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  1. Nice swim today before the kids came

    by , December 4th, 2010 at 05:46 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    I really tried to get 3000 yards done before everyone showed up today.

    5x200@3:30 Free
    10x200@3:00 Free w/paddles & bouys held 2:40's on these

    Total 3000 yards

    Once the kids came I spent more time under water watching strokes and commenting.
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  2. Last Minute Meet, Sat., Dec. 4

    by , December 4th, 2010 at 02:27 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Last Minute SCM Meet:

    It's an odd feeling waking up late (8:15) and cruising into a meet mid way. I missed seeing some fast early swims, including Speedo's blazing 200 back (2:17). But I'm glad I got some start practice in before next weekend.

    50 fly split on the 100, 30.7 (?)

    Not sure about the official split. I'll have to wait for the results as the timing board was not in operation. Neill Williams very kindly timed my swim and gave me the following comments with which Speedo concurred: too shallow on start, poor breakout b/c of kicking on surface, great turn, good SDKs off turn (took 10, I think), bad finish, glided in big time, good speed, good stroke. I agree with all these points. I took 2 breaths on the second length, the second one really to sight the wall. I knew I was either going to have to glide or short stroke it. In my head, I wasn't too disturbed by this, as I considered this a practice swim. Hopefully, I can fix this at Boston. And I'm sticking with 2 breaths there as well.

    Since I didn't really feel any of that elusive "easy speed" in practice or warm up, I was pleased with this approximate time. And, well, I hadn't even shaved. hahaha. I went a 31.5 at the Albatross meet in March so this time is better and can be knocked down a bit more (I hope) with another week's rest.

    Swimming the second 50 was a bit of a chore. But I coffee breaked on the walls and Muppet waved to me at the 75.

    Edit: My official split was 31.1, not surprising since hand timing is generally faster. I knew I took a major glide at the end (and was even wondering if I should bother to finish the 100), but I'm still glad I did and it was still faster than my previous time. I sometimes find it disconcerting to do split requests because thoughts of what to do after the finish always creep into my head.


    25 free in the 200

    I felt like I had a much better start -- the correct depth and 4-5 SDKs before I started churning. Did a fast turn, hit the wall well, and then just cruised the rest of the 50 and hopped out. (I had told the referee in advance to DQ me.)


    Commentary:

    I'm still kinda tired from that little bit of sprinting, and I'm glad I didn't swim any other events.

    There was much fast swimming at the meet by all the usual PV suspects. I think Speedo PR'd all his events. I videotaped his 200 free. I'm not sure about the quality because I had just swum and wasn't holding the camera very still. The Little Devil chimed in on audio that Speedo got chicked on the last 50. By a very fast chick!

    Link to Results: http://www.pvmasters.org/results/pv1210.htm.

    I'm wondering if the SPMA meet has live results like last year?

    Results are out for the NW Zones meet too: https://www.clubassistant.com/c/EBB7...%20results.pdf. Very fast times from Ellen Reynolds.

    Interview with Dara: http://www.freep.com/article/2010112...an-Dara-Torres

    NE Champs:

    psych sheets:
    http://www.greatbaymasters.org/10Psych.pdf

    timeline:
    http://www.greatbaymasters.org/10Session.pdf -- my kind of meet: first event not until after 11:00 am and plenty of rest.

    Updated December 4th, 2010 at 09:07 PM by The Fortress

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  3. Easy day, plus goggle testing

    This morning I swam at Riverbank again. I love the Christmas tree vendors that set up on the city sidewalks this time of year—my walk to the subway in the mornings now takes me through several little fragrant “groves” of Douglas firs.

    This morning, between getting to the pool late and taking some time once I got there to catch up with a pal I hadn’t seen for a while, it turned out to be a shorter workout than I’d initially planned on. That was fine, since I was still a bit sore and tired from yesterday. Here’s what I did:

    1000 lcm warmup

    8 x 100 @ 1:45, desc. 1-4 and 5-8 [I did the first 4 FR/BK, the second 4 FR, and took about :30 rest between the 2 sets]

    7 x 200 FR > IM > FR pacman set [I did this one with a swim buddy, with about 5-10 seconds between 200s. I think the fly in this set may have scared away potential lanemates—we had our own lane almost all of the way through, despite there being 5 swimmers in the next lane over. Go figure.]

    1200 pull / drills / play / warmdown

    I’ve been clearing out the closet where I keep my swim stuff, and today I brought to the pool a handful of goggles that I had acquired over the years and not worn much, to see which I might ever wear and which should be given away or thrown out. I like my current standbys, Speedo GCGs, really well for workouts of up to 1.5 to 1.75 hours, but if I wear them much longer than that they feel like they’re putting an uncomfortable amount of pressure on my face, even if I loosen the strap as much I can without them leaking.


