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    A sad backstroke story

    Every February our team piles on the milage. This 'garbage yardage' is probably the most popular event on the team, as everyone gets into an endorphin high. So much for training for speed or lactic-acid tolerance .

    Anyway, our coach decided to make things more fun by declaring yesterday as 'who can do the most backstroke' day. Instead of being my usual cynical self, I decided to get in the spirit, and took over a half lane at the side of the pool:

    All backstroke, all on a 1:20 per hundred interval pace:

    500 warmup

    100, 200, 300, 400, 500, 500, 400, 300, 200, 100

    5x100 ("fast")

    500 warmdown

    5000 yards total

    Very boring, lots of endorphins, but I am a bit sore. I was pretty pleased with the backstroke yardage accomplished in a little over one hour.

    Here is the sad part: A fellow went to *three* workouts, and swam 12,500 yards of backstroke!

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    "Here is the sad part: A fellow went to *three* workouts, and swam 12,500 yards of backstroke"



    Better that than 12,500 yards of butterfly!
    Jean S.

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    Even Sadder

    OK, *Thursday* is the 'who can swim the most butterfly* day.

    I WILL NOT LOSE!

    I will take the day off and destroy my shoulders, if I have to. I think 50's on a minute for a few hours should do it.

    It will be good practice for the 1650 fly that I will swim the weekend after next. (I am doing that because I am a careless newsgroup poster.)

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    I think all order pizza and beer on Thursday and "visualize" your workout Phil! Maybe one beer/slice per minute just to try and "hang"!!
    I crack myself up. It is jealousy. It is Boredom. I Did not accomplish enough when I was young, and I hate anybody faster/younger than me.

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    The butterfly story

    Well, that is over. 6200 yards of fly yesterday, in sets of distances ranging from 25 yards to 300 yards. Here is the workout that the rest of the team did:

    300 free
    50 fly * (25 one arm, 25 regular)
    250 free
    50 fly *
    200 free
    50 fly *
    150 free
    50 fly *

    3 x (4x25 underwater kick, 4x25 4 kick fly, 50 hard fly, 50 back fly kick)

    3 x 200 fly, build each 50 of the 200 (easy first fifty, hard last fifty), with fins.

    total: 2600

    I did fly instead of free, and no fins, and I did the workout twice. I added some fly warmup and some fly cooldowns. Until about 10:00 last night I thought it was pretty easy. Now I know it wasn't, and I am taking the day off from swimming

    I will make some comments about distance fly in another more appropriate thread, later.

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    Wow Phil! I thought you were just kidding when you said that Thursday was going to be fly day. Impressive workout - you deserve the day off.
    Jean S.

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    I'm jelous. You've got me psyched to have a "Fly" day tomorrow.

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    Wink

    Years ago when I swam in AAU I had a coach that would have you swim 2 weeks of the different strokes. There was butterfly week. Everyone love doing 400 butterfly because everyone went real slow. There was backstroke week and breastroke week. We got to use fins. Fins were not use all the time in workouts in those days.

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    Question

    "Here is the sad part: A fellow went to *three* workouts, and swam 12,500 yards of backstroke!"

    What's wrong with doing that? I mean no offense, I'm just curious.

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    m'Lady,

    What an old thread! Anyway, it was joke, and alluded to that while I did a workout that I was pretty proud of, it was not enough - and could never be enough. I mean, some of us have jobs!

    It reminds me of a line I heard in a movie - For everyone, no matter how experienced, there is always a chili that is just too hot.

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    Wink Ahhh

    Originally posted by Phil Arcuni
    What an old thread! Anyway, it was joke, and alluded to that while I did a workout that I was pretty proud of, it was not enough - and could never be enough. I mean, some of us have jobs!
    Ahh, okay. I was thinking maybe people hated backstroke or something. FOr me, just returning to swimming, it's the only way I can swim very far. I did a mile backstroking, and nearly died doing a length of freestyle, or so it felt like. ::chuckles::

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    Phil,

    After reading this post, I have three thoughts:

    1) I'd dearly love to hear you expound on swimming distance fly. I have just worked myself up (or learned how to gear myself down) to do a 200 fly without dying at the end. The idea of learning fly well enough to swim it continuously, like say freestyle or backstroke, is tantalizing. However,

    2) After doing a fly workout, TWICE, which has a primary objective of piling up "garbage yards" (your term, I'm just repeating it back to you), I have to wonder if maybe we need to find you a hobby (or a job, or a girlfriend,...)

    3) After reading my first two thoughts, I'm beginning to wonder if the 8 hours I spent in the blazing sun today at my kids' Conference Championship meet is beginning to affect me.

    OK, I'm going to take my nap now.

    Matt

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    If swimming a mile of backstroke is easier for you ,go do it. I remember when I first started back that even freestyle breathing was a little off and the breastroke kick felt weird. Good luck.

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    i remember one session when i was about 12 when my coach gave us a short warm up and then said the rest of the session was: swim as much fly as you can, then as much back, then brest, then frontcrawl. i think the session was an hour and a half long. anyway, an hour later i was still on fly when the rest of the pool were already on to brest! and i was loving it!! i wish i could still do that - doing four lengths in a row is as far as i've managed so far.

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    Re: A sad backstroke story

    Originally posted by Philip Arcuni
    Every February our team piles on the milage....Here is the sad part: A fellow went to *three* workouts, and swam 12,500 yards of backstroke!
    Wow,

    I wonder who that could have been

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    Unhappy

    I've said our team was big - it is obviously *too* big.

    There is just no privacy for a frequent poster.

    Welcome Peter, see you on Saturday!

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    Originally posted by Phil Arcuni
    I've said our team was big - it is obviously *too* big.

    There is just no privacy for a frequent poster.

    Welcome Peter, see you on Saturday!
    Thanks Phil

    Just surfed on in from work yesterday, been boring lately. I saw some of your posts and figured the water must be OK here if you have already dove in...

    See you tomorrow. Any requests for dessert?

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