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August 10th, 2005, 01:30 PM
My training partner and I got into a discussion about training for 200s last night. His view is that you should NOT do repeats of 200s but work on repeats of 100s with short rest intervals. I think that one should train specifically 200s and do moderate to hard sets of 200s with longer rests. He is talking about 15 to 20 seconds rest, and I am thinking about 45 to 60 seconds rest.
What is your opinion and what would you suggest?
My goal is to swim 200s faster than I am, both free and back.

August 10th, 2005, 01:38 PM
I thinkyou should do both. The 200 is a very weird event, not quite sprint, not quite distance. You'll need endurance and raw speed. Speed work is essential to a good 200.

Broken 200s (either at the 50s or 100s) with :05 rest are a great way to train for this event.

Also you need to have a solid endurance base so doing 200s at a moderate pace with about 10 seconds in between will help to build that.

You might want to throw in 400s (or even longer) from time to time as well.

August 10th, 2005, 06:28 PM
Broken 200s work for me. I do 4 x 50 holding even splits; 5 x 50 descending; 50, 100, 50 just looking at the 50 times. As the big meet approaches, my coach and I decide on the splits that we think I can hold and work on being able to do that pace on demand. I may do 4 x 50 on 1:00, then gradually lower the interval until I can hold the pace with 5 sec rest. We also do 8 x 25. I get almost exact carryover in a race. In Ft Lauderdale, my 200 breast splits were exactly what we practiced. The first 50 was a little faster due to the start, and the last 3 50s were the same! My coach checked the meet results online and her daughter told me she was cheering when she saw the splits. In the early season, I'll do repeat 200s, but I hate them. However, I think it is good conditioning and good for me mentally.
Betsy Durrant

August 10th, 2005, 08:54 PM
Healther and Betsy, thank you for your replies and good suggestions. I will implement them.