Sometimes, triathletes get so caught up in swimming for a specific distance
1.5K, 1.2 miles, 2.4 milesthat they just pace themselves over a long period of time. This will build endurance, but it will also eventually plateau your speed. Active Expert Gale Bernhardt offers some speed-building sets to incorporate into your weekly swimming routine in her latest article, +Swim Fast to Get Fast+.
After giving these workouts a chance, were you able to become faster? Did it help with your longer-distance sets?
I use a similar speed swim once a week and I have gotten faster. I swim a 200 IM to warmup then swim a 6X50, 4X50, or 2X50 depending on my training schedule, with 30 seconds rest inbetween. In my 500 and 800 yard swims, my times have steadily decreased.
Thanks Gale. Speed is a big problem for me. I think I get so focused on the distance I forget that its not just about a finish but a good time too. Thanks again for the great article.
Thanks for the 25's. I have a couple more weeks for my 6 weeks of doing them and while I don't "feel" faster, when I timed myself the other day, I am! Up next will be the 50's workout you posted. Just an FYI -- I usually do a 300 warm up which includes 200 of form drills and then dive into the 25 sets and do at least two rounds, then I'll mix it up with some 200's or 500 or a longer endurance 800 and then a 200 to 300 cool down. Another reason I see I'm faster is that I can get through the same workouts in much less time. Thanks.