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  1. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/29/2015

    by , April 28th, 2015 at 11:28 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    TAPER WORKOUT

    LCM
    WARM UP:
    4 X 200 3:45

    1 X 1000 Broken :15 @ each 250
    Choice, mix it up and include some kicking. No hard swimming here.

    10 X 50 1:20
    Choice. Swims 3-6-9 are fast. Swim #10 is easy

    SCY
    6 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks/sprint 20 yards
    1 X 75 easy

    $$$$$$ RACE PACE SWIMS(2) $$$$$$$
    1 X 200 broken 8:00
    Broken :10 @ reach 50

    1 X 100 broken :10 @ 50

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  2. A quick easy set today

    by , April 28th, 2015 at 07:26 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Nothing hard just feel the water.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy went 1:27, 1:25, 1:24, 1:22, 1:22
    200 back easy
    5x100@2:00 free w/snorkel kick to first red line then swim w/6 beat kick
    300 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 2500 yards
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  3. Monday, April 27

    by , April 27th, 2015 at 02:47 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    5 x 50 free w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    2 x 25 burst SDK + cruise
    50 EZ
    -- I stopped doing these. The pool is just too shallow.

    5 x (25 AFAP various + 75 EZ) w/fins @ 2:30

    long kick set:
    5 rounds:
    5 x 50 kick @ 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:30

    R 1, 3, 5 = flutter kick w/board
    R 2, 4 = backstroke kick, no SDK

    100 EZ

    10 x 25 breast @ 100 pace
    200 EZ

    Total: 3800


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    I had planned to go to Sewickly with Pitt closed. But I was stuck forever in a different detour, and just headed back to LA Fitness. I decided to do a long kick set (1500) given the pool. I hadn't done a set like that without fins for ages; I usually find flutter kick to be too tedious. I got some cramps in the backstroke kicks (but oddly not the flutter kicks). I'm probably dehydrated again from antihistamines. I took a double dose last night to calm down the hives. I think the hives were likely from handling plants/pollen bc they calmed down after I took a shower.
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  4. Much better distance swim today

    by , April 27th, 2015 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Did my 1 hour swim. I was late so warm down was short. Felt strong and did much better than my previous 2 mondays. 3925 yards averaging 1:31 per 100.

    Total 4100 yards with the warm down.
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  5. Fri-Sun, April 24-26

    by , April 26th, 2015 at 07:21 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Friday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Huge relief! Mr. Fort's tests this week were negative for cancer. Now he just has to see a hematologist about his abnormal white blood cell count. Apparently, marathon training can drastically change your blood work.

    I just went to LA Fitness for an aerobic swim later.

    600 various
    100 scull
    10 x 50 free w/paddles @ :50
    50 EZ
    15 x 100 flutter kick w/fins @ 1:30
    -- held 1:05-8, got faster as I went
    -- didn't do dolphin kick bc that was bothering my lower back
    100 EZ
    10 x 50 @ 1:00
    odds = stroke
    evens = kick
    100 EZ

    Total: 3450


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    Sunday Drylands:

    -- I wanted to get to the gym on Sat, but was stuck at the house as Lil Fort (who's now taller than me, so the Lil descriptor may be way off) had friends over most of the afternoon and night. I did some landscaping today, which is a workout in and of itself. But I'm being very careful this year, as I suspect all the landscaping I did last year contributed to or caused the RC tear.

    rehab ex
    supine flutter kicks on bosu, 3 x 100
    planks
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    face pulls, 60 x 3 x 215
    rear delt flys, 65 x 4 x 12
    leg press, 180 x 4 x 15
    cable rotations, 25 x 2 x 15 each side
    hip abductors, 110 x 4 x 8
    overhead squats, 45 x 2 x 8
    yoga ball pull ins, 3 x 10
    kneeling ab crunches, 120 x 2 x 25



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    I'm a little sad I missed out on all the fun at nationals, but it was for a good cause. I tried to watch as much of the livestream as I could and caught many of my friends' and teammates' races. Congratulations on all the fast racing!!!

    Unfortunately, as I sit here I appear to be suffering another allergic reaction. I have hives on my arms, legs, back and belly. I had thought that maybe I had a red dye allergy last time. But today I haven't eaten anything at all unusual. My seasonal allergies have really whomped me. Maybe it could be related to that? This is really damn annoying. I am really hoping that I don't have to head off to the ER again for more shots ...

