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  1. Friday Feb 5

    by , February 6th, 2016 at 03:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Drylands:

    rehab ex
    TRX pike ups, 2 x 10
    TRX pendulum swings, 2 x 25
    power wheel roll outs, 15
    kneeling ab crunches, 1230 x 3 x 15
    single leg stand on flat side of bosu in streamline position, 1:00 each leg
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    good mornings, 85 x 4 x 5
    seated row negatives (lowered weight), 70 x 3 x 8
    zercher squats, 75 x 4 x 5
    resisted standing broad jumps, 30 x 3 x 5
    elevated side bridge w/hip abduction, 2 x 10 each side
    bunny hops, 2 x 25



    Swim/SCY @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    I was stuck in traffic and chatted on deck for awhile, so missed the first 400.

    Did 600 various (while they were doing a couple pre-sets)
    5 x 50 shooters w/fins w/open turns @ 1:20
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    7 x 100 @ 2:10
    -- I did 7 x 50: 25 AFAP + 25 EZ, #4 was all easy
    -- did fly w/fins on the AFAPs, first one was 9 high, the rest were 10 lows
    100 EZ

    4 rounds: (IM order)
    8 x 25 @ :40, odds = fast, evens = 15m SDK or double pullouts on breast
    1 x 50 EZ @ 1:40
    -- I was tired during these, so my "fast" = 100 pace. I didnt do the double pullouts on breast: I just went fast/EZ. The last 8 x 2 5 free, I just did them 0-1 breath.
    100 EZ

    Total: 2450



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    I felt pretty tired in the water last night. Friday masters practice, which is my 6th day in a row of working out and comes after weights, is sometimes tough to get through. Especially this week where I did (for me) a ton of race pace work.

    I dug out my TheraBand Flexbar and did some elbow work. I could also feel a bit of tennis elbow on both sides as I was doing this. I'll have to be diligent about doing the rehab for awhile. I'm pretty sure this was caused by deadlifting. I guess I could do more grip strengthening exercises. But since my dodgy elbows (which are double jointed) appear to be extremely susceptible to injury, I bought some LPG hooks and straps for deadlifting.

    A friend recommended this piece of core equipment: http://www.pilates.com/BBAPP/V/store/motr/index.html
  2. Week 175 - Saturday

    by , February 6th, 2016 at 01:35 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a great night of sleep but woke up pretty stiff and sore. I was not looking forward to the 16x100 today and was being pretty sorry for myself.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main sets
    6x75 with snorkel done as kick,drill,swim by 25 on 1:05
    16x100 at 500 pace done as 4x100 on 1:30, 4x100 on 1:40, 4x100 on 1:50 and 4x100 on 2mins

    warm down
    8x50 on 1:10 with instructions to go no faster than 50

    i felt hideous on the warmup and then got better and better as the workout went on. I started out on #1 a little slower than usual :58 and then held :57s until the last 2 where I went :56s. How can I go faster feeling better with less rest? I think the longer time maybe let's more lactic acid buildup. By the end of this workout I felt great. All my aches and pains had gone. We shall see how long the adrenalin high lasts.
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  3. 2|5|16 SCY

    by , February 6th, 2016 at 10:05 AM (Blog)
    Warm up with fr and br

    50 fr from block easy sprint, NB - 27.24
    easy swim for 5 - 10 min

    50 fr from block very hard but not fully all-out, 2 breaths back 26.09
    easy swim for 5 - 10 min
    bubble rings

    50 fr from block very hard but not fully all-out, 3 breaths back 26.23
    easy swim for 5 - 10 min

    50 fr from block very hard but not fully all-out, 3 breaths back 26.12
    easy swim for 5 - 10 min

    5 x 0:30 fr on 2:00, tied with double red elastic bands capable of stretching ~10m

    6 x 25 kick on various

    Drylands:
    weights - med-high reps, moderate intensity (60 - 80% to failure)
    chest, back, shoulders, calfs
    stretching - 10 minutes



    Able to swim a 50 fr on autopilot now. The first was a mild sprint, 2 - 4 were done as close to a an effort without truly going AFAP - if that makes any reason. Funny how I can go easy on the first one and still be almost as fast as the following harder ones. Still one issue (perhaps related to these particular blocks), and that is I am entering the water axially rotated at least 10 degrees CW from level. Not sure if one foot is holding back with fear of slippage, or if I'm tilted in the loaded position. Hell, I'm not sure if it makes a difference - maybe it's faster lol

