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  1. Monday, February 10, 2014 12:20-12:55pm

    by , February 11th, 2014 at 02:58 AM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    I've been quite sporadic with my attendance at the pool lately, but other things take precedence I guess. Work and house remodel mainly, but I'm still trying to stay in some semblance of shape for my meet(s) coming up soon.

    I did enter a meet in western Washington on Sunday, the 23rd, in Kirkland with hopes to attend. This meets always tends to be well populated, and also has some fierce competition as well. I likey. I signed up for the 200 Free, 500 Free, 100 Fly, 200 Fly, and 200 IM I think.

    The other meet I'm signed up for is in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho on March 7-8. It's a SCM meet, and I'm swimming the 400 IM, 1500 Free, and 200 Fly on Friday night. Then on Saturday swimming the 400 Free, 100 Fly, 200 IM, 100 Free, and 200 well as a 25 Free and 25 Fly in the sprint events. A few relays will make this one extra fun too.
    I'm doing split requests in the meet too...planning to only race to the 800 (and 400) of the 1500 and cooldown the rest prior to the 200 Fly. On Saturday the plan is the split request the 400 Free (for a 200 Free time), since the 200 Free is just prior to the 100 Fly, and I want to go for Top Ten craziness all in one weekend.
    It looks good on paper...we'll see how the weekend really goes!!!!

    My swim this morning/afternoon, was kind of rushed in, since I only had a little over a 1/2 hour left of the lap swim time slot. It was mega crowded today, with no one knowing what the heck circle swimming or lane speed grouping means at all. I finally was able to get in, and then moved over with and old age group teammate of mine from way back in the day. We're both distance swimmers so we work well together. He can cream me in open water, but pool swimming is the other way around...mainly my turns are wayyyy better, and he can "outswim" me in a long stretch. Another reason I dislike long course meters as well.

    400 Free warmup

    400 Flutter Kick or Dolphin Kick w/ short fins on my back, while talking to Casey (who was fin kicking with a board) about my house project and other things.

    prior to this set Casey said he only had 10 minutes
    2 x 400 Free Pull @ 5:00 (he originally just wanted to do 1, but I talked him into it)
    went 4:35, and then 4:32
    We circle swam in the lane with me leading. It was good because he was near enough to me that if I slacked off I'd be getting run over. The 2nd one was a different story though.

    100 EZ

    8 x 25 @ :30 Odds EZ Free, Evens Fast Fly

    1 x 200 Free "pace" or EZ. Another guy wanted me to set a pace for him to follow holding 1:20/100 for a 200 time of 2:40. I was able to do that and finished right at 2:40...he however fell way back off pace after the 1st 50. More work to do bud...

    2100 Yards

    Updated February 11th, 2014 at 03:12 AM by jaadams1

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  2. Monday 2/10/14

    Monday 2/10

    AM and PM SCY

    AM swim:

    400 swim
    300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    200 kick w/ board
    100 I.M. drill

    4x100 @ 1:15 AE

    "I.M. Test Set"
    5x50 @ :50 FL (30.2-30.9)
    6x75 @ 1:20 BK (52.8-53.9)
    5x50 @ :50 BR (34.2-35.1)
    6x75 @ 1:20 FR (41.9-43.9)
    All of the above BEST AVG (except kind of sort of the FL, which was "smooth")

    4x75 @ 1:20 swim, last 25 under H2O kick w/ fins
    4x25 @ :10 rest scull
    200 EZ

    Total: 4000

    PM swim:

    300 swim
    300 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    200 swim
    200 kick w/ board
    100 swim
    100 I.M. drill

    8x75 @ 1:15 D1-4, 5-8
    8x25 @ :40 V.S.

