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    Your most crazy events list at a meet

    Any one want to share the most "crazy" events at a meet (or back to back meets)? I see these as challenges and would like to hear from others that do things people call "crazy".

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    Re: Your most crazy events list at a meet

    At a pentathlon LCM meet the idea was to swim 50,100,or 200 of each stroke and 200 or 400 IM, so the 50,100 and 200 of each stroke were back to back. My challenge to myself was to swim the 3 breaststrokes, back to back to back.
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    I have swum the Ironman Pentathlon at the Southside Seals Pentathlon Meet (in Georgia) twice and plan to swim it annually. It consists of the 400 IM and 200's of each stroke in a meet that lasts just over two hours.
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    I love all these.

    I've done the 200 fly, stayed in the water (I was in the same lane for both events) for the 5 min break between the 200 fly and 200 free. I actually PR'ed the 200 free by 12 seconds. I swam all 5 200 strokes that day, 500 the next.

    Not as crazy as one person who swam those 5 200 strokes, and the 1000, then showed up the next day and did the 1650, 400 IM, 500 free. LOL.

    400 IM followed by 50 back or the 200 fly followed by 50 back. There's another one.

    Back to back meets swimming the 5 or 6 events both days.

    200 breast and 200 fly in a meet.

    I think the 6 event limit a day hurts us in some respects.

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    Once at long course nationals my lineup was the 200, 400, and 1500 free; 200 back; 200 breast; 400 IM (and the 200 free relay). At another long course meet I swam the 1500 and the 800 on the same day; and at another one the 1500 and the 400 IM the same day.

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    Awesome!

    I think Shirley's all the 200's and 1000 in about 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon, then the 1650, 400 IM, and 500 free certainly are a great goal. Check out the 2017 David Gregg III Richmond Va meet in Feb. 4/5.

    Any one else?

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    At a two-day meet, I typically swim the maximum number of events, mostly 400 IM, 200 fly, 200 breast, 200 back, whichever distance free event is offered, and fill in with other breast and fly races. If my team can use me for relays, I'll do any and all relays offered.

    The last thing I want to do at a meet is sit around getting stiff (which happens fast for me, unfortunately). Once I am warmed up, I want to race and keep racing with not too much rest in between. If races are too far apart, I have to do more warm-ups and cool-downs than I prefer to do over two days.

    I also like keeping busy at meets, so I don't sit around getting nervous. I stay much more relaxed and enjoy it more if I keep moving!
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    I have done the 500 free/ 200 fly back to back combo as well. There are usually at least 3 or 4 others on my team that will do this combo.

    I pick the event less swum based on getting points for the team. Here's what I swam IL State meet in 2015.
    500 Free
    1650 Free
    50 Back
    100 Back
    200 Back
    200 Breast
    100 Fly
    200 Fly
    200 IM
    400 IM

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    I am planning on the 400IM at summer nationals this year. I have swum age group, high school and college, and have NEVER competed a 400IM, let alone doing it long course. That's about as crazy as this sprint freestyler will get.
    I'm exhausted just reading over the above event lists!

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    If I could swim a fast 50 or 100 I'd probably stick with those!

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    Big Rock 350 about 5 years back...

    You had to swim at least 1 50, 100 and 200m race.

    I swam 50 Fly, 100 Fly and then all 5 200s...
    200 Fly, 1 heat rest, 200 Back, 1 heat rest, 200 Breast, 6 heats rest, 200 Free, 1 heat rest, 200 IM.

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    CAN-AM Police / Fire in 2012 I did

    200 Free, 100 Fly, 100 Back, 200 IM, 500 Free and 1650 Free in a session that was max 3 hours. 1650 was the last race. Managed around 17:50. So tiring.

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    Re: Your most crazy events list at a meet

    Quote Originally Posted by realAlbertan View Post
    Big Rock 350 about 5 years back...

    You had to swim at least 1 50, 100 and 200m race.

    I swam 50 Fly, 100 Fly and then all 5 200s...
    200 Fly, 1 heat rest, 200 Back, 1 heat rest, 200 Breast, 6 heats rest, 200 Free, 1 heat rest, 200 IM.
    Crazy, but it makes me think you're the one with a screw loose.
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    Way to go everyone!!! This sounds wonderful and has given some new ideas to challenge ourselves at the next meet.

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    Re: Your most crazy events list at a meet

    Not as impressive as some of the previous posts, but I swam 50 fly and 100 free back-to-back in a meet a couple of weeks ago. I was a bit apprehensive ahead of time, but had a good race in the fly and that helped my confidence for the 100 free, plus I was loose and warmed up. Managed to set PR's in both races, so was pleased with that. I then had to sit around for a couple hours for the 50 free and was tired and stiff by that time. Had an OK time in the 50, but it felt terrible.

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    If it was impressive for you then it is impressive for us. A PR is a PR. I'm happy for you!


    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Usher View Post
    Not as impressive as some of the previous posts, but I swam 50 fly and 100 free back-to-back in a meet a couple of weeks ago. I was a bit apprehensive ahead of time, but had a good race in the fly and that helped my confidence for the 100 free, plus I was loose and warmed up. Managed to set PR's in both races, so was pleased with that. I then had to sit around for a couple hours for the 50 free and was tired and stiff by that time. Had an OK time in the 50, but it felt terrible.

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    I've done all the lots-of-events-plus-relays combos a bunch of times. It's tiring but if there's enough rest it's not so bad. The hardest thing I've done at a meet was (long course, of course) 100 free, followed five minutes later by 200 fly.

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    Lots of meets have the men swim the 200 IM final right befoe the 1500 (fast heat). I know it was common for the women to race the 800 at the start of Finals and the 1500 was last before relays. That means a world of pain for anyone doing 200 IM and 1500. Chad Carvin did this at the Janet Evans meet one year. I had a team mate do this at what is now U-Sport Champs. (Formerly CIAU and CIS champs)

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    Re: Your most crazy events list at a meet

    Back in November, I swam 25m all 4 strokes and if things work right next weekend I'm doing 25y all 4 strokes, but this time back to back!

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    In College I swam the 500 and the 1,000 and the 200 fly in a dual meet. I never did find out what I did that led to my coach putting me into those events in one meet.

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