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  1. The End of February...YAY!

    by , February 28th, 2011 at 12:18 PM (Year Three: The Road Back)
    YAY! February is FINALLY over! First of all, it's been a crazy month - weather-wise. With the beginning of the month having ice storms to today - with 2.5+ inches of rain overnight and schools delayed because of all the flooding.... E-gads. Makes you wonder what's next?!

    My total for the February Fitness Challenge? 112,200 yards swam over 27 days. Of course, I now have a slight injury -either from overuse or from shoveling the last load of really heavy, wet snow on Friday (or probably a combination of the two). Anyways, my back/ left side is absolutely aching when I twist or lift my left arm up and down (golly - kind of like a freestyle stroke). So, I decided that after 27 days in a row of swimming, I am going to take tomorrow off - and see how I feel on Wednesday. I suppose if there is any time to be injured, it's right now. The state meet is four weeks away and Y Nationals are six weeks. But... I'm rather hoping that diligent stretching over the next two days will help the muscles get back to normal and I'll be able to refocus on sprinting - and to be in the pool doing something other than kicking.

    Today's workout was primarily a kick-fest, with some breaststroke work thrown in for good measure. Oddly enough, breaststroke - which is my least favorite of the four - had the only arm motion that wasn't excruiatingly painful. The other way I got around my pain was to do fly one arm drills for a good portion of the workout. Of course, I only drilled with one arm....

    Enjoy your swims tomorrow for me!

    Updated March 1st, 2011 at 11:31 AM by kgernert

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  2. Monday, 2/28/11

    by , February 28th, 2011 at 12:03 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo

    Warm up
    200 free build from easy to moderate
    4 x 75/1:20 build
    - swam as 50 free/25 back
    200 IM: 25 kick/25 swim
    6 x 50 ds: - 3/1:00, 3/50
    - did back on 1-3, free on 4-6

    Main Set: Back/Fly/Free
    Did each round of 100's as:
    #1 - 75 Back/25 Fly
    - times were 130
    #2 - 75 Free/25 Breast
    - times were 1:30
    #3 - all Free
    - times were 1:20

    Swim 3 x 100/2:00 ds to strong
    Kick 4 x 50/1:10 ds to strong
    - flutter w/board, times were 1:00-1:02
    Swim 3 x 100/2:00 ds to strong
    Kick 4 x 50/1:05 ds to strong
    - flutter on back, times were 54
    Swim 3 x 100/2:00 ds to strong
    Kick 4 x 100/1:00 ds to fast
    - flutter on back, times were 53
    Swim 3 x 100/2:00 ds to fast

    Cool down
    100 easy

    Total: 2900 yards
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  3. An up and down meet

    by , February 28th, 2011 at 11:22 AM (Life in the (not so) fast lane)
    It was double posted. Looks like I messed up the deletion of one of the posts. Reposting...

    This is my first year doing meets, and Saturday's meet is only my third SCY meet ever, so I'm a noob. All things considered, the meet was just kind of okay. I did:

    50 free: 29.36

    This was very disappointing. My last time was 29.03 and I was absolutely certain I was going to break into the 28s this time given how I was swimming in practice, but it was not to be. It felt like in the movie A Christmas Story when Ralph gets a C+ on his essay. Next time.

    50 breast: 40.91

    This was a total WTF, since I've been under 40 the last couple of times I did it. I felt good and someone was right beside me the whole way, so I was pushing hard. Maybe a late start? Slow turn? I don't know.

    100 free: 1:08.36

    I was happy with this, since this is a best time for me. My splits were 36.03, 32.33.