    Updated April 26th, 2015 at 07:31 PM by The Fortress

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  6. Meet: 04/25/15: Monumental Masters Mini Meet

    by , April 25th, 2015 at 02:54 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    The culmination of many months of planning and anticipation was realized this morning with the start of our 4th annual mini meet here at my hometown pool. Overall attendance was down from previous years, but we ended up with more than 25 swimmers and a lot of fun! There are always great stories from any Masters meet, as evidenced at our meet as some folks came out to their first competition, others met with friends and family for an annual splash, and we even welcomed an English Channel swimmer with her new start-up team!

    As meet director (and brainchild of the meet), there are certain stresses that I have in addition to actually swimming. We had our main official (and the woman with the most knowledge of running the computer/timing system) back out a few weeks ago due to family vacation, so many others needed to step into new positions in order to make the meet come together. I confirmed that the facility would be opened early so that we could setup in time for 9am warmups, and our lifeguard was there when requested. Some mild headaches as the printer ink cartridges were dried up, and after not being able to use the facility's equipment my wife and son hurried home to get our wireless printer, which worked! So a minor delay in the start of the meet, but we were able to get the relays off and then I filled in some space with my list of "thank you"s and info on our community, so everyone was very understanding and patient.

    I try to keep the meet in line with our USMS hashtag #FunnestSport by offering some great prizes and fun events. I bought some USMS silicone caps with my discount earlier in the year, the age group coach donated some maple syrup that she made this spring, and I was able to secure (yet again) some Stroopwafels from our local Dutch bakery, Bakkerij Krijnen. These all went out to our first registrant, farthest traveled (our buddy Lisa from NJ), first time entrant, and the winners of our Sprint challenges.

    I again had the privilege in roping my one of my brothers, my sister and her partner, and my daughter into swimming so that we had an All-Leake medley and free relay, as well as a morning to catch up and get some exercise together in a pool that we spent most of our childhood in. It was great catching up and seeing how their swimming abilities have not diminished even thought this is the only time of the year that they get wet! Lena and the boys were our cheerleaders.

    Our local team was well represented with Greg, Kevin, Ashley, and Amanda (with Melissa and Rachel helping out as timers). Greg made his famous Magic Bars for the concession stand and had some great swims as well, even after helping me get things set up in the morning - nice job, Greg!

    Due to the delayed meet start I scratched the 200 IM to help move things along. I did the 500 fly (7:04, I think, slower than a couple of years ago), and was surprised that Bethany did fly as well! My only other event was the 100 fly (1:02) but was wiped out and could not get the SDK's going. We also had a blast doing the Medley and Free Relays together.

    All in all, another great event for Masters swimming! Looking forward to next years addition!

    Things to remember for next year:
    check printer cartridges, batteries before meet
    order more latex caps from national office
  7. USMS Spring Nationals - Day1

    by , April 24th, 2015 at 10:22 PM (After a long rest)
    I came down on Wednesday night with one of my team mates who was swimming the 1000. I did a meet warmup with my buddy in the competition pool which as others have commented is awesome. I then counted for my friend who swam great and placed 8th; this was his first ever masters medal so it was an awesome achievement for him.

    Today(second day of nationals) was my first day of competition and I had the 200 free, 100 back and the men's 45+ medley relay. We had quite a team turn out today with swimmers in every event. I met up with Water Rat, and pwb and sunruh. It's always great catching up with everyone. First up was the 200 free. I ended up 2nd which was great, but I had hoped to win. I was in the race until the final 50 and my splits were good but just did not have another gear like I have had in the recent past. My time of 1:48.2 was ok but I have swum faster and know I could have swum faster. I am not making any excuses and on the day Mr Unruh won fair and square. Next up I had the 100 back and ironically I was so focused on the 200 free and then watching team mates that I realized as I stood behind the block that I had not done any back starts or turns. I was very deep off the start and came up and took my first stroke still submerged. I have done this before and I need to work on not going so deep. That said I worked hard on my under waters off the turns and came away with the win going 55.62. When I finished I looked up and thought I saw 56 but once my goggles cleared I saw my time and was very happy. I know my physical fitness is good but was shocked at my splits going out in 27 and back in 28. I know my fitness is good but was thrilled with the consistent splits. Last up was the medley relay with me leading off back, Scott Heber(breast), Scott Carpenter(fly) and Mark Cox(free). I again went deep on the start and again came to almost a complete stop as I broke the surface. Despite this I worked it hard and ended up with a 26.2. Scott, Scott and Mark swam awesome and we won the 45+ age group. Like Worlds I really enjoyed the relays and had a lot of fun with the guys.

