Hi, BennettC: I learned to swim in 2005 and shortly thereafter, began to swim in the Master's competitive programme under the brilliant coaching of Cliff Barry (head of the Olympic Swim Team for 26 years). I swam 3 days per week, ran 3 days per week, cycled 4 days per week and lifted weights 6 days per week. It was an intense time. In 2007, I completed the Ironman swim (4k) in 1hr/17min and in the Master's Swimming National competition, placed 6th in North America in the 1500m swim.
Originally Posted by BennettC
Couple of questions for you:
1. how much time do you have to train?
2. Do you need to meet swimming requirements? Time? Distance? Both?
If you have sufficient time, I would suggest you seek out a Master's Swimming Coach in your area and contact him/her and advise him of your goals and the details. Ask the coach to prepare a swimming schedule for you, taking into consideration the other workouts that you have scheduled each week.
Here are some basic guidelines for swimming:
1. If you want to be proficient, fast --- it's ideal to swim and practice all strokes (back, fly, breast and front crawl);
2. Intervals and speedwork in all 4 strokes will make you faster. The same training principles apply in swimming as in running or cycling. Increase mileage and sets of intervals weekly.
Lastly, if you have time/initiative to join a Master's swim club --- they'll make a swimmer out of you in no time. There are some great swimming technique videos on Utube. Technique is EVERYTHING in swimming. It is also helpful if you have a friend who can film you swimming either from the pool deck or underwater so you can improve on technique.
Good luck -- your future endeavours sound exciting!
F, 48, 5'10"
Start Date: 25-06-12 @ 161lbs
Goal Reached: 30-09-12 @ 143lb. Now bouncing between 145lb - 149lb. I'd like less bounce and more consistency :-)
Started Cross Fit 20.12.12 ---- Can't wait to submit my success story on the 1st anniversary of starting primal.