    200 free: 2:32.29

    This was okay, since I generally *hate* 200s of anything. At least I hate doing them in practice. I felt good here, and will probably do this event next time. I expect to beat this time handily at the next meet. My splits leave plenty of room for improvement with more disciplined training: 38.99, 40.74, 38.34, 34.22

    100 IM: 1:24.57

    About average for me, and I didn't beat my seed time. On the backstroke leg, I'm convinced the pool water suddenly changed to molasses. It really happened! My splits: 43.69, 40.88
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  4. Monday, Feb. 28, 2011 5:00am

    by , February 28th, 2011 at 10:04 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    My wife and I started the P90X program last Friday night, and have done 3 days of it so far, and feeling pretty good. Day #2 was actually the hardest day, like in most things, but once you get past that it seemed easier. We'll see as the adventure continues.

    P90X:
    Friday: UML - 45 minutes
    Saturday: Cardio Intervals (one set) - 30 minutes
    Sunday: Cardio Intercals (two sets) - 60 minutes
    My legs/knees are really feeling the brunt of this new workout addition. I'm a sea animal, not a land animal. But at least I know its just muscle fatigue.

    Swimming
    Warmup:
    200 Free
    200 Free Pull

    600 IM Fairly Fast - went 7:55
    1:00 rest
    400 IM AFAP after the 600 went 5:05
    1:00 rest
    200 IM AFAP after that went 2:25

    I was really happy with the way I felt doing these, and the times seemed to be pretty good. Had another guy jump in a start swimming during the middle of the 600, so I just had to avoid him.

    400 Free Pull stretch out

    Twice thru:
    4 x 50 Free @ :45
    50 Kick

    8 x 25 Dive Sprints & swim EZ back

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    2900 Yards
  5. MATT Monday Workout

    by , February 28th, 2011 at 08:35 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    400 Warm-up

    3 x 100 - 1:25
    2 x 100 - 1:20
    1 x 100 - 1:15
    16 x 25 - :30 Easy Free/Hard Stroke
    3 x 100 - 1:25
    2 x 100 - 1:20
    1 x 100 - 1:15
    16 x 25 - :30 Kick

    3 x 100 - 1:25
    2 x 100 - 1:20
    1 x 100 - 1:15
    2 x 100 - 1:20
    3 x 100 - 1:25

    50 Easy

    16 x 25 - :40 Breath Control

    150 Cool down

    (4100 Total)
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  6. Back to the grind with some evil stoking

    by , February 28th, 2011 at 07:32 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Tired from coaching this weekend but it was great Sandra did really well.

    We diddn't have a clock for the first part of the workout the first set I did using my wrist watch.

    10x100@1:45 Free
    500 Breast kick w/brfins
    5x100@:10R back kick w/fins burn thighs burn
    10x50@1:00 Breast pull w/paddles & fins use dolphin motion
    500 Free every 3rd lap FAST Breast
    5x100@1:40 Free #1-4 with min 4 beat kick # 5 normal 2 beat

    Total 3500 yards
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  7. Sadness, so behind on my GTD!

    by , February 27th, 2011 at 10:24 PM (Trying to Train Smarter, Not Just Harder)
    This week started out so promising!! I was on my third day in the water in a row! Kinda worried that my arms might not hold out for day 6, but excited to be back at it, when blam! Out of nowhere, I get hit with a nasty vomiting virus!! 1:45 in the morning Thursday morning I was rewriting my plans for the week. Friday morning I realized I was now back to my usual "pace" for GTD and that I wasn't going to be back in the water until Saturday at the earliest. Saturday, I was determined, I was going to get in 5000, no matter how ugly it was, just to get the darn distance in! Then I actually dove in the pool, and in about 25 yards realized I should've stayed home because I still felt pretty puny. I limped through 1500 and then tucked my tail between my legs and went back home to bed. Took off today too - can't believe I get sick the week I get a new grandbaby! Can't go visit the baby and breathe nasty germs on her! Her might get sick too! And then her mommy might get really pissed off & not let me come back for a while! Poo.
    On the positive side - feeling much more myself today. Got in lots of baby time - now have lots of baby clothes in the dryer & my swim gear in the car for AM practice. Maybe this week I'll get a bit closer to that darn GTD pace clock!

