How to PR During Your Cool Down

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Swim Speed Workouts Test Team logo The Swim Speed Test Team is a group of volunteers that is testing out Sheila Taormina’s new book of waterproof swim workouts before it releases in March.

Today one of the Test Team members wrote in with an incredible note. On just her sixth workout of the Swim Speed Workouts program, Catherine L. (The Number Cruncher) said that her Garmin swim watch informed her of a new 500m Free PR!

But get this: she set it during her cool-down.

Here’s what she said:

“This is serious business…

I have been looking at my 500 freestyles of the past, my fastest ones back before I started racing Ironman when I was racing a lot of sprints and Olympic tris. I found these:

500 m at 8:58
525 yds at 10:33
600 m at 9:58

After all this yardage today, do you want to know what my cool-down 500 time was? (You probably don’t and I wasn’t watching the clock.) But my Garmin recorded it because I hit the lap key when I start and finish every set.

My COOL DOWN 500 was 8:50!!!

I noticed this as I was downloading the TrainingPeaks log.

So then I had to ask, has my average stroke count changed? I haven’t been counting strokes lately, but my watch does without me knowing. So I looked.


I will start week 3 on Wednesday. Can’t wait…”

TRY THE FIRST TWO WEEKS OF SWIM SPEED WORKOUTS YOURSELF! Based on our Test Team feedback, you will be swimming noticeably faster after two weeks on the Swim Speed program. You’ll have developed a high-elbow catch and a better feel for the water. You’ll have begun to strengthen your core, and your swimming fitness will be rising rapidly. Click here to learn how.