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DogBoy
March 30th, 2010, 02:38 PM
With about a month and and a half to go....I need some advice on a training plan.....

It is March 30th and I am just getting in the water. I really need help getting ready. I am not from a pure swimming background so I do not know how to get ready for a meet. I will swim 50 free, 100 free, 50 breast.

My times are pretty good... but I want to peek right.
THoughts? Any help out there?

THanks in advance.

Calvin S
March 30th, 2010, 04:07 PM
while I do come froma swimming background, i can offer some advice on how I will be planning my training for the next 7 weeks after taking a few (much needed) weeks off.

I always approach the first week or two back trying to get a "feel" for the water again. I feel all out of sync and need some time to just swim into a rythem. i keep the yardage lower and do a lot of drill work. you might want to focus on freestyle drills since that seems to be the mains troke you plan to do at nats. being a breaststroker, i normally avoid doing any breast (or fly for that matter) the first few days until i stop feeling so sluggish.

I will steadily build the yardage over the next two weeks while i get my strokes back to normal, and right around mid april I will really start to crank out the yards (i am doing a lot of distance events at nats, another possible difference in approaches to training). I will start resting 10 days out. with such a small window of training, i can neither afford nor prefer a longer taper.

the big keys are to start small and don't overdue it. once you feel good, then try to really "put in the work". doing the sprints like you are, this is the time to do a lot of sprint work (25s, 50s, 100s repeat working on turnover, strong kick). add in some breaststroke kick (working on snapping that kick liek you would in a sprint). Since every person can train a little different, I am sure there are as many people who might agree with a regiment such as mine as there are who might disagree. this is just how i will approach it. hope the insight helps.

ande
March 30th, 2010, 04:17 PM
the simple approach is to:

warm up 500 to 1000 then

race 1 or 2 events for time each day in practice

after each fast swim think about the mistakes you made and attempt to correct them
Or have someone watch you

Your training can be that simple

Actually racing in practice will help you prepare to race in the meet

As you get closer to the meet, the less fast stuff you need to do
maybe just do fast 25's or fast through the turn

Swim down and put plenty of rest between swims
concentrate on perfect form

for training ideas follow
My Blog/ Ande's (http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php?u=3156)
Leslie's Blog (http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php?u=4677)
Chris Stevenson's Blog (http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php?u=6428)
Recent Blogs (http://www.usms.org/forums/blog.php)

You can also read the archive of my old blog from 2008 (http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=4298&page=101) & see each practice which shows
how I prepared for the 2008 Masters Nats
I made excellent drops from 2007 to 2008 & it's all right there.
You could also adjust the time line for days away from the meet since the Austin Nats were in early May and these are in the 3rd week of May

Nat's is 7 weeks out, 51 days away
if you swim 5 or 6 times a week,
you'd have 35 or 42 chances to practice your races
If you do you'll be much more familiar with them.


It's OK to lift weights to get stronger

Keep it simple

have fun.

Get a fast suit

Hope this helps you Swim Faster Faster


Ande



With about a month and and a half to go....I need some advice on a training plan.....

It is March 30th and I am just getting in the water. I really need help getting ready. I am not from a pure swimming background so I do not know how to get ready for a meet. I will swim 50 free, 100 free, 50 breast.

My times are pretty good... but I want to peek right.
THoughts? Any help out there?

THanks in advance.

DogBoy
March 31st, 2010, 12:24 AM
Thanks to both of you....great points on each.
Really appreciate it!!

Oh and Ande can you let me know where to get a fast suit?

Calvin S
March 31st, 2010, 09:07 AM
Oh and Ande can you let me know where to get a fast suit?

depends on what kind you are looking for.

blueseventy.com has cheap "old" neuro comp full body suits for 100$ i think. speedo always has a lot of different styles of fast suits available.

ande
March 31st, 2010, 12:36 PM
Hello,

the Nero Comp Long Leg (http://www.blueseventy.com/store/us/product.php?productid=20&cat=0&bestseller=Y) is $100, legal in Atlanta but not after that. Sizing Chart (http://www.blueseventy.com/docs/NERO_SIZE_CHART_A5.pdf)

I'd probably get a suit that is 2010 USMS legal, so you can use it in meets after Nats

2010 Approved Mens Tech Suits (http://www.swimoutlet.com/SearchResults.asp?Click=766231&Cat=278)

consider Jammers:
Speedo Pro or Tyr Trace Light or B70 NeroTX


Thanks to both of you....great points on each.
Really appreciate it!!

Oh and Ande can you let me know where to get a fast suit?