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    Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    I'm working on the 12 Days of Christmas challenge that Charlotte Brynn in Stowe, Vermont has dreamt up: Pick any 12 days in December and start on day 1 with 1,000 yards or meters. The next day do 2,000. On the third day do 3,000 and so on, increasing the distance each day by an additional 1,000 yards or meters until you get to 12,000 on the 12 day of the challenge. I just did day 5, and I'm already dragging. One week to go!

    We also have a tradition here of doing 100 x 100 the day after Thanksgiving and on New Year's Eve. Got me wondering about what other special events and challenges other swimmers have during the holiday season. Got a fun workout with reindeer games? Or a special polar plunge event? Or some set workout you do every year like the 100 x 100 that you do with your team just for fun or as a fundraiser? If so, let me know! I'm interested to hear how other swimmers around the country ring in the New year and celebrate this festive season in swimming style.

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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    I don't have any "tradition", but last Dec. 24th I did this workout with some friends.
    Note the "12" theme. I remember my arms being very tired the following day.
    I forget where I got the idea for this workout. Apologies to its originator.

    600 wu,

    12 lengths choice + 1 deck pullout,

    11 lengths choice + 2 deck pullouts,
    10 lengths choice + 3 deck pullouts,
    9 lengths choice + 4 deck pullouts,
    -50 bk for time-
    8 lengths choice + 5 deck pullouts,
    7 lengths choice + 6 deck pullouts,
    6 lengths choice + 7 deck pullouts,
    5 lengths choice + 8 deck pullouts,
    -200 IM for time-
    4 lengths choice + 9 deck pullouts,
    3 lengths choice + 10 deck pullouts,
    2 lengths choice + 11 deck pullouts,
    1 lengths choice + 12 deck pullouts,
    -4x25/:45 IMO best add-up-


    400IM.
    100 ez.

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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    If you are looking for yardage around the 100 X 100 you can get in 9,100 by doing 25’s for the whole 12 days song.
    1-25 bilateral
    2-25’s every 5; 1-25 bilateral
    3 25’s every 7; 2-25’s every 5; 1-25 bilateral
    4 25’s every 9…
    5 25’s build…
    6 25’s fast…
    7 25’s choice…
    8 25’s IM order…
    9 25’s drill…
    10 25’s pull…
    11 25’s kick…
    12 25’s fly…
    The opinions expressed in the above post are mine and not those of U.S. Masters Swimming.

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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    We did something similar last night -

    Whole session 3125m (it was meant to be 3000m but I changed a couple of bits around)

    12 lengths of front crawl
    11 singles fly kick
    10 50s free pull
    9 singles fly swim
    8 50s backstroke
    7 singles breast drill
    6 half length form sprints (drift to 25)
    5 hundreds IM 2500
    4 doggy paddle
    3 50s build
    2 singles fly
    and 200 metre swim down

    Quite a tough challenge - our top lane did it in ~65 minutes, metres.

    We let the lanes manage their own rest and didn't give too much instruction otherwise (to fit the song!)

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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    my holiday tradition is to not do any stupid holiday tradition sets. (and some that werent even on a holiday)

    did enough as a kid..i'm good for the rest of my life.

    i still have one burnt into my memory that i may never forget:
    10x100 warmup on 1:30
    on 1:20 base
    1000 , 2000 , 3000 , 2000 , 1000
    300wd
    a nice little lcm workout.

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    Long Beach Swim Masters. You never hear of this group, they are big on Open Water, but they have heavy duty workouts in the pool.

    12/20/13 - First Masters Workout in the new Belmont Out Door (above ground) Pool. The Belmont Pool is the official pool for this group.

    12/21/13 - 47th Annual Scout the Route. 5:45 am - swim around Treasure Island. If you have done the Naples Island Swim (3 mile), then you would know that the 1 mile is the one around Treasure Island. The one that goes through the canals.

    12/23/13 - The Night Before, the Night Before Open Water Swim. 6:00 pm begins at approximately at the Start of the Naples Island Swim, goes to the 2nd Street Bridge, and back.

