Ringing in 2014 with a 14,000 yd Swim

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It’s possible….

It’s that time of year again where I dig deep  into my archives of swim workouts and muster up a long swim to ring the new year.  As the years progress, so do these workouts.  What will the year 2030 be like?  30k in one day?  Either way, it’s a fun way to  spice up what could be a typical swim.  Today I did the following set of 14,000 yards, alone at 7AM with my Timex Run Trainer 2.0 watching the whole thing unfold on the pool deck:

-7000 straight freestyle swim – no stops

7 x 1000′s for 2014 – no more than 1 minute rest in-between each 1000 as the following:

1) 10 x 100 swim on 1:25

2) 1000 IM (as 10 x 100′s IM back to back)

3) 1000 as 50 swim/25 kick til you hit 1000

4) 5 x 200 swim/pull alt on 2:40

5) 4 x 100 swim on 1:25, then 100 fast (do this 2 times)

6) 3 x 300  on 4:05 (middle 300 pull) then 100 fast

7) 1000 free (100 steady/100 FAST)
7.94 miles
560 lengths (25 yard pool)
11,200 strokes
2 sore arms
1 strong mind

1 PowerBar Energy Blends and 1 cup of Oatmeal

2 PowerGels, 20 oz of water, 40 oz of PowerBar Perform

PowerBar Protein Plus, 20 oz PowerBar Recovery, and 10 minutes of stretching in the hot tub

It took me 3 hours and 26 minutes to complete, just in time to meet the family to swim with me at the end.  One of the lifeguards commented, “I was not sure if you were ever going to leave.”

With the arms a little sore, and desperately hungry, we showered up and made it to church at 11:30.

I am starting to coach triathletes now, so one thing I always tell athletes is try something different that challenges not only your body, but your mind as well.  The greatest rewards are sometimes seen from trying something new.

Here’s to a great 2014,


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