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  1. Shoots & Ladders 09/02/15

    by , September 2nd, 2015 at 01:09 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    So startled to realize it is September!
    Decided to up my ante to 5000 per day until I get my parents settled, on every day that I am allowed to swim. My birthday swim on the 16th was 5600, so I'm going with that "theme" I suppose.
    600 w/up
    Up & Down the ladder by 25's - (25/50/75/100/100/75/50/25 repeat) Pull on mod interval (Shoot, thought I could go faster than I'm going today!)
    8 x 50 kick
    6 x 150, alt IM twitch & free on 2:30 & 2:15
    2 x 100 pull no bouy (while I think up the 2nd half of workout, lol)
    Shoot - everyone else got out of the pool, including the kids, and now being inundated by the sidestrokers & noodlers - which pushed me into a ladder lane, making it ever so easy to flip ON the dumb ladder. (Shoot! that hurt!)
    600 steady state
    3 x 200 pull
    6 x 100 IM
    100 easy
    Total: 5000
    Water was COLD today.
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  2. Enduring (08/31/2015)

    by , August 31st, 2015 at 05:31 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    to the end isn't all that exciting. Wonder what the elderly did to entertain themselves before TV? Geez, I'm tired of sitting on my keister all day. Got in a measly 4200 this morning, had to hurry home before the caregiver left at 8am, and had to get V-8 and more Depends for my dad too. I was planning on swimming 5000/day For the rest of my time here in Houston, especially since I have no idea whether I'll be able to swim in Springfield (VA) or not - depends on my brother-in-law & his willingness to help, since my sister will still be in Houston getting my parents stuff loaded on the moving van and the house turned over to the realtor for sale.

    Originally planned on 10 x 500, alternating 500 straight with 5 x 100, ended up with something entirely different:

    500 - 75 free/25 back
    500 kick w/zoomers
    500 pull no paddles
    5 x 200 IM with no fins!
    5 x 200 pull, alternating breathing by 7 & 5 each 50
    4 x 150 swim/kick/swim by 50
    100 easy
    Total: 4200 SCY

    Now I think I'll troll the workouts on here for good ideas for the rest of the week.
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  3. In Houston

    by , August 28th, 2015 at 04:27 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Helping my declining parents. Stuck here 3 weeks until we get them relocated closer to my sister in VA. Swimming at the Williams pool in Webster, TX, which is nice enough, water is warmer than I prefer, but comfortable enough. Not able to really get my speed on, due to the circumstances - it's all very sad, dad has Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, mom has depression and severe anxiety, and has gone from being a strong woman to being a sniffling, helpless, demanding and totally dependent person practically over night. She is capable of caring for herself but won't. My sister and I are at our wits end. Daddy isn't that hard to take care of, and his health is the worst! But now they require 24 hour care because mom can't handle being alone with Daddy at all. Anyway I've been taking care of my brain by taking care of my body. Only got in ~3000 on Monday, but Tuesday was about 4300, Wednesday was 4500, and today was 5000. I wish I could break away in the middle of the day to escape them, but oh well.

    Today I did basically 6 x 800:
    800: 200 free then 100 IM repeat
    800: 4 x 200, 50 kick, 50 swim
    800: 100 moderate, 2 x 300 pull, 100 moderate
    900: 6 x 150, free/breast/free by 50's
    1200: 3 x 100, 50 easy repeat
    600: 12x 50 @ :45
    100 easy