    12/24/13 - Belmont (above ground) Pool - 100 x 100. Begin swimming at 6:30 am

    Long Beach Swim Masters have some very accomplished swimmers in their group. They have a new website. Check it out at: swimlongbeach.com
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sive View Post
    12/24/13 - Belmont (above ground) Pool - 100 x 100. Begin swimming at 6:30 am
    icing and ibuprofin on the finish.
    12/25/13 off - too sore
    12/26/13 off - ditto
    12/27/13 off - see sports rehab
    28th - 30th off and rehab
    31st see orthpedist for that end of year insurance claim and why those shoulder hurt so much
    5.68 miles is not something you just jump in a do

    bill, i wish the safest and best swims for all.
    really enjoy all of the info you print about the pools

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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    robertsrobson and this thread of folks, you saved my bacon this morning, thanks! Our coach was sick this morning and asked a couple of us to fill in. I'd written down the 12 day countdown, tweaked it slightly, and stuffed it in my bag. It was funny how people said it looked easy on paper, but in actuality it was a tough! Thanks for the great ideas, all! Tomorrow if he's sick again, we have a backup plan of doing some warmup for 20-ish mins, then play around with fun relays. It'll be a good way to end the month on the last day before the pool closes.
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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Sive View Post
    Long Beach Swim Masters...they have duty workouts in the pool.
    Better than doodie workouts in the pool.

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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    Xmas Sets:

    Warm-up
    100 up to 1000 back down to 100
    Warm-Down


    A 10,000 for time. This is one of the most boring swims possible. I couldn't keep enough songs in my head.

    My senior year of high school, 1994, we did 94x200's(not counting warm-up and down)

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    i think it was '81 when we did the marathon swim-a-thon (tm)

    1hr swim
    1hr rest
    repeat 6 times for 12hrs total.
    i averaged 5k each hr for a total of 30,000 that day.

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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    We have a December kind of pagan ritual. We add one 25 butterfly to the end of each practice for each day, from December 1st until the Winter Solstice on the 21st. It starts off feeling pretty easy but if you swim 5-6 days a week by the time you get to 18x25s fly followed the next day by 19x25s etc. it takes its toll. But at the end we can celebrate accomplishing some tough swimming and look forward to longer days again. And IMHO for old folks it is way more sensible than 100x100s.

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    Last year, I challenged other Forumites to a 1,000 yard butterfly swim before the end of the year. That Guy and Yosemite took up the challenge, and the three of us accomplished the challenge. (I can't remember who else joined in.)

    Can you guys believe it has been a year since we did that? Time
    !

    Today, in honor of those who count down to Christmas Day, I started with an 800 IM and worked down the IM's (400, 200, 100). It wasn't that grand of an accomplishment; however, I did attempt these at race pace, such as it was.
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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    On Christmas Eve, we used to a different version of the "12 Days of Christmas" and it went like this:
    12x25 warm up
    11x50
    10 x 75
    9 x 100
    8 x 125
    7 x 150
    6 x 175
    5 x 200
    4 x 225
    3 x 250
    2 x 275
    1 x 300 warm down

    If my math is correct, I think that is 9,300 yd. I don't remember what the specific parts of the set were but you can get painfully creative...

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    swimsuit addict has gotten many of us craving a Turducken this time of year
    ..<))><

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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    Last year, I challenged other Forumites to a 1,000 yard butterfly swim before the end of the year. That Guy and Yosemite took up the challenge, and the three of us accomplished the challenge. (I can't remember who else joined in.)

    Can you guys believe it has been a year since we did that? Time
    !

    Today, in honor of those who count down to Christmas Day, I started with an 800 IM and worked down the IM's (400, 200, 100). It wasn't that grand of an accomplishment; however, I did attempt these at race pace, such as it was.
    I think I was the other one. That was painful! Friday, we did a "make it up as you go" set. Roger picked a set first: 1000 yards of IMs. Everyone got to choose how they wanted to do it (e.g. 10 x 100 IM, 5 x 200 IM, 3 x 300 IM + 100 IM, etc.). I went ahead and just did 1 x 1000 IM. The goal time was 14:00. Nobody made it but I was close at 14:10. I probably would have made it if I had split up the fly but it was a fun set anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pmccoy View Post
    I think I was the other one. That was painful! Friday, we did a "make it up as you go" set. Roger picked a set first: 1000 yards of IMs. Everyone got to choose how they wanted to do it (e.g. 10 x 100 IM, 5 x 200 IM, 3 x 300 IM + 100 IM, etc.). I went ahead and just did 1 x 1000 IM. The goal time was 14:00. Nobody made it but I was close at 14:10. I probably would have made it if I had split up the fly but it was a fun set anyway.

    How could I forget about you? Merry Christmas! Way to go on your IM!


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    Quote Originally Posted by rxleakem View Post

    Thanks, rx! My memory is
    .


    These are the swimmers who took up last year's challenge:

    That Guy- post #506- 13:56

    pmmcoy- post #528- 15:23
    rxleam- post #539- 16:59* (including :57 break in between 500's)
    Swimosaur- post #526- 17:52* (1000 split of a 1650!
    )
    jgale- post #550- 18:29
    Yosemite- post #523- no time reported
    Me- post #522- 23:07
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    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    These are the swimmers who took up last year's challenge:
    So what's this years challenge? (NOT 2000 fly!)

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