    Updated February 27th, 2011 at 10:25 PM by Celestial

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  8. did not get to post yesterday

    by , February 27th, 2011 at 07:50 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Managed to get a quick swim in before the warmups for the kids state meet. only 2000 yards then off to coach. I AM TIRED!

    They did an awesome job.

    1000 Free as 200 swim/pull/swim/kick/swim
    3x200@4:00 Fly as 50 rt arm/50 lt arm/50 kick/50 swim w/fins
    200 free kick w/fins
    200 free easy

    Total 2000 yards.
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  9. Sunday, Feb. 27

    by , February 27th, 2011 at 07:49 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Mini Drylands, 45 minutes:

    broomstick twists & dislocations
    med ball slams, 2 x 10
    flutter kicks on bosu, 2 x 50
    bicycles on bosu, 2 x 25
    long arm crunches, 50
    hip hinges, 20 x 1 x 10, each leg

    RC work, 15 minutes (arm extensions, external rotators, chops on yoga ball with hand weights, scapular scrunches, arm circles, cavic drill with hand weights)


    Stretching/Yoga, 30 minutes:

    One day, I'll list and provide links to my stretches. Too busy now -- must watch the Oscars.

    And one of USMS's own, nationally ranked Susan Dawson-Cook, has produced her own DVD on stretching. Check it out:

    http://www.susandawson-cook.com/pers...st_stretch.htm


    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    This was another "Technique Sunday."

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    3 x through:

    100 single arm (alternate left & right by 25)
    100 kick
    4 x 25 shooters
    2 x 50 drill

    #1 = fly
    #2 = back
    #3 = breast

    -- For breast, I did the "shooters" as 1 pull 3 kick. I did the 50 drills as BR pull.

    8 x 25 breast drill
    alternate dolphin kick with breast kick

    -- My timing is still off on my breaststroke kick. Though I did realize that when I'm kicking, I'm not kicking very hard but going through the motions because I'm usually focusing on a quick recovery. Doh, might go faster if I think about my kick instead.

    16 x 25
    odds = easy speed fly
    evens = easy

    8 x 25 breast drill
    alternate dolphin kick with breast kick

    8 x 25
    odds = easy speed fly
    evens - easy

    -- I wanted to do more, but there was a portly noodling type in my narrow lane. Just made it extremely difficult.

    100 EZ

    Total: 2700 meters

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    Commentary:

    Mini was at a volleyball tournament, Lil Fort at a birthday party and Mr. Fort cycling, so I headed out to the gym this afternoon. It was unusually crowded in the pool. Good thing I didn't have a serious workout planned!

    I've seen all the Oscar nominated movies except Winter's Bone. I'm torn between The Fighter and The King's Speech for best picture, though I guess the favorite may be The Social Network.

    I did finally get myself signed up for the Warrenton meet (100 fly/50 fly/100 IM) and I saw that the meet was up to 85 people. I'm hoping my foot won't hurt to go off the blocks. My right foot is in the back position, so I need to bend it and push off. This round of PRP seems to be hurting slightly longer than the previous times. Perhaps this is because the doc focused on the inside of the foot, which is always being worked. I wasn't really sure what times to enter. I rarely swim the 100 fly and 100 IM untapered. In fact, due to meet line ups and such, I haven't swum the 100 IM since December 2009. I probably ought to swim one in practice!

    Updated February 27th, 2011 at 08:49 PM by The Fortress

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  10. Saturday and Sunday

    by , February 27th, 2011 at 07:22 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    Saturday was a short swim with the Nasti Tribe! Here's how it went:
    **400 Warm-up swim
    **3 X through:
    350 pull on 5:30
    4 X 25 Stroke on :30
    200 swim @ 4:00 (alternate stroke/freestyle)
    **4 X 100 Free @ 2:00--all out steady
    **150 cool-down.