    (pictured from top: Speedo GCGs, Nike goggles, Finis goggles, View Sniper goggles)

    I tried a pair of Nike goggles with silicone gaskets that were really comfortable to wear—I couldn’t really even feel them once they were on my face--but pulling them off my eyes created an uncomfortable amount of suction. That’s not good for pool workouts, where I’m taking the eyepieces on and off all the time, but these might work for OW, especially since they’re lightly mirrored/ tinted. Verdict: keepers.

    I also tested a pair of Finis goggles that had biggish foam gaskets that were very comfortable and stayed on my face well with very little strap tightness. However, the gasket construction offset the goggles from my face enough so that there’s a significant space between where the strap attached to the goggle and where it met my cap. When I pushed off the wall, that part of the goggle strap vibrated as it traveled through the water and made an audible twang. (The fact that this portion of goggle strap is cylindrical rather than flat probably heightens the effect). When I tried tightening the goggle straps the sound changed, but didn’t go away, plus the goggles got less comfortable. I was amused at first to have goggles that sang to me on each turn, but I think this might get annoying after a while. I'm not sure if I'll keep these or not.

    The View Sniper goggles had great peripheral vision, and I like the amber lenses--my view of the pool bottom, in all its band-aidy and hairy glory, was quite excellent. But they’re just not comfortable at all for sustained wearing—like swedish goggles, there’s no give at all to the gaskets. I’ve worn the dark versions of these for outdoor backstroke and IM races at meets, because they are the darkest goggles I’ve found and great to wear when forced to look up into the sun. But I can’t see a scenario where I’ll find the amber ones especially useful, so I think I’ll give these away to a friend who likes hard-gasket goggles.

    All of the various pairs of goggles worked well with considerably less strap tightness than my GCGs, so that makes me think it might be worthwhile to keep searching for a pair that I can more comfortably wear for longer swims, both in the pool and open water. Any suggestions?
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  4. Friday, Dec. 3

    by , December 3rd, 2010 at 04:41 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCM/Solo:

    Just hopped in for a meet warm up. I felt warmed up after about 20 minutes, which is surprising for me. I usually take awhile to loosen up, so I did a bit more anyway. Just did slow swimming, some one arm fly, 1 x build to fast free, 1 x fast back kick, and 2 x dolphin kick bursts. Sat in whirlpool afterward.

    The women's locker room at my gym has been renovated. Sadly, though, they've done away with the steam room.

    Felt better in the water today. Looking forward to the meet tomorrow. Of course, I'm not doing much so there's no pressure.

    Good luck to everyone swimming this weekend at the various meets around the country!
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  5. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -12/06/10

    by , December 3rd, 2010 at 02:12 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    4 X 75 1:15 1:05
    6 X 50 :50 :45
    Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 200 moderate 3:00
    1 X 100 easy 2:00
    2 X 50 @ 100% 1:30
    Three rounds.
    IM'ers: Round 1 50's fly, round 2 back, round 3 breast.

    1 X 200 kick 4:20
    4 X 75 kick 1:40

    1 X 200 free 3:00 2:50 2:45
    1 X 200 IM 3:30 3:20 -
    Three rounds. Round 1 intervals left, round 2 middle, round 3 right.

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    4900Y
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  6. Today's workout was tough

    This morning I swam at Riverbank with a couple of swim buddies. Here’s what I did:

    800 lcm warmup (400 S, 200 K, 200 P)

    The Gauss Set (aka No Rest for the Weary)
    100 IM, 800 FR [12:04 (6:05, 5:59)]
    200 IM, 700 FR [10:27]
    300 IM, 600 FR [8:55]
    400 IM, 500 FR [7:27]
    500 IM
    [The original set was a little longer, with each round adding up to 1000 rather than 900m--I cut a 100 from each of the FR swims to keep up with my lanemates’ intervals. My goals were to 6-beat kick on every other length of FR, and keep my times under 1:30 pace. I did pretty well on the kicking; I missed my time goal on the first swim because I went out a bit too pokey, but then settled into a good pace. I was getting about 1:00 rest after each FR swim, and about 5 seconds after each IM.
    Today's discovery (about kicking): IMs become a little less fun when when your legs are already fatigued from swimming FR.]

