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Saturday Swim Session: The Threshold Set

Holding pace for a large number of reps, is always challenging and this session is no exception. You will reap the benefits of improved swimming threshold though, so the effort will be worth it. 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.

Inspiration for this week’s session comes from Olivier Poirier-Leroy who wrote about this main set for yourswimlog.com, you can read the full article here.

Option A

  • 200m WU;
  • 12x 100m (2 swim + 1 kick) 20sec RI;
  • 200m CD (1,600m)

Option B

  • 400m WU;
  • 21x 100m (2 swim + 1 kick) 20sec RI;
  • 200m CD (2,700m)

Option C

  • 400m WU;
  • 30x 100m (2 swim + 1 kick) 20sec RI;
  • 200m CD (3,600m)

Start the workout with a Warm Up (WU) covering 200m (Option A) or 400m (Options B & C). During the warm up feel free to stop and stretch as needed.  It doesn’t need to be a continuous swim.

The main set is made up of 100m reps. twelve reps for Option A, twenty one reps for Option B and thirty reps for Option C, all with only 20 seconds Rest Interval (RI) between to challenge you. Complete two reps swimming then the third rep kicking. Continue cycling through these three reps until you have completed your required number of reps.

Complete the kick rep like this:

To finish, complete the session with a 200m Cool Down (CD). 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.

I am the Head Coach & Director of Qwik Kiwi Coaching.

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.

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Ray has competed in triathlons from sprint to ironman distance (both IM Taupo and Challenge Wanaka). Consequently he is aware of the importance of balancing training with lifestyle, thus complimenting other important aspects of an athlete’s life (family, work, study commitments etc…). • Entering your first triathlon? • Stepping up to a longer distance? • Looking to go faster? • Wanting to turn previous negatives into positives? Ray has coached athletes to achieve these and more. Training programmes are accessible online, so athletes can be located anywhere and still reap the benefits of Ray’s coaching. Contact him to discuss how he can assist you to achieve your goals.
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