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Old 07-12-2013
discojava discojava is offline
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Default Completing longer sets in Olympic Distance Plan

Hello all. I have been doing TI for about a year and have worked through 6 week intermediate and am presently on week 11 of Brian Vande Krol's Olympic and Long Distance Plan. I love the plan and am learning so much about my swimming and becoming more self aware everyday. However, I notice in the broken 750's I am having problems with distances over 200 meters and I need to pause at the wall when I feel my stroke form degrading. After a few seconds, I finish out the rest of the interval (ie 200, 250...etc). I try to focus on counting, leaning on armpits, wide tracks, ease up on pulling and just trying to feel a good catch, hip drive--achieving propulsion through weight shift, and a relaxed recovery in the mail slot. Is this natural for me to have difficulty at the outset not being able to keep my rhythm and stroke count? I am bit concerned as I have an Olympic distance tri in a month and want to ensure I can do the 1500m. Note, I have no problems completing the workouts but am having to pause at the wall to finish the larger sets.

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Old 08-15-2013
terry terry is offline
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I overlooked this previously. You may have already done your olympic distance tri already? Or perhaps it's coming up shortly?

In the event you've not done it yet, don't be too concerned about swimming longer distances in practice to prepare for a longer distance in the event itself. I prepared for the 28.5-mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (twice) with training in which I seldom swam farther than 500y continuously and relied most heavily on repeat sets in which I took a short rest every 100 to 200 yards.

Your instinct to pause for a breather--and just as important a mental reset--when you feel form degrading, is precisely right. The more you practice ease and efficiency, the more likely that's what your muscle memory will 'recall' during the race.

Good luck and please give us an update.
Terry Laughlin
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