Originally Posted by s.sciame
Looking at their ages and times over different distances, it's interesting to note how they build speed first and endurance second
As an adult learner I used to think that I could neglect building speed and go straight to build endurance (given some decent technique in place of course, and continuing with technical refinements while training endurance), but I'm realizing that it does not really work like this, or it works up to a point.
By the way Andy, I remember you were training speed over short distances last winter, with the intention to build aerobic fitness just before summer. Did it work? How much did you improve? I ask because I'm transitioning from threshold training to USRPT.
Salvo - I've improved a bit time wise this summer over last year. I think my short distance work made me faster at 50m.
My endurance has changed more. I'm happy to swim up to 5km in open water any day of the week now and still go home and play with the kids or work on the house, whereas last year a mile non stop swim was still a manageable challenge.
I think I've finally learnt to relax more muscles during the stroke cycle whilst maintaining stroke form.