    400 pull warmdown
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  7. Fri Dec 3rd 2010

    by , December 3rd, 2010 at 09:50 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Fri Dec 3rd 2010

    been having fun following
    SC Nats


    went to the Texas Invitational
    caught part of prelims &
    watch Finals till the break after the 50 fr


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    Masters of South Central Regional SCM Championships is 1 days away
    Sat Dec 4th & Sun 5th
    San Antonio, TX
    ENTERED more events than I plan to swim
    just wanted to give myself some choices:
    SAT:
    02 400 IM
    06 50 bk
    14 50 fr
    16 100 bk
    18 100 IM
    SUN:
    30 400 fr probably going for a split time
    34 50 br
    40 200 IM
    42 50 fl

    just renewed my USMS membership for 2011
    Don't have a masters team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters


    scy
    whitney coached
    UT Swim Center, diving well & main pool center course, BLOCKS
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:33ish
    trained with Mike and Todd, & Bess
    WORE yingfa jammer

    WARM UP
    500ish did easy 50's

    50 SDK fast
    roll start off blocks
    whitney timed
    went 24.0

    didn't breathe before the turn

    200 easy

    25 fl FAST
    from a LEGIT start
    whitney timed
    went 10.4


    100 easy
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  8. Thu Dec 2nd 2010

    by , December 3rd, 2010 at 09:40 AM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Thu Dec 2nd 2010

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    Next meet is 2 days away:
    Masters of South Central Regional SCM Championships
    Sat Dec 4th & Sun 5th
    San Antonio, TX
    ENTERED more events than I plan to swim
    just wanted to give myself some choices:
    SAT:
    02 400 IM
    06 50 bk
    14 50 fr
    16 100 bk
    18 100 IM
    SUN:
    30 400 fr probably going for a split time
    34 50 br
    40 200 IM
    42 50 fl

    just renewed my USMS membership for 2011
    Don't have a masters team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters


    scy
    whitney coached
    UT Swim Center, main pool center course, BLOCKS
    6:30 - 8:00 dove in 6:33ish
    trained with Mike and Todd, & Bess
    WORE yingfa jammer

    WARM UP
    400ish did easy 50's

    25 fl fast
    legit start off blocks
    whitney timed
    went 10.4


    200 easy

    50 bk FAST
    from a LEGIT backstroke start
    whitney timed
    went 24.9


    200 easy
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  9. Limited time today

    by , December 3rd, 2010 at 08:23 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Trying to get done before they start warmup for the college meet.

    10x100@1:40 Free
    1000 kick w/fins alternate 100 fly/100 free kick
    100,200,300,400@1:30Base Free w/paddles & bouy holding 1:25 pace nice and loose
    200 Free Easy

    Total 3200 yards
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  10. Dec 2, 2010

    by , December 2nd, 2010 at 11:15 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    20 min WU
    4x50 on 45 raise heartrate
    300 kick alt 50 FR, 50 stroke

    P400 mod (1:30 base) Swim 8x50 85% Hard on 1:00 (held 30-32 from push)
    P200 mod, Swim 4x50 hard
    P100 mod, Swim 4x25 hard on :40

    easy 100

    2x300IM broken by 50 on 1:00

    200 WD
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  11. Thursday Solo

    by , December 2nd, 2010 at 11:01 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    I swam after school at the Monon Center solo. The pool was amazing; I was sharing with an aqua-jogger, the lane next to me contained 2 autistic boys and a facilitator, 7 noodle class ladies were in lanes 5/6, and lane 4 was a level 3 (?) swimming lesson with 7 kids. Somehow we all managed to do what we were there for and stay out of each others way!

    Today I finally got ahead of my GTD goal!!! Here's the workout:

    **4 X 200 Free on 3:30 interval (Swim/ Kick/ Pull/ Swim)
    **2 X 50 Flutter Kick
    **4 X 175 Freestyle on 3:10 interval
    **2 X 50 Backstroke Kick
    **4 X 150 IM Roll Order Rest:20 sec
    **2 X 50 Dolfin Kick
    **4 X 125 Freestyle on 2:10 interval
    **2 X 50 Breast Kick
    **4 X 100 IM on 2:00 interval
    **2 X 50 flutter Kick
    **4 X 75 Free on 1:15 interval
    **2 X 50 Flutter Kick on side
    **4 X 50 Free on :50 interval
    **2 X 50 Dollfin on back
    **4 X 25 Butterfly on :30
    **2 X 50 Flutter Kick

    4,400 scy
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  12. Thursday, Dec. 2

    by , December 2nd, 2010 at 05:37 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    600 various

    6 x 50 fly drills @ 1:00

    6 x (25 EZ speed fly + 25 EZ)

    8 x (25 shooter + 25 EZ)
    odds = back
    evens = belly

    50 EZ

    Total: 1650

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    Commentary:

    Just did a slow easy swim focusing on technique. No easy speed for me yet though.

