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  1. Week 121 - Wednesday

    by , January 21st, 2015 at 10:54 AM (After a long rest)
    Yesterday was a horrendous work day with an entire day of back to back to back meetings. I had a headache again and was almost a zombie last night. The trouble I have with my meetings is that they are with different people and companies and on different things and I feel like I am juggling too many balls. My to do list is crazy right now and I need to get some time on my calendar to do followup activities. Arrrrgggghhhh!

    i was really tired this morning. Again my legs in particular but surprisingly my arms were also really heavy and sore. I guess I am using my arms with a lot of the leg machines and I know the link in my upper back is probably related to my arms and really giving weights my all. Needless to say I was not looking forward to the effort required to swim race pace today but I tried putting all negative thoughts out of my mind when I hit the water for the warmup.

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

    main sets
    3x(100 fly on 1:50, 100 kick on 1:50)
    16x50 on 1min swim at 200 race pace finishing with a turn
    200 easy
    12x25 under water no breath on :40
    12x50 on 1min swim as 12.5 underwater dolphin kicking, 12.5 overkick, 12.5 underwater dolphin kicking off wall,12.5 overkick

    Warm down
    200 easy

    i used the fly and kick set I treated as a get my heart rate up transition set and held 1:07s on the fly and 1:25s on the kick. On the race pace 50s I held :27s throughout. I really had to work right out of the gate to get to :27 and even harder to hold it finishing with a turn. Today hurt.

    On on the rest of workout I did exactly what I was instructed to do but swam pretty easy.

    Tomorrow ow I am likely on my own in the morning due to other guys work schedules. I will work Abs hard and likely continue beating on my legs.
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  2. Tried to keep up with Ann

    by , January 21st, 2015 at 07:28 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    That was hard today but the lane mix was such that I moved in with Ann and tried to keep up as best I can.

    5x100@1:30 Free
    300 free pull w/paddles & bouy
    200 free kick w/zoomers
    100 free
    4x75@1:20 free
    6x50@:50 free
    :30 sec break
    6x50@:50 free
    4x75@1:15 free
    4x100@2:30 free sprint I could only manage 1:22's
    400 free pull w/paddles & bouy
    100 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 3200 yards
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  3. Week 121 - Tuesday

    by , January 20th, 2015 at 09:25 PM (After a long rest)
    Work is really busy right now and I came home with a headache last night and was also really tired. I slept really well but I was still tired when I woke and it was hard getting going this morning.

    We still don't really know what's the full diagnosis with my daughter and she has to wait two weeks before they Give her a hard cast and decide on what to do next. It's a fracture but the extent of the fracture is the part they are debating. So right now she has a soft temporary cast.

    One of of my team mates who is an awesome swimmer and medaled at worlds with very little training texted me last night concerned about my daughter, which was very nice. During the text exchange it became clear that he is really motivated about spring nationals and he said he was going to lift with our group on Tuesday and Thursday's. This morning he beat me to the pool and was there before 5am. We had a great weight workout and I am excited to have another team mate getting excited about nationals.

    10 mins vasa swim trainer
    3x(leg press, leg extension, lunges, squats, leg curls) 10,10,10 reps by round with increasing weight, 80%, max, fail
    15 mins of abs done as 2x(flutter kick, crunches, leg extension, planks, flutter kick) 45 seconds on, 15 seconds off

    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catchup on :45
    4x100 kick on 1:45
    200 easy

    My legs really hurt today.
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  4. Mon-Tues, Jan. 19-20

    by , January 20th, 2015 at 04:45 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)

    Spent almost an hour doing my rehab exercises and stretching/yoga. I did so much stretching that I was a bit sore today!