    5x under H2O returns (12.5 yards out)

    400 @ 4:40 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    4x100 @ 1:05 AE MAKE
    300 @ 3:30 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    4x75 @ :50 AE MAKE
    200 @ 2:20 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel
    4x50 @ :30 AE MAKE (READ: sprint and hang on for dear life)

    4x50 @ 2:00 add-on FAST by 12.5 w/ fins

    300 EZ

    Total: 6300

    Updated February 11th, 2014 at 08:34 AM by Calvin S

  3. Monday, February 10, 2014

    by , February 10th, 2014 at 09:40 PM (I swim, therefore I am)
    SCY@Fort Myers Aquatic Center
    Air temp of 76, pool at 81
    Partly sunny skies with humidity at 63%

    Resuming my USMS Blog
    This update brings mixed news. The good news is that I have been very busy with my professional contract work at UCF. The not so good news is that due to an injury accident during the last week of December, cold weather pool closures, and work travel to Orlando, the last seven weeks have been challenging.

    I was playing with my daughter when we fell on the tile floor of our house where I landed on my left shoulder, elbow and forearm (but she was OK having landed on me). The aching in the left shoulder rotator-cuff area has subsided along with the tenderness just behind my left elbow. I restarted gentle weights and bands, two weeks ago, along with medium size paddle work in the water. This previous week was my first full week going between 3-4K each day.

    The Lee County Senior Games meet is my next event, which I will enter this coming week. At this time, I am not planning to attend the Y meet in Sarasota.

    The FGCU pool closure significantly impacted my swim training more than expected, as the FMAC cold weather policy is ridiculous, requiring a minimum a 70 degree high forecast to open. The FGCU Aquatic Center has become a worst possible case scenario with little expectations to be open again until late 2014. You would think that they would have obtained professional consultations before draining a 50 Meter pool and a 10-lane 25 yard pool in a flood zone area next to 20 acres of land similar to Everglade conditions. Needless to say, two pools that were working fine, are now empty (since early December) with serious issues. While I do not know the inside details, and no information has been provided so far, I find it difficult to understand it came to this circumstance.

    Now I am slowly training my way back to "square one" or "first base" perhaps.

    Warm up
    400 FR as 2(50K/50RALA/50CU/50DPS

    *Set 1*
    5x50 FR on :50, as 25RALA/25CU *38-36
    :30 rest
    5x50 FR on :50, as 25RALA/25CU *36-34
    :30 rest
    5x50 FR on :50, as 25CU/25SPL-11 w/snorkel *35-34
    :30 rest
    5x50 FR on :50, as 25CU/25SPL-12 w/snorkel *34-32
    ---200 BK DPS

    *Set 2*
    4(5x50 FR on :50, :30 rest)
    rds#1-2) *35-34 w/M-agility paddles-snorkel-tube-buoy
    rds#3-4) *33-32 w/L-agility paddles-tube-buoy
    ---200 BR Kick

    *Set 3*
    6(4x50 FR on :50, :20 rest) w/fins, 1)kick on side, 2)25RA/25LA, 3)50 CU, 4)50 DPS
    ---200 D/kick on back

    *Set 4*
    4(5x25 FR on :40) 1)kick w/bd, 2)RA, 3)LA, 4)CU, 5)SPL-11/12

    Warm down
    10x50 FR on :50, SPL-10/11 *33-36 w/snorkel
    200 IM EZ

    After feeling awful for two weeks, I am now beginning to feel like I can swim again. Eventually I hope to blend in some quality sets, base sets, and some IM sets.
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  4. Workout 02/10/14: evening

    by , February 10th, 2014 at 09:36 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Well, my turn on the sick train appears to have ended. Caught the upper respiratory bug going around the area and spent Wed and Thurs in bed (b/c in pharmacy you can only be sick on your days off), then staggered through the weekend at work. Still have a cough but ventured to the pool anyways ...