    2,900 scy

    Sunday was another Nasti swim:

    **800 Freestyle warm-up swim
    **super 500 swim (recovery 25's fly)
    **Repeat 4 X through:
    8 X 50 Descending :5 each swim(1:10/ 1:05/ 1:00/ 55:00/ 50:00/ 45:00/ 40:00/ 35:00)
    **easy 200 cool-down

    3,100 scy

    This afternoon a few of my Nasti friends organized a 3 mile "Princess of Peace" fun run on the Monon Trail. The run was an effort to provide community based educational opportunities for young girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan. A teacher can be paid for 1 year with each $600.00 raised. There were probably 100 or so kids and adults out for the run. Most people were in costumes; princesses, prince's, and queens!! Awards were given for the best costumes!
    Considering I have not been out for a a run since October I was happy to feel great and run at a steady 7:20 pace. Afterwards we all gathered at a local brewhouse for snacks and beer! It was a delightfully fun day and always good to help out our fellow man-kind!
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  11. Lotta Time Doing Nuthin', Saturday, Feb. 26

    by , February 26th, 2011 at 10:38 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    @ Gym:

    RC work, 15 minutes

    Stretching/Yoga, 45 minutes

    Hottub, 25 minutes


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    Commentary:

    Today was my off day, so I decided to work on banishing the lactic acid in the legs (which were sore after yesterday's AFAP kick fest). All this incidental cross training to keep/get the body ready is really time consuming. But I felt great after a prolonged stretch.

    Had a horrible night's sleep though, so need to try to correct that tonight. Every single person in my house was up early on a Saturday: the teens left at 6:45 for crew practice, Mr. Fort got up at 7:00 for a 22 mile run, Lil Fort was up early as usual, my house guests left early to watch the Syracuse v. Georgetown game. My house was a cacphony! I finally gave up on sleep and arose to have a major bakathon, shocking myself as I thought I had shed all vestiges of domesticity. Nothing to rival Gigi though.

    After feeling great from stretching, I've resolved to make March the Month of the Stretch. If I fail to blog that I have stretched, you are allowed to engage in vicious personal attacks, snide remarks and cast all manner of aspersions upon me. You don't even have to use the Jazzy fake smilie.

    Ahelee left me a very amusing link on Facebook from the McCaffreyCap. http://tv.swimmingworldmagazine.com/...-episodes/9376. I am definitely in need of the "I am Tapering" shirt so that my family might let me stay off my feet. I like the idea of excusable neglect. There is also a funny bit from Eric Knight, who wrote a song about the Mid-College Thread on the college swimming messageboard being shut down. Apparently, discussion was "too passionate." I'm sure we are very tame by comparison!

    There was a very nice article in the Washington Post about Jack Conger, PV swimmer extraordinaire, who is actually one of Mini's swim buds. She's off watching him and other swim friends tonight at the Washington Metro swim and dive champs.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...022406741.html

    Updated February 27th, 2011 at 01:26 PM by The Fortress

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  12. Saturday, Feb. 26, 2011 11:30am @ YMCA

    by , February 26th, 2011 at 04:56 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    ***Note: This is a repeat workout that I've done in the past, but it's a good one and I can really keep myself moving, especially when I swim on my own at the YMCA. Feel free to steal it for your own workouts!! I'll post the dropsite for the $5.00 donations later.

    Warmup:
    200 Free
    100 Back
    100 Free

    6 x 25 Fly @ :30
    6 x 50 Back/Breast @ :60
    6 x 75 Back/Breast/Free @ 1:20
    6 x 100 IM @ 1:40

    4 x 25 Fly @ :25
    4 x 50 Back/Breast @ :55
    4 x 75 Back/Breast/Free @ 1:15
    4 x 100 IM @ 1:30

    2 x 25 Fly @ :20
    2 x 50 Back/Breast @ :50
    2 x 75 Back/Breast/Free @ 1:10
    2 x 100 IM @ 1:20

    100 EZ
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    3500 Yards

    Today was unusually busy for the lap swim at the Y. They had 5 lanes setup for laps with 1 lane set up for the .