    Tuesday: Swim/SCY/Solo

    Warm up:

    600 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 torque drill w/paddles
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    100 EZ
    3 x 100 done as: 25 chest press fly + 25 single arm fly + 25 fly + 25 EZ
    50 EZ

    Main Sets:

    4 x 25 burst SDK + cruise @ 1:00
    100 EZ

    10 x 30
    -- did 10 starts off the blocks, working on kick count and breakouts. did SDK at both 100 pace and AFAP. did a 50 EZ after each couple starts
    100 EZ

    5 x (25 AFAP + 75 EZ) @ 3:00
    100 EZ

    4 x 50 AFAP backstroke kick w/fins @ 1:30
    -- went 23s
    -- ouch that hurt, quads were burning
    200 EZ

    5 x 50 slow DPS free w/paddles @ 1:00
    50 EZ

    Total: 3350

    Stretching & rehab ex, 30 min


    I was googling to see what the specs were on the University of West Virginia pool where the Y meet is this weekend. I had been hopeful that it might be a decent pool. But it is only 4 feet deep in the start end. I can't do a decent back or fly start in the depth. Last time I tried, even though I modified my start, I crashed on the bottom. So that meet is out for me. I'm just not a fan of the Y league. I would really like to find a meet to swim in before the Albatross meet or it will have been almost a year since I have competed. I will have to travel to throw off the racing rust. I am considering the Auburn meet. It works well bc it's the weekend before I leave for Paris. I would probably swim 100 IM, 100 breast and 50 fly on Saturday and 50 back and 50 breast on Sunday.

    World's most expensive recovery system. I saw Natalie Coughlin was using it.

    Updated January 20th, 2015 at 06:26 PM by The Fortress

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  5. Results - USA-S Greater Southwest Invite

    by , January 20th, 2015 at 02:08 PM (Chowmi's Blog)
    Long time no blog! Well, i was getting bored with my own blogging, so I thought i'd just report back with some meet results.

    The meet was the Greater Southwest Invite, a USA swim meet that is a larger one in the DFW area. Teams from the region will travel. It's a prelim/final format. But it always falls the same weekend as the Austin Grand Prix, so it does siphon off some of the very most elite regional swimmers. All the more room for me.

    I only entered the last day and swam the 100 back and 50 free. I almost didn't show, but felt guilty since I did the same thing at the last big meet (for the same reason, actually).

    100 back:
    30.22 33.23 1:03.45

    50 free: (scratched finals)

    I was very happy with those times. The first event always sets the tone for me. No matter what the event, better to do it really aggressive and build confidence from there. So I decided to really crush the first 12 1/2 to the 50, then hang on for dear life. That was a really good strategy, with a respectable dying at the end. The hammer came down hard on the last 25, but not really until then. My 50 back last year was 29.5. If I had held back, i'd have been more like 31.5 and 34 and felt the same, so glad I just took it out.

    The 50 free was pretty good. I actually felt more connected and stronger than my usual swim, better control and power off the start and turn. It gives me great confidence that I am capable of going 24.+ again, it's just a matter of when I can get it all put together and getting under again.

    I got really freaked out the evening of the meet. Very randomly, as I was stabbing away at my peppered beef (or maybe it was the cream cheese stuffed mushroom cap) on skewer at Simply Fondue, my left shoulder started hurting. By the next day, it was at about 20% operation above my head. Doing a google search, I determined that I probably had burstis (sp) and not a rotator cuff injury. Not sure if that is even right. So I was really bummed out, since I have always prided myself on never doing anything hard to enough to get those kinds of injuries. But, I decided i'd make the most of it any swim anyway, with a new routine of mostly kicking. Limit to 1/2 hour so not to overdo the legs and back.

    The good news is that today my shoulders are sore, but about 90%, so I think I was just really sore. That said, i'm going to do no arm-swimming this week, just light stretching and enough to not get a frozen shoulder. From now on, i'm going to warm down (i didn't, just rushed for the lockers) and to do a light stretching round after meets. That probably was what did it.

    The shoulders feel pretty normal now, just a familiar post-meet-i-didn't-warm-down soreness. And that's saying alot, as I just got a root canal at 10:45 am CST!


