Epic Half Long Distance Swim Training 12 Weeks

Author

Chris Myers, Ph.D., CISSN - Peaks Coaching Group

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Length

13 Weeks

Typical Week

7 Swim, 2 Custom

Longest Workout

1:00 hrs swim

Plan Specs

triathlon olympic beginner intermediate advanced masters

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Summary

This plan is designed for the triathlete who wants to increase their swim volume during the base training part of his training cycling. This 12-week program prescribes the average training time per week of 2.5 - 3.5 hours. Each week will consist of 4 workouts: 2 endurance workouts, 1 workout focused on drills, and 1 workout focused on strength & speed. The athlete will need standard swimming equipment: fins, paddles, kick board, and goggles.

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Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours: 02:50

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Sample Day 1

0:40:00
1550m
25TSS
Pre-Test Warm Up

WU:  200 free, 200 kick with fins, 200 drill (100 3/4 catch up/100 shark fin)
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MS: 3 x 250 at steady pace
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CD: 200 easy

Sample Day 2

0:45:00
1300m
30TSS
Critical Swim Speed Swim Test #1

WU: 200m at an easy pace
Pull: 200m pull (100m follow through drill/ 100m finger tip drill)
Kick: 100 m with fins
MS1: 1 x 400m timed. This is a 400 m time-trial. Swim as hard as you can but do not start so hard as you fade in the last meters. You want your pace to be as even as possible during the entire 400m. If possible, have someone count your strokes during a length near the 200m point of the test (you can also find this information if you are using a smart watch such as the Garmin Swim or 920XT). Once finished, recover for 5-10 min. You can get out of the pool or slowly swim. The point is to recover but stay loose.
MS2: 1 x 200m time trial. Swim as hard as you can. Ensure your 200m time is faster than 1/2 of your 400m time.
CD: 200m easy

Sample Day 5

0:40:00
1550m
25TSS
Pre-Test Warm Up

WU:  200 free, 200 kick with fins, 200 drill (100 3/4 catch up/100 shark fin)
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MS: 3 x 250 at steady pace
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CD: 200 easy

Sample Day 6

0:30:00
1700m
30TSS
Critical Swim Speed Test #2

WU: 200m at an easy pace Pull: 200m pull (100m follow through drill/ 100m finger tip drill) Kick: 100 m with fins MS 1: Perform 1 x 1000m time trial. Just like you performed with the 400 m time trial, do not start so hard that you fade in the final meters. Ensure you swim as hard and even as possible during the entire time trial. At about the 500m point, if possible, have someone count your stroke rate (you can use a smartwatch to capture this information such as a Garmin Swim or Garmin 920XT). CD: 200m easy.

Sample Day 9

0:40:00
2700m
35TSS
Endurance and Drill Swim

WU:
200 swim
200 kick (100 dolphin/100 back) with fins
200 pull with paddles
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Drills
8×50 on 10 sec rest
-Drill down/swim back
Do this sequence twice:
1. Fist drill
2. Right arm only
3. Left arm only
4. 2/3 Catch-up drill
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MS:
2x(3×200 on 20 sec rest)
-Descend (each 200 gets faster, start over on the second set of 3)
3×100 on 10 sec rest
-Breathe every 5 strokes
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CD: 200 easy

Sample Day 10

0:45:00
2900m
50TSS
12x50 Kick/Swim Mix & Middle Distance Pyramids

Warm Up: 200 free, 200 Kick, 100 Pull, 100 Drill (Tarzan) Set 1: 12 x 50 with 15 sec. rest Odds = kick Evens = Non free swim Set 2: Take 15 sec. rest between distances: 4 x 200 Swim 2 x 50 Kick 4 x 100 Swim 2 x 50 Kick 8 x 50 Swim 2 x 50 Kick Cool Down: 200 Easy Total Workout: 2,900

Sample Day 12

1:00:00
3100m
50TSS
16x25 Broken IM, 4x250

Warm Up:
200 free, 200 kick, 200 pull with paddles

MS:

Set 1:
16 x 25 with 10 sec. rest. Do four times 100 IM broken


Set 2: 6 x 150 with 10 sec. rest
125 Free and 25 Back


Set 3: 4 x 250 Swim with 15 sec. rest
-middle 50 back stroke


Cool Down: 200 Easy

Epic Half Long Distance Swim Training 12 Weeks

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