4 Sessions/Wk – Middle Distance Swim Plan for Athletes with a CSS/100m of 1:35-1:45 (Build)

Average Weekly Training Hours 04:00
Training Load By Week
Average Weekly Training Hours 04:00
Training Load By Week

CSS/100m = 1:35-1:45. Number of swim sessions per week available = 4. This is a Middle Distance Triathlon swim training plan for the Build phase, lasting 12 weeks. This plan is designed for athletes with a CSS/100m result of 1:35-1:45 who are able to train in this discipline 4 times per week. Duration of the sessions are no more than 1 hour and the maximum volume per week is 4 hours. This plan starts at any time you choose. For more information on which is the right plan for you, visit www.tritrainingharder.com

Sample Day 2
1:00:00
3000m
ENDURANCE SWIM

The purpose of this set is to build aerobic endurance and promote good technique while swimming. Throughout this session aim to hold good technique and focus on the rhythm of the stroke, especially on the longer intervals. For any drills, you may need fins (available from our online store), and you may also need the Tempo Trainer Pro (available from our online store). If you are unsure of what drills to do, then have a look at our you tube playlist of all the different drills we recommend (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqTuVNRW9vo&list=PL6z5VWjBAAEjY-gdl4EktRwwMQiAD_M0O). For mixed stroke, do both back and breast stroke to help open your muscles and use them in different way to front crawl.
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Warm Up:
200m F/C – Easy
100m Back Stroke
100m Breast Stroke
100m Kick with fins
100m 6-1-6, with fins
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Main Set:
All as CSS/100m+5 seconds with a CSS/25m as recovery unless specified otherwise
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600m
2x50m as CSS/100 -3 seconds (@1:15 mins)
800m
2x50m as CSS/100 -3 seconds (@1:15 mins)
600m
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Cool Down:
200m Mixed Stroke
Upper body stretching

Sample Day 4
1:00:00
3000m
SWIM - CSS

The purpose of this session is to improve the ability to work at lactate threshold. This is supposed to be easy to begin with, but as it carries on, it gets harder. Really focus on hitting those times. Note the times are taken according to your CSS/100m time and explained as so: If your CSS/100m = 1:40, then: CSS/25m = 25s CSS/50m = 50s CSS/75m = 1:15. Use this to help calculate rest and recovery time. This session works best when using a Finis Temp Trainer Pro (available in our online store). You can set this on setting 1 to beep at CSS/25m intervals. Therefore every time you push off the wall you should be in time with the beep. If you are training in a 50m pool, then the same should also be true, but you can use the 25m beep as a reference when you make it half way. You should not be aiming to swim faster than the beep and then easing off, you should hit the beep each time through the whole set. If you need any assistance with any drills, then please visit our swimming drill playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6z5VWjBAAEjY-gdl4EktRwwMQiAD_M0O). For mixed strokes, do both breaststroke and backstroke to open up your chest and arm muscles in either the warm up or the cool down. Enjoy...! --------------- Warm Up: 200m F/C 200m Mixed stroke, alternating Backstroke and Breaststroke 4x50m (10seconds recovery) as 15m Front Scull, 10m Doggy paddle, 10m Fast, 15m easy. --------------- Main Set: 8x100m @CSS/100m (CSS/25m recovery) 3x200m @CSS/100m (CSS/25m recovery) 2x400m @CSS/100m (CSS/25m recovery) --------------- Cool Down: 200m Mixed Stroke Cool Down

Sample Day 5
1:00:00
2000m
CRITICAL SWIM SPEED TESTING

Critical Swim Speed (CSS) is an approximation of your lactate threshold speed and you can find it by doing a couple of swimming tests. It's not precisely the same as lactate threshold but it will be within a second or so per 100m, which is plenty accurate enough to guide your training. The CSS test involves two time trial swims - a 400m and a 200m. Before attempting these swims perform a thorough warm up and a small build set to get you used to swimming fast. We add a third test to get your complete swimming profile. Do the 400m time trial first, it's less likely to effect the 200m than the other way around. Recover completely between each time trial with some easy swimming. Perform both time trials from a push off from the wall, not a dive. Try and pace the trials as evenly as possible, don't start too fast and slow down. If you're not sure get someone to take your 100m splits - they can be very revealing. To calculate your CSS go to: http://tritrainingharderllpblog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/10/swim-testing-critical-swim-speed.html Session: --------------- Warm up: Optional 500m Steady swim (Every 5th length do as Medley) 200m Mixed stroke 200m Drills (Own Choice) 100m Build every 25m Optional second 100m Build every 25m --------------- Main Set: 400m Time Trial - record the time Recovery swim until ready to do it again (mixed stroke) 200m Time Trial - record the time Recovery swim until ready to go again (mixed stroke) 50m Time Trial, record time --------------- Cool Down: 250m Mixed stroke