    Next up: I entered another USA meet - an open format, no qualifying times. So it'll be a mixed bag of swimmers. Most notably, it will be a MOMMY AND ME swim meet! I entered the 50 free, swimming 13 & over, WITH MY 2 DAUGHTERS! What fun. Well, for me. Not so much for them.
  6. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 01/21/2015

    by , January 20th, 2015 at 11:58 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    3 X 100 1:50 1:40
    2 X 150 2:45 2:30
    4 X 50 kick 1:15 1:15
    Two rounds. Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    4 X (3 X 50 1:15 --choice
    Swim #1:build 2:fast 3:easy

    5 X 200 3:20
    6 X 150 2:30
    150's: 100 cruise/50 fast

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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  7. 1|19|15 SCM

    by , January 20th, 2015 at 10:20 AM (Blog)
    Weights on 17th 18th and 19th

    Forgot what I did on the 17th,

    but definitely remember the 18th:
    Lever Squats

    • 20 x 10 reps on 1:00
    • used 180lbs on the machine
    • went aerobic

    For me this machine is much easier than classic squats, of which I would have trouble accomplishing with just an unloaded bar- lol.

    On the 19th I worked abs, hamstrings, calfs, arms, and shoulders

    Read this before relating to leg extensions, but not sure how accurate it is:

    A 25m Jacuzzi - literally! was 85F with no markings

    500 drill

    20 x 25 on 0:40 head-up fly-kick free with snorkel and fins

    • 18 - 22's

    15 x 25 combat sidestroke on 0:50

    • odds - left / evens - right
    • did not scissors kick, but held a constant flutter

    Drylands today (1|20|15)

    1 superset of 6 x 10 reps of dips+rows+*plank crunches
    • little rest throughout ~13 min set
    • *plank crunches: start in pushup position with feet on rowing machine chair, end with knees below shoulders

    8 x 10 of DB snatches on 1:00 (30lb)
    • start with DB's at thighs / end with DB's overhead

    Updated January 20th, 2015 at 09:11 PM by __steve__

  8. One from the archives

    by , January 20th, 2015 at 07:25 AM (Mixing it up this year)
    This is an old one. This hardest part was not the fly it was making the breast interval. The free was more of a warm down.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    80x20@:30 #1-20 Fly, #21-40 Back, #41-60 Breast, #61-80 Free

    Total 3000 yards
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  9. 3K Lunch

    by , January 20th, 2015 at 05:31 AM (Alex's swim journal)
    I observed MLK Day by not posting to the blog, though I did get a relaxing lunch-hour swim in: 3300 SCY in 59:00.

    5 x thru:
    200 fr
    200 pull w/ buoy
    200 bk

    300 EZ fr cool-down
  10. Week 121 - Monday

    by , January 19th, 2015 at 08:58 PM (After a long rest)
    Another crazy weekend of ups and downs. I had a lot of fun at the USAS meet on Saturday which was a big up, followed yesterday with my daughter fracturing her elbow which was obviously a big down. She is likely out 6-8 weeks but it could be longer. We will know more in a couple of weeks when she has to go back to the orthopedic surgeon. She is in a lot of pain but there is some debate as to the extent of the injury and it could be deep bruising over a growth plate and not a fracture. Either way it's just another bump she has to deal with which sucks. The good thing is she is still young, 11, and will heal quickly.

    This morning I was tired from the weekend and there were not many of my training group at practice which actually made it quite hard to push hard throughout the workout. Despite this I did my best and it was an ok workout all things considered.

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

    Main sets
    4x(300 pull with paddles on 3:45, 100 kick on 1:45)
    16x25 on :30, open, close, easy, fast by 25
    5x150 swum as 100 strong, 50 at 200 race pace on 2:30

    Warm down
    200 easy

    i held 3:05-3:07s on the 300s and 1:25 on the kick. On the open(first 12.5 fast second 12.5 easy), close(first 12.5 easy, second 12.5 fast) I was holding 15s. On the fast 25 I was holding 12-13s. I did all of these with a turn. On the 150s I was trying to go out in 1min for the first 100 and come back in :27 and from what I could see was able to do this. Sort of weird today how I actually felt better as the set went on today. Overall I was sore and a little achy today but not much different from how I thought I would feel after the meet.