    About to head off to a banquet to open the high school swim season. Tomorrow night is the first meet. Good thing I checked the volunteer schedule, as I'm officiating. Pretty much a no brainer at these meets. Mini has expressed interest in re-joining a USAS team. We're mulling over what might be the right team/group fit for her. Not sure if will work with volleyball in the mix ... Some coaches are strict about the # of practices.

    Psych sheets for the Last Minute Meet are out. There's almost 100 swimmers, and the usual fast suspects are there. I think it will be fun just to attend, spectate and do my wee sprints!

    Nationals is on NBC at 3:00 on Saturday Dec. 11!

    Livestream at: http://www.swimnetwork.com/

    Updated December 4th, 2010 at 08:00 PM by The Fortress

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  13. Yep! I still hate running!

    by , December 2nd, 2010 at 04:18 PM (A comfort swimmer's guide to easy swimming)
    Yesterday and today at the gym on the dreadmill.

    35 minutes of walk/run. I hope it starts to get easier soon.
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  14. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout -12/03/10

    by , December 2nd, 2010 at 12:46 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    SCY
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    2 X 150 2:30 2:15
    3 x 100 1:40 1:30
    Two times through. Round 1 intervals left, round 2 right.

    4 X {3 X 100 2:00
    2 moderate/1 fast
    Choice

    2 X 200 kick 4:30
    8 X 25 sprint kick :45

    4 X 400 6:45
    #1 IM
    #2&3 50 stroke/50 free
    #4 Free/negative split

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy 1:00

    5200Y
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  15. Who's on deck?

    This morning I had planned to swim the TNYA workout, but no coach showed up for practice. Given my "coach emerita" status with that team, it sort of fell to me to come up with a plan for us all. I ended up hopping in and out of the water to explain sets and give intervals to various lanes, and probably got in about half the yardage, much of it during warmup. (I realized halfway through that simpler or longer sets would have meant more swimming for me, but such sets would also have been less fun for me when I did get to swim. Such dilemmas player-coaches face!) Here’s what the fast lane did:

    1000 scy warmup (400 S, 200 IM K, 200 pull, 200 rev. IM D/S by 25)

    8 x 75 K/D/S, IM order twice through, @ 1:20

    7 x 200 pacman FR > IM > FR set
    200 FR @ 2:50
    100 FR / 50 BR / 50 FR @ 3:00
    50 FR / 50 BK / 50 BR / 50 FR @ 3:10
    200 IM @ 3:20
    50 FL / 50 BK / 100 FR @ 3:10
    50 FL / 150 FR @ 3:00
    200 FR @ 2:50

    10 x 150 FR
    1 @ 2:10, 1 @ 2:05, 1 @ 2:00, 1 @ 1:55
    1 @ 2:05, 1 @ 2:00, 1@ 155
    1 @ 2:00, 1 @ 1:55
    1 @ 1:55
    [no breaks between rounds; goal is to descend first 4 and hold that pace for rest of set]

    8 x 50 @ 1:00 warmdown, odds FR, evens ST, emphasizing dps and streamlines off walls

    This wasn’t the worst day to be conscripted into coaching duty—I was able to swim yesterday, and will get to swim tomorrow morning as well, so I wasn’t in any way desperate for a workout. I do think I’ll add in some rowing today with my weights at the Y to make up for the missed aerobic activity, though.

    Updated December 2nd, 2010 at 12:30 PM by swimsuit addict

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  16. Over booked lanes today

    by , December 2nd, 2010 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    They over booked the lane space today so I had to swim with the master group. Normally I train next to them but my own workout. Atleast their numbers were down so I just split the lane with Tamera and continued.

    It was Evil Stroke day today for a while.

    10x100@1:40 Free
    3x200@:30R Breast kick w/brfins
    2x200@:30R Breast w/brfins & paddles
    10x100 Free w/paddles & bouy
    1-4@1:30, 5-7@1:25, 8-9@1:20, 10@1:15 went 1:26, 1:25, 1:24, 1:24, 1:19, 1:20, 1:20, 1:17, 1:16, 1:16 so yes I technically missed the last one by 1 second
    200 Free EASY

    Total 3200 yards had to beat the kids to the showers
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  17. I found the school pickle!!!!!

    by , December 1st, 2010 at 10:06 PM (Swimming, Life, and Other Stuff!)
    For the second time in 3 years I found the Christmas Pickle at Towne Meadow Elementary. I attribute this great feat to the fact that I'm not afraid to get down on all four's and crawl around on the floor which enables me to look under tables, chairs, potted plants, or anywhere else a pickle could be planted! For my victory I will secure a $50.00 Starbucks Card! This little victory plus the arrival of central Indiana's first day of snow made my Wednesday an especially fun one!

