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wnt2bfst
January 6th, 2011, 12:43 AM
tonight i swam a workout with of a lot of 20 yrd sprints . i might as well have been swimming 200+ sets as slow as i was going. i need to go faster on the short swims. the events i want to compete in are the 50, 100, & 200 free. 50, & 100 back and the 100 im. more emphasis on the free and back.

i have been finding about 4 nights a week and about 100 - 120 min. per sessions. 4200 - 4900 yrds per session. i also try to get in 2 sessions of weight lifting in a week . it is hard to find this time to swim. (no one else probably has this issue)

i actually started swimming back in may of 2010. took allot of octo and nov. off. joined masters in nov. and have been swimming until now.

i need to swim faster what should i do?

ViveBene
January 6th, 2011, 03:02 AM
Ande's thread on how to swim faster faster:

http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=4229&highlight=faster

Do a search on "faster" or "swim faster." This has got to be one of the most frequently asked questions.

orca1946
January 6th, 2011, 01:24 PM
Does the team hold you back/
You just started with a team, give it time to gel into speed work. This time of the year many teams are still building s base.

ande
January 6th, 2011, 01:35 PM
great suggestion!
Here's a link to the Swim Faster Faster Index (http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=231448&postcount=1544)

wnt2bfst,

we need more info about you
there's many ways to get faster, you need to figure out which swim faster faster tips would work best for you

here's a link to links for the
Help My ____ is Horrible! (http://www.usms.org/forums/showpost.php?p=225645&postcount=489)

Browse through ASK ANDE (http://www.usms.org/forums/showthread.php?t=4418)


Ande's thread on how to swim faster faster:
http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?t=4229&highlight=faster
Do a search on "faster" or "swim faster." This has got to be one of the most frequently asked questions.

Redbird Alum
January 6th, 2011, 04:34 PM
... about 100 - 120 min. per sessions. 4200 - 4900 yrds per session. ...

Can you describe this workout a bit more... is it mostly sets, of longer distances, was the 20yd sprint set unusual?

As has been posted on these boards many times... to swim faster, you have to practice faster!

wnt2bfst
January 7th, 2011, 01:35 AM
here are my last 3 work outs. i am no ware near holding these time. i do usually complete the work outs, in about 2 hrs. the sprint workout i did not include do to space. it was definitely a different type of workout.


WARM UP:
2 X 200 3:40 3:20
4 X 100 1:50 1:40
Twice through. Round 1 intervals left, round 2 right.

1 X 200 kick 4:45
8 X 50 kick 1:15
25 fast/25 moderate

1 X 200 free 3:00
4 X 100 1:45 2:00 1:30
Three rounds:
Round 1 100's: IM
Round 2 100's: stroke
Round 3 100's: free
Read intervals left to right.


WARM UP:
2 X 100 1:50 1:40
1 X 250 4:20 4:00
Four times through. Rounds 1/2 intervals left, rounds 3/4 right.

1 X 50 easy 1:15
1 X 50 fast 1:15
1 X 50 easy 1:15
1 X 100 fast 2:00
Four times through, all choice.

1 X 200 kick 5:00
6 X 50 kick 1:20
50's: 25 fast/25 easy

8 X 200 free
4 on 3:20
4 on 3:10


first set 2880/3840

3 x 6x120 on 1:50
2x120 on 1:50 fast as i could go

im set 1760/5620

2x 6x120 im @160 yrds

1 bf
2 bf/bk
3 bk
4 bk/br
5 br
6 br /fs
7 160 im

probaly the best advice is to just practice faster. hence the tag line "i need a kick in the seedo"

wnt2bfst
January 7th, 2011, 01:40 AM
ande,

thanks for your help. i might just try the finger nail trick. do you know what adhesive will work with the chlorine?

seriously, you have great research, thanks

Michael Heather
January 9th, 2011, 05:47 PM
Your posted workout is fine, but has no particular point. Many Masters practices are like this because of the wide array of swimmer types, ages and abilities in one pool at one time. If you want to be a sprinter, you must do sprint based work outs occasionally. The simplest way to do that in a team setting (and without making everyone around you mad) is to concentrate the end of practice on sprints. Instead of doing 120 swims, do 20s on the same interval as the 120, concentrating on the stroke technique and consistent speed.

The essence of sprinting is not always just speed, but how you deal with your lactic transition near the end of the swim. Everyone feels great off the blocks, everyone feels like the are paralyzed near the end. If you can practice how to react and compensate for the paralyzed feeling, you will not only go faster, you will win races. Keep the stroke together when you feel like your arms and legs are falling off. And remember that no race is won at the beginning, so don't try to impress everyone then. Build up, build up, build up.

wnt2bfst
January 9th, 2011, 08:58 PM
i fell the same way about not having direction in my practice. i will try sprinting and resting at the end this week. thanks