Guidelines For Using Swim Training Devices

Guidelines For Using Swim Training Devices

[Note: I am sharing this post, one among hundreds, from our Mediterra Dojo library.] Training devices are extremely popular among swimmers and triathletes – with new fads coming each year – and people are often looking to their coach to have an opinion on these....

Go For Muscle Or Skill?

I want to stimulate our thinking about the difference between focusing on building muscles (i.e. fitness) during swim practice versus focusing on building skill. Let’s take this example of the difference between a practice set using  paddles versus a set using a...

Training: 2.5km Alternate FG/Hand

I swam 3072m in the 32m PC outdoor pool, around 15:00. It was sunny, hot. The pool was 26.5 C, just right for brisk swimming with a hot sun. 512m warmup (8 laps), then a ladder alternating Fistglove and Open-hand. 64 FG / 64 open-hand (SPL 23) 128/128 (SPL 23) 192/192...

Recovering Lost Water

I swam 3500m starting at 10:30. The pool was 29 degrees C. 4x [400 Fistglove, 400 open-hand] hold SPL. #1 #2 #3 #4 Time, SPL held Time, SPL held Time, SPL held Time, SPL held 400 FG ????, 17-18 7:30, 17-18 7:30, 17-18 7:29, 17-18 400 open-hand 6:52, 16 6:38, 16 6:33,...

How Did I Go Faster Without Trying To?

Today I swam 3500m. The water was 29 degrees C. My focus today was to hold SPL across the set and descend times. My goal was to hold 17 SPL for the Fistgloved , and 15 SPL for the open-hand legs. 2x 400m, 4x 200m, 8x 100m, 8x 50m where I alternated FG and open-hand...

Go Faster With Fewer Strokes

Today I did 3000m. I swam around 14:00- I had breakfast at 9:15 but no lunch- so I was naturally looser (as evidenced in my stretching beforehand) and my fuel tank a bit more filled than usual. The pool was a perfect 29 degrees so it was pleasantly un-noticed. (I use...