    As far as swimming goes I've been doing it; in fact tons for me. I just completed 57.6 miles for the month of November!
    My GTD goal is 500 miles this year. I have waffled on and off, here and there all year long but never been on the target for my goal. In October I decided to take the "bull by the horns" and do whatever it takes to reach the goal.
    I can't say my quality of swimming is anything to brag about but I have been getting myself to the pool regularly and working hard while I'm in the water. I am bound and determined to win the 500 mile free swimsuit reward!!

    We are having an ugly christmas sweater contest at school this year on our last day before break (end of semester teacher workday).
    I have an "old-school" christmas sweater my mom bought me in the early 1980's that can probably win. I'm thinking about adding some extra-embellishments to top it off to the extreme! Any ideas out there?
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  18. Wed., Dec. 1

    by , December 1st, 2010 at 08:22 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo:

    Warm up:

    600 various

    Main Sets:

    4 x (4 x 50)
    4 single arm fly @ 1:00
    4 backstroke @ 1:00
    4 breaststroke @ 1:15
    4 free @ 1:00

    5 x 100 backstroke kick, no fins, shooters on the 1st and 3rd 25 @ 2:00

    50 EZ

    3 x 50
    backstroke start & fast kick to 15 meters, then cruise

    50 EZ

    3 x (25 free + 50 EZ)

    25 EZ

    2 x (fast 50 breast + 100 EZ)

    50 EZ

    Total: 2750


    Yoga:

    Took Mini to the gym since, as a sophomore, she's not allowed to do weights with her high school team b/c she "is still growing." Hmm ... she's been the same height since 6th grade. Just as I have been until yoga grew me an inch. Anyway, I did 40 minutes of stretching while she pumped iron. And I'm feeling quite virtuous about it.


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    Commentary:

    Felt sluggish as expected. Plan to shift into high taper mode tomorrow with a short slow recovery swim and a meet warm up on Friday. After the Last Minute Meet on Saturday, I'll just do a recovery swim on Sunday and then a meet warm up type swim the rest of the week until I leave on Friday.

    I received an email from the primary contact at GBM confirming that the correction to my name had been made (despite the fact that the athlete entry list has not been updated). Whew. Still seems odd that there was no meet director listed on the meet info. You would think that would be a requirement.

    Updated December 1st, 2010 at 08:30 PM by The Fortress

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  19. Wed Dec 1st 2010

    by , December 1st, 2010 at 05:31 PM (Ande's Swimming Blog)
    Wed Dec 1st 2010

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    Next meet is 3 days away:
    Masters of South Central Regional SCM Championships
    Sat Dec 4th & Sun 5th
    San Antonio, TX
    ENTERED more events than I plan to swim
    just wanted to give myself some choices:
    SAT:
    02 400 IM
    06 50 bk
    14 50 fr
    16 100 bk
    18 100 IM
    SUN:
    30 400 fr probably going for a split time
    34 50 br
    40 200 IM
    42 50 fl

    just renewed my USMS membership for 2011
    Don't have a masters team?
    Register with Longhorn Masters


    scy
    whitney coached
    UT Swim Center, Diving well, NO BLOCK
    5:15 - 6:30 dove in 6:33ish
    trained with Mike and Todd, Jim,beside beth & Bess
    WORE yingfa jammer

    WARM UP
    350 ish

    50 bk FAST from a roll start
    went 24.1

    300 easy

    BROKEN 200 IM
    50 fl on 40 right into
    50 bk on 45 right into
    50 br on 50 right into
    50 fr
    went 26.2 28.8 33.6 26.8

    100 easy


    100 easy
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  20. November 30

    by , December 1st, 2010 at 04:22 PM (Keepin Track 2010)
    We had to cram a 90 minute workout into 60 tonight.

    15 min WU
    4x50 (#1 easy/fast by 25, #2 fast/easy #3 easy/easy #4 fast/fast) on 1:10
    Kick 300 hold underwaters to second light

    3x (P300, S300) on 4:30

    200 Kick with flips alt fast 50 swim/easy 50 kick

    S 4x50 alt easy and fast

    WD 200
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