Army I.M. Set

Tim Loeffler
Assistant Coach
West Point

Here is a workout our 400 IMers are doing today at Army. A nice way to get them back into serious IM training and to have them push each other on the descends. We call it “welcome back 400IM”

5×100 Free (120) – 50R 50L
5×100 Kick (150) – one of each plus one IM
5×100 Free IM (130) – descend 1-5
5×100 Pull (120) – descend 1-5
8×25 single arm free (40)
8×50 (55)
odds: Free Swim-Fly Drill 3R 3L 2Full or 2R 2L 2Full – evens: Free Swim-Fly Kick on Back Fast
Main Set
3×50 (45) Free-Fly x 25; work the fly, descend the 50s
3×100 (125) add on a 50 Back; work the back; descend the 100s
3×200 (255) add on a 100 Breast; work the breast; descend the 200s
3×400 (525) add on a 200 Free; work the free; descend the 400s
***Descend to FAST
300 {25 DBL arm Back + 25 Free + 25 Scull}
Finish Set A:
5×300 Pull (330) – last one fast + 6×100 Free IM (130)

Finish Set B:
5×150 FINS or Swim Free (205) + 6×100 Free IM (130)



Active Recovery with UW-Milwaukee Head Coach Kyle Clements

Kyle Clements
Head Coach, UW-Milwaukee

I noticed that there are not a lot of Active Rest(active recovery) sets (on the Swimming Wizard) and wanted to share what I am doing today with my swimmer as we prepare for the NCAA meet in a couple of weeks. We typically do an Active rest set every Tuesday during season and find that it is a great bridge between our aerobic Monday and our lactic acid Wednesday.

For our Active rest sets the rules are pretty simple.
#1 there are no intervals the swimmer comes in and gets their time and then leaves on the next zero (1 to 10 sec rest between each swim)
#2 the Active rest swim(ar) is typically easy free and can be as slow as the swimmer wants as long as he/she is always moving forward and not touching the bottom and hanging on the wall.

Our Ncaa participant is about 10 days from starting her taper so we are still 100% go. she is also a breatstroker hence all the breaststroke work.

March 5th 2014

Active Rest

300 Free
300 NF
300 Kick

Drill Set
200 Skull (mix up front and back)
4x50 Fist Drill @50 (2 Free/2 Br)
4x75 Fist Drill/Swim/Build – (2 Free @110/2 Br @115)

Kick Set
5x150 @ 245
#1 50ez-100pink
#2 50pink-50ez-50red
#3 100red-50ez
#4 50fast-50ez-50fast
#5 50ez-100fast

Main (Active Rest)
5x(100+50+100) Details underneath set
1min rest
4x(50red+75ar+50ba) IMO
1min rest
1min rest
1min rest
1x(25 sprint fr+50ar+25 sprint br)

Rd1 = 100 neg split white/red +50ar+100 neg split white/red           FREE
Rd2 = 100 active rest+ 50 red+ 100 active rest                                  BREAST
Rd3 = 100 neg split pink/blue +50ar+100 neg split pink/blue            FREE
Rd4 = 100 active rest+ 50 blue+ 100 active rest                                BREAST
Rd5 = 100 best avg + 50 ar + 100 best avg                                        FREE



Masters Swim Workout

Submitted by reader Greg Friedlander

20 minute warm up (1000 yards crawl-timed not counting laps, but it's about the same thing, add or subtract a couple of minutes as required)
5x(200im, 100kick, 100crawl,100kick)
200 yard warm down
I do the 100's with flippers just to get through it quicker.

Note that each of the 5 sets is 500 yards so you can trip down to 3000, 25000, etc just by cutting out a set. (add back in the warm down for extra 200))



19.5 Ways to Get Better Even When Practice Is Cancelled

Ryan Woodruff

You have worked hard this season and don't want your well-earned improvement to go to waste.  What can you do to get  better even though the pool is closed? 

1. Swim in front of a mirror.  Just stand there and swim slowly toward the ceiling. Pay attention to how your stroke looks.  Don't forget to take an imaginary breath.
2. Take a nap. A little extra rest would do you some good.
3. Watch swimming videos on YouTube.  Type in Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin, or 2008 men's 4x100 freestyle relay.  Beware of goosebumps.
4. Stretch.  From your head to your toes.
5. Drink some water.  Getting hydrated will help you at your next practice.
6. Write down your goals or take a second look at goals you have already set.  Are you on track? Do you have long-term and short-term goals?
7. Do some ab work.  Think of your favorite ab exercises.  Don't do those.  Do the exercises that you struggle with.
8. Do some push-ups.  Start with the most you can do in 30 seconds.  Take a minute rest. Repeat several times.
9. Meditate. Just find a quiet place to sit, relax, and breathe deeply.
10. Visualize yourself performing well.  Play a movie of it in your mind with as many specific details as possible.
11. Memorize your best times.  For an extra challenge, do it all the way to the hundredth of a second for both SCY and LCM.
12. Figure out splits for your goal times, especially IMs.  Write them down in a place where you can find them later.
13. Make up a new team cheer.  Silly or serious is perfectly okay.
14. Come up with a mantra or positive affirmation to repeat to yourself behind the blocks. Example: "I am strong and fast, ready to have a blast." Rhyming is encouraged.
15. Make a team poster for the next meet.
16. Find your national rank in your best event on www.usaswimming.org.  Make a goal to move up a certain number of spots.
17. Stretch again, this time focusing on your ankles.  Sit on your knees with the tops of your feet against the floor.
18. Do yoga.  Google "basic yoga poses" for examples.
19. Call or text a teammate and remind them about this list.
19.5 Bake your coach some cookies.  Because cookies make coaches happy.