    200 FR/200 BK/200 IM drill
    600 Shark Swim
    2 x (4 x 50 on :50 - IMO down and easy free back)
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1700 yds/30 min)

    Breathing was better than expected, but lack of feel in the water was right where I thought it would be. Planning to take it easy this week and get back into the groove of things.
    Swim Workouts
  5. Okey dokey, artichokies

    I enjoyed a really fun practice with the PCST masters on Saturday. We had 11 swimmers—apparently a near-record for a masters workout at this pool! It was a warm sunny morning, and there was a nice sense of camaraderie as we did the following workout:

    350 scy warmup [There was something longer, but I cut this short so I could start the set with two swim buddies in the next lane.]

    200 pull w/ paddles @ 3:00
    2 x 100 kick @ 2:00 [officially with fins, but I didn’t have any]
    4 x 50 with all equipment @ :55

    6 x 75 (k/s/s) @ 1:20 [fl/bk/br/br/bk/fl]

    6 x 50 d/s @ 1:00

    Then, since several swimmers are headed to Auburn next weekend, we all headed to the far end of the pool for some start/turn workout. And afterwards—a 6 x 50 free relay race! It was a fun morning.

    (And today's blog title? That was the coach's way of checking that we had understood one of the above sets. I like this team!)

    Unfortunately, I tweaked my lower back on one of my starts. The acute pain lasted just a few minutes, but I’ve been having dull achiness ever since, and am still moving around gingerly.

    This afternoon instead of heading back to the pool I opted for a swim in the gulf. It was a nice sunny day, with air temps in the low 60s, and water temp about the same (it’s warmed up quickly in the recent warm weather). I was in for about an hour, swimming back and forth along the stretch of beach where the depth is sufficient to swim on the near side of the sandbar. There was a bit of surf, enough to make the water bumpy, which at first felt uncomfortable with my back, but either it loosened up or I got blissy enough as the swim went along that I forgot about it.

    There was some current today and some wind, enough to make it noticeably more difficult going east, then easy and fast going west. Every now and again I would turn over and do a few strokes of backstroke, just to admire the sky and catch a glimpse of the happy snowbirds strolling along on the beach. (Afterwards a couple told me the sight of me swimming had prompted them to get outside for a beach walk!) When I finally decided I had had enough, I got out and warmed in the sun for awhile on my beach, then headed up to the hot tub for a nice relaxing soak. I’m definitely enjoying the cushy OW swimming life here!
  6. 2|10|14 SCM

    by , February 10th, 2014 at 02:58 PM (Blog)
    Weights on saturday and today


    20 x 25 on 0:30 free


    20 x 25 on 1:00 various


    24 x 25 on 1:00 free as:
    • odds - 12.5 AFAP / 12.5 form
    • evens - 12.5 form / 12.5 AFAP

    10 x 25 on 1:00 FK as:
    • odds - 12.5 AFAP / 12.5 easy
    • evens - 12.5 easy / 12.5 AFAP

    First swim since friday, had reserve weekend with no time available. If it wasn't for the mild financial buffer that comes with it, I would have retired years ago (I am an E6 with 25 year's combined AD and res).

    Updated February 10th, 2014 at 08:26 PM by __steve__

  7. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-02/11/2013

    by , February 10th, 2014 at 12:41 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 250 4:15 4:00
    4 X 100 1:45 1:40
    3 X 100 kick 2:30 2:30
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    12 X 50 choice 1:15
    #3-6-9-12 are fast

    3 X 200 broken @ race pace--choice-- 6:00
    Broken :10 @ 100
    1 X 100 easy swim

    1 X 800 pull

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  8. Week 72 - Monday

    by , February 10th, 2014 at 09:22 AM (After a long rest)
    My daughter had to go to an emergency care hospital last night as a result of running a fever and generally feeling quite sick. She had a 102F fever and was diagnosed with strep throat. My son woke this morning complaining of a sore throat so I suspect we will all end up with it in the next week.

    I woke tired but no sore throat this morning. Today's workout was really tough and I was very tired when we were finished. As a result of sick kids I had to postpone my sit down with Tom to work on our training plan. Its hard to believe its only 26 weeks until worlds. We rescheduled our meeting until Friday.

