some extreme workouts. :banana:

Swimosaur
December 23rd, 2013, 08:08 PM
My 800-400-200-100 IM swim is as extreme as I am going to get.

Ok, Elaine, this one's for you. Did this today ...


Fibonacci IM set

The Fibonacci sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 ...

100 IM on 1:40 (100 sec)
100 IM on 1:40 (100 sec)
200 IM on 3:20 (200 sec)
300 IM on 5:00 (300 sec)
500 IM on 8:20 (500 sec)
800 IM on 13:20 (800 sec) <-- there's your 800 IM!
1300 IM on 21:40 (1300 sec)

3300 Total (by chance, 2*1650)

Made all the intervals, too! Though not by much!

What does this have to do with Christmas? Fibonacci is Italian for Father Christmas, dontcha know?


I'm just happy to be able to swim at all!:bliss:

Merry Christmas! :carolers:

ElaineK
December 23rd, 2013, 09:05 PM
Ok, Elaine, this one's for you. Did this today ...

Fibonacci IM set


Merry Christmas! :carolers:

Bruce's degree from SDSU is in mathematics, so this is a set he can relate to for sure, even if he is a non-swimmer. Way to go, Swimosaur-us Maximus! We both wish you a very merry Christmas as well! :santa3:

flystorms
December 24th, 2013, 10:27 AM
Oh Swimosaur, you've delighted my inner geek! Thank you!!

orca1946
December 24th, 2013, 12:36 PM
Elaine - I did a thousand fly, but was not in your challenge. Butternuts forever!!!

ElaineK
December 24th, 2013, 12:57 PM
Elaine - I did a thousand fly, but was not in your challenge. Butternuts forever!!!

:bliss:

jgale
December 28th, 2013, 12:38 PM
ElaineK, It is funny that you brought up the 1000 fly challenge. I was thinking that I needed to try to sneak at least 1000 fly in on New Years eve.

Our coach gave us a 12 days of Christmas sprint workout.

After a 1000 warm up, we did the following sprint set:

12 x 25 fly on 40
11 x 25 back on 40
10 x 25 breast on 40
9 x 25 free on 40
8 x 25 IM (two of each stroke) on 25
At the half way point, we switched to fins
7 x 25 kick on 30
6 x 25 fly on 30
5 x 25 back on 30
4 x 25 breast on 30
3 x 25 free on 30
2 x 25 kick on 30
1 x 25 choice on 30

c/d 300

I am not a sprinter by nature but it was fun.

ElaineK
December 28th, 2013, 02:24 PM
ElaineK, It is funny that you brought up the 1000 fly challenge. I was thinking that I needed to try to sneak at least 1000 fly in on New Years eve.


Go for it! :cheerleader: Then, join me as a Butternut! http://www.grinswim.org/~nasti/butternuts.html

8201

Boomerang
December 30th, 2013, 04:36 PM
Actually I never understood this tradition of extreme workouts after or before some celebration. IMO it actually causes extra unhealthy load on viscera. I prefer to do same yardage as usual but something easier aerobic and something I like to swim. Holiday should be holiday - in the water as well. You should enjoy holiday in the pool not torture yourself. If there's possibility to play some game like water polo instead of usual workout or just to have fun I think that can help recharge your swimming batteries.
Btw today I hit 500 miles for this year and I'm glad about that. In general I don't set annual mileage goals otherwise I feel bad and guilty if I can't achieve them even if I couldn't achieve them due to reasonable reasons. I prefer to set goals for certain annual meets to improve my PBs. That takes to make good planning of the macro-cycle which should include different methods like drills, speed sets, intervals and mileage as well. This year I could swim 50 LCM br in 34.07 (my PB last year was 35.08) and 100 SCM br 1:15.71 (last year PB was 1:19.38) so this approach works great for me and I don't feel guilty for overcelebrating and don't need to punish myself for it by some extreme workouts. :banana:

Totally agree! Great job on your PB's!