One is to do lotsa long straight swims. The other is long yardage
swims broken into intervals.
I had a decent swim at IM Canada this year (69 minutes). In fact, I felt
better at the end of the swim than when I started. I was so relaxed that
I became silly on the last 0.5 mi, seeing how long I could glide on
each stroke and watching the fish and ...
I was relaxed and really smooth at the end of the 2.4 mile swim.
In fact, that was THE BEST swim, from every viewpoint, that I have done
in a triathlon.
My training going in was the following:
Weeks 1 and 2:
1 x 60-75 minute freestyle or pull straight swim/week
(in my opinion ya gotta get used to the boredom and staying
focused on longer swims; intervals don't cut for this in IMHO)
1 x 2000-2400 yd all drills workout/week
1 x 25-35 minute crawl or pull straight swim
This year I plan doing the following as the normal workout weeK:
1 x 60-75 minute straight swim as before
1 x 2400 yd drill workout as before
** 1 x 2400 yd short interval workout (25s, 50s, and 100s) **
Your yardage may vary. Good luck.
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