Includes Strength and Conditioning, Plyo, Warm ups and Cool downs
Distance | Event: Swim 1500 to 1K Race | WEEKLY 2-3.5 HOURS QUALITY WORK
Suitable for: Intermediate | Advanced
Suitable for an athlete conditioned or regularly training in this sport, or fit enough from other sports to require a challenging programme of improvement in their chosen discipline. Your goal may be a personal best, finishing high up in a banner event or representing your club regularly. You may also be stepping up a distance and want to do this in a smart way that maximises your resistance to injury and avoids overtraining. You get a progressive programme based on your chosen way of measuring effort that’s clear, easy to follow and starts with testing and manageable sessions that grow more challenging as you improve.
The plan will work your threshold pace and long endurance pace, ensuring that you knock significant time off your swim performance at the end of the training period. Shorter harder sessions are in the week, with a longer swim and optional technique sessions at the weekend
This swim boost programme is suitable as a stand-alone performance programme for competent and confident 1500 swimmers and Olympic distance triathletes. It is POOL BASED' with some additional Open Water and Sea sessions included if you want to use them at the end of this plan. This programme will be suitable for you if you are regularly swimming between 1500 and 2500 per session, front crawl with times per 100 between 1-25 and 2:15. All timings are set according to your swim ability
The programme is 12 weeks and you’ll need to know how to use a pool clock or timing device to pace yourself. Theraband or old cycle tyre inner tube handy too. If you want to rely on a similar programme that uses CRITICAL SWIM SPEED by Swim Smooth, BTF performance partner then select the performance swim programme with ‘CSS’ in the title. If you want to view other swimmer’s comments on the programme and coaching methodology, please visit www.swimwerkx.com.
Plan includes all tests, calculators and sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Saturday.
What you get:
• Video introduction and Welcome
• Full test protocols for benchmarking and improvement, plus retesting sessions
• One-minute videos on Training Peaks set up and use, plus how-to PDF
• Information on all links to connect your training device and Training Peaks+
• Free Swim Technique Video Library on YouTube
• ALL sessions based on YOUR fitness, pace, heart rate or power metrics
• Inbuilt ‘progression’ challenge, sessions get more challenging the fitter you get
• Full illustrated guides on all strength and conditioning sessions
• A plan based on your chosen way of measuring your effort and improvement
• A programme based not on hours, but on fitness progression for your chosen event
• An invitation to the closed group Racestronger Facebook pages where you can share experiences, ask questions and find out more relating to your training
All our plans offer proven results, and have been used by elites to novice level athletes in multi- discipline to single sport to achieve personal bests and outstanding performances. Race proven by the Lovetri |Swimwerkx team and hundreds of athletes worldwide. The library features full multi-discipline programmes and ‘boost’ programmes, allowing you to focus on your favourite sport or the one you want to improve the most. You’ll find a programme to suit at www.racestronger.com that allows you to mix metric train, with power and heart rate, or train using your preferred effort measurement method. Why not buy a plan and take advantage of our tailoring offer, meaning we can swap around for a small fee the types of sessions if required to make it perfect for you!
Good luck, now go get in the water!
Simply swim 1000 and then divide your finish time by 10. This is your T-time. This should be done early in the Base period and every 4 to 6 weeks thereafter. The more times you do this test the more accurate your T-time will become as there is a learning curve that has to do with pacing in the first few minutes when doing this test.
Set your swim pace zones in your TrainingPeaks account. Where you see 'T' or 'T' time [with or without plus (+) or minus (-) a few seconds this means for example a T-time pace that would be the equivalent of your T-time plus or minus the seconds per 100, so you'll need to work that out for the length of the pool you are in. it is a 50 meter/yard set you are doing, half the time difference] the link below shows you how to set up your pace for swim zones, meaning EVERY session's blue detailed intervals will have a pace or time per 100
Tip: Think about maintaining a regular turnover
Warm up 100m steady swimming 100m building the pace
3 x 200m Freestyle, 45 sec between each 1 Easy, stretched out with good technique 1 Moderate pace, but still with good technique 1 Firm pace (not maximum!) swimming
4 x 150m Freestyle, 30 sec after each – all pulling with a pull buoy and paddles if you have them.
Warm Down 150m very easy swimming
Warm up 200m, as alternate swim and backstroke legs and swim and full backstroke
Pull Main Set 400m Freestyle pulling steady pace - Concentrate on using your triceps and lats,
45 sec rest
300m Freestyle swimming as 3 Lengths/laps steady, 1 length fast pace,
30 sec rest
100m Freestyle fast pace
Swim 200m very slow, any mix of strokes
Warm up 200m Freestyle easy pace
200m Freestyle pulling starting very slowly and building up the speed gradually
200m Freestyle moderate effort , 30 sec rest
2x100m Freestyle firm pace effort, 30 sec rest
4 x 50m Freestyle fast pace, 45 seconds rest
8 x 25m Freestyle 1 sprint, 1 easy, 30 sec rest
Easy Swim 300m very easy swimming with good technique
WU: 100 swim, 100 kick, 100 swim, 100 kick
MS: Pyramid intervals:
Choose a pace for the middle 300 interval that is below your T-pace. Then maintain that pace for the “step-up” [100, 200, 300] portion of the set.
For the “step-down” [200, 100, 50] portion try to make each interval faster than the previous so that the last interval is the fastest of the entire set. But never faster than T-pace.
Recoveries are seconds in parentheses.
100 (15”) 200 (20”) 300 (30”) 200 (30”)100 (20") 50
CD: Easy stroking for 10 minutes varying strokes.
WU: 4 x 50 swim done as 25s each of kick, R arm only, L arm only, swim. [one arm swimming is UNCO,
ensure you breathe to the NON STROKING side, arm by your side, ensure you rotate using the HIPS and core]
MS: The even intervals are done at 5 seconds slower than 100 T-pace for Olympic. [so 1.25 second slower per 25m]
Odds are relaxed swims with good technique
Recoveries are in seconds within parentheses.
50(15”) 100 (20”) 150 (40”) 200 (60”) 250 (60”) 300 (60”) 250 (40”) 200 (30”) 100.
CD: Easy combination of kicks and strokes for 5 minutes.
Warm up any 300m include 150m of any 3 drills [click on paper clip above to download]
Include each session 15 tumble turns, push off wall on side is tip [all done in one go, not at end of swim lengths]
Pull buoy 15 Mins Monster Drill Focus:
Very slow and easy purposeful arm recovery set. Ensure high elbow, loose forearm and wrist - all four fingers enter water first, spear hand through water to 20-30 cms UNDER water - extend forwards and DOWN Rest when needed or to consider technique
Pull Buoy 10mins very slow and easy
Swim with IMMEDIATE fingers tip down to pool bottom on entry [use thumb out as your cue], elbow is high under the water, ensure that pull is SHALLOW and back to your hip, and that you re- plane the hand. Suggest you do these in sets of 100m with 20-30 secs rest.
4 x 100 m focussing on an accelerating pull, so work on previous two and ensure palm is back to the last wall you left, and that it accelerates, so no 's' shape, just straight back. Rest when needed or to consider technique
5 x 100 swim putting it all together, on 20 seconds rest [incorporate tumble turns when proficient]
Try and do another 100m every session.