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2016-06-21 5:59 PM

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Ottawa, Ontario
Subject: last swim session before a race?
What do people do during that final swim session before a race? Swim a little less yards than normal? Focus on race-pace intervals? Do the actual race distance (if Sprint/Oly)?

2016-06-21 6:14 PM
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Southampton, Ontario
Subject: RE: last swim session before a race?
I do an OWS, focus on sighting, establishing it into my rhythm and just generally being comfortable in the water. For distance I just do one of my routes, either 1300m or 1000m depending on which way the wind is blowing or if there are boats. Its normally a pretty easy swim with a few pick ups.

Edited by DaveL 2016-06-21 6:16 PM
2016-06-21 6:31 PM
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Bellingham, WA
Subject: RE: last swim session before a race?

It depends.  If it is a local race where I am familiar with the course I just taper through my normal workouts.

If it is a race I have not been to I will swim the course (if possible).  My main focus of swimming the course is to familiarize myself with the course.  I'm looking for landmarks to sight on.  I'm looking at the entry and exit points.  I'm looking at the angle of the sun (hopefully I'm in the water at about the same time I'd be racing) and which direction it's coming from.  I'm noting any current, swells, waves, wind direction, etc. and filing that into my head.


2016-06-21 7:08 PM
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Middle River, Maryland
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Subject: RE: last swim session before a race?

Since I pretty much always travel to races, I usually don't get a chance to practice the course ahead of time (which is what I would do given that chance).  If I can get out to my local OWS practice area, I'll do that and maybe do a WU and 500M at race pace.  If that doesn't work, then that's in the pool instead.

2016-06-22 10:24 PM
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Tucson, AZ
Subject: RE: last swim session before a race?
Usually swim 1500 the day before as:

2x400 cruise
4x50 all out on the 75
400 cool-down


2x400 cruise
2x100 on 145 fast
2x50 on 50 fast
100 easy
2x100 on 145 fast paddles + buoy
2x50 on 50 fast paddles + buoy
100-200 easy
2016-06-23 7:13 AM
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, North Carolina
Subject: RE: last swim session before a race?
Usually works out I'm swimming the day before the race. Would love to do open water but usually the pool.

400 wu
Couple 100s with extra rest(i.e. 30 instead of 15)
Couple 50s with extra rest
200-400 cd

Extra rest between repeats is nice.

2016-06-23 9:58 AM
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Pueblo, Colorado
Subject: RE: last swim session before a race?
I'll usually do a very short workout. Since I'm doing sprint races only this year, that might be as short as 800. I'll do a few laps at race pace, but mostly I just concentrate on form and being "long" in the water.
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