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  1. The past few days

    by , March 27th, 2014 at 02:35 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I've been swimming minimally, just enough to keep my body in shape for the upcoming LMSC Champs meet on April 5-6th over in Moscow, Idaho.

    Monday I got in for about 2000 yards or so, pretty sluggish though because I went in extra early and didn't get to rest a lot the night before.

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    Wednesday I swam from about 9:10-9:45am, not much, but did get a fast 100 at the end that I was happy with:

    500 Free warmup
    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:47s)
    300 Free Pull
    (lots of talking)
    100 Free Sprint from a push (went :58)
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    1400 Yards

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    Thursday (today):

    800 Free warmup
    I was swimming alongside a guy that just 'goes and goes' and has some decent speed as well. It takes my 400 yards to lap him, and I did so twice in my 800. It was nice to have a 'rabbit' of sorts to chase after in my attempt to lap him.
    (800/800)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (:47s)
    (500/1300)

    4 x 150 Free Pull @ 2:00 (held 1:45s)
    This was the first pulling I've done where I actually sort of 'went for it' with some pressure and speed on my arms. Didn't seem to hurt, but we'll see later today.
    (600/1900)

    75 EZ
    25 Fly Fast

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    2000 Yards in just over 30 minutes
  2. Week 78 - Thursday

    by , March 27th, 2014 at 08:31 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a late night last night after our user conference which went off great; there is nothing like customers coming in and discussing how they are solving real problems with our solutions. By the time I got home it was gone 10pm and despite sleeping really heavily I woke really tired this morning. I got up but seemed to be in slow mode this morning and ended up being about 10mins late to open up the pool. Today was a meet warm up which again felt pretty good.

    Meet Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    4x100 on 2mins holding under 1.25s
    100 easy
    8x50 alternating 50 smooth, 50 fast on 1min
    200 easy

    Total 1800scy

    I held 1.23s on the kick trying to stay relaxed. On the 8x50s I alternated 1650 and 200 pace and felt pretty good.

    Tomorrow we are meeting at the pool and doing a short swim before driving to Houston. Tomorrow night I have the 1650. It will hurt like the mile always hurts but I hope to have a good swim and set a bench mark for Kirk Nelson to chase at Nationals!!!
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  3. Week 78 - Wednesday

    by , March 27th, 2014 at 08:21 AM (After a long rest)
    Today was a crazy rush. We had our annual user conference going on today and I needed to be in early. Despite my best efforts I was held up in traffic and ended up being a little late to the pre meeting. I had a good nights sleep and a continuation of our drop taper felt pretty good today.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    10x100 free with snorkel on 1.30
    4x(2x50 fast kick on 1min, 100 kick smooth on 2mins)
    200 easy
    6x 25 AFAP on 40 seconds from a push with a turn holding 12 or quicker
    200 easy
    6x25 AFAP on 2mins from the blocks with a turn holding 11 or quicker

    Warm down
    200 easy/float

    Total 3400scy
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  4. Taper day 4... Pace Out!

    by , March 27th, 2014 at 07:27 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Was late today, had to put gas in the tank to get there.

    Today was a pace day and a little bit of sprint! What a combo. No 200 Fly today or tomorrow.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x50@:55 free w/snorkle & bouy holding 43's
    10x50@:50 free holding 41's
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    6x50 from block 15m sprint rest EZ alt free/fly
    200 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  5. Taper day 3...seemed slow today but my shoulders don't hurt

    by , March 26th, 2014 at 07:40 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I am starting the repair process on my muscles they don't seem to hurt as much, nor my elbows. That is thanks to not swimming as hard with paddles. The back is still a pain but that is a different issue.