    Updated February 6th, 2016 at 02:41 PM by __steve__

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  4. Friday, February 5, 2016

    by , February 5th, 2016 at 09:29 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center.
    Air temp of 59, pool at 81
    Sunny, 61% humidity

    Warm Up
    600 IM Swim
    --200FR/100BR/200BK/100BF

    Set 1
    4x400 Kick
    1)FR 4(50bd/50 roll shoulders, head down, arms on side)
    2)BR 4(50bd/50 2K head down)
    3)BK 4(50 arms in streamline/50 roll shoulders, arms on side)
    4)BF 4(50bd/50 1K head down, 1K head forward)

    Set 2
    4x400 Drill/Swim
    1)BF 4(25K, 25RLS, 50S)
    2)BK 4(25K, 25RL, 50S)
    3)BR 4(25K, 75S)
    4)FR 4(25RL, 25CatchUp, 50S)

    Comments:
    Active rest session, focus on body position slow swimming

    Updated February 6th, 2016 at 07:59 AM by fdtotten

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  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 02/08/2016

    by , February 5th, 2016 at 02:17 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30
    3 X 100 1:50
    8 X 50 kick 1:15
    1 X 200 3:20
    4 X 100 1:40

    3 X 50 moderate 1:15
    1 X 100 @ 100% 3:00
    Four rounds--choice

    1 X 300 5:00 4:45 4:30
    1 X 200 3:20 3:10 3:00
    1 X 100 1:40 1:35 --
    Three rounds--pull.
    Round 1 intervals left, 2 middle, 3 right

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4500M
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  6. Week 175 - Friday

    by , February 5th, 2016 at 10:20 AM (After a long rest)
    I got home around 8pm last night. By the time I ate and helped my daughter with her math homework it was 9:30 and I was beat. I slept well until about 2am and was then restless until the alarm went off for practice. I was really dragging this morning and was achy in the water during the warmup. This feeling lifted but was sluggish today despite some decent times.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main sets
    4x(100 kick,125 done as 100 free and 25 back,150 free all on 1:35)
    100 easy
    4x(25 under water kick on :40, 50 free on :40, 75 back on 1min)
    200 easy
    6x75 with fins trying to hold faster than :38(200 pace) on 1:30

    warm down
    200 easy

    I went 1:25s on the kick, 1:25s on the free/back using this as somewhat active recovery, and 1:30s on the 1:50s. This was tougher than it sounds. On the next set I was not quite making the full 25 underwater in streamline position. On the 50s I was holding :28s. On the 75s I descended going :39,:38,:38,:37,:36,:35.

    I was was not exactly lighting it up today but it was a good aerobic workout and I felt much better at the end than the beginning. Hopefully I will feel better tomorrow.

    ---------

    i I don't know how I forgot to write this morning that my son received concussion #3 yesterday. Once again it was in PE. This time it's in high school and luckily it's not as severe but my wife is distraught and angry. My son feels much better today but is off school again.

    Updated February 5th, 2016 at 04:25 PM by StewartACarroll

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  7. Thursday 2-4-16

    400 swim
    100 IM drill
    100 free drill
    200 pull
    8 x 50 @ 1:15 25 sprint/25 easy
    --went IM order
    12 x 25 stroke @ 40
    --odds build/evens sprint

    4 x (3 x 100 build + 200 pull cruise)
    --100's on 1:40 200's on 3:30

    3 x 100 sprint @ 1:35,1:30,1:25
    --My shoulders were getting toasty

    200 (25 double arm bk/25 back)

    4000

    Not a bad workout and was pleased with most of my swims. I probably won't get to swim this weekend due to our girls activities.
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  8. Thur Feb 5

    by , February 4th, 2016 at 06:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Sewy

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    8 x 25 DPK shooters w/fins @ :40
    100 EZ

    Main sets:

    3 x
    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise 1:00
    1 x 50 EZ

    100 EZ

    4 x (broken 100 fly w/fins + 100 EZ)
    -- :10 rest @ each 25, each 25 @ 100ish pace
    extra 100 EZ at end

    4 x 25 free w/paddles & drag sox @ :45
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 SDK w/drag sox
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 SDK w/drag sox
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 no breath free w/paddles @ :35
    100 EZ

    Total: 3150



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    I actually made it through the broken 100 flys today! I seem to recall that last time I attempted this, I couldn't make even one 100. I obviously felt a little better today, but one that I did differently was to breathe twice in a row after the breakout. If I swim the 100 fly this year (maybe in early April), I may try the same thing. When I'm underwater so much the extra oxygen makes a difference.

