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    50 50's on :50?

    we've got a 50th birthday at swim practice tomorrow. It's also our last day for two weeks until the pool re-opens. Does anyone have an idea of a really fun workout for an hour featuring 50's? We've got a diverse mix of fast and less fast swimmers.

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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    For my 50th I did the 50 50’s on :50 fly. I’m not sure I’d characterize it as “a really fun workout”, but it was a good challenge set.

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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    50x50 on 50 is a really good 50th birthday set, not just for its numerological significance, but also because (for me at least) it reminds me of age group practice when I was a kid. I had a club team coach who loved to give us this set. I probably haven't done this set since I was around 13 years old, so swimming it would really take me back.
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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    Thanks for the ideas! We had fun with it, so in addition to brining 50 munchkins to the pool*, we did:

    WARM UP:
    1 X 350, done as 7 50's on 6:50
    1 X 250, kick with FINS, done as 5 50's on 4:10
    1 x 150, pull, done as 3 50's on 2:30
    1 X 50, ALL OUT on :50

    MAIN SET:
    10 X 50 on :50, Butterfly drill: alternating one-arm fly with flutter kick (note: if you end up just doing freestyle, that's kinda the point.)
    5 X 50 on :50, Dolphin dives for 12.5, swim all out for 25, dolphin kicks for 12.5
    5 X 50 on :50, ALL OUT, like you were chasing down a bear that stole your donuts.
    4 X 50 on :50, SIDESTROKE**, odds on left, evens on right
    4 X 50 on :50, IMO, but you'll probably just end up doing them all as backstroke, anyway
    1 X 200 on 3:20, broken at the 50's
    2 X 50 choice

    If time remains after 2500:
    water polo, vertical kicking, diving for quarters, in-water relay starts, open-water turn practice, just float, have fun, swim as hard as you can, or just eat donuts.

    We did in-water relay starts, over-50 swimmers vs. under-50 swimmers. The unders won the freestyle relay (with the aid of fins) and the overs won the 25 yards of dolphin dives / 25 yards of corkscrew swim relay.

    *We toyed with the idea of making the birthday celebrant eat a munchkin after each 50, but no one wanted to be on clean-up duty.
    **SIDESTROKE - the best part of the workout. I believe the time has come for a sidestroke revitalization in the swimming world.
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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    oooooo.... i like it!!! think i'll have my team do this one tonight!! they'll love me for it!

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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    I remember that set from my youth. I hated it! Basically I have a problem with any set that includes more than 10 repetitions, though.
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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    I sort of did this set. I did 50 50's but they weren't on the :50 because I did 25 of them kick and we were set up in meters. And well, lets face it; I turned 50 years old that day. Also, as a side note. I did complete 100 miles of kick in 2012.

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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    I feel bad for the swimmers who will be expected to do 100 x 100's on 1:00.

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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    I think we can give them 1:40, it's 100 seconds!

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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    Hmm, 100x100 on 1:00 or 100x100 on 1:40? One's too hard, the other too boring.

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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    Quote Originally Posted by knelson View Post
    Hmm, 100x100 on 1:00 or 100x100 on 1:40? One's too hard, the other too boring.
    When you are 100 years old and give this set a try you may find both intervals to be a challenge. Iím hoping the 75 X 75ís on 75 (1:15) wonít be insurmountable when Iím 75.
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rob Copeland View Post
    I’m hoping the 75 X 75’s on 75 (1:15) won’t be insurmountable when I’m 75.
    A worthy goal, indeed.

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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    What's a dolphin dive? (Sorry for a silly question, but I've been out for a while. I'm only finally returning after a LONG recovery from a lousy foot surgery.)
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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    Quote Originally Posted by Aquawolf View Post
    What's a dolphin dive? (Sorry for a silly question, but I've been out for a while. I'm only finally returning after a LONG recovery from a lousy foot surgery.)
    It's when you travel from one end of the pool to the other by way of diving. Push off the bottom of the pool and break the surface of the water with your hands, arching your back so you don't hit the bottom of the pool, put your feet down, push off and dive again. They can be fun, unit you get to the really deep end...
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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    Thanks. I think I understand that.

    (I'm imagining/remembering now, though, swimming in a pool with a really deep end. :-) I found a cheap gym with 24 hour access to a pool, which is wonderful, but the "deep" end isn't even 6 feet. LOL I had to drop vertical kick drills completely from my workout because of this...and that I'm 6-feet tall!)
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    Re: 50 50's on :50?

    This should just be a typical Friday night routine! *dying a little inside*

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