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    Is this stupid to do?

    I *think* I know the answer to this but I wanted to confirm -

    Getting ready to swim the 25K USMS OW swim next Saturday. And yeah, yeah, I know everyone on here is going to say that doing the 25 is crazy. But it will be done. Insert loco smiley here.

    I also signed up for USA-S GA Senior State meet which is 5 days after the 25K. The meet is the following Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Is it just asking for an injury to race that soon after the 25K? I've never done that kind of distance before. Or can I swim a couple of events (I will scratch finals) if I feel fine and nothing is hurting me? Or should I just expect to feel terrible for a week after the swim?

    I've never been in better shape in my life. That's probably a good thing with the 25K coming up.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Is this stupid to do?

    Good Luck Kristina!

    I'll be cheering you on for both events!

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    So you have 4 full days to rest? Hmm? Well, only you will be able to determine how fatigued you are after a few days rest. I would base my decision upon an easy recovery workout on the Wednesday prior to the meet. If I felt like trash and my joints and muscles were still recovering, it would seem wise to skip the meet and live to swim another day.

    Good luck in the 25K. There's another certified insane member on here with aspirations to swim this same event. You two should undergo joint therapy.

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    Thank you Donna! You go get 'em at Nationals!! GOOD LUCK! Maybe I'll see you at next year's LCM nats. I hear it's in Indy?!

    Makes good sense to me SCYFreestyler. I don't see myself swimming the meet if things are hurting. But if I'm not hurting. . . I'll be tempted.

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    I think there's a good chance you'll be completely trashed and probably won't swim that fast at the meet, but I don't really think you're risking injury.

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    My recommendation is to take at least a solid week off before you even think about touching the water. Even then I'd only do about 1000 a few times for a couple weeks.

    I ran the Chicago marathon in 2000. I felt fabulous in all my training runs (well as good as you can). My 20 mile run was awesome but I needed a break after the actual marathon - I could barely walk for about 4 days.

    I think physically and mentally you'll need and want a break. I'd skip the meet altogether but if you are feeling fantastic after you could try (as suggested above) a long real easy swim on Wednesday and see what happens.

    Forcing yourself to try and swim fast very well may end of putting you on the path towards an injury.
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    You're Special K remember, you can do it!

    I think like others fatigue not injury is the worry. that said. rest before, take a diligent approach to your diet in the recovery period. Green tea, bananas, maybe some supplements to help recovery. Don't idle but limit days between the two events to some EZ stretchy type of swimming or other exercise.



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    Kirk, it's been so long since I've been "trashed." Not looking forward to it!

    Heather, I see what you are saying. Better to err on being more conservative.
    4 days!? Yikes! Thanks for the heads up. I could never run a marathon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwimStud View Post
    You're Special K remember, you can do it!

    I think like others fatigue not injury is the worry. that said. rest before, take a diligent approach to your diet in the recovery period. Green tea, bananas, maybe some supplements to help recovery. Don't idle but limit days between the two events to some EZ stretchy type of swimming or other exercise.
    Awwww. . . thanks Stud.

    I've adopted a new diet (5 weeks ago) complete with recovery drinks. What's crazy is that I've had some of the best practices of my life since my change in diet - and I feel amazing. I've adapted well to swimming with the kids now. But. . . this 25er is a different animal. Hey are you doing Colonies LCM Zone meet?

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    Kristina I have raced a 28 miler on Saturday and the following Tuesday a 25 miler.

    We used to race every week anywhere from 10 miles to 32 miles from July1st til Nov 15th.

    One 10 miler, one 15 miler, a couple of 21 milers, the rest of the races were 25 miles or over.
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    Good luck with both! Personally, I'd go for both but judge how you feel and possibly skip the kids meet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by geochuck View Post
    Kristina I have raced a 28 miler on Saturday and the following Tuesday a 25 miler.

    We used to race every week anywhere from 10 miles to 32 miles from July1st til Nov 15th.

    One 10 miler, one 15 miler, a couple of 21 milers, the rest of the races were 25 miles or over.
    First, that's amazing!!!

    Second, I don't think that I'm in as good a shape that you were at that time. BUT, I will have my B70, personal escort, and food/ hydration. I'm a pansy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by (S)he-Man View Post
    Awwww. . . thanks Stud.

    I've adopted a new diet (5 weeks ago) complete with recovery drinks. What's crazy is that I've had some of the best practices of my life since my change in diet - and I feel amazing. I've adapted well to swimming with the kids now. But. . . this 25er is a different animal. Hey are you doing Colonies LCM Zone meet?
    I'll be at zones yeah. Why will that lure you north?



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    Quote Originally Posted by (S)he-Man View Post
    I've adopted a new diet (5 weeks ago) complete with recovery drinks. What's crazy is that I've had some of the best practices of my life since my change in diet - and I feel amazing.
    What's your new diet, and how does it compare to your old one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SwimStud View Post
    I'll be at zones yeah. Why will that lure you north?
    Stud, if you are there . . . who could resist?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by swimshark View Post
    Good luck with both! Personally, I'd go for both but judge how you feel and possibly skip the kids meet.
    Thank you Alison! That's pretty much what I was thinking initially.
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    GOOD LUCK......

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    Re: Is this stupid to do?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jazz Hands View Post
    What's your new diet, and how does it compare to your old one?
    I'm interested too!

    You'll do great!! How long does a "race" like that take? 5 hours? Ouch.

    Doesn't sound like a real injury issue to me either if there's nothing creaky or twingey right now. But I think it would be mentally and physically difficult to get in the water right away and race. Besides, you already have many extremely fast LC times and you can come to Colonies Zones and smoke me in fly! (Well, not the 200 of course; you're on your own there.)

    Straight ahead!

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    The race is 15.3 miles long, it should take any where from 6 to 7 hours for most good swimmers.
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    Re: Is this stupid to do?

    I have a friend that used to do this swim and others that were MUCH longer. He was a 1650 NCAA finalist and was training 40-50k yards/week at the time in his early 30s. My feedback is based on how well he got back into it when we trained together.

    You will need about 2 weeks to recover and do anything other than easy-moderate effort as far as practice. It is not the yardage as much as that the pool yardage is interval training and OW is OW..... no walls.... no stopping (maybe a little stopping for snacks with a long one like that).

    You can always go to the meet, but don't expect much. Usually effected my friend 2-5 seconds per 100, so if it is still value added to attend a meet and go that much slower, then feel free.
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