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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject: Any Swimmers?

I used to swim competitively (almost 20 years ago!). Been hitting the pool 3-4 times a week, about a mile plus each day.

Been trying to get my one mile time down to 25 minutes (right now stuck at around 30 minutes). Bear in mind, my forte was sprinting (50/100) so I have some difficulty with the sheer boredom of swimming 70 laps (1 miles' worth).

Any tips on how I can shed those final 5 minutes?
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 1:58 pm    Post subject:

The mile was my specialty in the pool, so hereís my opinion:

An efficient way to improve your time is by swimming sets in workout that will increase your stamina. Try something like 10x100s swum at your goal pace, on an interval where ideally youíre getting between 5-10 seconds rest. If youíre aiming for 25 minutes for the 1650 (66 laps), try to hold 1:30 per 100 @1:40 interval.

Do this type of set twice per week, skipping a day or two (only swimming easy yardage in between) for recovery. You can start off doing fewer reps, maybe only 6x100s, but gradually increase the number as you get in better shape.

One day per week, do a set where you try to maintain a faster pace but on an interval where you get 20-30 seconds rest. Something like 20x50s holding :40 @1:05 interval.

As I alluded to earlier, everything else in the pool should be done at an easy aerobic effort, ideally focusing on technique. Good luck!
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 3:24 pm    Post subject:

Did a 28 minute mile today. Broke it up into 70 25s with 5 seconds rest.

I swam a 22 second 50 in high school so speed is more of my comfort zone. But trying to increase my stamina.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 3:43 pm    Post subject:

Swam competitively and played water polo back in high school and now I swim just to keep fit. Had to take a break for about a year or so but am about to get back into it because I'm going on hiatus for 4 months.

When I got back into swimming as part of my fitness several years ago, I started with a mile and would just swim that amount and I got to where it was consistently 30 minutes. I started trying to swim faster because well, swimming laps can be dull and I figured the faster I swam, the sooner I'd be done. But then I thought about ways to make it more interesting. What I started doing was I bought a waterproof tune belt/headphone set that I could put an old iPod shuffle in and one of those little lap counters you wear on your index finger. I turned swimming into kind of a game. My swim set was always 30 minutes and I'd either listen to music or podcasts depending on the mood and I would just swim with the goal of seeing how many lengths I could get in in the 30 minutes. It would typically be in the low to mid 70's, and occasionally, on days where I felt like trying for "personal bests" get in the upper 70's. Best I ever did 86 at my peak. It put a little self-competition into it and made it a more fun goal oriented thing.

I'm actually going to start doing it again next later this week, but I'm guessing my length counts will not be in the 70's for a bit.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 4:08 pm    Post subject:

I just got an underwater MP3 player today. I also played water polo too back in the day. So SoCal. I was a total sprinter so I actually favor high intensity workouts (like doing multiple under 28 seconds 50s) and lots of sprints over yardage. But Iím also trying to increase my long distance stamina in case I want to try a triathlon.
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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 6:03 pm    Post subject:

When it comes to distance swimming, ocean swims are cool. Every so often Iíll go down to the water and swim south until Iím ready to get out and then Iíll run back to the starting point.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 5:47 am    Post subject:

DaMuleRules wrote:
When it comes to distance swimming, ocean swims are cool. Every so often Iíll go down to the water and swim south until Iím ready to get out and then Iíll run back to the starting point.


Nice. I miss that about Cali. East coast beaches just don't it for me.

You have to understand, as a sprinter, doing a mile swim is just torture for me. But I'm trying to expand my game. It's really helping me get into shape though as opposed to my usual lifting/treadmill/elliptical exercises.

I've also religiously played hoops but I'm getting close to the age where it may be a good idea to dial that back, so the pool offers a familiar respite.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 6:26 am    Post subject:

I have tons of swimmers. All healthy too.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:49 am    Post subject:

yinoma2001 wrote:
DaMuleRules wrote:
When it comes to distance swimming, ocean swims are cool. Every so often Iíll go down to the water and swim south until Iím ready to get out and then Iíll run back to the starting point.


Nice. I miss that about Cali. East coast beaches just don't it for me.



What is it about east coast beaches you don't like?

About 15 years ago, I swam at a couple open-water swim camps near Cape Henry in Virginia Beach. I loved that environment and the relatively warm water compared to SoCal (first week of September).

Around the same time, I swam a 5k race in Fort Lauderdale. That beach was kind of flat and boring to look at, but the water was crystal clear and it was pretty cool to be able to see the ocean floor the entire time I was swimming. The main issue there was the disgusting mid-August 100% humidity and 85-degree water temperature.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 9:58 am    Post subject:

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What is it about east coast beaches you don't like?


That I'm not in LA going to beaches in SoCal. That's where I grew up.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 10:13 pm    Post subject:

Roger O. Thornhill wrote:
yinoma2001 wrote:
DaMuleRules wrote:
When it comes to distance swimming, ocean swims are cool. Every so often Iíll go down to the water and swim south until Iím ready to get out and then Iíll run back to the starting point.


Nice. I miss that about Cali. East coast beaches just don't it for me.



What is it about east coast beaches you don't like?

About 15 years ago, I swam at a couple open-water swim camps near Cape Henry in Virginia Beach. I loved that environment and the relatively warm water compared to SoCal (first week of September).

Around the same time, I swam a 5k race in Fort Lauderdale. That beach was kind of flat and boring to look at, but the water was crystal clear and it was pretty cool to be able to see the ocean floor the entire time I was swimming. The main issue there was the disgusting mid-August 100% humidity and 85-degree water temperature.


not good

that's why i prefer the california coast. But as far as swimming that stays indoors.
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PostPosted: Thu May 03, 2018 6:33 am    Post subject:

Yeah. I don't like swimming long distances in beaches/rivers/lakes either. Feels weird and I watched too many episodes of River Monsters and shark shows.

Finally got a waterproof MP3 player. Hopefully will make my workouts more enjoyable.
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PostPosted: Sat May 05, 2018 9:14 am    Post subject:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXiBQuO7R9k
^NSFW??? (people in swimsuits/speedos )

I tried to incorporate the information in this video into my freestyle technique this week. It seems like that channel has a lot of helpful videos covering all aspects of swimming.
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