    Later in the afternoon, I did 30 minutes of yoga & stretching and worked my shoulders over with a lacrosse ball.
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  9. Thursday, February 4, 2016

    by , February 4th, 2016 at 04:05 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center.
    Air temp of 78, pool at 81
    Partly sunny, 72% humidity

    Warm Up
    1000 IM Swim
    --400 REVO, 400 K/S by 25, 200 EZ/Strong by 25

    Set 1
    8x25 on :40 IMO
    *Fly 17s, BK 18s, BR 21s, FR 15s
    3x100 on 2:00
    --1)50Fly/50BK *1:14
    --2)50BR/50FR *1:18
    --3)100 IM *1:16
    16x25 on :30 IMO as (4x24, :30 rest)
    *Fly 17s, BK 18s, BR 21s, FR 15s
    ...EZ 200 BK/FR by 25

    Set 2
    12x300 FR
    1-2) 2x300 on 4:30 *3:43, 3:40, RI
    3-4) 2(6x50 on :45, :30 rest) *35s
    -- >1 min for equipment
    5-6) 2x300 on 4:30 w/snorkel-paddles-buoy-tube *3:39, 3:38, RI
    7-8) 2(6x50 on :45, :30 rest) w/same *35s-34s
    -- >1 min for equipment
    9-10) 2x300 on 4:30 w/fins *3:19, 3:15, RI
    11-12) 2(6x50 on :45, :30 rest) w/same *30s-29s

    Cool Down
    ...EZ 300 as BK/FR by 50

    Comments:
    Set 1 is my first 2016 attempt at an EZ speed style effort of 85-90% to begin building faster but still efficient stroke tempo. Struggled on some of them, need to plan in those kind of sets to adapt towards doing faster IM swimming against the clock.

    In reading through various USMS forms, it seems that working up towards doing 12x300 FR would be suitable as one of several variations of broken pace training swims to support preparation for 3K OWS events. At first I was going to do Set 2 as 12x300 FR straight, but did not feel up to it mentally, so wimped out and adapted it to discover where I am at this point, be more relaxed and to survive the set. Started out conservative feeling OK trying to keep my head down more. Then as always pulling is more work for me than swimming full stroke, so I got tired, thinking to cut it short, but then began to recover somewhat during the round with fins. When I set out some of my training goals this weekend, one might be to work up to in two months, 12x300 FR on 4:00 no equipment starting out about 3:45 and progress down to 3:30.

    Updated February 4th, 2016 at 04:18 PM by fdtotten

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  10. Workout 02/04/16: noon

    by , February 4th, 2016 at 02:46 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Quick swim today between errands ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    600 shark swim
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1300 yds/22 min)
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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 02/05/2016

    by , February 4th, 2016 at 01:25 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30 3:30
    3 X 100 1:50 1:40
    4 X 50 1:00 1:00
    2 X 100 kick 2:30 2:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 100 fly/50 free 3:00
    1 X 100 back/50 free 3:00
    1 X 100 breast/50 free 3:15
    1 X 150 free--easy 3:00
    Two rounds

    4 X 300 pull 5:00
    negative split

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4400M
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  12. Week 175 - Thursday

    by , February 4th, 2016 at 09:59 AM (After a long rest)
    Yesterday I had to travel to Atlanta and due to my flight time was unable to swim before heading to the airport(sucks) and then meetings and a dinner prevented an evening swim. This morning I swam at the Winchester Academy with GAJA. This is the normal masters team I swim with while in Atlanta and they are extremely friendly and have some fast guys. Today there was a younger guy who is training for trials in the 50 free and 100 fly so I had someone to swim next to. It was a lot of fun and I felt really good today. My elbow is still a little sore but some adrenalin usually gets rid of all my aches and today this was the case.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45

    main sets
    3x(4x50 on :55) done as IM order kick, drill, swim by round
    6x100 IM on 1:30
    300 pull on 4mins
    3x(4x50) done as swim IM order on :50, stroke/free by 25 on :45, free on :40 by round
    6x100 on 1:30, odds back, evens free with snorkel
    300 pull on 4mins
    12x50 free on :35 with snorkel
    6x100 free on 1:10 with snorkel
    300 pull on 4 mins

    warm down
    200 easy

    i felt good the whole practic today and my stroke count on free was 9 which is usually a great indicator of how good I feel. I was holding 1:08s on the 100 IMs, 1:04s on the 100s back, 1min on the 100s free, and then :30s and 1mins on the free 50s and 100s. Everything else I swam pretty smooth at a good aerobic pace.