    Did not feel particularly fast today. My back stroke felt slow and sluggish, kick was lack luster. Freestyle felt decent. The fly felt comfortable but was having an issue with my left leg spasms.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    10x50@1:00 back held 49's
    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkle moderate pace holding 1:30's
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ
    200 fly for time 3:26
    3x100@:15RI free EZ

    Total 3200 yards
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  6. Tuesday 3/25/14

    Tuesday 3/25

    AM only SCY + weights

    Swim:

    400 swim every 4th 25 scull
    300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    200 kick w/ board
    100 I.M. drill

    4x150 @ 2:10 BK/BR/FR
    4x100 @ 1:30 D1-4 I.M.
    4x75 @ 1:10 FL/BK/BR
    4x50 @ :50 build I.M.O.
    4x25 @ :30 FAST I.M.O.

    warm down the following kick w/ board + fins:
    200 FR
    150 FL
    100 FR
    75 FL
    50 FR
    25 FL

    Total: 3200

    Weights:

    3x10 RDL (60, 70, 70)
    2x10 back squat (95, 125)
    3x10 single leg curl (30, 50, 50)
    3x10 single leg extension (50, 50, 50)
    3x10 glute (50, 70, 70)
    3x15 hip abductor (70)
    3x15 hip adductor (70)

    Updated March 27th, 2014 at 10:46 PM by Calvin S

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  7. Workout 03/25/14: evening

    by , March 25th, 2014 at 09:49 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I was a slug last week. Picked up an extra shift and then life got busy during my long week of work so only one swim. I did manage to play some basketball at my son's school after church on Sunday night - without feeling too horrible yesterday. I skipped swimming last night because the college was showing a rebroadcast of the Bill Nye and Ken Ham creation/evoultion debate, so Preston joined me in watching that before I headed to Men's group for a bit.

    Today was busy as well, but I knew that I could count on making masters tonight. I had a drug task force meeting this morning before going to Chapel, then spent some time at the college's library getting books for a research paper that I am working on for the end of the semester. I don't take the tests since I am auditing the class, but the prof is grading my papers so I am taking advantage of that. A quick nap before a light supper then off to practice (borrowed fromiefer's weekly workout):

    300 FR swim
    100 kick on Back
    100 IM drill
    100 kick on front
    4 x 25 - focus on streamlines

    300 FR Pull with buoy, every 3rd 25 Fast (did 350)

    3 x
    - 25 Stroke/25 fr/25 stroke. :20 sr (did one each IMO)
    - 75 of above stroke. :20 sr
    - 100 DPS free. :60 sr (I did 150's with AP)

    5 min warmdown (did 300)
    (Masters/Rec/2200 yds/60 min)
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    Lots of people at practice tonight, eight total in the water. Greg and Gabby did the workout with me, while others did their own thing. A new swimmer, Renee, was there and Carol joined us for the first time since Thanksgiving. Tim, Melissa, and Emily are working on base for tri's. We had a lot of swimmers on Saturday, so I am planning to bring a "Swimopoly" game for this weekend.

    The full results for the Harvard meet have been posted into the USMS database. Click here for the update from Rick. My split request for the 500 and 1000 was not included, so I emailed them earlier today (although it won't be earth shattering if they are missed).

    Other meet news: we have five entries so far for the Bennington meet in a month. I am expecting ~12 from the teams in Western Mass, so things are moving along swimmingly on this front. Also, on 4/12 there is a first-time meet in Northern Vermont (Greg is thinking of goin, but I'll be out of town). Then a meet at UVAC before some other fun in the Adirondacks - lots of opportunites!
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  8. Tuesday, March 25

    by , March 25th, 2014 at 03:26 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    4 x 25 power kick w/fins, 20 y UW @ :30
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    6 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ
    1 x 30 burst + cruise backstroke @ 100 pace from the blocks, working on gliding before starting to kick

    2 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)

    1 x broken AFAP 50 breast w/fins (25)
    100 EZ

    20 x 25
    odds = backstroke @ 100 pace @ :30
    evens = EZ @ :45
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 free w/fins @ 100 pace @ :30 (11s)
    100 EZ

    Total: 2325



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    Going to really shut it down the next few days for the Columbus meet on Saturday. I'm entered in 100 breast, 100 back and 100 free. Will probably just swim the first two. That will be a hard workout and then I'll keep resting for Zones the following weekend. I entered:

    Swim Meet Events

    Event
    Number
    Gender Distance Stroke Time Date
    5 Female 100 SCY Free 0:59.00 04/05/2014
    23 Female 50 SCY Fly 0:26.40 04/05/2014
    33 Female 100 SCY IM 1:03.50 04/06/2014
    51 Female 100 SCY Fly 1:03.50 04/06/2014

    I will also swim the mixed 200 medley relay (back leadoff for a 50 time), womens 200 free relay (leadoff for a 50 free time (though I already have a decent time this year from the Sprint Classic)), mixed 200 free relay and the womens 200 medley relay. That's four events a day, quite a lot for me. The only one I'm a bit concerned about is 100 fly bc of the shoulder. Fortunately, it feels a tad better today. Getting a massage tomorrow and that should help too.