    Each of the lap lanes already had 2 in each splitting the lane, except one, which I jumped into quick. No more than 5 minutes later another 4-5 people came on to the pool deck to swim. I was thinking that this was going to get interesting really quick.

    I luckily was swimming with two others who knew how to circle swim, and at least could swim at a decent pace (one was a fellow masters swimmer from another team who was visiting his family in town). I managed to work around/with them for a majority of my set. The other lap lanes were just a disaster as I would occasionally glance over and see people all over the place in their lanes. . I was still laughing on the inside.
  13. Saturday, 2/26/11

    by , February 26th, 2011 at 01:10 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    SCY, Solo


    Warm up
    300 swim free & baclk
    100 kick on back
    4 x 100/1:50 pull with P&B

    Set #1:
    3 x 400/20sr
    - Did these on 6:15, went 5:50-6:00-6:00

    Set #2:
    5 x 100/2:00 ds 3 - 2
    - back, went 1:35->1:30 each time
    6 x 25/45 FAST
    - 2 fly, 2 back, 2 free
    3 x 100/1:50 strong build
    - back, went 1:30 for all 3
    4 x 25/50 FAST
    - 1 ea stroke, IM order

    Set #3: Kicks
    1 x 600 continuous
    - with fins, 200 flutter w/board, 200 dolphin on back, 200 flutter on back, time was under 10:00

    Cool down
    150 easy free & back

    Total: 3800 yards
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  14. 2/26 Team Practice

    The focus for today was to keep my stroke long and work on a little bit of pacing. I have really let my stroke fall apart when my body has had enough lately. Plus, I have struggled with pacing my swims.

    Pacing will be my focus for awhile.

    The last bit of the "broken" 1000 was a little to fast for me today. I did the best I could and am happy with what I did.

    The little sets afterward were really designed to get our strokes back to normal and stretch out.


    400 FREE
    100 STROKE

    100 @ 1:20
    200 @ 2:34
    300 @ 3:45
    400 @ 4:48

    5 x 100 @ 2:00 BREATHE 3/5/3/5 BY 25 LONG AND SMOOTH

    5 TIMES THROUGH
    50 @ 50 SMOOTH PULL
    50 @ 50 BUILD (PADDLES ONLY)
    50 @ 1:20 ALL OUT (PADDLES ONLY)

    8 X 50 @ 60
    WORK ON LONG STROKE WITH SIX BEAT KICK

    450 W/D

    3600

    I WAS GLAD TO HAVE SOME DRILL TYPE SETS AFTER THE FIRST SET. i HAVE A LOT OF POOL WORK TO DO. ONE DAY AT A TIME.
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  15. Saturday Workout

    by , February 26th, 2011 at 08:54 AM (Pete's swim blog)
    SCY

    250 Warm up

    3 x 100 Free - 1:20
    1 x 200 down worst stroke/back best stroke

    200 Kick
    100 Free
    4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    200 Kick
    200 Free
    4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    200 Pull
    300 Free
    4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00
    200 Pull
    400 Free
    4 x 50 IM Order - 1:00

    4 x 100 IM - 1:45
    200 Free
    4 x 100 Free - 1:30
    200 IM

    200 Cool down

    (4750 Total)

    Made an apheresis donation yesterday at the Red Cross so I was still feeling a bit sluggish. Never could get my fly going. Negative split all the 200+ freestyle sets. Very thankful to have HSA welcome me in on Saturday mornings.
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  16. Friday, Feb. 25, 2011 7:00pm @ YMCA & Start P90X!!

    by , February 26th, 2011 at 12:14 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Hot pool again, too hot for our kind of swimming. I was just sluggish tonight. I think it also didn't help that I was swimming so late in the evening, since I'm normally an early morning swimmer. Pulled out the breaststroke fins for a little speed work/fun.