    I have a couple meetings today and then I head home. Hopefully I feel equally good tomorrow.

    Updated February 4th, 2016 at 04:17 PM by StewartACarroll

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  13. 2|3|16 LCM

    by , February 3rd, 2016 at 10:17 PM (Blog)
    400 of drills with fins / snorkel

    Dove from side in 13m wide area and did some nb 26 fr's on 2:00

    300 more of drills

    This pool has three spanking new (home made) wooden blocks. They are solid and sturdy, and have some rubberized and abrasive grip paint. BUT the lifeguard did not grant me authorization to use one .

    Drylands:

    Mild to moderate intensity with low reps working every group except calves

    Updated February 4th, 2016 at 12:43 AM by __steve__

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  14. Workout 02/03/16: noon

    by , February 3rd, 2016 at 04:55 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    I meet with my son for lunch at the high school before swimming today. This semester he is not in the culinary class but we met during his lunch period for some delicious enchiladas. I took it easy and did ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill

    2 x [1st rd = snorkel free, 2nd rd = back]
    - 100 FF swim
    - 100 pull with buoy
    - 150 swim with AP (2 laps each: both, right, left)
    - 100 kick

    4 x 100 [50 with FF, 25 IMO fast, 25 DPS]
    Started a Noah's Ark, but swam only one 100 easy as warmdown
    (Solo/Rec/2300 yds/45 min)
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  15. Tues-Wed Feb 2-3

    by , February 3rd, 2016 at 04:19 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Tuesday: Drylands


    rehab ex
    straight arm dips, 90 x 3 x 15
    explosive leg extensions, 105 x 3 x 15
    back extensions w/plate, 25 x 3 x 10
    plate glute bridges w/shoulders on bosu and arms in streamline, 70 x 3 x 15
    back squats, 105 x 4 x 6
    russian twists on incline bench w/plate, 25 x 3 x 25
    rear delt flys, 75 x 3 x 8
    squat jumps w/DBs, 20 x 2 x 5
    standing broad jumps, 5
    knee tuck jumps, 5
    altitude drop into squat jump, 5
    toe taps, 25


    Wed: Swim/SCY/Solo @ LA Fitness

    Warm up:


    500 various
    100 scull
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 burst + cruise @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    I did a modified USRPT type set similar to the one that I did Monday, only did IM order w/fins instead of fly

    16 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    8 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40
    :40 rest
    4 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :40

    250 EZ

    10 x 25 AFAP/hold best average breast @ 1:00
    250 EZ

    4 x 25 dolphin kick @ 100 pace @ :40
    -- decided I was too tired to do any more race pace work
    100 EZ

    8 x 25 no breath free @ :35
    100 EZ

    Total: 3050


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    I didn't have time to get to a real pool today (trip to the airport interrupting things). So I had to make do at LA Fitness. I didn't have a lot of feedback on times. There is only one old analog pace clock and it is partially obscured by the glare from fluorescent lights.

    I finally looked at the order of events for nationals. The sprint free & back events are all back to back, not ideal at all. If I decide to swim all 3 days, I will probably opt for: Fri: 100 IM, 50 back, Sat: 50 breast, 50 free, Sun: 50 fly, 100 breast. I never thought the day would come when I would consider swimming the 100 breast at nationals ...

    My right elbow (medial) is still bothering me, and today the inside of my left knee started complaining. I guess I will try slamming ibuprofen for 48 hours. And probably cut out some drylands. I love altitude drops, but they are tough on the knees.