Sample Day 6
1:00:00
2400m
70TSS
SPEED SET

The purpose of this session is to work above lactate threshold and build speed and power. This should be a hard session. Note the times of recovery are taken according to your CSS/100m time and explained as so: If your CSS/100m = 1:40, then: CSS/25m = 25s CSS/50m = 50s CSS/75m = 1:15. Use this to help calculate rest and recovery time. Feel free to use the pace clock and round the times up or down to the nearest 5 seconds to make the session run more easily. Occaisionally you may need a Finis Tempo Trainer for Stroke Rate (setting no. 3). These are available from our online store. "Fast" implies an intensity that is harder than your CSS intensity. If the session is particularly hard, it may actually be slower than your CSS pace! Hold form and enjoy the burn! Try and hold good technique throughout, but if it says best effort, it means best effort! Give everything! Without further ado, let the fun begin! --------------- Warm Up: 300m Mixed stroke, 10 seconds recovery 100m Individual Medley, 15 seconds recovery 200m as 25m fast, 100m cruising looking for good rotation and extension, 75m fast. --------------- Main Set: 2x300m fast, CSS/100m recovery 200m easy swimming 4x200m fast, CSS/100m recovery --------------- Cool Down: 200m Mixed stroke recovery

Sample Day 9
1:00:00
3000m
SWIM - CSS

The purpose of this session is to improve the ability to work at lactate threshold. This is supposed to be easy to begin with, but as it carries on, it gets harder. Really focus on hitting those times. Note the times are taken according to your CSS/100m time and explained as so: If your CSS/100m = 1:40, then: CSS/25m = 25s CSS/50m = 50s CSS/75m = 1:15. Use this to help calculate rest and recovery time. This session works best when using a Finis Temp Trainer Pro (available in our online store). You can set this on setting 1 to beep at CSS/25m intervals. Therefore every time you push off the wall you should be in time with the beep. If you are training in a 50m pool, then the same should also be true, but you can use the 25m beep as a reference when you make it half way. You should not be aiming to swim faster than the beep and then easing off, you should hit the beep each time through the whole set. If you need any assistance with any drills, then please visit our swimming drill playlist (http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6z5VWjBAAEjY-gdl4EktRwwMQiAD_M0O). For mixed strokes, do both breaststroke and backstroke to open up your chest and arm muscles in either the warm up or the cool down. Enjoy...! --------------- Warm Up: 200m F/C 200m Mixed stroke, alternating Backstroke and Breaststroke 4x50m (10seconds recovery) as 15m Front Scull, 10m Doggy paddle, 10m Fast, 15m easy. --------------- Main Set: 6x100m @CSS/100m (CSS/25m recovery) 800m @CSS/100m (CSS/50m recovery) 2x400m @CSS/100m (CSS/25m recovery) --------------- Cool Down: 200m Mixed Stroke Cool Down

Sample Day 11
1:00:00
2400m
70TSS
SPEED SET

The purpose of this session is to work above lactate threshold and build speed and power. This should be a hard session. Note the times of recovery are taken according to your CSS/100m time and explained as so: If your CSS/100m = 1:40, then: CSS/25m = 25s CSS/50m = 50s CSS/75m = 1:15. Use this to help calculate rest and recovery time. Feel free to use the pace clock and round the times up or down to the nearest 5 seconds to make the session run more easily. Occaisionally you may need a Finis Tempo Trainer for Stroke Rate (setting no. 3). These are available from our online store. "Fast" implies an intensity that is harder than your CSS intensity. If the session is particularly hard, it may actually be slower than your CSS pace! Hold form and enjoy the burn! Try and hold good technique throughout, but if it says best effort, it means best effort! Give everything! Without further ado, let the fun begin! --------------- Warm Up: 300m Mixed stroke, 10 seconds recovery 100m Individual Medley, 15 seconds recovery 200m as 25m fast, 100m cruising looking for good rotation and extension, 75m fast. --------------- Main Set: 400m best effort, CSS/200m as recovery 2x200m best effort, CSS/150m as recovery 4x100m best effort, CSS/100m as recovery 8x50m best effort, CSS/100m as recovery --------------- Cool Down: 200m Mixed stroke recovery

Sample Day 12
1:00:00
3000m
ENDURANCE SWIM

The purpose of this set is to build aerobic endurance and promote good form while swimming. Throughout this session aim to hold technique and focus on the rhythm of the stroke, especially on the longer intervals. For any drills, you may need fins (available from our online store), and you may also need the Tempo Trainer Pro (available from our online store). If you are unsure of what drills to do, then have a look at our you tube playlist of all the different drills we recommend (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqTuVNRW9vo&list=PL6z5VWjBAAEjY-gdl4EktRwwMQiAD_M0O). For mixed stroke, do both backstroke and breaststroke to help open your muscles and use them in different way to front crawl. --------------- Warm Up: 200m F/C – Easy 100m Backstroke 100m Breaststroke 100m Kick with fins 100m 6-1-6, with fins --------------- Main Set: All as CSS/100m+5 seconds with a CSS/25m as recovery unless specified otherwise - 600m 2x50m as CSS/100 -3 seconds (@1:15 mins) 800m 2x50m as CSS/100 -3 seconds (@1:15 mins) 600m --------------- Cool Down: 200m Mixed Stroke Upper body stretching