Saturday Swim Session: Swim Smooth's Dense Mist Session - Coach Ray

Coach Ray

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Saturday Swim Session: Swim Smooth’s Dense Mist Session

With COVID lockdowns limiting time allowances in the pool, some coaches have come up with inventive ways to maximise training stimuli. Although I usually fully support a good structured Warm Up (WU), inclusion of some drill work to develop technique. Occasionally just going hell for leather and swimming hard all session within a restricted duration, leaves you to maximise you fitness with minimal time available.

Each week 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.

The inspiration for these sessions came from Seamus Bennet a Swim Smooth Swim Coach in the UK. You can read more about the session here.

Option A

  • 2x 200m 20sec RI;
  • 6x 100m 15sec RI;
  • 2x 200m 10sec RI;
  • (1,400m)

Option B

  • 3x 200m 20sec RI;
  • 10x 100m 15sec RI;
  • 3x 200m 10sec RI;
  • (2,200m)

Option C

  • 4x 200m 20sec RI;
  • 12x 100m 15sec RI;
  • 4x 200m 10sec RI;
  • (2,800m)

This programme follows a ‘go from the gun‘ approach, so straight into the hard work – you don’t have long to smash yourself.

Start with a set of two (Option A), three (Option B) or four (Option C) 200m reps with a 20 second Rest Interval (RI).

Next up, complete a set of six (Option A), ten (Option B) or twelve (Option C) 100m reps with a 15 second Rest Interval (RI).

Finish with another set of two (Option A), three (Option B) or four (Option C) 200m reps with a ten second Rest Interval (RI).

If you’ve got a bit more time left to continue swimming prior to the end of your lane time allocation, feel free to continue swimming more analogous with a traditional Cool Down (CD).

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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