Are You Doing Your Swim Intervals Properly?

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"Disregarding form, is beating yourself up on intervals you can barely maintain the best way to get the most out of your workout?  My masters coach has me swimming with the fastest spl, and I'm swimming their sets.  For instance, I did 5 x 200's on 3:15.  The first two were decent.  I got no rest on 3rd, finished the 4th 25yd short so I can make the next interval, and my 5th was about 10-15 sec over.  This is about normal for the sets he has me do. With other sets I'll only get four seconds rest on.  Some sets, I get no rest on the last one or two.  For 15 x 50's on :50. The last five have me getting only 3 seconds rest.

Is this the best way to design my sets?"


Answer from Kevin Koskella
TriSwimCoach.com

This is a good question and example of how to set up workouts, and how not to set up workouts!

I have a rule that should clarify when to do intervals and how they should be done: Never sacrifice technique for the sake of trying to go faster. [.....]

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date: December 30, 2010

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I'm at http://www.TriSwimCoach.com- a resource for beginning through intermediate level triathletes looking for help with swimming. The site features a free email newsletter offering tips and articles on triathlon swimming. I have also written an electronic book titled “The Complete Guide to Triathlon Swimming” and created "The Essential Triathlon Swimming DVD", both available on www.triswimcoach.com.

For a 20% DISCOUNT on Zoomers Z2 fins and Freestyler paddles, go to www.finisinc.com and use discount code ‘aggies20’ at checkout!

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