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A Christmas Workout

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I’m still feeling under the weather and not able to swim any actual workouts, so I’ve resorted to writing imaginary ones instead. Following up on the Thanksgiving turduckens, here’s a 12 Days of Christmas workout, inspired by [ame="http://forums.usms.org/showpost.php?p=255996&postcount=41"]a comment [/ame]on the Thanksgiving workout forum thread. I posted this workout there, but decided to put it up in expanded version here as well.

12 Days of Christmas Holdiday workout, done as 12 rounds on 1 day
On the first day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
A 50 dolphin kick on my back

On the second day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
2 x half-pool sprints [2 x (12.5 sprint / 12.5 easy)]
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the third day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
3 lengths back [75 BK]
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the fourth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
4 breaststroke pullouts [2 x 25, with 2 pullouts per length—surface for breath in between and exaggerate glides to see if you can make it to end of pool by the end of the 2nd pullout]
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the fifth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
5 streamline jumps! [in deep end of pool]
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the sixth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
6 fly stroke cycles [ie a 25 fly for some of us]
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the seventh day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
7 lengths of freestyle [175 FR]
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the eighth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
8 dolphin dives [or 50y of dolphin diving, at 4 per length]
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the ninth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
9 breaststroke kicks [25y BR kick]
8 dolphin dives
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the tenth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
10 strokes of corkscrew [25y corkscrew]
9 breaststroke kicks
8 dolphin dives
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the eleventh day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
11 fathoms sculling [that’s 25y scull, if you can manage 1.5 fathom push-offs]
10 strokes of corkscrew
9 breaststroke kicks
8 dolphin dives
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

On the twelfth day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me
12 lengths IM [300 IM]
11 fathoms sculling
10 strokes of corkscrew
9 breaststroke kicks
8 dolphin dives
7 lengths of freestyle
6 fly stroke cycles
5 streamline jumps!
4 breaststroke pullouts
3 lengths back
2 half-pool sprints
And a 50 dolphin kick my back

The workout totals 4350 yards, if you stick to the yardage suggested in the brackets. Plus 40 streamline jumps. Happy holidays!

[My actual swimming today was more boring: 1300 yards easy, on my own at the Y. I’m still struggling with a cold and some asthma symptoms it triggered. I tried the “freeze a cold, starve a fever” approach over the weekend, and went out to Brighton to swim in the ocean. I managed to do my December loop, but failed in my bid to make my cold disappear. It was still worth it though, because my time in the ocean was at least a respite from the violent coughing spasms I’ve been having. I guess there’s something about immersing your face in water that stifles the impulse to cough--from an evolutionary standpoint I can see how that would be advantageous. For some reason it doesn’t seem to work as well in the pool--too bad!]

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  1. qbrain's Avatar
    This does not rhyme, especially this part "12 lengths IM [300 IM]." Otherwise, it is very entertaining and too long for my coach to try to use it, so I like it

    I hope you are using your illness to drink lots of fun warm mulled cider and hot chocolate.

    Merry Christmas, get well.
  2. knelson's Avatar
    In the original song the only thing that rhymes is "...gave to me" and "...in a pear tree" so, to be consistent, maybe we need something like "on the first day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me 30x100 free."
  3. qbrain's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    In the original song the only thing that rhymes is "...gave to me" and "...in a pear tree" so, to be consistent, maybe we need something like "on the first day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me 30x100 free."
    Two good points. The only part of the song I remembered was the first day of Christmas, so I thought the whole thing rhymed and I am glad you thought of a nice little set that did rhyme for the first day.
  4. slow's Avatar
    Thanks, I posted it.
  5. jaadams1's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by knelson
    In the original song the only thing that rhymes is "...gave to me" and "...in a pear tree" so, to be consistent, maybe we need something like "on the first day of Christmas, my swim coach gave to me 30x100 free."
    I'm sure the Cascade swim club will be doing this workout soon. You should let the coach know of the idea for Day #1. Wait...What's his email address again??? I'll find it on the PNS website, never mind.
  6. rtodd's Avatar
    feel better!

    I swam outside and it was wonderful. I wonder how much longer it will last?
  7. Bobinator's Avatar
    I hope you are feeling better soon Janet!!
  8. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by qbrain
    it is very entertaining and too long for my coach to try to use it, so I like it
    There's no such thing as a "too long" theme set, just one that needs to be divided into Part I and Part II, to be swum at consecutive workouts.

    Thanks everyone for the get-well wishes. I'm working on it!
  9. swimsuit addict's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by rtodd
    I swam outside and it was wonderful. I wonder how much longer it will last?
    It's been an amazing fall for outdoor swimming here hasn't it! Last Sunday was pretty perfect at Brighton--sunny, warm, water was absolutely flat. Glad to hear you're still out in the brine up your way!