Getting ready for race day


June 12th, 2019 by Triathlon Magazine

A new season is coming up, and one of the things we need to think about is the distance of our focus races. When it comes to year-round swim training, the difference between training for a sprint and a full-distance race isn’t profound, but for optimal preparation, you want to focus some of your swim training on the distances you plan to hit as those races approach.

In this article, I’ll look at the sprint distance up to the standard distance – so that’s anywhere from 500 metres to 1,500 metres.

There are essentially three different ways to sight while swimming:

I’m going to give you a challenging progression you can do over a six- to nine-week period when you can do two things: increase your fitness and also gain a realistic idea what you might be able to execute come race day. For newer athletes, this can be valuable information when it comes to placing yourself at the start line.

The sets will oscillate between long rest, short rest and no rest.

Note: when the rest is listed as 45 seconds and five seconds, you want to pick “leave times” that will approximate that amount of rest. If you think you can hold your 100s around 1:45 with five seconds rest, then leave the wall every 1:50. This is important.

Standard Distance: Roll through this three-week progression two-three times prior to your event with the final 1,500m effort about two to three weeks before the race.

Week 1: three times (5 x 100m @45-seconds rest +100m pull-snorkel) Week 2: 15 x 100m @ 5-seconds rest Week 3: 1,500m time trial For Standard and above: Rotate through long rest, short rest and time trial

Sprint Distance

Week 1: two times (4 x 100m @45-seconds rest +100 pull-snorkel) Week 2: 8 x 100m @ 5-seconds rest Week 3: 800m time trial

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