Time Trials are a great way to combine your speed and stamina, and improve your swimming. This session is perfect for Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes or people doing longer Ocean Swims.
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.
- 200m WU;
- 4x 50m Drill/Swim;
- 1,000m TT;
- 200m CD (1,600m)
- 400m WU;
- 8x 50m Drill/Swim;
- 1,500m TT;
- 200m CD (2,500m)
- 600m WU;
- 8x 50m Drill/Swim;
- 2,000m TT;
- 200m CD (3,200m)
Start the workout with a Warm Up (WU) covering 200m (Option A), 400m (Option B), or 600m (Option C). During the warm-up feel free to stop and stretch as needed. It doesn’t need to be a continuous swim.
Next up is a drill set of four repetitions (Option A) or eight (Options B and C) of 50m Drill/Swim, where you do a drill for the first 25m of the repetition and then normal swimming for the next 25m swimming. Feel free to use fins whilst doing the drill/swim set. Do the drills below once through for a total of four reps (Option A) or twice through for a total of eight reps (Options B and C):
I wrote an article about swimming drills previously. Click here to read and watch it.
Following the set of drills take the fins off and complete a Time Trial (TT). Swim the TT as fast and as consistently as you can. If you are doing Option A swim 1,000m, for Option B swim 1,500m, and for Option C swim 2,000m.
For the Cool Down (CD) swim 200m. 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.
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