    5000 SCY
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  4. 6 Days in a Row - 8/17/2015

    by , August 18th, 2015 at 09:32 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    No wonder I'm a little tired. I was thinking that I swam about 19,000 in 4 days (4600 on Friday, 5000 on Saturday, 5600 on Sunday, and 4100 Monday) but then when I went to log it in, I noticed I also had swum on Thursday (3000) and for a short while on Wednesday (got rained out at 1250).
    I was my birthday this weekend, and I did my usual 100 for every year. I think I'm going to have to get younger or start doing 50's or 75s per year soon. 5600 solo was ruff - but the water was cool, and the sky was beautiful. Same on Saturday, but not AS cool, and I wasn't swimming solo, so it went by much faster.
    Anyway, for the birthday swim I just did
    600 warm-up
    500, then 5 x 100 -- each various ways, including 5 x 100 IM's, and 10 x 50 fly/free - until I reached 5600 - or maybe 6100, I kinda lost track of my 500's after a while.
    Worked a very long day yesterday with my day job & moonlighting in the ER, so didn't get home until 11:30pm. Felt wonderful to sleep in this morning.
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  5. Another Good Day - 08/09/2015

    by , August 10th, 2015 at 10:20 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    The water has been delightfully cool lately, despite the August heat - and I'm sure it has to do with the daily afternoon thundershowers - which have been considerable. A couple of counties over, they are at a "state of emergency" due to flooding, poor guys.
    Just me and Stephanie today - everything was a 500 - we always do 600's, so woo hoo, a change, lol

    500 warm-up; 75 free/25 back
    5 x 100 @ 1:40
    500 pull no paddles
    5 x 100 kick @ 2:15
    500 pull w/paddles
    5 x 100 @ 1:40 (holding 1:30 & below on all ten of these)
    500 free
    500 breast/free
    500 back/free
    Total: 4500 LCM
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  6. Good Day! 08/05/2015

    by , August 5th, 2015 at 11:49 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Not sure why I am feeling so good in the water, but I'll just take it. Swimming was effortless today. Of course, I didn't push the envelope and decide to do something crazy like 6 x 400 IM's either, but what I did do, felt great.
    Still lucky to have LCM, and fairly cool water at 0h dark thirty

    600 back/free
    400 kick
    12 x 50; 2 hard, one easy
    5 x 200 pull
    4 x 100
    4 x 300, pull no paddles, pull, swim, breast/free
    100 easy
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  7. Consistantly (08/04/2015)

    by , August 4th, 2015 at 09:33 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Inconsistent. That would describe my blogging here, lately. AND my attendance at the gym. This morning I just couldn't muster up enough desire to go to the gym OR the pool - which is odd, because I think I swam 6 out of 7 days LAST week. I went to Morcom on Saturday "by myself" and found that they have a sort of masters group that trains there with an actual coach - not that I can possibly envision myself going to Morcom more than once a week because of its location and the hours they offer, but I might, on a Saturday, join them, so I have someone to swim with, for a change. It was the last day of LCM for them, cuz FSU will start back in a couple of weeks I guess. That means Trousdale will switch over too, on the 17th. NOT looking forward to going back to SCY - not that I don't like SC, but I hate having to switch back to LC at Christmas time!! The first two weeks back LC are pure exhaustion.
    Swam 4800 LCM Saturday
    Swam 4300 LCM Yesterday
    Slept in today.
    Haven't been to weights/gym for 3 weeks.
    Sigh.
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  8. Back to Being the Cat! 07/17/2015

    by , July 17th, 2015 at 01:52 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    So this one of those weeks where I can see that Biorhythms really meant something - at least in my swimming performance. My physical was absolutely bottomed out on Monday & I felt like dog meat in the pool. Tuesday morning I was hammered from having been up late working the ER (AWESOME night!!) so I slept in - which of course, I later regretted. Wednesday I finally got back into the weight room after a week off - that felt nice, until Thursday morning, lol! Ouch, my shoulders were so tight!!! But I pushed through it, and we did a 4500 that morning, which was awesome, cuz I could stay as long as I wanted, having a dental cleaning at 8:50, which meant going in to work later.
    Today I was definitely back to being myself.