    My my next planned meets are the USAS Champs meet and the DAM masters meet in Dallas on 28th Feb. At the masters meet I am considering doing a couple of off events including the 400IM and the 200IM. I may also possibly swim the 1000 free which I am likely not going to swim at Spring Nationals to see if I can get a Top Ten time.
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  11. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 01/20/2015

    by , January 19th, 2015 at 12:39 PM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    WARM UP:
    1 X 200 3:20 3:00
    1 X 150 2:30 2:15
    3 X 100 1:40 1:30
    Two rounds, round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    1 X 500 kick

    1 X 400 6:00 5:40
    1 X 300 4:30 4:15
    1 X 200 3:00 2:50
    1 X 100 1:30 --
    Two rounds swim or pull.
    Round 1 intervals left, 2 right.

    16 X 50 1:00
    odd: easy even: fast
    #13-16 are swim down, all choice.

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  12. Ahead of GTD...

    by , January 18th, 2015 at 04:32 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    "Congratulations!" I'm ahead of the goal for the second day in a row; a mile ahead now in fact. Today's workout included some more freestyle distance work, 3700 SCY in 69 minutes swum thus:

    6 x 200 (fr, pull, bk)
    8 x 25 fr on :30
    1:00 rest

    3 x 200 fr on 3:30 (2:58-3:01)
    6 x 100 fr on 1:45 (1:27-1:31)
    12 x 50 fr on :50/:55 (:43-:45)

    4 x 50 bk on 1:00 (:48-:52)

    100 pull
    100 bk pull
    100 bk
  13. Sat-Sun, Jan 17-18

    by , January 18th, 2015 at 04:01 PM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Saturday: Drylands

    rehab ex
    seated row negatives, 80 x 3 x 8
    extreme angle squats on stacked steps, 50 x 4 x 8
    kneeling ab crunches, 140 x 4 x 12
    explosive leg press 105-110 x 3 x 15
    rear delt fly, 45 x 3 x 15
    hip abducor, 120 x 4 x 5
    overhead crunches w/24 lb plate, 3 x 15

    Stretching/yoga, 15-20 minutes


    Swim/SCY @ Sewy w/Jim, Bill & John

    600 various
    4 x 25 power kick
    8 x 50 w/fins @ :50 (mixed it up)
    8 x 25 SDK to 15 m + cruise
    50 EZ

    Then the group was doing some fairly short rest stuff that I didn't want to do. I did some 25 and 50 flys w/fins @ 100 pace and a few AFAP 25 breasts with easy swimming in-between.

    Finished with
    12 x 25, 3 x IM order @ 100 pace @ :45
    100 EZ

    Total: calling it around 2500


    I was planning on going to yoga today, but am feeling too tired. I aim to get in some foam rolling and stretching this afternoon. I may skip weights on Wed this week. It's been a long time since I had a week off weights. Then I reboot and get in 3 solid weeks of training before leaving for Paris.

    I see that Jim quoted Water Rat and me in his latest article for Swimmer. Somehow, he reduced my rotator cuff tear to an impingement. But at least I am more "well adjusted" than Mark. :-)

    Updated January 18th, 2015 at 04:20 PM by The Fortress

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  14. Saturday at the Y

    by , January 17th, 2015 at 07:00 PM (Mixing it up this year)
    Very hot today at the pool. Managed a little bit of swimming.

    500 free
    500 free kick w/zoomers
    5x100@1:30 free w/paddles & bouy
    500 drills w/snorkel
    500 free kick w/zoomers

    Total 2500 yards
  15. 4000; found a rhythm finally

    by , January 17th, 2015 at 04:08 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Today was distance day, but I was a little concerned about how off I've felt lately, how slow my turnover, etc. So I got a lane where I could see the pace clocks really well in the last two or three strokes before each wall. I worked the hip rotation and hand entry into a rhythm to make sure I was going at a stroke per second. The times dropped immediately. Wow, I guess I'd let myself slow into a slide and glide mode lately that was lengthening my stroke but making my stroke rate really low. When I focused on rate instead of length today I found my SL didn't suffer that much, but it was much easier to maintain the faster speeds.

