It was interesting to see how many swimmers rushed through the drills last week without taking enough rest.  I will forgive you for this last week, as it was our first week of Winter training, but please do try and take your time over drills this week and every time we do drills in the future.  The reason I think this is really important is that most of the drills we do are best accomplished when you are not breathing, with your head still, and you are as relaxed as possible.  This is really hard if you are tired or out of breath so take plenty of rest to allow yourselves to do as much of the drills when well-recovered and with as few breaths as possible.  I will not complain if you take a little bit more rest before or during drill sets.

However, on aerobic sets with fixed turnarounds please do not add in extra rest whenever possible.  These sets are designed to be swum straight through, often forcing you to improve your pace judgement early in the set to swim them well, and this is best done by sticking to the turnaround times.  If you are changing lane order please don’t take extra rest to do it.  Sort yourselves out at the start of the set and do a quick change in order if someone behind is swimming faster than you.

This week lane 1 will be doing some race pace 50s for the main set, like last week, for those racing in Ibiza and Sheffield next week whereas everyone else will be doing steadier-paced aerobic swims for their main set.

See you Saturday!


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