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Great effort on the USRPT set last week!  I, along with many of you, found it a really tough set as we’ve mostly been doing steadier-paced for a while now so it is really hard to go to the max intensity required for USRPT.  However, you rose to the challenge and I saw some great speed over many sustained efforts.

If you like watching great racing and more phenomenal speed I do suggest watching the whole 4 x 100m Medley Relay from the World Champs if you didn’t see it.  You can watch it here:

Duncan Scott may not be as familiar a name to many of you as Adam Peaty but his final leg in that relay was phenomenal.  He swam the 2nd fastest 100m relay split ever, in a time of 46.14.  I think you will probably appreciate how amazing a performance this is from Duncan Scott given the times we were all posting last week for fast 50m swims!

I will be away this weekend doing a sea swim with Helen so Chrissie has kindly offered to cover for me again.  It is the ratchet set this week where you will be looking to build on the fast 50s from last week by working on speed endurance this week.  All part of the progress towards your Project 56!

See you in a couple of weeks!



Many of us will have an A-race, which is the race we aim to perform at our best during the season.  We may also have a B-race or another important qualification race.  You will often taper off the quantity and duration of your training before these races to perform at your best, so I expect many of you to either swim shorter sessions on Saturdays or swim them at much lower intensity.  However, most of us race much more than twice a year so should you taper before other races too if it’s not your A or B race?  Only you can judge what is right for you based on your race plan but I would encourage you to continue training hard before some races to help you judge the right taper for your A and B races.

This week we will be returning to the ratchet set we did a few weeks ago which is a 1,500m main set with the intervals swum at reducing rest intervals.  Enjoy trying to use the set to practise your easy-speed by relaxing and saving some effort for the last few reps where the turnaround times start to get really right.

See you Saturday!



Photo by Victoire Joncheray on Unsplash

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