    Tomorrow I have the 500 free, 200 back and the free relay. Tomorrow is another day and again I will take everything in my stride.
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  8. Workout 04/24/15: noon

    by , April 24th, 2015 at 02:22 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Quick swim this morning to stretch out a bit ...

    200 free/200 back/200 IM drill
    4 x 50 kick into 50 drill
    4 x 25 burst and cruise into 25 ez
    25 sprint into 175 loosen
    (Solo/Rec/1400 yds/30 min)
    --------------------------------

    Our meet is up to 26 entries as of this afternoon, and I anticipate a handful of same-day folks to get over the 30 mark. Workers from the Marauders are in place and the facility is all set to open early so that we can be ready for warmups right at 9am. If you are in southern Vermont and want to compete, stop on by!
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  9. This was a really tough one today

    by , April 24th, 2015 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    We swam the entire workout on a 1:40 per 100 interval, which for me is challenging. Especially for warmup. The entire workout was with paddles and bouy, my favorite toys!

    8x100@1:40 free
    8x50@:50 free
    8x25@:25 free
    1 min rest

    100@1:40 free
    150@2:30 free
    200@3:20 free
    50 free drill
    1 min rest

    100@1:40 free
    150@2:30 free
    200@3:20 free
    50 free drill
    1 min rest

    200@3:20 free
    150@2:30 free
    100@1:40 free
    50 free drill
    1 min rest

    200@3:20 free
    150@2:30 free
    100@1:40 free
    50 free drill

    100 free EZ

    Total 3500 meters
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  10. I thought this as supposed to be an easy day

    by , April 23rd, 2015 at 07:31 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    With tomorrow being long course with the fast crew I was trying to make this an easy practice. Oh well..

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers moderate
    10x100@1:45 free w/paddles & bouy went 1:29, 1:29, 1:27, 1:26, 1:26, 1:24, 1:23, 1:21, 1:21, 1:22
    500 free kick w/zoomers moderate
    300 free w/snorkle maintain 6 beat kick
    200 free EASY

    Total 3000 yards
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  11. Wed., April 22

    by , April 22nd, 2015 at 03:42 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warmup:

    500 various
    100 scull
    10 x 25 shooters w/MF
    100 EZ

    Main Sets:

    10 x 25 burst SDK + cruise
    100 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ)
    50 EZ
    -- didn't feel like doing any more AFAP work

    5 rounds w/fins
    1 x 50 fly-back @ 100 pace (26s, 27 on last round) @ 1:00
    1 x 50 breast-free @ 100 pace (29s) @ 1:00
    4 x 25 flutter kick @ 100 pace @ :30
    1 x 100 EZ @ 3:00

    5 x 50 smooth free w/paddles @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    Total: 3400


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    My burst SDKs felt a bit discombobulated today. But I realized I hadn't done them in 10 days. The main set looks easy, but wasn't with 1000 yards of race pace work. I am not jealous of everyone resting for nationals. Resting is not for sissies and apparently is difficult for masters swimmers.

    Updated April 23rd, 2015 at 10:42 AM by The Fortress

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  12. Tuesday, April 21

    by , April 22nd, 2015 at 10:37 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Drylands


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 75 x 3 x 25
    streamline crunches, 2 x 50
    planks, 4 x :30 hold
    glute isolator, 50 x 4 x 5 each leg
    cable rotations, 20 x 3 x 15 each side
    hip adductor, 90 x 43 x 12
    multi hip machine, 60 x 4 x 8 each leg
    rear delt flys, 75 x 4 x 12
    wide grip lat pull downs, 75 x 3 x 8
    leg extensions, 120 x 4 x 8


    Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    800 various
    10 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ @ 2:00-2:30)
    200 EZ


