Hello everyone! I'm sure there is already a bunch of advice on here about this, but I figured some up-to-date, fresh information wouldn't hurt. First, a little background info.
I've only been back in the water for a little over a month. I took a 6-month hiatus to let a bad case of shoulder bursitis heal after almost two years of open water marathon swimming. I'm migrating back to the pool and "shorter" events now, and I badly want to compete in my first 400 IM in November. That gives me a little bit over four months to train. Currently, I only am able to swim twice weekly for about 45 minutes each. Hopefully, within six weeks or so, I'll be able to up that to 3-4 times weekly. However, I am supplementing that with two dry land (running/stationary bike) sessions per week, too.
Are there any training plans out there that you'd recommend for preparing for such a grueling event? It's no multi-mile open water marathon, but I'm still re-learning the other three strokes and I currently can only do about 50 yards of butterfly consecutively, let alone the full 100 followed by the remainder of the IM. I'm comfortable with the other three strokes, but definitely have tons of room to improve. I'm possibly looking for useful sets/drills that I can do in under an hour that will help me prepare. I used to compete in 200 IM events in high school, but that was a long time ago and I want to up the anti this time. Thanks so much for any advice and pointers!