    There are 447 swimmers signed up for Zones with a few days left to enter. This is less than last year; I hope more people enter at the last minute.

    Updated March 25th, 2014 at 03:36 PM by The Fortress

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  9. Week 78 - Tuesday

    by , March 25th, 2014 at 08:16 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a late night by my standards last night after picking up my new car. I had a great nights sleep and had no alarm issues this morning, although I had to return to the house after leaving my subdivision because I remembered I had the new cars keys and the old ones had the key to the pool. Luckily I figured this out before I got to the pool because that would have sucked. Today's workout was mainly aerobic swimming with a few fast 50 swim and kick at the end.


    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45


    Main set
    500,400,300,200,100 pull on 1.10 base plus 10 seconds
    4x(50 fast on 1min holding 200 pace,3x50 kick on 1min)


    Warm down
    200 easy


    Total 3200scy


    This lower yardage felt good and we should be down to mid 2k tomorrow with a meet warmup on Thursday. This is the first drop taper I have done since being back so it will be interesting to see what it translates to at the weekend. Hopefully some fast swims!!!
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  10. Taper Time day 2

    by , March 25th, 2014 at 07:43 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I have left the paddles for the next 3 weeks. I miss my paddles..... A little distance and a 200 fly and I am good to go.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    2 times thru
    1x200@3:30 free went 3:01, 2:59
    2x100@1:45 free went 1:30, 1:30, 1:29, 1:29
    4x50@1:00 free went 44,43,42,41,44,43,43,43

    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 fly for time 3:26
    100 free

    Total 3000 yards
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  11. Monday, March 24

    by , March 24th, 2014 at 04:54 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 50 fly drills

    Main Sets:

    8 x 25 burst + cruise @ 1:00
    150 EZ

    1 x AFAP 50 breast from the blocks + 150 EZ
    -- 34 high-35 flat

    5 x 25 AFAP kick + 50 EZ @ 2:00
    75 EZ

    1 x 25 AFAP swim + 75 EZ

    12 x 25 shooter w/fins to 20y @ :40
    150 EZ

    Total: 2450

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    Nothing special to report. Shoulder is still bothering me. Bad timing. Still need to get signed up for Zones. If it's not better by then, it will affect what events I swim.
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  12. Week 78 - Monday

    by , March 24th, 2014 at 09:28 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a good nights sleep but rather weird. I dreamt I overslept and woke up around 1am in a panic. Then I woke up again 10minutes after the alarm normally goes off and discovered I had not set the alarm. My subconscious must have been telling me I had not set the alarm. Luckily the 10 mins did not make a difference and I made it to the pool on time. We are resting this week with the hope of swimming fast at our southern zone meet next weekend. I will be chasing some fast zone records in the longer events and both Ross Davis and Steve Unruh will make the shorter 500 and 200 very fast. I can't wait. With the base work we have been doing I hope to swim a strong 1650 on Friday and a 1000 on Sunday. Today was a good workout and I felt really strong throughout.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    10x200 pull with paddles descend 1-5 and 6-10 on 3mins
    400 easy recovery swimming
    6x100 kick on 2mins descend 1-3 and 4-6

