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2012-12-20 12:12 PM
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Thanks for all the great suggestions.  Here is what I have come up with as my hybrid of the ideas posted. 

I took a plastic sheet protector (the kind you put a piece of paper in for a presentation and the like) and cut a piece slightly larger than a 3x5 index card.  I taped it (clear shipping tape) to a water bottle with three sides closed and the bottom open.  I just write the workout on the index card and slide it in the sleeve.  I left the bottom open so any water hitting the bottle from splash or rain will not impact it.  The curve of the bottle and the limited margins of free space once the card is inserted keeps the card in place.

I can always trust the folks here to have some answers to questions that a newbie like me has.  Thanks again.



2012-12-20 1:26 PM
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REI sells a waterproof notebook in the camping area for a few bucks.  That's what I use.
2012-12-20 4:39 PM
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Stuartap - 2012-12-19 11:04 AM

I was reading another thread on how to remember a bike route which got me thinking.  In Jan I start a very specific training plan.  I think I am ok on the bike and run requirements but not sure how to remember the details to a swim workout.  The early weeks are fine but later in the plan it gets a bit more challenging.  Here is one example from week 9:

3 X 150 (L1)

1 X 300 30” (L3)

1 X 250 20’’ pull

3 X 200 20’’ (L3)

1 X 250 20” pull

3 X 200 20” (L3)

10 X 50 Descend

1 X 200 (L1)

Total: 3150 yards

How do you keep all that in your head?

 



I write it on an index card and put it in a ziplock baggie pool side.

If I have sets with 8x100 (etc.), I use pennies to count the "8".



2012-12-20 6:37 PM
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I have seen people buy one of those small blackboard (The marker one) and put it on the side of the pool, you can use it every time and if it gets wet doent matter!! Smile

2012-12-21 5:25 AM
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So you never change the practice you do? In college we would print them on paper, get it damp and hang it on the gutter wall or a kick board, then splash more water on it to soak it through. It won't go anywhere
2012-12-21 10:14 AM
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You can also cut up your milk cartons and write in permanent marker... That worked awesome for me when I used to be a swimming instructor. The whole thing can generally go in the water and suffers more abuse in my opinion than even a ziploc baggie. You can even tuck them in your swim suit straps (crap... I failed to check the OP gender)... but anyway, the ladies can do this.


2012-12-23 4:11 PM
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I used to have no problems, but these days if I go to a coached workout and he gives a 6 X 125 set I go blank after about 3. Getting old is the sh*ts except for the AG aging up advantage.
2012-12-23 4:20 PM
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My coach wrote about this once...... He feels that if it complicated enough that you can't remember it, then it is too complicated. Most of my workouts are pretty easy to remember.

Warmup is always the same. (usually 1000 yards)

main set might be:

10 x 50 hard on :20 rest interval

500 swim getting faster from first 100 to last 100

5 x 100 on :10 rest interval

500 getting faster from first to last 100 or paddles and pull buoy.

5 x 100 on :10 ri

500 easy cd.

or

main set

6 x 500 at IM effort or HIM effort

or

10 x 100 all out on :20

500 easy swim

repeat.

Notice what is pretty much always the same? Everything is pretty much multiples of 500. Makes it easy for my little teeny brain to remember.

Every once in awhile something is more complicated than that. If so, I print it out. Get it wet at the pool and stick it on a kickboard. At the end of the session it gets crumpled up and thrown away.
2012-12-23 4:28 PM
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wannabefaster - 2012-12-23 2:20 PM My coach wrote about this once...... He feels that if it complicated enough that you can't remember it, then it is too complicated.

On the other hand I have heard of well know open water coaches who deliberately make it hard to remember to challenge the swimmer's mind (or do math problems). Being able to think clearlycan be invaluable in making decisions during an open water race.

2012-12-23 4:35 PM
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E=H2O - 2012-12-23 3:28 PM

wannabefaster - 2012-12-23 2:20 PM My coach wrote about this once...... He feels that if it complicated enough that you can't remember it, then it is too complicated.

On the other hand I have heard of well know open water coaches who deliberately make it hard to remember to challenge the swimmer's mind (or do math problems). Being able to think clearlycan be invaluable in making decisions during an open water race.

Or he is just really underestimating some of our abilities to recall even the simplest things really early in the morning

2012-12-23 9:13 PM
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E=H2O - 2012-12-23 5:28 PM

wannabefaster - 2012-12-23 2:20 PM My coach wrote about this once...... He feels that if it complicated enough that you can't remember it, then it is too complicated.

On the other hand I have heard of well know open water coaches who deliberately make it hard to remember to challenge the swimmer's mind (or do math problems). Being able to think clearlycan be invaluable in making decisions during an open water race.



It is funny you say that. People always ask me what I think about when I am running a lot of miles. I always say, "math." I do all kinds if math in my head while running. I can put myself on autopilot while running and think about all kinds of things. However, at the level I am at in swimming I had better be concentràting on my stroke and form. I don't have enough brain power to swim properly and remember very complicated swim sets.


2012-12-23 11:56 PM
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E=H2O - 2012-12-23 3:28 PM

wannabefaster - 2012-12-23 2:20 PM My coach wrote about this once...... He feels that if it complicated enough that you can't remember it, then it is too complicated.

On the other hand I have heard of well know open water coaches who deliberately make it hard to remember to challenge the swimmer's mind (or do math problems). Being able to think clearlycan be invaluable in making decisions during an open water race.



I did the same math problem in my head about 8 times while swimming a 100 yards today...still not sure I'm doing it right.

left on the :45 and returned on the :09 for 100 yards. How fast did I swim? Seemed too fast so I think I swam a 150. But yeah, the point of doing another layer of thinking on top of trying to swim does have some merit. The set was simple enough (3 x 5 x 100), but the send offs challenged my tired brain.
2012-12-24 1:58 AM
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I write on my hand.  After each set, I rub it off.  The ink lasts long enough for the swim but comes off really easily with a little rub.  It helps me remember where I'm at too.  Pretty low tech but it works for me.
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