    Warm up
    400 swim with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main set
    8x500 swum as 2x(500 pull, 500 over kick, 500 negative split, 500 AFAP) on 5.50
    10x50 kick on 1min

    Warm down
    100 double arm back

    Total 5300scy

    This is a lot of yardage in 70 minutes and with the 500s on 1.10 pace it was a high threshold day. I went 5.25, 5.30,5.25,5.10, 5.20,5.25,5.20,5.07. I swam all of these with paddles and 1 and 5 with pull bouy.


    We have had a few people ask to swim on our team at worlds and I found out over the weekend that it takes 60 days to reregister for another team meaning that it's not possible to reregister after nationals ahead of the 1st June registration deadline for worlds. This is a shame because people who don't have a team at worlds won't be able to do relays and it seemed joining a larger team would be a win win, but alas the timing does not work.
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  9. Too many people in the lane today but managed well

    by , February 10th, 2014 at 07:51 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    Today I had to circle swim with 2 slower individuals but I do have to admit they were ok with me passing down the middle of the lane and they looked for me at the walls and did not leave in front of me, just before my interval.

    This weekend I had to find some of my old cloths, size 12's. Why is it a few weeks back all I could find were size 12's that I couldn't fit in but now that I can, all I can find are size 14's. It's like they all hid from me in my closet!

    5x50@:50 free
    100@2:00 free FAST in 1:21
    5x50@:50 free
    5x50@:45 free w/paddles & bouy
    2x100@1:40 free FAST in 1:21, 1:22
    5x50@:50 free
    5x50@:50 free w/paddles & bouy
    5x50@1:00 free kick w/zoomers
    3x100@1:30 free FAST in 1:21, 1:23, 1:23
    5x50@:50 free
    5x50@:50 free w/paddles & bouy
    5x50@1:00 free kick w/zoomers
    5x50@:50 free
    5x100@1:45 free w/snorkle EZ

    Total 3600 yards
  10. Sunday 2/9/14

    Sunday 2/9

    PM only SCY

    500 swim
    8x25 @ :20 rest under H2O FL kick/BR pullouts
    4x75 @ 1:00 swim w/ paddles + snorkel

    4x150 @ 2:15 scull/drill/swim by 25 w/ snorkel
    16x25 @ :20 swim w/ paddles

    2x50 @ :40 AE STRK swim w/ fins (I.M.O. by round)
    100 @ 1:00 AE MAKE FR swim w/ fins

    400 EZ

    Total: 6000
  11. Sat & Sun, Feb. 8-9

    by , February 9th, 2014 at 06:46 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    150 scull
    100 fly drills
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ :45
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

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

    15 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    -- mixed it up with some from the blocks, some with fins and some kick
    -- I was hurting by the end of these. 15 is a lot of AFAP 25s.
    100 EZ

    4 x 25 w/chute
    50 EZ

    Total: 3050


    Sunday: Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    100 fly drills
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins @ ;45
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

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

    1 x 50 kick @ 100 pace
    50 EZ

    2 x (5 x 50 w/fins, hold best average, approx 100 pace @ 1:30 + 200 EZ)
    1-5 = backstroke kick, UW 15 each length, held 24 high-25 mid
    6-10 = breast, held 29s

    3 x (4 x 25 AFAP @ 1:00 + 100 EZ)

    Total: 2850


    Had more car issues yesterday at Pitt. Had to drive my rear wheel drive car with my other car out of commission. Got stuck in the ice and had to call AAA. Made me late to dinner. Today, I didn't feel the greatest and kinda muddled through the workout. Still did 800 yards of AFAP/race pace work and the bursts. Nothing to sneeze at.
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  12. Perfect storm...

    by , February 9th, 2014 at 03:17 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Just as I was beginning to recover somewhat from the flu I caught a nasty stomach bug that knocked me flat on my back for about 24 hours. Friday Morning I had packed my bag and was looking forward to an afternoon swim at the Y on my way home from work. The swim bag never made it out of the car. I left work early Friday afternoon and went straight to bed, then bathroom, then bed, then bathroom, then bed, then... well, you get the idea. My stomach felt a little better by Saturday morning, but I could barely stand I was so weak. Spent most of the day going to the kitchen, trying to find something bland enough for my stomach to handle, and then crawling back upstairs to the bedroom to sleep it off. Rinse, repeat.

