Improving speed

Improving speed

Post by <sunsh.. » Mon, 08 Nov 1999 04:00:00


I am fairly new to swimming and this newsgroup so forgive me if I ask
questions which have been dealt with a thousand times before.

My background: I am a 45 yr.. old female and used to be a long distance
runner (up to marathon distance). After my runs I usually swam (if you can
call it swimming) a few lengths in the pool. Due to a tendon injury and a
stress fracture in June (no running for 4 months) I tried to improve my
swimming. Since then I am hooked and swim 5 times a week spending more time
in the water than on the road.

My problem:
I swim about 60 to 70 minutes non-stop, starting with 10 lengths
***stroke (1 length = 25 m), 20 lengths backstroke and 80 to 90 lengths
freestyle. I am only able to cover 80 lengths in around 45 minutes (don't
laugh please!). I am very slow in my turns and it is very frustrating being
overtaking my other swimmers all the time.

My question:
How can I improve my time? Should I swim shorter distances faster, should I
do sprints? Is it any use to swim long distances at all (I'd like to improve
my overall swimming time to about 1 1/2 hours)?

Thanks for any input and for your patience.

Gundi

 
 
 

Improving speed

Post by Isiaf » Mon, 08 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
>How can I improve my time?

I know the exact frustration of getting past by swimmers that look like they
are not working hard.

My suggestions:

1. Streamline:  Count your strokes for one length.  Work on decreasing this
number by getting a better glide.

2. Improve your technique by adding drills to your training.  

Sling Skate

 
 
 

Improving speed

Post by Brian Duffel » Mon, 08 Nov 1999 04:00:00



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Quote:
> My problem:
> I swim about 60 to 70 minutes non-stop, starting with 10 lengths
> ***stroke (1 length = 25 m), 20 lengths backstroke and 80 to 90 lengths
> freestyle. I am only able to cover 80 lengths in around 45 minutes (don't
> laugh please!). I am very slow in my turns and it is very frustrating being
> overtaking my other swimmers all the time.

> My question:
> How can I improve my time? Should I swim shorter distances faster, should I
> do sprints? Is it any use to swim long distances at all (I'd like to
> improve my overall swimming time to about 1 1/2 hours)?

Two points.
1 If you start off swimming ***stroke take it very easily until you are
warmed up - it is very easy to get knee problems - I always recommend using
freestyle or backstroke for warmup for this reason.

2 Try to vary your schedule over the week - perhaps two sessions continuous
swimming one of which fartleck, and make your other sessions half repeats of
up to 200m with short rests between (20-40secs) and the rest of drills and
pulling/kicking to improve your strokes and add to improve muscular
endurance.

I would assume from your running background your basic aerobic fitness is
pretty good, certainly for the time you want to swim.

HTH

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  Brian Duffell
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Improving speed

Post by jean sterlin » Mon, 08 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Quote:

> My problem:
> I swim about 60 to 70 minutes non-stop, starting with 10 lengths
> ***stroke (1 length = 25 m), 20 lengths backstroke and 80 to 90 lengths
> freestyle. I am only able to cover 80 lengths in around 45 minutes (don't
> laugh please!). I am very slow in my turns and it is very frustrating being
> overtaking my other swimmers all the time.

> My question:
> How can I improve my time? Should I swim shorter distances faster, should I
> do sprints? Is it any use to swim long distances at all (I'd like to improve
> my overall swimming time to about 1 1/2 hours)?

     Try including some interval training in each swim session.  When you swim
80 lengths all at the same speed, you are practicing how to swim long and slow.
If you want to improve speed, do some shorter distances at a faster pace.  If
your turns are slow, you might think about trying to learn how to do a flip turn
- though not in ***stroke or butterfly :-)

                                            Jean S.

 
 
 

Improving speed

Post by Big Re » Wed, 10 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Good Day, Sunshine(sorry, I just heard a Beatles song...)
If I was you, I would find a coach or buddy & work on your technique.
Maybe there is a masters team in your area.  Although I don't know how
well you swim, if you can improve the way you swim you'll enjoy it more
& go faster, to boot.
Quote:

> I am fairly new to swimming and this newsgroup so forgive me if I ask
> questions which have been dealt with a thousand times before.

> My background: I am a 45 yr.. old female and used to be a long distance
> runner (up to marathon distance). After my runs I usually swam (if you can
> call it swimming) a few lengths in the pool. Due to a tendon injury and a
> stress fracture in June (no running for 4 months) I tried to improve my
> swimming. Since then I am hooked and swim 5 times a week spending more time
> in the water than on the road.

> My problem:
> I swim about 60 to 70 minutes non-stop, starting with 10 lengths
> ***stroke (1 length = 25 m), 20 lengths backstroke and 80 to 90 lengths
> freestyle. I am only able to cover 80 lengths in around 45 minutes (don't
> laugh please!). I am very slow in my turns and it is very frustrating being
> overtaking my other swimmers all the time.

> My question:
> How can I improve my time? Should I swim shorter distances faster, should I
> do sprints? Is it any use to swim long distances at all (I'd like to improve
> my overall swimming time to about 1 1/2 hours)?

> Thanks for any input and for your patience.

> Gundi

 
 
 

Improving speed

Post by Rusl » Wed, 17 Nov 1999 04:00:00

Quote:
> I am fairly new to swimming and this newsgroup so forgive me if I ask
> questions which have been dealt with a thousand times before.

> My background: I am a 45 yr.. old female and used to be a long distance
> runner (up to marathon distance). After my runs I usually swam (if you can
> call it swimming) a few lengths in the pool. Due to a tendon injury and a
> stress fracture in June (no running for 4 months) I tried to improve my
> swimming. Since then I am hooked and swim 5 times a week spending more
time
> in the water than on the road.

> My problem:
> I swim about 60 to 70 minutes non-stop, starting with 10 lengths
> ***stroke (1 length = 25 m), 20 lengths backstroke and 80 to 90 lengths
> freestyle. I am only able to cover 80 lengths in around 45 minutes (don't
> laugh please!). I am very slow in my turns and it is very frustrating
being
> overtaking my other swimmers all the time.

> My question:
> How can I improve my time? Should I swim shorter distances faster, should
I
> do sprints? Is it any use to swim long distances at all (I'd like to
improve
> my overall swimming time to about 1 1/2 hours)?

> Thanks for any input and for your patience.

> Gundi