View Full Version : Short Rest Slow Pace Vs. Long Rest Fast Pace

August 5th, 2013, 04:08 PM
Watching the worlds on Eurosport this week, I heard Drew Gordon talking about how training methods had shifted from slow pace short rest sets to long rest fast pace sets. He claimed swimmers nowadays first attempt to swim closer to race pace, before trying to pile up kilometers behind them.

I've been doing the opposite for the last two years, but I do consider changing my workouts now. Would like to hear what do you think/do and if elite swimmers do really prefer faster, longer sets.

Thanks in advance,

August 5th, 2013, 06:01 PM
In general, yes. If you want to race faster, you have to train by swimming faster. The shorter your race, the longer the rest in workout (e.g., if you're racing for a 1,500 you're probably not doing your race-pace 100s with gobs of rest). Check out the thread on Rushall / Ultra Short Race Pace training for other ideas.

Allen Stark
August 5th, 2013, 08:11 PM
Here is the link to the ultra short race pace thread http://forums.usms.org/showthread.php?22783-Ultra-Short-Training-At-Race-Pace and here is the link for workouts for sprinters http://forums.usms.org/forumdisplay.php?115-High-Intensity-Training-by-Leslie-Livingston .