    Am out and about today... feel fairly normal, but I'm not swimming today and am spending the afternoon getting caught up on all the stuff I needed to get done Friday afternoon and yesterday. Sigh. This puts another big dent in my training. It just hasn't been my season so far!
  13. Saturday 2/8/14

    Saturday 2/8

    PM only SCY

    800 (300 swim/100 kick w/ board)
    600 (200 pull w/ buoy only/100 kick w/ board)
    4x100 @ 1:30 AE
    8x25 @ :40 V.S.

    10x100 @ 2:00 hold 500 PACE + stroke count/kick outs (58s on #1-8 and 57.7, 57.0 on #9/10)

    400 EZ

    Total: 3400
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  14. Friday 2/7/14

    Friday 2/7

    AM and PM SCY

    AM swim:

    "3000 on the House" done as follows:

    500 swim every 5th 25 scull
    500 pull w/ buoy + paddles + snorkel

    1000 kick w/ board + fins

    Total: 3000

    PM swim:

    "Valentine Invitational Day #1"

    500 swim (75 FR/25 S-line kick on back/25 scull)
    6x75 @ 1:15 k/dr/build
    6x100 @ 1:30 D1-3, 4-6
    8x25 @ :40 under H2O FL kick/FR kick on back in S-line
    8x25 @ :40 V.S.
    50 EZ

    300 swim
    4x50 @ :50 D1-2, hold 3/4 @ 500 pace
    100 EZ

    100 EZ

    500 FR - 5:08.42 (57.88/1:01.81/1:02.45/1:03.10/1:03.18)
    Not a great swim. I was hoping to be under 5:00 on this swim. I think this week of workouts combined with a less than ideal "recovery day" (see AM practice above) and the fact that I forgot a competition suit (so I was sporting a heavy mesh drag suit) meant I was sluggish the whole race. I just couldn't get into 5th gear and get going.

    1000 assorted warm down (fin kick, pull, drill, etc.)

    Total: 4500
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  15. Week 71 - Saturday

    by , February 8th, 2014 at 01:20 PM (After a long rest)
    Thursday afte practice I felt so bad I decided to work from home. By the end of the day I felt a little better. My throat was sore and I felt very tired and achy. Late Thursday we got an inch of snow which caused the schools to be shut on Friday and as result the school district closed the aquatic center, so no practice yesterday.

    Today I felt much better and actually had one of the best nights sleep I have had in some time. I did my normal Saturday routine which is the only day I include a coffee before I swim. I had a very good practice today and we focused on mid distance quality oriented sets.

    Warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on 45

    Main sets
    3x500 free on 6mins, swum as #1 negative split, #2 overkill, #3 AFAP.
    100 easy
    2x(2x100 IM on 1.30, 3x200 on 2.30 descend 1-3 swum as #1 aim for 10 seconds rest, #2 aim for 20 seconds rest and #3 under 2mins)
    4x50 Free relay

    Warm down
    200 easy

    Total 4050scy

    I felt good today. The 500s I did the first 500 with paddles and went 5.20 and negative split by 5. The second I focused on the over kick and went 5.40 and the AFAP I went 5.10 and also negative split the 500. The next set I held 1.10s on the IMs and then went 2.20,2.10,1.58,2.17,2.09,1.57 and felt strong. After finishing the set I was pretty winded and was told to hop out and do a relay. The relay in the next lane to me was about 10m ahead coming into my leg and the guy in the next lane is a former masters world champion(scot carpenter) and I could not resist doing a really big flier so went in enough time ahead of the guy in my lane so that I went in with Scot. I think I caught him by surprise because I took a body length on the first 25 and then went away on the second 25. Despite not liking to cheat I could not resist

    Updated February 8th, 2014 at 07:20 PM by StewartACarroll

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  16. An old workout, tough especially in 84 degree h2o

    by , February 8th, 2014 at 11:12 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    It was hot at the Y today but I managed to go 5000 today.

