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    Thanksgiving workouts

    Thanksgiving is approaching and it is time to resurrect the Turducken Workout, as posted by swimsuit addict in her blog two years ago. From her blog:

    Today my swimsuits and I decamped to Northwest Florida for the holidays. I had easy flights and arrived before noon, and was able to get in a swim at the Panama City Beach Aquatic Center this afternoon. The pool was set up SCY; hereís the workout I did.

    1000 warmup (400 swim, 200 Rev IM K, 200 Pull, 200 Rev IM Drill/swim by 25)
    Then one of the other swimmers hailed meóit was my swimming pal Paul--I met him down here several years ago, and look forward to swimming with him whenever I visit. I felt lucky to have run into him on my first trip to the pool. I joined in with him and Joe and Jeff from Germany for the last bit of their workout, which was

    100 Swim

    250 Pull

    150 Pull, desc. By 50s

    4 x 75 Pull fast @ 1:30ish

    Then they all left, and I had the entire pool to myself for the rest of my workout. It seemed like a good opportunity to do my turducken set, which I hesitate to inflict on anyone whoís not a happy IMer.

    Turducken set:
    A turducken is a turkey that is stuffed with a duck, which in turn has been stuffed with a chicken. Iíve never tasted one, but I feel like Iíve been reading about them as a novelty food item for at least a decade. The latest article I saw about turducken was not about food at all, but about privacy law, and ever since I read it, the word has been rolling around in my head. So I decided I would assemble stroke turduckens by stuffing a 50 of one stroke into the middle of a 100 of another stroke, then sticking the whole thing into a 200 of yet another stroke. I did four rounds of these; on the first, turkey=fly, duck=back, and chicken=breast; the strokes rotate through the IM thereafter. The set looked like this:

    4 x 350 @ :30-:40 rest interval
    1st 350=100 FL/50 BK/50 BR/50 BK/100 FL
    2nd 350=100 BK/50 BR/50 FR/50 BR/100 BK
    3rd 350=100 BR/50 FR/50 FL/50 FR/100 BR
    4th 350=100 FR/50 FL/50 BK/50 FL/100 FR

    On each round I aimed to do the middle 50 at 200 IM pace; the 50 before it as build and the 50 after it as recovery, and the turkey 100s at the front and back at basic aerobic pace.

    Kick set: 7 x 100 K @ 2:00
    To continue with todayís theme, I made a 400IM/200IM/100IM turducken kick set and sliced it into manageable 100 yard portions. So my 7 100s were:

    100 FL
    100 BK
    50FL/50BK
    100 IM
    50BR/50FR
    100 BR
    100 FR

    Then I did a quick 200 warmdown and hopped out.

    This evening I went to my new (temporary) gym and did arm weights. Tomorrow I hope to get a swim in before driving up to my momís house in Alabama.
    And, of course, any Thanksgiving-themed post provides a chance for me to use this smiley:

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Over in the blogs we've been converging towards a 30x100 challenge during Thanksgiving weekend sometime. I think jaadams1 had the idea originally and it has snowballed. The options as they stand at the moment:
    • 30 x 100 SCY free on 1:10
    • 30 x 100 SCM free on 1:20
    • 30 x 100 SCY back on 1:20
    • 30 x 100 SCY IM on 1:25
    I'm favoring the backstroke option currently

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    Over in the blogs we've been converging towards a 30x100 challenge during Thanksgiving weekend sometime. I think jaadams1 had the idea originally and it has snowballed. The options as they stand at the moment:
    • 30 x 100 SCY free on 1:10
    • 30 x 100 SCM free on 1:20
    • 30 x 100 SCY back on 1:20
    • 30 x 100 SCY IM on 1:25
    I'm favoring the backstroke option currently
    Let me think.....

    ........I'll take the Turducken
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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    Over in the blogs we've been converging towards a 30x100 challenge during Thanksgiving weekend sometime. I think jaadams1 had the idea originally and it has snowballed. The options as they stand at the moment:
    • 30 x 100 SCY free on 1:10
    • 30 x 100 SCM free on 1:20
    • 30 x 100 SCY back on 1:20
    • 30 x 100 SCY IM on 1:25
    I'm favoring the backstroke option currently
    Q-Brain needs to find a SCY pool and do the 100s @ 1:10. 1:20 SCM just isn't quite the same. That's like taking a short Q-break after each 100.
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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by couldbebetterfly View Post
    Let me think.....

    ........I'll take the Turducken
    I'm with you on this one. No way could I make those intervals. In fact, I'm so lazy I can't even add up the yardage in the Turducken. How many yards are stuffed into this bird?

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by Jayhawk View Post

    And, of course, any Thanksgiving-themed post provides a chance for me to use this smiley:
    I watched for hours, and the amount of turkey on the bone did not go down at all. I don't think they are actually eating and in fact I am starting to wonder if these yellow people even exist.

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    DOOR-BUSTER SALE! ALL 100's MUST GO! UNBEATABLE INTERVALS!*

    Today I was feeling good in the pool and took a run at 30 x 100 backstroke on 1:20. Here's what I FLOG'd:


    main set (3000 backstroke)
    • 30 x 100 backstroke on 1:20
    • #1 and #3 were 1:10, #30 was 1:12
    • there were a few 1:16's in there
    • most were 1:13 - 1:15
    • 10+ SDK off every wall
    • stroke count <= 10
    • I guess qbrain was right about my threshold being 1:16
    Victory is mine!

