This program is appropriate for a second year or greater Sprint, Olympic or 1/2 IM athlete who is looking to improve their swim performance. The athlete must be able to swim at least 2,500 yds. in one session, and should be able to do so at a pace of better than 2:15 per 100.
The program starts out with around 11,000 yards of swimming in the first week and progresses to around 18,000 seven weeks later.
This program includes run and bike workouts as well, although these are not the focus of this program. The bike and run workouts are primarily to maintain current fitness (2-3x per week), while the swim workouts take PRIORITY.
The total volume per week ranges from 8 hours per week to about 11 hours if all the ‘optional’ workouts are completed and even up to around 13-15 hours if you do the longer distances on the bike and run when given a choice. There are also several workouts having a time-range so that you can better customize it to your particular distance.
*NOTE, If this plan seems to be a bit much, you may be interested in the Winter Maintenance Plans that are 4-7 hours per week or 7-11 hours per week depending on your experience and time constraints.
This time, there are no detailed strength training programs. This is because your strength program can vary depending on what part of the off-season you are doing the program in. Instead, we note the days that are optimal for strength training and provide a link to this page allowing you to come up with your own specific plan depending on where you are in the season.
This training plan has 2 days per week of strength training denoted.
Core strength is a part of these programs and is usually 3-4 times per week. There will be links in your training program to the core exercises.
This plan uses heart-rate training zones for intensity specific training, see See 'Related Links' at bottom for testing protocol and how to determine and setup your heart-rate zones.