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bergsteiger
April 28th, 2009, 09:30 AM
Hello all. I am a 32 year old swimmer who swam and played water polo in high school and only played water polo in college. I just started back swimming with some regularity last fall. My goal over the next year is to rack up some personal bests in the 50, 100, 200 free and 200 IM. I will have 3-4 days a week that I can swim and pretty much any day that I can go to a local gym or ride my bike.

I have read many of Ande's posts and done some of the workouts posted here on the forum. I am looking more for input on an overall training scheme, what type of workouts would be best, yardage totals, weight/dryland suggestions (both type and frequency), or anything else that you think might be helpful.

Thank you!

Glider
April 29th, 2009, 10:59 AM
If you really want to be a student of the sport and are willing to invest the time, I'd recommend the following resources:

Books

- Swimming Fastest, Ernest Maglischo (The swimmer's desk reference)
- Championship Swimming, Bill Sweetenham, et al
- The Swim Coaching Bible, Dick Hannula, Nort Thornton
- Complete Conditioning for Swimming, David Salo, Scott Riewald

Web Sites

- US Masters Swimming Training Articles (http://www.usms.org/articles/articledisplay.php?CATID=6), Workouts, Blogs (http://forums.usms.org/blog.php?do=bloglist)
- USA Swimming Coaches (http://www.usaswimming.org/USASWeb/DesktopDefault.aspx?TabId=3&Alias=Rainbow&Lang=en) section (really good info here)
- American Swim Coaches Association Articles (http://www.swimmingcoach.org/articles/default.asp)
- GoSwim.TV Drills (http://www.goswim.tv/entries/s/1/drills.html) and Practices (http://www.goswim.tv/entries/s/3/practices.html)
- Floswimming Videos (http://www.floswimming.org/videos)

There's a whole lot more, but these will keep you plenty busy.

Are you heading to the Clemson meet (http://www.teamunify.com/Home.jsp?team=sccat) this weekend?

Mark

Hello all. I am a 32 year old swimmer who swam and played water polo in high school and only played water polo in college. I just started back swimming with some regularity last fall. My goal over the next year is to rack up some personal bests in the 50, 100, 200 free and 200 IM. I will have 3-4 days a week that I can swim and pretty much any day that I can go to a local gym or ride my bike.

I have read many of Ande's posts and done some of the workouts posted here on the forum. I am looking more for input on an overall training scheme, what type of workouts would be best, yardage totals, weight/dryland suggestions (both type and frequency), or anything else that you think might be helpful.

Thank you!

Donna
April 29th, 2009, 11:27 AM
Mark gave some good sources for workout development. I personnally like and use Ernest Maglischo's books when developing my taper and such. I also kept records of my workouts over the last 3 years and I have been reusing those.

I particularly like the workouts I had with Rick Benner when I swam for SST and that is the time I saw the greatest time drops in all of my shorter swims.

Since you are clearly trying to focus more on sprints than distance you might want to check out the blogs of some of the sprinters and use some of their workouts. You might also check out Tall Pauls Favorite workouts and/or sets under the workouts section.

Crazyman
April 29th, 2009, 03:24 PM
This is good to read and study. Ande provides many links in addition to his suggestions of swim faster faster
Ande's Swimming Tips: Swimming Faster Faster - U.S. Masters Swimming Discussion Forums

ande
April 29th, 2009, 03:56 PM
Here's the Swim Faster Faster Index


Follow a few blogs

Chris Stevenson (http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php?u=6428)

Pat Brundage (http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php?u=5013)

Ande's Swimming Blog (http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php?u=3156)

my Original Swimming Blog

If you want to follow a whole season, consider
Dec 07 SCM 2007 (http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=4298&page=91) - May 08 SCY 2008

bergsteiger
May 3rd, 2009, 08:07 PM
Thank you for the references everyone--especially the book list, Glider!

Did not make it to the Clemson meet this weekend. Greenville LCM meet will probably be my next since I am taking May off to do some hiking and family visits.

Thanks again.

tdrop
May 4th, 2009, 07:51 PM
Hello all. I am a 32 year old swimmer who swam and played water polo in high school and only played water polo in college. I just started back swimming with some regularity last fall. My goal over the next year is to rack up some personal bests in the 50, 100, 200 free and 200 IM. I will have 3-4 days a week that I can swim and pretty much any day that I can go to a local gym or ride my bike.

I have read many of Ande's posts and done some of the workouts posted here on the forum. I am looking more for input on an overall training scheme, what type of workouts would be best, yardage totals, weight/dryland suggestions (both type and frequency), or anything else that you think might be helpful.

Thank you!

my experience has been that I can write myself the best training plan ever. but then I don't do it. so, for me, swimming with a group of people and a coach, if possible, works best

but if you can't then there are a many good books and videos out there