Ironman swimming in the pool

Swim Start Ironman World Championship view from Kona Inn on Ali'i Drive


If you are preparing for an early season Ironman, this is a great 4000yard/meter workout you can insert into your training plan.  Also, good for swimmers preparing for open water swims and/or the time crunched athlete. Ironman swimming requires the ability to build into swims making early pacing critical to maximizing your performance.

The workout
1 x 600 Free Warm
3 x 400 Faster pace per 100 than 500 this should be easy since 500 was warm up
4 x 300 Faster pace per 100 than 400's
5 x 200 Faster pace per 100 than 300's
2 x 100 Cool down
Total 4000

600 on 1:00 rest
400's 300's and 200's on your normal base example 1:30/100M
so 400's on 6:00, 300's on 4:30, 200's on 3:00
100's on :10 sec rest mix strokes as you like

You could repeat this set every 3-4 weeks to measure your improvement as the season progresses and it works well before a bike session as the first part of a swim/bike brick.  You could incorporate the use of paddles and/or swim buoy depending on level of swim experience.  Generally speaking, ironman swimming requires good upper body endurance and mixing various forms of pulling into your training can be very helpful.

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Coach Eric


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