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    What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    Vaccines are coming. Next Fall/Winter (2021/2022) might be normal. There is a light at the end of this tunnel.

    So let's look forward, shall we?

    I once thought that I'd do sub 6min 400m by the end of 2019. **** happened.

    Then I thought I'd do sub 6min 400m by the end of 2020. Other **** happened.

    Now I think.....well.....see my sig.

    How about you?

    (Edit: Wow! Auto-correct of a naughty word for excrement!)
    Current PRs: 25m-16.5/50m-35.0/100m-1:18.5/200m-2:55.5/400m-6:14/800m-12:50/1600m-26:37

    My 2021 dream: 16.1/34.2/1:16.2/2:48.4/5:59/12:31/25:33

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    Maybe to do a meet, which has not happened because, like you, $#!+ has.

    But.......if I get to do a meet........
    6:00 500SCY
    NQT in the 100SCY Fly (1:04 at my age)

    I'm hitting splits in sets that indicate I can do the 500. A year ago, I was hitting splits in the 100Fly, but with my migration to open water, and not being to do pool workouts, my strokes have gone in the crapper. I'm occasionally getting some fly in that feels right, but I'm 5 seconds off in my 50. So I am not optimistic.

    The one thing I know I'll do.......
    Top Ten in the Bridges to Bluffs open water 10K. Hard to put a time on this, given that current can have a bit impact.

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    Assuming I can keep keep consistent pool time between now and when meets start... I really want to get back under 2:00 200 IM SCY, and I'd love to get a FINA Top Ten in SCM - looks like my best chances might be 50/100 back or 100 breast. We shall see how the year goes.

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    Right now I just want to get enough pool time to do full workouts and have a real meet.
    "To strive,to seek,to find,and not to yield" Tennyson
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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    Right now I just want to get enough pool time to do full workouts and have a real meet.
    I hope a convenient pond (complete with lily pad) will open up for you soon!

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    I'd like to do a marathon in 2021.
    --Mike Tyson (yes, my real name)

    https://blogs.marathonswimmers.org/ironmike/

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    I'd like to be able to race, somewhere, anywhere.

    I want to try the 500 scy again and maybe aim for 5:30ish... i swam it once last year at the end of several other events and was really worried about dying at the end. Now that I am back in the water with no meets, I'm spending my time building a bigger aerobic base (still not much comparatively speaking) and my hope is that will help me in the 500. If there is a scy nationals, I'd love to see how high I can place in 500Fr, 200 BR and maybe the 200IM.

    Mostly at this point, I'd take just hopping on the blocks in a practice suit and racing anyone for a 50 of anything

    Short of having any actual hope for racing, my 2021 swimming goal is to find consistent aerobic work, keep building a strong kick and get my base free time down another click or two. My hope is that I could build on that base for racing whenever it comes back!

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    sub 4:50 500
    sub 1:50 200
    sub :50 100

    Probably on track for these if I could ever get a meet to taper for!

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S View Post
    sub 4:50 500
    sub 1:50 200
    sub :50 100

    Probably on track for these if I could ever get a meet to taper for!

    Would love to hear how many times per week you swim and how many of these are longer 4-5k aerobic workouts... I see your blog but wondering just broad strokes how you are scheduling your workouts.

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen Stark View Post
    Right now I just want to get enough pool time to do full workouts and have a real meet.
    Quote Originally Posted by JSC910 View Post
    I'd like to be able to race, somewhere, anywhere.
    Agree. I just want to have the opportunity to continue to consistently train and to start to race again.

    In my dream world, I'd love to see LCM Nationals at the Spire Institute happen. That's now "road-trippable" for me and it looks like a fabulous facility. Plus, my wife said she'd come along, provided we go to the Columbus Zoo afterwards (we're big fans of National Geographic channel's Secrets of the Zoo, https://radio.wosu.org/post/secrets-...stage#stream/0).

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    We are in a 2 week “freeze” and after that, hopefully, back to 45 minute lane reservations, hence my wish for adequate workouts.
    "To strive,to seek,to find,and not to yield" Tennyson
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    Just got the word, pool closed another 2 weeks
    "To strive,to seek,to find,and not to yield" Tennyson
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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    Dear lord I hope some of you are a lot younger than me!

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    Quote Originally Posted by 67King View Post
    Dear lord I hope some of you are a lot younger than me!
    32 a couple weeks ago... definitely on the young side of Masters. But this is what I've gotta deal with for the worldwide Top Ten!