    Here's how the workout went:

    10 x 100 fr on 1:45 (1:29-1:33)
    100 bk EZ
    :30 rest
    10 x 100 fr on 1:45 (1:25-1:30)
    100 bk EZ
    :30 rest
    10 x 100 fr on 1:45 (1:27-1:33)
    100 bk EZ
    :30 rest
    5 x 100 fr on 1:45 (1:29-1:36)
    200 bk EZ

    4000 SCY/71 mins

    Found a really good rhythm and was able to hold form particularly well in the second set of 10 x 100 and in the first 6-8 reps of the third set before things (the form) started to fall apart. That's probably close to a mile at an SR around 16-18 per length and 100 pace averaging 1:27-1:28/100. I did lots of counting today, which helped distract me too as the lactic acid started building up.

    So the endurance still needs some work, but I feel very encouraged by today's performance!
  16. 2015 Greater a Southwest Invitational USAS meet

    by , January 17th, 2015 at 02:22 PM (After a long rest)
    This was my taper meet last January where as this year I am just swimming it and other than an easy weights session on Thursday have not backed off at all for this meet this year.

    When signing up for the meet this year I tried aligning my swimming schedule with my daughters and assumed her 200 back would be on the same day as my 200 back. As it turned out her only qualifier is the 200 back and she is scheduled to swim tomorrow where as my 200free and 200back were today. It's sort of weird that the 11-12 events are on different days to the 13-14 and 15&Over. I guess it is what it is.

    I had little to no expectations for the meet and even had some second thoughts about swimming yesterday when my daughter was still feeling sick. She has been sick on and off for the past 6 weeks which sucks. I decided to swim and put all the negative thoughts to one side and told myself I would go for it today.

    This is particular meet is a really fast meet with many teams from around the country in attendance including, Phoenix, King Aquatics, Kansas, etc. I was entered on my taper time from early December and with circle seeding was in the final heat. I felt pretty good on the race and other than a slow 3rd 50 had a great race coming in at 1:48.94, with splits of 25.48, 27.69, 28.25, 27.52. I placed 13th and made the B final tonight. This is my best time in season by about 2 seconds and I felt good. I had about 45 minutes between the free and my back and tried to get a loosen up but the lanes in the warm down pool were crazy busy. I ended spending most of the 45 minutes just swimming gently.

    I was feeling tired before the 200 back and noticed that the sun was really strong in the lane I was in. On the heat before mine I noticed the kid swam in the middle of the lane and had the sun in his eyes the whole way but noticed that there was a strip next to lane where the sun was not as strong and decided to hug the lane line to avoid the sun. My method sort of worked but as I got tired On the last 100 I had a few moments where I drifted and was dazzled by the sun. No big deal. I ended up going 2:02.00 with splits of 28.77, 30.58, 31.41, 31.24 which is a masters best for me. I was really tired after this one but again qualified for finals in 11th place.

    I am off home to get some food and a short sleep before eating again and heading back to the pool for finals.


    i took a great nap between heats and finals but woke feeling like I had been run over by a pickup truck(several times). I guess I did not warm down enough after heats.

    I had a good warmup in the finals session and loosened up pretty well. On the 200 free final I was out quicker than this morning by almost a second and felt it really badly on the third 50 and by the 4th was hurting really bad. I ended up going 1:50.39 which I was upset with. I need to work on picking up my race time so I can be quicker on the first 100 and need to be able to hold it. I plan on working on picking up my race pace time by .5 second per 50 in practice. Obviously this is easier said than done.

    Between the free and back I did a much longer warm down and actually felt a little better by the time to swim the back. Despite being about a second slower than this morning I got into a race with kid next to me and won the B final in 2:03.05. I was again disappointed with the time but it was fun to get into a race and come out in the right side of the finish. One of my team mates was in the the lane to my left and he congratulated with well done Stewart and I reached over to the kid on the right to congratulate him and he shook my hand and said "great swim sir". 😄 The B finalist winner gets an armadillo cuddly toy which I gave to the young kid and he was grinning from ear to ear. He dropped 5 seconds from his entry time to his final time and he deserved it.