    Updated February 3rd, 2016 at 09:24 PM by The Fortress

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  16. Wednesday, February 3, 2016

    by , February 3rd, 2016 at 04:09 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@FGCU Aquatic Center.
    Air temp of 86, pool at 81
    Partly cloudy skies with humidity at 67%

    *Warm Up*
    1x500 FR, ez to steady effort with 3 count surge per side

    *Set 1*
    1x600 FR Pull/snorkel-paddles-buoy-tube
    --desc effort by 200, 1-3
    2x300 FR Pull/same
    --2(2x25 on :30, 3x50 on :45, 1x100 on 1:30)
    **18-17s, 35-34, 1:11-1:10

    *Set 2*
    2x300 BR on 1:00 rest
    #1)2(50K/25S), 2(25K/50K) w/snorkle, knee band
    #2)same, w/knee band and kick on back

    *Set 3*
    2x300 Fly on 1:00 rest
    #1)2(50K/25S), 2(25K/50K) w/snorkle, knee band
    #2)same, w/knee band, M agility paddles, and kick on back

    *Set 4*
    2(6x25 on :40)
    #1)BR :20-19
    #2)Fly :17-15

    *Set 5*
    4(5x100 FR on 1:20, :30 rest) w/Fins, Paddles, +Snorkel on rounds 1&3
    **1:03-1:01

    *Cool Down*
    EZ 500 as BK/FR by 50

    Comments:
    Ready to begin moderate training after two years of mostly solo lap swimming going 4 sessions weekly of 3-4k and open water swimming at the SWF beaches on weekends. Planning to informally compete mostly in OWS and possibly a few SWF area USMS meets.

    Updated February 3rd, 2016 at 05:48 PM by fdtotten

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  17. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 02/04/2016

    by , February 3rd, 2016 at 12:47 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    1 X 250 4:00 3:45
    4 X 100 1:45 1:30
    1 X 200 kick 4:30 --
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    5 X 200 3:30
    Swim 2 X 100IM--negative split

    12 X 100 free 2:00
    #3-6-9-12 are strong--85/90%

    10 X 25
    odd: build to race finish
    even: blocks--sprint 25

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy
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  18. 2|2|16

    by , February 2nd, 2016 at 03:53 PM (Blog)
    10 x 15m (+ flip) DFS fr on 1:00
    16 x 20m DFS fr on 1:15

    Just worked on water entry and form. I am quite sore everywhere from yesterday's drylands.


    Later on:
    Yoga for swimmers - core and shoulders


    Events Feb 20 / 21:

    50's fr, fl, and br
    100 fr
    200 fr (still have to add this, already registered)
    and, whatever relays I am chosen for

    Updated February 3rd, 2016 at 11:39 AM by __steve__

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  19. Week 175 - Tuesday

    by , February 2nd, 2016 at 02:40 PM (After a long rest)
    I had a little bit better sleep last night and I must have been in a nice REM cycle when my alarm went off because I was really tired. After laying in bed for a couple of minutes(which I very seldom do) I felt much better. Today was my early dryland and swim workout. Both my elbows have been aching and this morning my right elbow in particular was very sore. I think this was likely due to all the back we did yesterday. Other than the elbow pain I felt good when I got warmed up and had a good workout.



    Drylands


    5x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest)
    2x(shoulder exercises with bands)
    5x(5xabs done as :45 secs on and :15 second transition) with 1min between rounds.
    6x(1:30 vasa swim trainer, :30 rest) all out

    I used the ab roller again today and my strain from two weeks ago has healed and I felt no discomfort at all. I also added two medicine ball exercises into the routine today doing oblique twists and vsits with the ball. I also used the bench on the planks and did elevated leg planks.


    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45


    main sets
    10x50 kick on :55
    20x50 on :50 to my feet at 1000 race pace(:29/:30)
    200 easy
    3x(4x25 on :40 as open,close,easy,fast with fins)


    warm down
    300 easy


    I held saw :30s on every 50 so would guess due o spotting challenges I was :29s on the 50s at 1000 pace. I plan on adding this into my weekly workout on either Tuesday or Thursday. I may drop the send off to :45 and see how I get on. This set did not feel like the same level of effort as a 1000 so need to mess with the send off.


    I entered nationals yesterday soon after it opened. i cant make the 50 back or 50 free work so will be doing the 100,200 back and the 100,200,500,1000 free. I am looking forward to the meet and while I was doing the entry also signed up for the DAM Spring meet and the South Central Zone meet.
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  20. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 02/03/2016

    by , February 2nd, 2016 at 01:20 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    LCM
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30 3:30
    2 X 150 2:45 2:30
    2 X 100 1:45 1:40
    3 X 100 kick 2:30 2:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    10 X 50--choice-- 1:15
    #1 swim: easy #2-8: 25 sprint/25 easy

    1 X 200 moderate 3:30
    1 X 100 fast 3:00
    200 is free/100 is choice
    Three rounds

    5 X 200 pull or swim
    Descend 1-3 on 3:20
    Swim #4 and 5 best effort on 4:00

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

    4600M
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