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  1. Budpest Week 5 - Saturday

    by , June 4th, 2017 at 09:28 PM (After a long rest)
    Pool setup LCM

    warm up
    400 free with snorkel
    6x50 catch-up on :55

    main sets
    8x50 on 1min odds as 1 stroke fly, 2 strokes breast, 3 strokes fly, etc, evens 3 strokes free, 4 strokes back, 5 strokes free, etc
    4x200 on 3:15 odds 50 kick, 50 swim, 50 kick, 50 swim, evens 50 swim, 50 kick, 50 swim, 50 kick
    6x100 IM on 1:40 odds as fly,breast,back,free evens as fly,back,breast,free

    warm down
    300 easy
    Categories
    Swim Workouts
  2. Swimwear in Training and Competition

    by , June 4th, 2017 at 11:41 AM (Rules Committee Blog)
    Questions regarding swimwear seem to be a constant for masters swimmers.

    The latest issue of SWIMMER magazine features the ROKA SIM PRO II Buoyancy shorts (page 40). The article stresses its use for learning swim skills and training. It is great to know that there are products available to assist swimmers with these all-important skills.


    However, the article omits the all-important, specific statement that the suit is illegal for USMS competition and highlights the need to remind swimmers that there may be many products suitable for training, but not approved for competition.

    The swimwear rules are covered in article 102.12. Article 102.12.1D says that only suits complying with FINA swimsuit specifications may be worn in a USMS sanctioned or recognized competition. Suits are now tested and approved by FINA for the material (they must be made of textile materials), buoyancy, and permeability in order to ensure compliance with FINA standards.

    A complete list of FINA approved swimwear may be found here.
    http://www.fina.org/content/fina-approved-swimwear

    In addition, there are several important requirements specified in article 102.12 for all pool competition.


    • Swimmers are permitted to wear only one swimsuit in one or two pieces.
    • For men, the suit may not extend above the naval or below the knee.
    • For women, the suit may not cover the neck, extend past the shoulders, or extend past the knee.
    • Swimwear may include a swimsuit, no more than two caps, and goggles. Ear plugs and nose clips are allowed, but armbands and legbands are not considered part of the suit and not allowed.


    Exceptions to these rules for verified medical conditions, religious beliefs, or other circumstances may be approved by the Rules Committee Chair on a case-by-case basis. With medical exceptions, we do our best to consult experts and determine the best solution for the swimmers. Therefore, swimmers seeking an exception are responsible for requesting such an exception and must allow enough time for an evaluation, which sometimes takes several days, up to a few weeks, depending on the circumstances. Asking for a medical exception the night before a meet is likely to result in disappointment!

    The rules for open water and long distance races are covered in 303.7.2 are similar for category I swimwear (i.e., no wetsuits). Men are permitted upper body coverage in open water races and the FINA list includes swimwear specifically approved for open water races. When category II swimwear is permitted, wetsuits, neoprene caps, or other heat-retaining swimwear may be allowed at the discretion of the event director if the water temperature is not greater than 78 degrees F.

    Articles 102.12 and 303.7.2 also mention the use of tape. There are many good products on the market to assist with training and recovery from injuries. But, again, many products that may be suitable for training are not approved for competition.

    USMS rule 102.12.1E (governing pool events) says that “Any kind of tape worn on the body is not permitted unless approved by the referee”. USMS rule 303.7.3C (governing long distance and open water event) also says that "Any kind of tape worn on the body is not permitted unless approved by the referee." The use of tape in competition is limited to situations involving verified medical conditions. The application of tape is intended to be for situations such as wound closure, taping of fingers or toes (no more than two), taping to secure medical devices, or other limited uses that would not provide any competitive advantage. The use of any kind of tape that purports to provide muscle compression; muscle, joint, or ligament stabilization; or other physical benefits, including therapeutic elastic tape or similar products, is never permitted in USMS competition.
  3. Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout 6/5/17

    by , June 4th, 2017 at 10:28 AM (Sarasota Y Sharks Masters GOLD Workout)
    LCM intervals left, SCY intervals right

    Warm up
    4 x 150 2:45 [2:30]
    12 x 50 1:15 [1:15] choice

    Kick set
    4 x 150 4:00 [3:30] last 50 fast

    Main set
    3x
    1 x 100 2:15 [2:00] IM/stroke
    1 x 100 2:15 [2:00] free
    [Desc each swim by round]

    Free/pull set
    4 x 150 2:30 [2:15] last 50 strong
    16 x 50 1:00 [1:00] pace

    Warm down
    4 x 50 1:00

    Total: 4000
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