200m is a great distance to build elements of both stamina and speed. Not pure speed like for a 25m or 50m sprint but sustained speed for longer events. This session is perfect for Ironman and Olympic distance triathletes or people doing longer Ocean Swims.
Each week I will load three options up for you to do. Option A is for swimmers who are after a workout less than 2,000 metres. Option B is for swimmers who are after a workout between 2,000 and 3,000m and Option C will be greater than 3,000m.
I’ve written these sessions for a 33⅓ metre pool, but a lot of the older style pools are 33⅓ yards long (100 feet), so simply interchange the metres for yards and do the session.
- 200m WU;
- 8x 67m Drill/Swim;
- 4x 200m on 2T+30sec;
- 200m CD (1,733m)
- 400m WU;
- 8x 67m Drill/Swim;
- 6x 200m on 2T+30sec;
- 200m CD (2,533m)
- 1,000m WU;
- 8x 67m Drill/Swim;
- 8x 200m on 2T+30sec;
- 200m CD (3,333m)
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. There are eight repetitions of 67m Drill/Swim, where you do a drill for the first 33m of the repetition and then normal swimming for the next 33m swimming. Feel free to use fins whilst doing the drill/swim set. Do the drills below twice through:
I wrote an article about swimming drills previously. Click here to read and watch it.
The main set is made up of sets of 200m. Complete four reps (Option A), six reps (Option B) or eight reps (Option C). Swim these reps on double your T-Time plus 30 seconds. What this means is that if your T-Time is 2:00 minutes, double that to make 4:00 then add 30 seconds on to make 4:30. Within that 4:30 you swim your 200m and take your rest, so if it ends up taking you 4:10 to swim the 200, that leaves 0:20 seconds of rest prior to starting the next rep. Have a read of this article for more details about T-Times:
For the Cool Down (CD) swim 200m. Unlike the previous sets which have to be freestyle, the cool down (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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