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Back to normal this week with the times for the sessions with a 7-8 session and 8-9:15.  We will finish the 8-9:15 session a little earlier this week to allow the juniors to start promptly as they are doing time trials and it is only fair to give them a bit of pool time back after the extra time we have had for the last couple of weeks.

This week the main set will be anaerobic threshold 100s, so plenty of rest to allow you to swim fast.  You can re-read my post on this type of set and how to swim it here as well as some thoughts about how to try and swim fast and relaxed here.  We will be doing time trials again next week, as previously promised, so try and use this week’s session to get familiar with that fast and relaxed pace you will need to use next week.

One final reminder, especially as many of our sessions are very full at the moment, is to please remember to be considerate to the other swimmers in your lane and observe good lane etiquette.  We cannot always stick to 5s intervals between swimmers when the lanes get full but most of the other guidelines are easy to follow and allow everyone to get a good workout.  Getting the right lane order is especially important if everyone is to get the maximum benefit from faster sets and you will have plenty of time during the longer recoveries this week to adjust the lane order if required.

No technique tips this week – just a brief reminder on how we can all work together to make sure we all get the best workout we can in the swimming sessions given how busy the sessions often are at this time of year.  It can get pretty crowded, especially the 8-9:15 session, so I just thought I’d send out a brief reminder of standard lane etiquette, that most of us already follow, to make sure every session works for as many of us as possible.  Just 5 simple rules usually make most sessions work well in my experience:

1. Everyone in the lane should stop when the first swimmer finishes the warm-up.  I try and make sure every session fits into the allotted time so if you’re late please don’t continue warming up when the lead swimmer finishes.  It just makes it harder to complete the session on time and if you want to finish the warm-up just make sure you arrive on time for the next session!

2. Try and leave 5 second intervals between swimmers when you can.  It is not always possible, especially when you are doing longer reps or there are too many in the lane, but if you can stick to this when possible it will mean you get the best workout and a chance to monitor your times more accurately.  Save the drafting for sets where we need to use it – such as the pursuit swims.

3. Move to one side when you finish, if possible, to let those behind you finish and take their time.  This is not always possible, especially when it gets really crowded, but it is a real courtesy to your fellow lane swimmers.

4. If you get tapped on the feet during a rep, offer to let the swimmer behind go in front on the next rep.  This is not usually a problem for most, but some of us (and I hate to be sexist and say it is more often the men with a faster female on their feet) sometimes find it difficult to let someone else go ahead.  But please do – it is better for all in the lane.

5. If you are leading the lane, please read the whole set before starting out and stick to the turnarounds as much as possible.  I try and set all sets to work best with the set turnarounds so try not to add extra rest in the middle while you read what to do next.  If I get the turnarounds wrong, and you do need to change them, try to let everyone else in the lane know and stick to them throughout the set.

This week we will be doing some back stroke alongside the aerobic front crawl so you can re-read my previous post on this if you want a reminder.  See you Saturday!


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