    1000 warm-up 75 free/25 stroke
    8 x 50 kick w/zoomers - plenty of rest on the 1:15, but Marci doesn't wear, zoomers, so.....
    4 x 300 pull, alt w/& w/out paddles (here is where I suddenly became the CAT! - you take away Marci's kick and paddles, and hoo boy! I suddenly have a chance! But the fourth 300 we were wearing paddles, and I got to win that one anyway. She's tired.)
    200 free
    2 x 150 IM twitch
    3 x 100 @ 1:35, holding ~1:28's going just a moderate speed, not really pushing, cuz I was tired after the dumb 300's
    4 x 50 kick @ 1:10
    8 x 50 hard/easy on 1:00
    100 cool down
    TOTAL: 4100 LCM

    Updated July 19th, 2015 at 02:36 PM by Celestial

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  9. Today I am the Mouse :( 07/09/15

    by , July 9th, 2015 at 11:09 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    aaand I got caught, chewed up and spit out!
    Well, I am hammered, and it showed in the pool this morning. My arms actually felt numb on the 2 25's butterfly we swam. I think I need to eat more than an apple at lunch today, or tomorrow will be more of the same.
    Marci kicked my behind today!

    800 warm-up
    400 kick
    400 pull no paddles
    4 x 200 pull @ 3:15 - got only ~ 15 sec rest
    200, 2 x 100 twice rotating a lap of backstroke on each distance
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:50
    8 x 50 @ :55
    500 cool down
    Total: 4500 LCM

    Updated July 17th, 2015 at 01:36 PM by Celestial

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  10. Bring It On! July 7, 2015

    by , July 7th, 2015 at 07:15 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Congratulations! You are on pace for achieving your goal this year:
    My goal pace: 257.53 miles required as of today to reach my goal by the end of the event
    My actual current pace: 264.22 miles as of today

    So, apparently all my hard work is paying off. Finally. My "rival" (read training companion cheerleader) who I used to beat quite regularly, but for some reason passed me last year (and in a very significant way) has now been put back in 2nd place. MOST of the time. To give her credit, she trains waaaay more hours, running and biking as well, so she's probably quite a bit more tired than I am. However, I have 15 years on her, and lead a hectic, exhausting life of my own. Marci is training for an "Ultraman" in February, which requires a 6 mile swim, followed by an ungodly amount of biking and a triple marathon. It is done on three consecutive days. I am training so I can continue to eat 2-3 times a day, lol. Anyway, it's nice to be back on top, although she probably won't let me rest on my laurels! I am so tired today from the past two days of workouts, that it literally took me about 45 minutes into my drive to work before I felt like I was "ok". Some days it amazes me how flippin' hungry I am, too. But for the most part, I'm just tired, and a little achy. I'm glad tomorrow is weights, so I can get a break! Of course, she'll be there too, lol! but doing her own thing on the bike.

    Yesterday, the water temp was 75 when we got in at 5:30am
    600 Back/Free
    300 Kick
    5 x 200 pull @ 3:15 (nice to get nearly 30 sec rest!!)
    10 x 50, fast/easy @ 1:00
    4 x 150, free/stroke/free @ 2:30ish
    2 x 500, one pull w/out paddles, one stroke/free (mostly breast)
    Total: 4000 LCM

    Today's workout, just the two of us.
    1000 warmup
    5 x 100 kick @ 2:30 - lottttts of rest there
    5 x 100 pull no paddles @ 1:45, keeping ~ 1:30's
    100 over and under
    6 x 50, 2 @ :45, 1 @ 1:00, repeat
    3 x 100 IM @ 1:45
    2 x 150 free/back/free @ 2:30
    200 pull build
    100 over and under
    300 pull no paddles
    300 stroke/free
    6 x 50 fast/easy @ 1:00
    200 easy
    Total: 4200 LCM

    Updated July 9th, 2015 at 02:59 PM by Celestial

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  11. Sometimes you're the Cat & sometimes you're the Mouse 6-22

    by , June 22nd, 2015 at 01:57 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    This week I am the Cat!
    So happy to see that I am finally on target as far as my FLOG goes. Took me long enough to catch up. Happily, I have a new fellow aficionado of distance who is willing to do that last little bit of workout with me, that I have traditionally been doing on my own. She is goofy - training for the Ultraman! And needs to pick up her distance in the pool - she has been going only about 2500 per workout, but now is intent on getting her distance up to 4000 per workout.
    I've been feeling a lot stronger lately - it might be the weights, not sure, but I am not only the oldest, but the fastest lately. I'm sure Marci is tired, and maybe Grady too, but I am a LOT faster lately - and the longer we go, the farther ahead I am. It is different, that's for sure. I will ride this train and enjoy it for as long as I can.

