Originally Posted by Tom Pamperin
EASY days (aerobically/pace-wise) are magic. I had forgotten all about that. Got out of the pool feeling stronger and more relaxed than when I got in. Great practice.
I'm not sure why no one has replied to this post in three months, but you've shared an invaluable insight.
Easy days are beneficial in so many ways. Opportunities to just experience flow. Best pace for perfecting form. And if you're training in a goal-oriented way, the restoration you gain from easy days make the pace-oriented days much stronger.
I'll share this. When I do an easy day, I strive to make it physically easy, but cognitively challenging.