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 3900scy

    On the 200s Tom asked me to do a big descend starting out around 2.30 and on #5 be at about 2min pace and on round 2 be about 5 seconds faster throughout. I tried keeping my stroke long and came in on 2.10 on the first 200. From there I descended and went 2.07,2.05,2.01,1.58. On the second round I was about 5 seconds quicker throughout going 2.05,2.03,1.59,1.56,1.52. I felt awesome on the second round and honestly felt like I had more on the last one. I tried going slower at the beginning but with paddles it's almost like I have to shorten my stroke to go the times he was after. I had a guy in my lane who was wearing paddles and fins and I was using him as a rabbit on the last couple in each round. I think the final 200 is the fastest 200 I have pulled in practice. I am also not used to so much rest which I think helped make this set much easier than normal. The kick set I descended and went 1.27,1.23,1.18,1.25,1.21,1.17 and felt good again. We will be dropping the yardage tomorrow and throughout the week. I won't be shaving but this drop taller feels good already and I am hopeful I will have some fast races at the weekend.
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  13. Bad back day and we know what that means

    by , March 24th, 2014 at 07:48 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Loads of fly drill to loosen up my lower back today. This was a fall in the water kind of day, but not one of my worst.

    Taper starts today. I have to get this distance taper figured out, it has been a while. Events for Y Nats are 1650 fr, 1000 fr, 400 IM, 200 free, 200 fly, 500 fr, 50 fly, 200 breast, 200 back, 100 back, 200 IM, 100 fly. How do you taper of all of that?!?!?

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 fly scull drill w/zoomers & snorkle
    200 torque drill w/snorkle & bouy
    200 fly 1 arm alt rt/lt w/zoomers
    200 dolphin kick on back w/zoomers
    4x100@1:45 free went 1:26, 1:27, 1:28, 1:29
    300 free kick w/zoomers
    200 fly for time 3:26
    3x100 free EZ
    200 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 3200 yards
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  14. Swimming in the hot tub

    by , March 22nd, 2014 at 06:22 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    It was 86 today in the pool. Just about shut down when I jumped in. Also had to deal with a suit malfunction. New rule... Any time your trying out a new suit always bring an old reliable one.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    200 scull drill w/snorkle & bouy
    200 free under water recover w/snorkle & bouy
    200 free kick drill 3 strokes 6 kicks
    200 free kick on back
    200 breast kick
    10x100@1:45 free w/strapless paddles & bouy held 1:25
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    300 free w/snorkle
    200 free EZ

    Total 4000 yards
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  15. Week 77 - Saturday

    by , March 22nd, 2014 at 12:34 PM (After a long rest)
    I woke tired again this morning. Hopefully I will get time to nap today and that will allow me to catchup on my sleep. I swam pretty easy today.

    Warm up
    800 Reverse IM twitch (alternate 25 stroke 25 free)


    Main set
    16x25 kick afap on 40
    3x500 dec 1-3. To 90% effort on 3. Work walls. Watch how u go in and out.
    3x broken 200s
    #1- 50 100 50
    #2- 25 50 50 50 25
    #3- 50 50 50 50
    5 seconds rest after 25s, 10 seconds rest after 50s and 15 seconds rest after 100s


    Warm down
    3x200 perfect swim 3min

    Total 3900scy

    i tried relaxing on the 500s and descended as instructed. I started at 5.25 and dropped about seconds per 500. On the broken 200s I focused on 500 pace rather than 200 pace. I was just plain tired today and want some rest before zones next week. Our coach was not on deck this morning due to family visiting from Illinois so this was a paper workout.
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  16. Friday, March 21, 2014 8:45-9:30am

    by , March 21st, 2014 at 08:22 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Got in a 3rd swim this week, and 3 days in a row even. Kinda feeling like I'm getting into some sort of shape, other than round. Though my everyday work keeps me busy enough!!

    1000 Free alongside the water exercise group. They have 1 lane open for lap swim during the 8-9am hour, so I was lucky to have the space.
    (1000/1000)

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ 1:00 (held :45-:46s, last one :41ish)
    (500/1500)

    10 x 50 SDK w/ short fins on back @ :50 (ranged :33-:38s)
    tried to stay underwater to the halfway point, but that didn't last long.
    (500/2000)

    8 x 50 Free swim @ :45
    (400/2400)

    200 Kick 'n chat with another swimmer

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    2600 Yards


    Now I'm at work for 12 hours tonight, and then I've got to days of working day shift over the weekend. That's rough on the transition, but at least I get paid.
  17. Friday 3/21/14

    Friday 3/21

    AM only SCY

    4x100 @ 1:30 swim w/ snorkel
    8x25 @ :30 FR kick w/ board
    6x75 @ 1:10 pull w/ buoy + paddles
    #1/2 - no breath 1st 25
    #3/4 - no breath 2nd 25
    #5/6 - no breath last 25