    Today:
    I was super lucky & must have been looking extremely sexy, as I got blessed with lots of men in my lane of varying abilities. Two of them did try to hang in there with me on the 12 x 50's, but with the rest I felt like I was swimming an obstacle course. Wonder why they can't get in the next lane over with someone who is just leisurely going back & forth?
    ANYway:
    600 back/free
    300 kick
    2 x 300 pull, steady state
    12 x 50; 2 @ :45, 1 @ 1:00
    (number 11 was a killer)
    4 x 150 free/stroke/free @ 2:45 (easy/recovery)
    6 x 200 alt pull w/out paddles & back/breast
    Total: 4000 LCM

    NEXT week, we are going to pick it up to 4500/workout - maybe even tomorrow, with a little bit less chatting between sets. THIS week, I am going to Girls Camp - I leave right after swimming tomorrow morning, and won't be back until Friday. I get to be the lifeguard & "assistant" nurse, lol. Plus I'm teaching a couple of classes. I'm excited to go, all my best friends from Church are counselors too.

    Updated June 22nd, 2015 at 02:23 PM by Celestial

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  12. Friday, June 19, 2015

    by , June 19th, 2015 at 10:24 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    This week hasn't gone quite the way I thought it would. Had a pretty decent workout on Monday, Weight Tuesday, and then, blah. Worked ER Monday night, and then didn't sleep well - kept waking up all night & was exhausted all Tuesday as a result - went to bed at 7:30 that night - tried to swim on Wednesday morning & was so sluggish - then I slammed my hand into the lane line & I was like - FINE! PLUS, on the oh so jolly side - realized I had left my swim bag at home, so had no underwear etc., not even a towel & had to go home before work. It was not my morning. Thursday I was definitely recovered and back in form, thank goodness, and I swam pretty well today as well - but I'm kinda tired after swimming hard two days in a row.

    Thursday, just me & Marci - all I really remember was that it was 4000 LCM going pretty darn hard the entire time. She makes me WORK.

    Today, Marci & I, Grady & Stephanie, and a sometimes swimmer, Jamie - and a bozo that didn't belong in our lane, kept going down the middle - would push off right as we were about to go on an interval, yada yada yada. We were in 2 lanes, and he was in the other one - felt sorry for Marci and Jamie (but not sorry enough to change lanes, lol!!) Anyway, we had to adjust what we did since we had Bozo to avoid.

    600 back/free
    400 kick
    1000 pull: do 150 build, 10 sec rest then 50 sprint, 10 sec rest then 50 sprint 15 sec rest & repeat
    10 x 50 "Indiana IM" on 1:00
    10 x 50 hard/easy by 50 on 1:00
    600 pull no paddles
    400 odds and ends cool down
    Total 4000 LCM

    Water is really warming up with these 100 degree days - despite the aerator. I've found a new way of pulling I think - actually I think I'm finally mastering the EVF, and when I decide to employ it, it is amazing how easily I can catch and pass people that I usually don't. Enjoying this newfound speed.
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  13. June 12. 2014

    by , June 12th, 2015 at 07:16 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Finally got in a couple of workouts. Sorta sore from doing weights 2 days in a row, especially my quads.
    yesterday I swam with Grady & Stephanie, and we mixed it up a little - water was 78
    800 warm up
    10 x 50 pull @ :50
    4 x 100 stroke/free @ 1:00
    8 x 150 build @ 2:20
    200 choice
    500 locomotive speedplay
    300 breast
    200 easy cool down
    ~4000 LCM

