Tri Training NZ

Saturday Swim Session: 200’s

This session will develop your threshold swimming pace making you faster.

Each Saturday I will post a Swim Session, most weeks I will load three options up for you to do. Option A is for swimmers who are after a workout between 1,000 & 2,000 metres. Option B is for swimmers who are after a workout between 2,000 & 3,000m and Option C will be greater than 3,000m.

Option A

  • 200m Warm Up;
  • 8x 50m Drill/Swim;
  • 6x 200m Build 1-3 40sec RI;
  • 200m Cool Down (2,000m)

Option B

  • 600m Warm Up;
  • 12x 50m Drill/Swim;
  • 6x 200m Build 1-3 40sec RI;
  • 200m Cool Down (2,600m)

Option C

  • 800m Warm Up;
  • 12x 50m Drill/Swim;
  • 8x 200m Build 1-4 40sec RI;
  • 200m Cool Down (3,200m)

Start the workout with a Warm Up covering 200m (Option A), 600m (Option B), or 800m (Option C). During the warm-up feel free to stop and stretch as needed.  It does not need to be a continuous swim.

Swim 25m doing an appropriate drill prior to continuing on with regular or normal swimming to complete 50m continuously. Pause prior to conducting the next repetition for a total of eight reps (Option A) or twelve reps (Option B and C). The pause referred to above is a stop of about 10 seconds. It is a chance to grab a drink, review the programme and think about the next drill you will do. If you need 15-20 seconds or longer you are welcome to take it because the rest duration is not physiologically critical to the aim of this set. Having a quick break is neurologically critical though, so make sure you do not just roll straight from one rep to the next.

A YouTube video of the drill can be found by clicking on the drill listed below, complete these drills twice through for a total of eight reps (Options A and B) or three times through for Option C:

  1. Kick On Side (KOS) left side
  2. Kick On Side (KOS) right side
  3. 6/1/6
  4. 6/3/6

Feel free to use some fins for this drill set, but do not forget to take them off at the end of it.

The main set for Options A and B involves six 200m reps with a 40-second Rest Interval (RI) between reps. Swim these by building your pace every three reps. Option C involves eight reps, building your pace every four reps.

Here is an example of some times swum by a client of mine when doing this session Option A. Note how they get quicker through each block of three reps.

RepTime  
14:05Build 1-3Fast
24:01 Faster
33:55 Fastest
44:04Build 4-6Fast
54:00 Faster
63:58 Fastest

Then it is time for a 200m Cool Down (CD). Unlike the previous sets which have to be freestyle, the cooldown (like the warm-up) can be any stroke you wish to swim.  You can also stop and rest after any length.  I encourage you to stop and stretch during the cool-down.

If you would like further advice feel free to contact me.

I am the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi – Endurance Sports Consultant.

I specialise in assisting first-timers and recreational athletes to achieve their sporting goals. I can be contacted at coachray@coachray.nz and 021 348 729. Make sure you sign up for my informative newsletter.

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If you enjoyed this workout, I published a similar session 12 months ago.

Saturday Swim Session: Build 400’s

Coach Ray is the author of the successful 12 Weeks to an Ironman Swim PB – Swim Faster with Smart Training eBook.

 

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