    Warmup:
    200 Free
    100 Kick
    200 IM Drill
    500 Free Pull

    5 x 50 Breast Drill w/ Breaststroke Fins (1 P/1 Kick, 1 P/2 Kick, 1 P/3 Kick) @ 1:00
    250 Free
    5 x 50 Breast w/ Breaststroke Fins @ 1:00 (:37/:38s)
    250 Free

    100 Free @ 1:30 (1:10s)
    50 Fly @ 1:00 (:31s)
    --Repeat 4 times

    8 x 50 Back @ :50 (:41s)
    2 x 100 Back @ 1:30 (1:20s)

    8 x 25 Breast w/ fins @ :30 (:18s)

    75 EZ
    25 Fly FAST and outta here!!
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    3500 Yards

    Got home from the pool, and my wife and I decided to throw in the intro DVD of the P90X program to get started. It has 2 bonus workouts on it also, so we got started...and holy it works you in places you never knew could hurt!! I can tell I'm going to be sore, but I'm going to try to stick with this as regular as I can. I figure swimming 5 days M,T,W,Th, F, and 5 days of P90X program M, W, F, Sa, Su should be good for me.
    I'm not used to sweating like this either...I'm a swimmer!! This dryland is gonna be tough!!

    Updated February 26th, 2011 at 01:31 AM by jaadams1

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  17. For once the young kid showed up!!!!

    by , February 25th, 2011 at 09:18 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    I felt great this morning. Nice strong and so loose. Time for 14 & Under States! They did let masters swim first.

    400 Free
    4x100@1:40 Free
    4x50@1:00 Free
    12x25@:30 IM order 3 times
    2x100@:45R Free FAST
    4x100@1:40 Free
    4x50@1:00 Choice
    2x200@3:30 Free
    8x25@:30 IM order 2 times
    400 Free w/paddles & bouy
    500 Free every 3rd lap 1 arm fly
    100 Free easy

    Total 3700 yards
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  18. A little bonus workout!!

    by , February 25th, 2011 at 06:01 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I was surprised this morning @ 5:40 a.m. with a call for a 2 hour delay!!!! Seventy minutes later I received another call notifying me school was cancelled today!!!!! Yippee! I had no idea we were getting a storm that would dump 6" of snow and produce high winds. The funny thing is by 9:00 a.m. the wind stopped and the sun came out!!!!
    I usually take Friday off; I'm just so spent by Friday it just doesn't make good sense to exert myself physically.
    Needless to say I decided to do a short solo workout today!! I spent the morning playing with my new Nook and polishing up the kitchen. I reported to the Monon around 12:30 and did the following short workout in 52 minutes while feeling totally jazzed!

    **400 Freestyle Swim
    **Repeat 3X:
    4 X 25 Dolfin Kick @ 35 (12.5 yds underwater, the rest on surface)
    2 X 50 Flutter Kick @ 1:00
    **Repeat 2 Times:
    4 X 50 Freestyle Pull @ 1:00
    4 X 50 Drill Butterfly @ 1:10
    4 X 75 @ 1:30 (50 fly/25 back, 50 back/25 breast, 50 breast/25 free, 50 free/25 fly)
    **200 IM stretched

    2,600 scy

    Time to meditate! I am such a meditation poser
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  19. Friday Feb 25

    by , February 25th, 2011 at 05:33 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    600 WU
    12x75 KPS IM order in 4 sets of 3 continuous thru 3 75's then rest :30

    400 K with flips alt 25 under 25 over work dolphin on stomach and back

    8x25 sprints 2 of each stroke with flips

    100 WD
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  20. Thursday Feb 24

    by , February 25th, 2011 at 05:31 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    600WU
    4x50 Pull descend on 1'
    8x25 IM SPEC drill on :45

    HQ
    3x100 SPEC on 3' 1:17, 1:17, 1:18
    6x75 FREE on 2' :47 or :46
    12x25 (broken 300 IM order) on :45
    easy 100

    200 kick SPEC with fins

    4x(50 drill on 1', 2x25 on :30, rest :30) SPEC

    4x75 IM order, KPS by 25. 10 sec rest

    200 WD
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