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    I felt a glimmer of my normal self yesterday. I finally had a little more energy. Didn't sleep that well last night though. Exercise seems to have nothing to do with how well I sleep, contrary to what I've heard others say.
  13. Week 134 - Wednesday

    by , April 22nd, 2015 at 09:15 AM (After a long rest)
    I slept ok last night but woke with a slight stitch. I guess I must have been swimming in my sleep again

    Today we did a meet warmup, some 25s from the block and some relay starts. We also got given our swag from speedo for nationals; polo shirt and shorts. It always amazes me how some people will always complain no matter what. I don't get how anyone can ever complain when you are given something. I get it if your paying, but when it's a gift in my opinion you should always be greatful. Our club team RACE is a USAS Silver team(trying hard to be gold) and has a sweet deal with Speedo that we fall under. Thank you Speedo.

    I felt good on the smooth swimming today but when I picked it up I felt fine but not the easy speed I was hoping for.

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    3x50 on :40
    4x25 from a dive
    4x25 relay starts
    4xback starts
    100 easy

    I shave down today which always makes me feel good. I am a little nervous ahead of nationals which is a good sign too. I am really looking forward to getting my first race under my belt. In college my favorite event was the 500 and I still really like it however I have grown to enjoy the 200 free during my masters journey.

    karl_s did an awesome analysis of my events for me back in week 102 of my blog:

    http://forums.usms.org/entry.php?34047-Week-102-Monday

    See his last comment. His analysis based on my usms and usas swims implied my 200 was actually one of my weaker events. I felt at the time that I had a lot more I could drop on the 200 and have worked on it since then and I am really looking forward to the 200 free on Friday. I am off work today and plan on using Karl's method to update my times relative to my new age group. I thought this would be a fun and perhaps energizing examination of my current times. Despite my run in with shingles I am very hopeful I will be able to drop some good times this week.

    Our coach, Tom, is finishing up relays and it's likely I will be swimming 4 relays this weekend, so 10 total races, which probably means I am going to be tired.

    ----------------------------

    That was much easier than I thought. I used excel and did a paste into the blog so formatting seems like black magic, but it sort of came over just fine. I could not figure out in excel how to tell a time cell to format to 100th of a second so all times are rounded to the nearest tenth.
    45-49
    Record
    Current Masters Time 45-49 Rating
    Free
    LCM
    50 00:24.3 00:25.1 96.77%
    100 00:53.9 00:56.5 95.42%
    200 01:57.9 02:04.6 94.58%
    400 04:09.2 04:28.1 92.96%
    800 08:52.0 09:15.4 95.79%
    SCY
    50 00:21.1 00:22.5 93.52%
    100 00:46.5 00:49.0 94.80%
    200 01:41.7 01:46.9 95.13%
    500 04:39.1 04:55.2 94.55%
    1000 09:43.9 10:17.4 94.58%
    1650 16:08.1 17:29.9 92.20%

    Updated April 22nd, 2015 at 09:52 AM by StewartACarroll

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  14. Workout 04/21/15: evening

    by , April 21st, 2015 at 09:56 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    The trip to Howe Caverns was fun last week. I worked through the weekend and yesterday celebrated my 19th wedding anniversary with my wife, including a bite out for supper at the Man Of Kent Tavern just over the border in NY (our frist trip there) and a nice dip in the hot tub. A great day

    After a drug task force meeting this morning I made it to Chapel at the college and then did a few errands. The college is building a new garage at the library and needed some help in breaking down the forms of the concrete footing that was poured over the weekend. The head of maintence of my son's school used to work for a local concrete company and they donated use of the supplies as long as everything was returned by tomorrow morning (so the only cost was for the concrete iteself), so I joined the guys from the school in the busy task of removing the forms then cleaning them off. Much more energy than I wanted to spend today, but it was good to get the job done.

    Made it to masters practice tonight for another taper workout ...

    200 swim/100 kick/200 pull
    4 x 50 burst and cruise
    100 choice

    2 x
    - 75 DPS, :05sr, 25 sprint
    - 25 EZ, :05sr, 25 build, :05sr, 50 DPS
    - 25 Fast, :05sr, 75 DPS
    (All on 2:30)

    2 x 25 Sprint on :45

    150 loosen and out
    (Masters/Rec/1600 yds/60 min)
    ---------------------------------------------------

    So our meet is up to 19 entries and I anticipate antoher 6-10 before the first splash this Saturday. We had to work a little to find a second official but are all set now. I have to pick up some gifts to give away on Friday, then hang on until the end of the meet! Iam not yet sure what I will swim, but I usually just fill in to be sure that no one swims alone.

