The main set this week is inspired by Alex.  For those of you that don’t know him he is the guy who is 2 feet taller than the rest of us, leads Lane 1 and generally makes us all look so slow and inefficient when he swims 11 or 12 strokes per length making it all look so easy.  I also understand he has a great capacity for alcoholic beverages after swimming competitions but that’s another story and we probably don’t want to take too much inspiration from that!  Anyway, he has suggested a fun sounding swim set called the “ratchet” where we do different distances off a reducing rest to see how long we can make the turnaround times.  You’ll be pleased to know I’ve watered down his original suggestion of a 5km version of this set into a 1500m main set for us all to try this week.

The set consists of a number of different distances swum repeatedly off a 5s reducing turnaround and it should make a good speed endurance set.  When setting tight turnarounds it is difficult to get the turnarounds right for everyone in the pool with the wide range of different abilities and fitness levels within each lane.  However, I have tried to set it so that you can make most of the turnarounds in the set, if you pace it correctly, but some of you will end up missing some of the tighter turnarounds towards the end of the set and will be swimming continuously.  That’s clearly not bad preparation for the 1500m anyway but if you get the pacing right it should be an achievable set for most of you.

If you enjoy the set on Saturday then thank Alex and if not you can always blame me for getting the turnarounds wrong!  Like last week we will be finishing the 8am session at 9am to allow the Juniors to do their remaining swimming trials for the start of the season.

See you Saturday!