Swimming longer reps with a short to moderate rest between will build your endurance. 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.
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;
- 2x 400m Build 1-2, 40sec RI;
- 200m CD; (1,733m)
- 333m WU;
- 8x 67m Drill/Swim;
- 3x 400m Build 1-3, 40sec RI;
- 200m CD; (2,267m)
- 1,000m WU;
- 8x 67m Drill/Swim;
- 4x 400m Build 1-4, 40sec RI;
- 200m CD; (3,333m)
Start the workout with a Warm Up (WU) covering 200m (Option A), 333m (Option B), or 1,000m (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 two (Option A), three (Option B), or four (Option C) reps of 400m with a 40-second Rest Interval (RI) between each rep. As you swim these Build your pace from one rep to the next as you work through the set, so the last rep is the fastest.
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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