    A hearty "Swim Fast" to all of you traveling to Nationals this weekend. I'm looking forward to see results and hear about the experiences!
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  15. Week 134 - Tuesday

    by , April 21st, 2015 at 04:44 PM (After a long rest)
    I went and watched my daughter practice yesterday and 2hrs on a bleacher was no fun. She swam awesome. One of the main sets was 10x300s and she started 3rd in her lane and by the end of the second 300 she was leading. She got faster and faster throughout the set. Cant wait to see her swim a 1500 this summer. If she swims her 800 and 1500 like she attacked the set yesterday she is going to be a monster. Her coach may have to give her some 300s before a long event just to get her going.

    I had a decent nights sleep but woke a little achy today.

    4x100 free on 1:30
    6x50 catchup on 1min
    8x50 kick on 1:15
    8x25 with Fins on :40 open,close,easy, fast
    200 easy back/free by 50

    Felt pretty achy throughout the swim today. Just kind of blah. Not bad but not great either. I am off for a short massage and then a nap and fingers crossed I will start to feel more energized tomorrow.
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  16. YUCK, YUCK, YUCK

    by , April 21st, 2015 at 07:30 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    I am in that not going to nationals yucky mode. I had a major project at work and am not allowed time off till it is over. I so don't want to be here.

    To find encouragement I'll just listen to beach music to remind me I am going to Hawaii for the Waikiki Rough Water Swim this year! There is hope after this project.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x200@3:30 free w/paddles & bouy moderate
    3x200@4:00 fly as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim w/zoomers
    200 free kick w/zoomers
    200 free EZ

    Total 3000 yards
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  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/27/2015

    by , April 20th, 2015 at 03:31 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    TAPER WORKOUT
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    4 X 150 2:45
    8 X 50 1:10
    50's: 1-4--long and strong, 5-8--descend to fast

    1 X 400
    Choice-with fins

    3 X 100 kick 2:30
    1 X 100 easy swim

    4 X 50 1:30
    Choice. Descend 1-4--#4 @ 100%

    SCY
    6 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks--sprint 20

    4 X 50 @85/90% 1:15
    4 X 50 easy--perfect stroke-- 1:00
    Two rounds, choice.
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  18. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/24/2015

    by , April 20th, 2015 at 03:28 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    TAPER WORKOUT
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:30
    2 X 150 2:40
    2 X 100 1:40

    4 X 100 kick 2:30
    Build second 50

    6 X 100 2:30
    Choice--perfect technique swim

    $$$$ RACE PACE SET $$$$
    3 x 200 7:00
    Broken @ race pace.
    Broken :10 @ each 50

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  19. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/23/2015

    by , April 20th, 2015 at 03:24 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    TAPER WORKOUT--Two weeks out--
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:30
    5 X 100 1:40

    4 X 200 free 3:30
    Fins optional

    6 X 50 kick 1:20
    1 X 100 easy swim

    5 x 100 2:30
    Choice--swim @ 85/90%
    Take extra :30 after #3

    SCY
    6 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks--sprint 20 yards

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  20. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 04/22/2015

    by , April 20th, 2015 at 03:21 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    i will be away at USMS Nationals for a few days. I am going to post the workouts 4-22 through 4-27

    TAPER WORKOUT
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    2 X 250 4:30
    2 X 200 3:30
    4 X 50 faster 1:05

    4 X 100 Free 2:15
    #1: moderate
    #2: 75 moderate/25 fast
    #3: 50 moderate/50 fast
    #4: 25 moderate/75 fast
    Focus on finishes on 2-3-4

    3 X 100 kick 2:30
    1 x 100 easy swim

    4 X 50 -25 fast/25 easy- 1:20
    1 x 100 easy 2:20
    2 x 50 -build to finish- 1:20
    1 X 100 easy 2:20
    1 X 100 -race pace/fast- 2:20
    1 x 100 easy 4:00
    Two rounds, choice.
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