    3x100@1:40 free
    5x50@1:05 fly
    3x100@1:40 free w/paddles and board
    3x100@1:30 free w/paddles
    5x50@1:05 fly
    5x50@1:05 back
    3x100@2:00 free kick w/zoomers
    3x100@1:40 free w/paddles and board
    3x100@1:30 free w/paddles and 6 beat kick
    5x50@1:05 fly
    5x50@1:05 back
    5x50@1:05 breast
    3x100@2:00 free kick w/zoomers
    3x100@1:40 free w/paddles and board
    3x100@1:30 free w/paddles and 6 beat kick
    3x100@1:45 free EZ
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 5000 yards
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  17. Short swim in the gulf

    I had a very blissy swim in the gulf today. Yesterday’s steady rain was gone, and the day was brilliantly sunny. By noon, the overnight freezing temps had warmed up to the low 50s, and water temps were in the mid-50s. A strong north wind tamped down the waves, leaving just ripples on the surface. The tide was high, making the water deep enough to swim on the near side of the first sandbar. I ended up swimming back and forth along a 300m stretch of beach, staying in for about 30 minutes. The water was very clear, but there wasn’t much to see—I encountered one jellyfish, white with pale yellow tentacles, that was floating about 3 feet under the surface, and a small white fish that swam by underneath me.

    It was very peaceful out in the water. I did some backstroke, ducking my head entirely under the water to see the ripples on the surface, then turning back over for some freestyle, where I watched the rippled sand beneath me. Swimming along was as easy as in a pool, with no current or waves to speak of. It was a lot different from a couple of days ago, when I got in just to play in the surf, and let the waves rock me around as I floated on the surface.
  18. 2|7|14

    by , February 7th, 2014 at 07:49 PM (Blog)
    At LCM pool

    20 x 12.2 on 0:30 free

    30 x 12.2 on 1:00 free fast / 12.2 easy during rest
    6 starts from block
    4 x 12.2 on 2:00 fast
    4 x 50 LCM on 2:00, F, S
    6 x 12.2 on 1:00 FK
  19. Sarasota YMCA Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout-02/10/2013

    by , February 7th, 2014 at 02:01 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:30
    5 X 100 1:45
    1 X 200 3:20
    6 X 50--descend 1-3/4-6 1:00

    1 X 500 kick

    4 X (4 X 75 1:30
    Round 1 fly, 2 back, 3 breast, 4-1 of each

    4 X 200 3:20
    4 x 150 2:30
    Swim or pull.
    Last 50 fast on all 8 swims

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  20. Friday, February 7, 2014 7:15-8:30am

    by , February 7th, 2014 at 12:05 PM (Fast Food Makes for Fast Swimming!)
    Woke up this morning with another nagging shoulder pain. It's not on the front side of the shoulder like most swimmers tend to get, my pain is on the back/outside edge of the shoulder joint. Not sure what exactly, but it doesn't really hurt to swim (after the initial 200 or so of warmup. Backstroke is the only thing that bugs it in the pool, so I just avoid that (no real changes in my practices) I'm sure it's something related to all the work I've been doing lately.

    500 Free warmup

    5 x 100 Free @ 1:20 (1:11-12s)

    20 x 75 Free Pull @ 1:00 (held :53-:55s)
    aside from a long and boring set, this was good

    10 x 50 Flutter Kick w/ board @ :55
    20 x 25 SDK w/ short fins on back @ :25

    3500 Yards