    Today I swam with Bill - usually boring because he does the same thing all the time, but I hadn't swum with him in a while, so it felt different. Water was a nippy 77 degrees.
    600 warm up
    5 x 100 kick
    500 pull no paddles
    12 x 100, 4 @ 1:40, 4 @ 1:35, 4 @ 1:30
    10x 50 fast/easy by 50 @ :50
    300 breast/free
    400 pull
    and 500 whatever to make 4500 LCM

    Still not up to 5000/workout yet, and starting to not care! I'm working hard, and finishing workout starving, so I think Quality is better than Quantity. At least for me, and for right now.
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  14. June 10th, 2015

    by , June 10th, 2015 at 09:20 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Stupid rain, thunder and lightning keeping me out of the pool for two days in a row. Monday the chlorine was too high. Aargh! Thank goodness I had a fairly good bonus swim on Saturday with Marci, and I was able to go to Kinetix yesterday and today.
    Better not rain tomorrow!
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  15. June 1, 2015 - Awesome Workout Today

    by , June 1st, 2015 at 02:02 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Today was great. I was totally wiped at about 2800 from working so hard (awesomesauce!)
    Stupid warm-up - won't do this one again:
    200 free followed by 50 kick (four times through = 1000m)
    3 times thru, the following (Pull)
    200 @ 3:00
    100 @ 1:45
    8 x 50 sprint/cruise by 25's - I did fly & back on the sprint parts
    4 x 150 free/back/free @ 2:30
    200 easy
    2 x 400 pullbuoy no paddles, really working on high elbow underwater
    400 breast/free by 50's cool down.
    Total: 4300 LCM
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  16. May 16, 2016

    by , May 17th, 2015 at 06:49 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Felt like poo today. Had the Big D x 3 this am, no surprise as my stomach was upset so much last night that I didn't take my usual pills, including my Celebrex. Didn't notice too much during dry lands, as I was taking it rather easy, it having been 3 weeks since my last visit to the gym (2 weeks taper for YMCA Nats followed by a week of pure laziness) however once I got to the pool, OMGoodness, I felt so sluggish! Did a slow 1100 and then bailed. Middle daughter and her sweet babies are visiting this weekend, so they met me at the pool to play in the "pool playground" as they call it. They are so cute!
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  17. May 11, 2015

    by , May 11th, 2015 at 08:11 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    YMCA Nats this weekend -
    did best times on 200 free, 100 IM, 100 breast and better than recently on my 50 free and 100 free.
    So I'm swimming my 500 free, doing fine, when suddenly at the 100, I can feel myself shift from race to workout mode. And I didn't care! WTH! So weird. What's even more frustrating, is I know I could've done well, but for some reason, I subconsciously chose not to! I feel like I've made vast improvements in my attitude towards racing (I've gotten past the fear of going all out, and thus now actually no longer dread racing) but I've obviously got a long way to go. Personally I think I need to have a meet every month, but there isn't that availability in my neck of the woods, and when there is a meet, I frequently have a conflict, family or otherwise. Not to mention the fact that I can't afford to travel so much - when am I going to do my grocery shopping and laundry?
    Anyway, I know what I need to do to train for the time I want to do, the only obstacle is the fact that it is a lot harder to go that speed than I wish it was.
    Goal times:
    500 free 5:50
    200 free 2:15
    100 free 1:04.9
    100 IM 1:15
    So I'm planning on trying to make 10 x 100 (LCM) @ 1:30 holding a 1:20 or faster on each one. I can't decide if it would be better to start with 100's on a slower interval so I can do a 1:20 over and over, or if it is better to go on the 1:30 from the get go, and just work at getting more and more of them at the pace I want. Currently I go about 1:24, 1:26, 1:27 etc just making it, for a total of 6.

