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Boy, did today's workout ever kick my sorry arse. It was only 3500 metres, but it might as well have been 6000.<br><br>
Warmup was a pretty standard 5-4-3-2-1 (swim, kick, IM, pull, drill). But then the madness started. The set was 2 x 4 x 200m rotating 50m fast. What made it difficult were the pace times. We were to descend through each set, which meant that each of the "easy" get progressively less "easy" by the end of each set. Basically the "easy" part of the last set was relegated to "not quite full out," and the "fast" part was a "my lungs are going to pop out of my throat" kind of pace.<br><br>
So here's what the set looked like.<br><br>
First round:<br>
1: 200m on 3:30; first 50 fast, 150m easy<br>
2: 200m on 3:20; 50m easy, 50m fast, 100m easy<br>
3: 200m on 3:10; 100m easy, 50m fast, 50m easy<br>
4: 200m on 3:00; 150m easy, 50m fast<br><br>
Second round:<br>
1: 200m on 3:15; first 50 fast, 150m easy<br>
2: 200m on 3:10; 50m easy, 50m fast, 100m easy<br>
3: 200m on 3:05; 100m easy, 50m fast, 50m easy<br>
4: 200m on 3:00; 150m easy, 50m fast<br><br>
We followed this with some very easy swimming for a cool-down. But man, am I burnt. I did weights after the swim. I am supposed to do an hour and a half run this afternoon, but right now all I want to do is nap. And it's only 11 am!<br><br>
Just wanted to share this <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> Anyone want to come swimming with me? <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"><br><br>
Meg
 

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That's one of those workouts where I would just start, and hang on till the end. Find a 'happy place' and start churning. That's also the kind that would kick my mind as much as my body....that kind of "keeping up" with the counting would cause severe migraines in me.<br><br>
Hopefully, you had lanemates to help with that counting and keeping track of where the fast 50 went.
 

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Awesome workout. I miss my group workouts in Hamilton - swimming here in Germany on my own just isn't the same. Great work! What are you training for right now?
 

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Awesome workout Meg!! Let me know the next time you do it and I'll be there. I'll need a few days advance notice of course, so I can submit a time off request at work, book my plane tickets, etc, etc. <img alt="wink.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/wink.gif"> Seriously, I'd love to do a workout like that with a group, or even a workout partner. I miss having a training partner. <img alt="sad.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad.gif">
 

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Wow - I can only dream of being about to do a workout like that at this point. I don't think I could swim a 3:30 200 all out at this point and that was your slowest 200.<br><br>
Great job Meg
 

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Awesome swim, Meg. I may steal some of it (not up to that distance quite yet) for a swim next week. Thanks! I love to read about the intensity of your workouts, sounds like you have another amazing season ahead of you.
 

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On your slow 200s, you'd have been lapping me by the last 50. <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"> I'm happy when I can do them under 4 minutes!
 

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"only 3500 meter"<br><br>
Show-off <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif">
 

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Wow, that looks like a seriously killer workout. I might have to incorporate a (small) part of that into my routine. Or at least give myself a bit slower intervals - I'd still be gasping like a fish out of water when the next one started if I tried to keep up with you.
 

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Meg - that is some serious workout. I can only dream doing something like that. Good for you!! If I remember correctly, you swim with college swimmers?<br><br>
Keep up the great work!
 

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Wowza tough workout, awsome times also by the way.<br><br>
I hope that everyone sees that you are swimming meters and not yards with those times.<br><br>
I would love to be able to meet up with a bunch of people for a swim.... Beth, we on for a swim at Blue Marsh come spring?<br><br>
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Jon -- Absolutely!! I'm bringing my new tri group. I can't wait. I'll let you know as soon as it's planned. We need to plan some races at the shore too. The Rainbow Channel Challenge (1, 2.6 mile) is the first Saturday in Aug in Somer's Point. Let me know if you find some others.
 

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I have no words.<br><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif"><img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif">
 

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I did a quick calculation of my lame speed - my best 200m would be a little under 4:30, and that's pretty much close to all for me.<br><br>
Awesome workout, Meg - nice job! <img alt="notworthy.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/notworthy.gif">
 
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