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2019-11-10 6:45 AM

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Subject: swim 15 km per week until the end of year
In May to June this year, I swam for about 15 - 18 km every week to prepare for my first marathon swimming (12.5 km) in my life. It turned out well but afterwards I lost my motivation to train for swimming anymore because it was too hot in summer, and the previous training was like torture as it was so damn hot in June and July. I only swam for about 8 km / week in August and early September, and 10 - 14 km / week afterwards until the end of October.

Now the temperature starts to drop and the sea temperature where I live now hits 24°C, which the heat is no longer a concern, and the outdoor pool where I train in is at the same temperature as well. In cooler water I swim MUCH better than before when it was hot in summer, and I can sustain my race speed for MUCH longer without burning out.

I actually enjoyed the 12.5 km marathon swimming I did in July and wanted to do more, however, it was done in a foreign country where the water temperature was only 22°C. Although there was another marathon swimming race (14 km) in my home city in October, I was afraid that it would be too hot for me so I dare not do it, but I still wanted to gain experience to prepare me to do it in the winter race (it is held twice per year, once in autumn which is HOT, once in winter which MAY be cold) so I did it as a relay. That day turned out to be extremely hot, sunny with water temperature 29°C and no wind at all (the race was normally windy and choppy, but this year was an exception), even in a relay I didn't feel good, just tolerated it every 30 minutes (the relay switched every 30 minutes) I was right that I didn't do it solo, otherwise I wouldn't finish it (it was not possible for me to sustain race speed for 6 hours in 29°C water).

Now the winter race is coming next January, a 14 km marathon swimming race with expected sea temperature 18°C and it's time for me to start another training cycle again. A good guideline is to swim at least the race amount weekly for a few months before the race, so I'm expect to swim at least 15 km per week starting from this month until early January, with 1/3 - 1/2 the distance in open water. In the week just finished today (counting Monday - Sunday) I swam 16.9 km, in which 8.1 km is open water.

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2019-11-10 9:51 AM
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Subject: RE: swim 15 km per week until the end of year

OMG I'm lucky if I get 15 km in a month swimming. 

Good luck to you.

2019-11-17 8:27 PM
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Subject: RE: swim 15 km per week until the end of year
Week 46 summary:

Tuesday: 4 km OW
Wednesday: 3.4 km pool
Friday: 3.4 km OW
Saturday: 3.5 km OW
Sunday: 3.25 km OW + 0.5 km OW

total 17.55 km

(the OW proportion of this week is unusually high because due to social unrest the pool is not available on some of the days)
2019-11-24 8:09 PM
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Subject: RE: swim 15 km per week until the end of year
Week 47 summary:

Tuesday: 4.4 km pool
Wednesday: 3.4 km pool
Friday: 3.1 km pool
Saturday: 2.9 km OW
Sunday: 3.85 km OW

Total 17.65 km
2019-12-02 8:57 AM
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I'm down if you do this again. Prepping for a 7 miles swim in April and a 12 mile crossing of Lake Tahoe in Aug 2020.

December is still a light month for me with travel and recovery from 5 mile swim
2019-12-02 9:41 AM
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Week 48 summary:

Tuesday: morning 6.2 km pool + evening 2.95 km squad session
Friday: morning 3.2 km squad session
Saturday: 3.2 km easy OW swim
Sunday: Aquathon race (0.25 km swim + 2.5 km run) x 3 (i.e. with 5 transitions)

total 16.3 km

From this week onward the squad moves away so I will train on my own.


2019-12-02 9:45 AM
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Originally posted by running2far

I'm down if you do this again. Prepping for a 7 miles swim in April and a 12 mile crossing of Lake Tahoe in Aug 2020.

December is still a light month for me with travel and recovery from 5 mile swim


wow you are a marathon swimmer as well - but I'm in Asia and the opportunity is very limited - Cold Half (14 km, in Hong Kong) is probably the only marathon swimming race in Asia I know which is not tropically hot and I treat that as my "A race".
2019-12-02 10:33 AM
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2019-12-11 12:25 AM
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Subject: RE: swim 15 km per week until the end of year
week 49 summary

Monday: 3.1 km pool
Tuesday: none
Wednesday: 4.8 km pool
Thursday: 5.1 km pool
Friday: 4.6 km pool
Saturday: 3.2 km OW + 2.5 km OW
Sunday: none

total 23.3 km
2019-12-18 4:08 AM
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Subject: RE: swim 15 km per week until the end of year
week 50 summary

Tuesday: 2.6 km pool
Wednesday: 4.0 km pool
Friday: 6.2 km pool
Saturday: 3.65 km OWS
Sunday: 0.4 km OWS race

total 16.85 km
2019-12-27 3:12 AM
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Subject: RE: swim 15 km per week until the end of year
Week 51 summary:

Tuesday 2.8 km pool
Wednesday 4.5 km OW
Friday 2.9 km pool
Saturday 2.35 km OW
Sunday 6.5 km OW

total 19.05 km

Why is this thread so quiet?! This is not much more than the minimum reasonable training for long-distance swimming!

Edited by miklcct 2019-12-27 3:12 AM


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