    Updated May 12th, 2015 at 06:13 AM by Celestial

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  18. May 1, 2015

    by , May 1st, 2015 at 11:33 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    I used to be so faithful, writing in here. I guess my life has gotten busier! Getting myself back up to doing 5000/day - today we did 4700 LCM. Still recovering from bronchitis/pneumonia - finished the Levaquin on Wed., but still coughing up a lung for about an hour this morning.
    400 back/free
    300 pull
    200 kick
    100 easy
    10 x 100 alt free and stroke/free by 100's on fairly easy intervals of 1:40 & 2:00
    10 x 50 pull @ :50
    4 x 150 free/back/free @ 2:45
    100 easy
    200 pull no paddles
    6 x 50 hard/easy @ :55
    200 pull no paddles
    600 pull w/Nike paddles
    100 easy

    *YMCA Masters Nationals are next week in Sarasota - I am excited to go, even if I don't swim well, I am in need of a vacation from my hectic life - PLUS, I get to pick up my youngest son from college that weekend, and then I get trained in Botox and Juvaderm on the 12th! Gonna soak up the sun, slather on "self tanner" and get caught up on my sleep!!
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  19. Wed, April 8th, 2015

    by , April 8th, 2015 at 09:47 AM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    My body is so tired this morning! I guess it is because I have become a bit more diligent in getting to the gym, after skipping several days & so now I have some residual soreness. Luckily for me, Grady & Stephanie came this morning, as I usually swim solo on Wednesday.

    600 back/free
    400 kick
    4 x 150 free/back/free @ 2:30
    8 x 100 pull alt 1:30 & 1:45
    4 x 100 breast/free @ 1:50
    4 x 50 sprint/cruise @ 1:00
    200 easy
    300 breast
    300 cooldown
    Total: 3800 LCM
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  20. Benefit from Drylands? Seriously?

    by , April 2nd, 2015 at 03:34 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    Slept in again today - I have just become super unmotivated when it comes to drylands. I did really good for about 2 years, but something happened this year - not sure what, just lost my mojo, I guess. Problem is, I don't really see an improvement in my swimming. I have had: a sprained neck, two episodes of tendinitis, and serious back spasms from drylands, but haven't noticed anything positive. My waistline seems about the same. I know I am stronger at the gym, but where does this carry over? It certainly didn't prevent osteoporosis!! In fact, my DEXA results got worse! I wonder if this is just part of being old. Or maybe it's part of having to get up at 4:45 every single morning to get a workout in. Not sure.
    Meanwhile, back at the pool, I'm doing great. Well, fine. Anyway, I'm picking up my yardage (or meterage? since I swim LCM, lol!) and am trying to get back up to about 5000 LCM daily (I have 90 minutes to swim). I also would like to get myself to the pool at a minimum, 4 times weekly, hopefully 5. Got lucky yesterday, as Grady felt like his workout on Monday was marginal, and wanted to go at it again on Wednesday (he usually only swims Monday & Fridays) so I didn't have to swim solo. Either he is feeling tired, or I am getting better at pulling - but I managed to best him on all the pull sets for a change. Felt an awesome lift in my butterfly for one 25, too -- tried to replicate it, but didn't quite get there.
    The usual warm-up: 600 back/free or whatever
    300 kick
    Then, the "Rob"
    4 x 50 sprint/easy by 25 @ 1:00
    3 x 100 IM @ 2:00 (LOTS of rest!)
    2 x 150 pull @ 2:15
    200 IM - then a minute rest
    200 Pull @ 3:00
    2 x 150 free/back/free
    3 x 100 @ 1:30
    4 x 40 sprint/easy by 25 @ 1:00
    Then Grady & Stephanie got out & I did a little more on my own:
    3 x 300 breast/free/breast/breast/free/breast by 50's with a minute rest between each
    200 easy
    Done.
    Maybe I'll do Drylands on Saturday. Maybe. I need convincing.
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