Member Question: Doing More Continuous Swims?

author : mikericci
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Unlike the running or biking portions which seem to have some long rides or runs as an ongoing part the swimming program involves a lot of shorter intervals with short rests in between. Explain?

Member Question from Radar987

"I have just started the 20 week intermediate HIM program. I have been doing a fair amount of training getting ready to challenge the workload but I am a little surprised about the swimming program. Unlike the running or biking portions which seem to have some long rides or runs as an ongoing part the swimming program involves a lot of shorter 8 x100 4 x200 with short rests in between. It would help if you could explain the theory behind swim sets and why they are developed with the rest periods."

Answer from Mike Ricci
Head Coach D3Multisport.com

Thanks for the question. Traditional swim sets are built around doing much more intensity and less longer swimming because your body can handle the stress of going hard and swimming more often. You can think about the impact running has on your body (an overall fatigue if you are pushing yourself) vs. [.....]

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date: April 14, 2010

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