    6x125 @ 2:00 drill w/ strapless paddles + snorkel
    - 25 R arm/25 L arm/25 B&A/50 DPS

    8x75 @ 1:00 D1-4, 5-8 kick w/ fins + board (4 FR, 4 FL)

    12x25 @ :40
    3 FAST/1 EZ
    2 FAST/2 EZ
    1 FAST/3 EZ

    300 EZ

    Total: 3000
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  18. Friday, March 21

    by , March 21st, 2014 at 03:51 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    6 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    50 EZ
    4 x 30 burst + cruise from the blocks
    -- I did a couple at 100 pace trying to glide after the dive. If I do this in 100 fly, I can take 1-2 less kicks the first length.
    100 EZ

    4 x (25 AFAP from the blocks + 25 EZ)
    2 x free (11s), 2 x breast (14 highs)
    100 EZ

    10 x 25 AFAP SDK to 15 m + cruise @ :40
    -- I had wanted to do this as a USRPT set, but I can't sustain true AFAP pace for the requisite # of reps, so desisted after 10.
    100 EZ

    4 x (50 AFAP w/fins + 100 EZ) @ 4:00
    2 x breast (26, 27 flat)
    2 x kick w/board (24s)

    2 x (broken AFAP 100 kicks w/fins + 200 EZ)
    backstroke, 43
    dolphin w/board, 44

    Total: 3000


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    The variety divers, who often watch my workouts, commented that this workout was "really intense." AFAP is definitely harder than 100 pace. If you count the bursts, which I do, that was about 775 of AFAP work.

    I woke up this am to the first day of spring and it was snowing! I'm so over winter. Feeling a bit lonely for my kids too. They're both on spring break, but are traveling with friends.

    Looking forward to watching the womens 100 back tonight; going to be a close race between the SDK experts. A little disappointing that Bootsma only qualified 15th.
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  19. Week 77 - Friday

    by , March 21st, 2014 at 11:33 AM (After a long rest)
    I had a solid nights sleep but woke up feeling like I had been backed over several times by a truck. All my traveling this week finally caught up with me. I got back from Atlanta around 8.30pm last night after 3 hectic days of meetings and driving. I was very happy to sleep in my own bed last night and equally happy to swim in familiar territory this morning.

    Todays workout was lower yardage but a lot of race pace and fast kicking which made for a very tiring morning.

    Warm up
    400 swim with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    10x75 with snorkel on 1min swum aerobically
    4x(4x25 race pace alternating 200, 500 pace by round on 30, 50 fast at 200 pace on 1.30, 2x100 kick fast holding under 1.25 on 2mins)
    300 easy
    2x50 kick AFAP on 2min

    Warm down
    300 easy

    Total 3550scy

    On the 75s set I held about 50s and felt very smooth and easy. The race pace set was brutal and I held 13.xs with a turn on the odd rounds and 14.xs on the even rounds. The 50s I was holding 27s and the kicks I started out at 1.19 on the first 2 rounds and dropped to 1.21s on the last two rounds. These hurt really bad and I was really winded. I think my travel really hit me after this set. The 2x50s kick AFAP I went 33, 34 which was the fastest I have kicked as a masters swimmer.

    Next week we are going to rest for the zone meet, but I wont be shaving, so fingers crossed I will have some good swims. I am looking forward to swimming the 1650 at a masters meet. I swam my first in USAS a few weeks back and hopefully with some rest I will be closer to 17mins. I am entered on NT since I have not swum it before, but I did this so I could do the race early in the evening since its seeded slowest to fastest. I don't do well any more without sleep so decided to swim this as early as I could.
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  20. Another friday flyer

    by , March 21st, 2014 at 08:19 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Another friday flyer set, I also had to provide a workout for the kids team and the masters group. Knowing full well the masters would not like my long kick sets or the fly I was planning to do I gave them something more to their liking.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:45 free w/strapless paddles & bouy holding 1:40s
    5x200@4:30 fly descend 1-5 w/zoomers as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim went 3:57, 3:53, 3:49, 3:44, 3:37
    300 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 3000 meters
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