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

    Quote Originally Posted by Swimosaur View Post
    So what's this years challenge? (NOT 2000 fly!)

    I'm playing it smart this year.
    Doctors orders were to lay off doing any extreme swims. As much as I would LOVE to beat my 2,000 fly record and throw that out as a challenge, I'm going to have to give it a miss. My 800-400-200-100 IM swim is as extreme as I am going to get.

    Same goes for annual miles. I had originally set 475 as my goal this year after hitting 454 last year; however, I scaled it back to a goal of 425 for this year. I'm at 421 and will probably hit 430 or so for the year, so I'm keeping a max of 425 for future annual goals.

    Unfortunately, my days of extreme swims are over if I want to keep off the surgery table and stay in the pool; BUT, I'm just happy to be able to swim at all!
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    Actually I never understood this tradition of extreme workouts after or before some celebration. IMO it actually causes extra unhealthy load on viscera. I prefer to do same yardage as usual but something easier aerobic and something I like to swim. Holiday should be holiday - in the water as well. You should enjoy holiday in the pool not torture yourself. If there's possibility to play some game like water polo instead of usual workout or just to have fun I think that can help recharge your swimming batteries.
    Btw today I hit 500 miles for this year and I'm glad about that. In general I don't set annual mileage goals otherwise I feel bad and guilty if I can't achieve them even if I couldn't achieve them due to reasonable reasons. I prefer to set goals for certain annual meets to improve my PBs. That takes to make good planning of the macro-cycle which should include different methods like drills, speed sets, intervals and mileage as well. This year I could swim 50 LCM br in 34.07 (my PB last year was 35.08) and 100 SCM br 1:15.71 (last year PB was 1:19.38) so this approach works great for me and I don't feel guilty for overcelebrating and don't need to punish myself for it by some extreme workouts.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    My 800-400-200-100 IM swim is as extreme as I am going to get.
    Ok, Elaine, this one's for you. Did this today ...

    Fibonacci IM set

    The Fibonacci sequence is 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13 ...

    100 IM on 1:40 (100 sec)
    100 IM on 1:40 (100 sec)
    200 IM on 3:20 (200 sec)
    300 IM on 5:00 (300 sec)
    500 IM on 8:20 (500 sec)
    800 IM on 13:20 (800 sec) <-- there's your 800 IM!
    1300 IM on 21:40 (1300 sec)


    3300 Total (by chance, 2*1650)

    Made all the intervals, too! Though not by much!

    What does this have to do with Christmas? Fibonacci is Italian for Father Christmas, dontcha know?

    Quote Originally Posted by ElaineK View Post
    I'm just happy to be able to swim at all!
    Merry Christmas!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Swimosaur View Post
    Ok, Elaine, this one's for you. Did this today ...
    Fibonacci IM set
    Merry Christmas!

    Bruce's degree from SDSU is in mathematics, so this is a set he can relate to for sure, even if he is a non-swimmer. Way to go, Swimosaur-us Maximus! We both wish you a very merry Christmas as well!
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    Re: Holiday Traditions and Swim Challenges. What's yours?

    Oh Swimosaur, you've delighted my inner geek! Thank you!!
    Kari Kennedy

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

    Elaine - I did a thousand fly, but was not in your challenge. Butternuts forever!!!

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

    Quote Originally Posted by orca1946 View Post
    Elaine - I did a thousand fly, but was not in your challenge. Butternuts forever!!!
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    ElaineK, It is funny that you brought up the 1000 fly challenge. I was thinking that I needed to try to sneak at least 1000 fly in on New Years eve.

    Our coach gave us a 12 days of Christmas sprint workout.

    After a 1000 warm up, we did the following sprint set:

    12 x 25 fly on 40
    11 x 25 back on 40
    10 x 25 breast on 40
    9 x 25 free on 40
    8 x 25 IM (two of each stroke) on 25
    At the half way point, we switched to fins
    7 x 25 kick on 30
    6 x 25 fly on 30
    5 x 25 back on 30
    4 x 25 breast on 30
    3 x 25 free on 30
    2 x 25 kick on 30
    1 x 25 choice on 30

    c/d 300

    I am not a sprinter by nature but it was fun.

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

    Quote Originally Posted by jgale View Post
    ElaineK, It is funny that you brought up the 1000 fly challenge. I was thinking that I needed to try to sneak at least 1000 fly in on New Years eve.
    Go for it! Then, join me as a Butternut! http://www.grinswim.org/~nasti/butternuts.html

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

    Quote Originally Posted by Debugger View Post
    Actually I never understood this tradition of extreme workouts after or before some celebration. IMO it actually causes extra unhealthy load on viscera. I prefer to do same yardage as usual but something easier aerobic and something I like to swim. Holiday should be holiday - in the water as well. You should enjoy holiday in the pool not torture yourself. If there's possibility to play some game like water polo instead of usual workout or just to have fun I think that can help recharge your swimming batteries.
    Btw today I hit 500 miles for this year and I'm glad about that. In general I don't set annual mileage goals otherwise I feel bad and guilty if I can't achieve them even if I couldn't achieve them due to reasonable reasons. I prefer to set goals for certain annual meets to improve my PBs. That takes to make good planning of the macro-cycle which should include different methods like drills, speed sets, intervals and mileage as well. This year I could swim 50 LCM br in 34.07 (my PB last year was 35.08) and 100 SCM br 1:15.71 (last year PB was 1:19.38) so this approach works great for me and I don't feel guilty for overcelebrating and don't need to punish myself for it by some extreme workouts.
    Totally agree! Great job on your PB's!

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