Are you getting everything you can out of your water practices? This is one of my favorite posts – from way before we had many readers.
You should always get something out of a set, whether it be drill or speed based. If you coach yourself, look for sets that have goals. An interval is meaningless if you are in the wrong energy system. Look for sets with percentage efforts or heart rates paired with specific rest intervals versus sets with generic intervals and no direction. A lot of workouts are too generic because they aren’t written for the person who’s doing them.
If you have a coach, you may not understand how the workout was written with you in mind. The beauty of having a coach is that you can always ask them “why?” In my experience, coaches like to answer such questions because it shows that you care about your training. If your workouts have a focus, you know you are always getting something out of them.
You can always focus on your technique!!!
Be informed. Take time and be focused when you swim!!!
Every workout you do needs to have some kind of focus. Whether it be technique, speed, a specific energy system, heart rates, effort, recovery… you need know what you are doing and why you are doing it. Without focus, you’re not getting everything you can out of your training.
Swimming a practice with generic intervals and no speed requirements doesn’t make sense. There are a lot of generic workouts that give meaningless intervals or rest requirements. I say meaningless because it is a “one size fits all” solution for a complicated problem:
If a person is told to do ten 50s freestyle on the 1:15 or :15 seconds rest, what does that mean? How does that help a beginning athlete who is coming in on the 1:14 or 1:13? How does it help an experienced athlete who can hold :35s with little effort? The beginning athlete is probably struggling with…
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