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April 19th, 2018, 09:24 AM
Anyone have any experience training for Relay Swims? Our swim is 35 miles with each person probably swimming 5 or maybe 6 miles at most. With swim time being 1 hour non stop does that change your training routine? Say from training like for a 5K or 10K?

April 19th, 2018, 09:39 AM
From an actual "swim training" standpoint, there would probably not be too much difference. That is assuming that each team member can reasonably recover within 5 hours...until their next slot.

However, there can be some unique issues associated with long relay swims: One of the biggest is seasickness. I've seen many teams easily handle the swimming, but the boat ride can be a deal-breaker. If you have the opportunity, swim with your team and RIDE IN A BOAT to see how they handle that.

I've worked with several people on English Channel relays, and the cold water recovery is a factor. Hypothermia has a tendency to accumulate, so one's ability to re-warm is important. With a 5-6 person relay, you may not have a problem, but I have definitely seen this with 2-3 person relays. So, if it's a cold water swim, make sure everyone is acclimatized and comfortable with 1 "IN" and 5 "OUT".


April 19th, 2018, 07:39 PM
Thanks for your response. Our swim is in a lake and cold water is not an issue. Should we train (yardage) like we are doing a 5K or 10K?

Rob Copeland
April 20th, 2018, 10:07 AM
Should we train (yardage) like we are doing a 5K or 10K?Yes

April 22nd, 2018, 03:20 PM
Thank You