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15,500 yard practice...

Posted by Glenn Mills on Mar 01, 2010 03:03PM

Sure, the question of "why" is always a good one, and the answer as to why someone would do 100 x 150 on 2:00 is actually pretty simple... preparation.  Because Barbara and I have entered the Kingdom Swim, preparation is something that can't skip a day.  While regular training is to improve a time, or to avoid defeat, training now takes on a totally different atmosphere... long, smooth, but still fast enough to be intriguing.

My friends at Annapolis Breakfast Club were swimming the annual Marueenavator, which takes the last two digits of the current year, and adds 100 x 100 to it... so this year, being 2010, means the set was 110 x 100 on 2:00.  I thought this would be a good opportunity to practice some long swimming.  Instead of 100's, I'd do 150's which would require I stay consistent, smooth, but not go so slow so that I couldn't get enough rest to get something to drink.

I think I made it to #65 before my calf started to cramp, which reminded me to not push off the wall so hard, or so far... landing the feet flatter on the wall helped.  Anyway, that was about all the drama there was.  Pretty smooth set, swam a meet with some friends later that afternoon, and even went to hear one of my favorite guitarists play that night.  Stroke seems to be settling in nicely.

Thanks to my Finis Swimp3 player, I was able to pretty much zone out.  The tunes are varied but mostly stuff that gets me moving.  iTunes links included.  :)  If there are some songs that seem a bit rough... sorry.  Many of these songs have age warning... but don't worry, I'm old enough.

1)  Extraordinary - Liz Phair
2)  Family Reunion - Saliva
3)  Superstar - Saliva
4)  Broken Sunday - Saliva
5)  Glasgow Kiss - John Petrucci - (video below... love this song)
6)  One Step Closer - Linkin Park
7)  Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters
8)  I Believe in a Thing Called Love - The Darkness
9)  Hunt You Down - Saliva - This one reminds me of Jason Lezak
10)  Figured You Out - Nickelback
11)  In The End - Linkin Park
12)  Rest in Pieces - Saliva
13)  Pedal to the Metal - Kazzer
14)  A Man I'll Never Be - Boston
15)  And the Cradle Will Rock - Van Halen
16)  Black Dog - Led Zeppelin
17)  Enter Sandman - Metallica
18)  Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz
19)  The Distance - Cake
20)  Over the Hills and Far Away - Led Zeppelin
21)  Immigrant Song - Led Zeppelin
22)  Inside The Fire - Disturbed
23)  Indestructible - Distrubed
24)  Jamie's Crying - Van Halen
25)  Jump Around - House of Pain
26)  Jump - Van Halen
27)  Big Time - Peter Gabriel
28)  Play That Funky Music - Wild Cherry
29)  Red Light - Green Light - Limp Bizkit with Snoop Dog
30)  Rock and Roll - Led Zeppelin
31)  Survival of the Sickest - Saliva
32)  Ain't Talking 'Bout Love - Van Halen
33)  Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin
34)  Your Time Will Come - Led Zeppelin

There may have been a few more, but I'll never tell.  :)

Archived Comments

Responded Mar 01, 2010 10:46PM

Very motivational Glenn.

As a noob, I can not imagine doing one third of that!

Responded Mar 02, 2010 10:44AM

Glenn you BEAST! :) I admire your mental and physical strength!
Awesome play list btw. I am also glad to read, that there were more songs even if it was Britney Spears or whoever, because this is a very long session.

Responded Mar 02, 2010 01:45PM

How long its took you to complete it?

Responded Mar 02, 2010 04:58PM

As Masters training for solo English Channel swims, our coach had a bunch of us do 8 3/4 hours last week for 25,500 metres. More varied than this though, with drills, speed, climb outs, paddles, buoys etc etc. Hell basically. She never has us do a set like this, though tomorrow I have to do 8K straight, with a negative split on the second 4k. We are not allowed music players as they are not allowed under Channel rules. Mental preparation is just as important, you have to de able to live inside your head for the time. (Though if we were allowed music my Finis SwiMP3 only lasted a year of intermediate use before dying :-( )

Responded Mar 02, 2010 06:34PM

After this 15,000 yard warmup, Glenn did a 50 yard breaststroke in :28.7 at the Talbot County YMCA Postal meet with Masters Team Sweden.

Responded Mar 02, 2010 07:25PM

Awesome. Thanks for the kick@$$ playlist, too!

Responded Mar 03, 2010 02:32AM

Go get 'em Donal!!!! Cross that Channel! Al... wasn't it 28.5? ;) Trev... I can't list the ones I left off because of language violations... but you know what it takes to keep going... sometimes you just have to feel mean. :)

Responded Mar 03, 2010 08:32AM

:28.5???? I'll say it agian: BEAST!!!!!!
Anyway, did you actually do the 110 100s on Br?!

@Donal: good luck!!!

PS: did you guys pay attention to that? --> "Pretty smooth set..."

Responded Mar 09, 2010 04:38PM

Thanks, realised that my post above made me sound like a d1ck though. I wasn't saying I was better than Glen. I'd wish to be half as good. I've only been swimming 4 years, on a good day my fastest 100 is only 1:19, a good 2k this morning is only 34:00. If I could make 4k per hour I'd consider that heaven.

Responded Apr 03, 2010 02:02PM

dang..... 110x100's.... i can barely do 10x100's lol. how do you distance guys do it?

Responded Apr 11, 2010 06:56AM

Thanks for that

Responded Apr 18, 2010 04:14PM

No Steve Miller Band? I bet I've swum 100 miles to SMB.

Responded Apr 20, 2010 10:13AM

my dad should buy me this ..but not for 15000 yard workout

Responded Apr 25, 2010 03:14PM

Glenn, It's been a long time since you've posted your practice sessions here, How's your training going?

Responded Jul 30, 2010 01:53AM

Glenn, I want the goswim theme. I know you have different versions of it, but I specifically want the one you use in "freestyle - connection variation" or "freestyle - shoulder catch". Is this possible?

Responded Jul 31, 2010 11:15PM

and also the theme you use in jason lezak's dvd. PLEEEEEEEEASE make this possible somehow. I would greatly appreciate it.

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