by, January 11th, 2009 at 11:49 AM (1831 Views)
A few years ago, when I was runnning (for triathlons and the Bataan Death March), I got involved with a group of people who did track workouts.
It was fun, but I no matter how hard I tried, I could never run very fast. I still don't know how anyone can run 400 meters in under a minute. I think my best time was 1:20 with a strong wind. I've stopped running and I think it has helped my swimming (I'm a little faster than I was when I was running).
Track workouts are not as demanding at swimming workouts. You can find sample track workouts on line - or you can go watch some college or high school workouts.
The workouts follow the same format - first, perform both dynamic and static(?) stretches. The current wisdom states that static stretching actually weakens muscles. Next, there is "main" (and only) set - 10 x 400 meters with 100 meters jog recovery. And that's it! Track athletes don't slave away for hours like swimmers.
It makes me wonder why their workouts are so much shorter than our workouts. Perhaps my limited sampling is flawed, but from what I've seen and read, track athletes don't spend hours training each day.