    50 M. BACK
    24.68 SERGEY MAKOV RUS
    25.09 NAOYA HIRANO JPN
    25.17 TAKASHI TAKEMOTO JPN
    25.48 JUNICHI MORITA JPN
    25.54 PETER R KLINE USA
    26.41 YUYA KATAOKA JPN
    26.53 RYAN ANSCOMB GBR
    26.53 JONAS ULFSKANS SWE
    26.62 HARUTO KAWAI JPN
    26.68 KOTA TESHIMA JPN

    My best 50y over the past couple years is 24.32 which converts to 26.9 SCM.
    400 IMer/200 backstroker in another life, now sprinter/breaststroker... Yeah, I don't know how that happened either!

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    Quote Originally Posted by JPEnge View Post
    32 a couple weeks ago... definitely on the young side of Masters.
    Whew! I'm a few weeks from 47. I only took up the sport a few years ago (I swam as a kid, but quit when I was 11), but think I'm doing okay......and then I see the times you two are putting out there, and I'm like "time to move on to a new sport!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSC910 View Post
    Would love to hear how many times per week you swim and how many of these are longer 4-5k aerobic workouts... I see your blog but wondering just broad strokes how you are scheduling your workouts.
    So it depends upon the time of year. Just was finishing up another base building phase. I was doing about 30k a week for about 4 weeks there, swimming every day. Developed a smidgen of "swimmer's shoulder" in my left shoulder, so I have been doing A LOT of kicking the past two weeks, and probably will continue kicking for the foreseeable future (saw doc today, no issues, just needs some rest). But during my aerobic phase I was doing mostly longer aerobic stuff, a dash of speed here and there, and ALWAYS some sort of quality speed set on Saturdays. When I have mended, I will be transitioning to speed/pace work most days, and drop down to 3-4k per workout (down from 4.5-6k before).

    Also was following this schedule pretty regularly from September through mid-November:
    Monday: Long Aerobic (6k ish)
    Tuesday: I.M. or Recovery (4-5k)
    Wednesday: Speed work (3.5-5k)
    Thursday: I.M. or Recovery, whichever I need more and depending on what I did Tuesday (4-5k)
    Friday: wildcard, maybe buckets, maybe speed work, maybe just drilling (2.5-4.5k)
    Saturday: quality and speed diving off blocks (3-4k)
    Sunday: OFF or Long Easy Aerobic (0-4k)

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    I am due for rotator cuff surgery in late Dec or Jan so WHEN I can swim in an pool will be in question.
    I age up to 75 in April of 2021
    Goals: State meet in Illinois 100 & 200 fly 100+200+400 i m

    S C nationals : 100 +200 fly 200 + 400 i m 200 back 1,650 free

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calvin S View Post
    So it depends upon the time of year. Just was finishing up another base building phase. I was doing about 30k a week for about 4 weeks there, swimming every day. Developed a smidgen of "swimmer's shoulder" in my left shoulder, so I have been doing A LOT of kicking the past two weeks, and probably will continue kicking for the foreseeable future (saw doc today, no issues, just needs some rest). But during my aerobic phase I was doing mostly longer aerobic stuff, a dash of speed here and there, and ALWAYS some sort of quality speed set on Saturdays. When I have mended, I will be transitioning to speed/pace work most days, and drop down to 3-4k per workout (down from 4.5-6k before).

    Also was following this schedule pretty regularly from September through mid-November:
    Monday: Long Aerobic (6k ish)
    Tuesday: I.M. or Recovery (4-5k)
    Wednesday: Speed work (3.5-5k)
    Thursday: I.M. or Recovery, whichever I need more and depending on what I did Tuesday (4-5k)
    Friday: wildcard, maybe buckets, maybe speed work, maybe just drilling (2.5-4.5k)
    Saturday: quality and speed diving off blocks (3-4k)
    Sunday: OFF or Long Easy Aerobic (0-4k)
    Thanks! Super helpful. i too get a twinge-y left shoulder when i bump up the yardage too much. Currently swimming SCM and essentially doing this although days vary based on my call schedule.

    mon- 4-5k long aerobic
    tues off
    weds- long aerobic (4k0 or IM with aerobic
    thurs-kick focus, 2-3k, usually pretty dead legged after
    fri- usrpt or test set or off
    sat-long aerobic or long drill with lots of kick if shoulder dictates
    sun- off or 2500 'short stuff'/stroke

    I think at best i am getting 20k scm in... which is more than when i first got back in the water about 2 yrs ago, doing about 10k a week.

    I'll start stalking your blog a bit for main set ideas, thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JSC910 View Post
    I'll start stalking your blog a bit for main set ideas, thanks!
    Definitely, man. Just leave a post there or PM me if you have a question

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    Re: What Are Your 2021 Swimming Goals?

    I really want to get back to consistency. Been a crazy year for everyone. Personally, Covid interruption, 3 nerve blocks in cervical and now down with the virus for a couple weeks has killed the flow. Flip side, I got a ton of cycling in . But i miss swimming and doing so in workouts with others consistently. 2021 will be better !

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