    Despite not swimming as fast as I had hoped tonight I had a lot of fun and it's nights like tonight that reinforce what I love about swimming; even the bad swims are awesome fun. I love this sport!

    Updated January 18th, 2015 at 08:39 AM by StewartACarroll

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  17. Friday, Jan 16

    by , January 17th, 2015 at 11:27 AM (The FAF AFAP Digest)
    Swim/SCY/Solo @ Pitt

    Warm up:

    500 various
    100 scull
    4 x 25 shooters w/fins
    50 EZ
    4 x 25 torque drill w/paddles
    50 EZ

    Main sets:

    4 x (10 x 25 @ 100 pace @ :45 + 150 EZ)
    R1 = SDK to 15 m @ 100 pace then cruise
    R2 = fly w/fins
    R3 = fly w/fins
    R4 = breast
    extra 100 EZ

    2 x (25 AFAP belly shooter from the blocks + 25 EZ)
    -- these didn't go so well, I was too tired from the prior set
    50 EZ

    5 x (25 scull + 25 DPS free w/paddles)
    50 EZ

    Total: 3050


    I was somewhat tired from yesterday's effort, so decided to do 100 pace work. Will hit the gym today.
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  18. 3000 with a broken 1650

    by , January 16th, 2015 at 11:05 PM (Alex's swim journal)
    Again, I felt like I was swimming in jello today... just real lethargic, low energy, couldn't speed up my turnover. I did 3000 and decided to do a broken 1650 to get a baseline. Wow, have I lost a ton of fitness since last year! I think I ended up around 27:15 after subtracting the :10 rests. I was flirting with 25:00 the last couple of years for my 1650s in the middle of spring, so this seems like a huge step back (even from last week).

    Here's the whole thing:

    400 EZ on 8:00
    4 x 100 fr on 2:00 (1:29-1:33)
    4 x 50 fr on 1:00 (:42-:44)
    4 x 25 fr on :30
    100 bk

    MS (broken 1650)
    400 + :10
    300 + :10
    200 + :10
    150 + :10
    100 + :10
    50 + :10
    100 + :10
    150 + :10
    = 28:35 (-1:20 = 27:15)

    CD: 150 bk

    This total time was slower than my LCM 1500 in June; even slower than my SCM 1500 in my first meet ever, just over two years ago... after making so much progress, it's sad to see it all vanish in a matter of months; hopefully it won't take too long to get back into the swing of things.
  19. Workout 01/16/15: noon

    by , January 16th, 2015 at 01:44 PM (Maple Syrup with a Side of Chlorine)
    Quick lunchtime dip ...

    200 free/200 back/200 im drill
    400 free with AP
    400 shark swim
    4 x 50 on traffic (25 easy, 25 IMO fast)
    100 loosen and out
    (Solo/Rec/1700 yds/35 min)

    Feeling a bit better and took advantage of sleeping in again this morning. Felt a little sluggish in the water, but that could have been helped by the warm water.

    I am off with the boys to a youth retreat this weekend with others from their school. My first time going and I am looking forward to seeing how God will work through the kids (and adults) through the speakers and time of getting to know each other better.
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  20. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 AM Workout 01/19/2015

    by , January 16th, 2015 at 11:24 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters 5:30 a.m. Workout)
    4 X 150 2:30
    1 X 200 KICK 5:00
    4 X 150--50 free/50 stroke/50 free 2:45

    8 X 50 kick 1:10

    2 X 100 strong 1:45
    1 X 200 fast 4:00
    Three rounds, pull or swim
    Negative split 200's

    1 X 200 IM 3:30
    4 X 50 1:05 #4 on 1:30
    Three rounds.
    50's: choice/no free

    WARM DOWN: 4 X 50 easy

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