    * Unless you are faster than me. Your money's no good here!
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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    Victory is mine!
    I agree! Awesome set!

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    DOOR-BUSTER SALE! ALL 100's MUST GO! UNBEATABLE INTERVALS!*

    Today I was feeling good in the pool and took a run at 30 x 100 backstroke on 1:20. Here's what I FLOG'd:



    main set (3000 backstroke)
    • 30 x 100 backstroke on 1:20
    • #1 and #3 were 1:10, #30 was 1:12
    • there were a few 1:16's in there
    • most were 1:13 - 1:15
    • 10+ SDK off every wall
    • stroke count <= 10
    • I guess qbrain was right about my threshold being 1:16
    Victory is mine!

    * Unless you are faster than me. Your money's no good here!
    Very nice job!! Now I don't have to be first, second, last, or anywhere else!! Thanks.
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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Thanks guys. This set was mainly about willpower. Every time I slowed to 1:16 I re-focused and went faster on the next one. I have no idea how I was able to maintain 10+ SDK on such short rest. I expected to fall off from that down to say, 8, but it never happened.

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Love this idea! I'll have to try this set just adjust the
    Interval to 130 to accomidate my slower pace.



    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    DOOR-BUSTER SALE! ALL 100's MUST GO! UNBEATABLE INTERVALS!*

    Today I was feeling good in the pool and took a run at 30 x 100 backstroke on 1:20. Here's what I FLOG'd:


    main set (3000 backstroke)
    • 30 x 100 backstroke on 1:20
    • #1 and #3 were 1:10, #30 was 1:12
    • there were a few 1:16's in there
    • most were 1:13 - 1:15
    • 10+ SDK off every wall
    • stroke count <= 10
    • I guess qbrain was right about my threshold being 1:16
    Victory is mine!

    * Unless you are faster than me. Your money's no good here!

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    I think jaadams1 had the idea originally
    James was the first (and only afaik) to say he was going to attempt 30x100 on 1:10 scy over Thanksgiving break but the 30x100 on 1:10 challenge predates James (aka the Goold Ole Days)
    Last edited by qbrain; November 22nd, 2011 at 08:22 PM.

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by jaadams1 View Post
    Q-Brain needs to find a SCY pool and do the 100s @ 1:10. 1:20 SCM just isn't quite the same. That's like taking a short Q-break after each 100.
    It is Thanksgiving and I wouldn't want any qbreaks left out in the cold, so I will be hosting 29 qbreaks during my Thanksgiving set of 30x100 on 1:20.

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    Today I was feeling good in the pool and took a run at 30 x 100 backstroke on 1:20.
    Congrats That Guy.

    Quote Originally Posted by That Guy View Post
    I guess qbrain was right
    Just thought that could be repeated.

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    I designed my own turducken of sorts--one in keeping with my own swimming abilities at this time. I'm sharing it so maybe some other more limited folk can be inspired to try something fun even if they aren't up to huskier sets.

    I inserted this into a larger workout as part of the main set.


    Turducken set

    100 free
    75 short axis drill/breaststroke/drill
    50 back
    50 free (actually, 25 m 1/2 fly/1/2 free, 25 free)
    50 back
    75 short axis drill/fly/drill
    100 free

    For short axis drills, I did a progression drill that starts with a couple dolphin kicks, then 3-5 breaststroke, 3-5 fly, breaststroke, fly, etc. Also did some dolphin kick with breaststroke pull and some one arm fly for drills.

    I'm a newish swimmer--began last January actually, and short axis strokes are new since August but I love them. Just want to improve so I can do more of them longer!

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by qbrain View Post
    Congrats That Guy.



    Just thought that could be repeated.
    Thanks! Yeah, it can be repeated, and take note how I'm not even making fun of you in this post. ................... So I'm not sure what the purpose of this post is then. And yet I'm still typing without any idea why... oh well time to click Submit Reply <click>
    Last edited by That Guy; November 22nd, 2011 at 04:45 PM. Reason: i have no idea

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Dan Veatch's favorite set:

    100 IM on the 1:10
    100 Back on 1:05
    100 Free on 1:00

    The whole thing 30x

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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    The pools all around me will be closed on Thanksgiving, so I'm using it as my scheduled day off.

    Happy Thanksgiving to my fellow Forumites!

    Enjoy!
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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by qbrain View Post
    It is Thanksgiving and I wouldn't want any qbreaks left out in the cold, so I will be hosting 29 qbreaks during my Thanksgiving set of 30x100 on 1:20.
    I won't be able to swim on Thanksgiving Day itself, nothing open around here, but the day after I'm planning to go for it, provided I have the ample pool space...and hopefully someone doesn't try to stop me to ask if its okay to split the frickin' lane with me either!!! I don't give a F, as long as they stay out of my way in my quest to 30!!
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    Re: Thanksgiving workouts

    Quote Originally Posted by Gail Roper View Post
    Dan Veatch's favorite set:

    100 IM on the 1:10
    100 Back on 1:05
    100 Free on 1:00

    The whole thing 30x
    Dan Veatch was crazy. 9K like that? Holy cow.

    Still, maybe doing this 10x through and adding 0:10 or so to the intervals could make 30 x 100 bearable.

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