Swim Speed Workouts Week 8-1: “Speed Mixer”

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The Swim Speed Test Team is a group of volunteers that is reporting on their newfound swim speed earned over 16 weeks of the Swim Speed Workouts program.

Here’s what testers thought of this workout. You can try out the first six workouts of the Swim Speed Workouts program for yourself! (See below)

Swim Speed Workouts Test Team logoTEST TEAM SUMMARY OF WORKOUT 8-1:

Jennifer M. (The Coach): I liked all the speed play within this workout.  It was a nice mixture between drill/core work and speed. It was very helpful to watch the Hand-Entry Drill right before I went to the pool to give me a nice visualization of what the drill should look like.  I find all the videos that go with this swim program a really nice bonus!  The Tarzan Drill never seems to get easier though!

Rebecca B. (The Open-Water Swimmer): We completed 8-1 on Friday morning. Another good combination of drills and strength. We thought the main set was good and hard. We split up our swim group into three groups based on their 50 send-off intervals. This was a fun set with a nice big total of yardage. We are half-way through the program!

Catherine L. (The Number Cruncher): This is a very nice gentle workout focusing on kicking and pulling to meld into proper timing  between the body and the extremities.  The warm up and drill set included the Hand-Entry Drill and Tarzan Drill. The main set was a great mixture of kicking and pulling 3x through with a lot of focus on the core while pulling/or kicking.  I enjoyed this set.  The swim set was 2x through descending 50s to 95%.  My last 50 of the set I just had to do 100%.  My body and brain wanted to and I went for it because, after all that work of making the pull-kick connection, I had to test it out to see how it works. It’s scary how it works!

Progress? The Tarzan for me is getting more connected and stronger. My neck still gets sore, but I am getting across the pool more quickly and I like to peek down and see what my arms are doing.  It is nice to feel that the high elbow pull is becoming second nature now.  My timing with core and limbs seems to be better. I feel steady in the water without these little bursts of speed then nothing and then another burst. Now I have a steady effort wall-to-wall and that itself feels amazing not having a drag or stagnant point.  And feeling my body move over the water, which is hard to describe. But there is definitely less struggle. That last 50 of the descend set was scary fast — :33 sec from the wall. I can’t believe my body did that.

Anything Else? Probably the best part! Upon arrival to the pool another triathlete I haven’t seen in a few months was there swimming her laps and she looked up and said, “Catherine, whoa! You’ve been lifting more weights in your program! Nice shoulders and upper arms! You are so muscular looking!” Well, I don’t think I look that muscular at all.  But I told her the only thing that’s different in my strength program is the tubing sets in these workouts. (That and I have shoveled about 10 feet of snow this year, ha!).   I don’t think I notice the difference except I was rubbing my upper arms the other day because I was cold you know and well I had these rocks in my tricep area and nothing felt loose…. so maybe?

Chad L. (The Sprint Speed Racer): I liked the Hand-Entry Drill in the warm-up and really focused on the hand/forearm when entering the water. Also, that Tarzan Drill is getting easier. Hope that means something good. First half of the main set – kicks were not fast. I’m still focusing on having “loose” ankles and kicking easy. No problems for this set. And as for a negative split, today I think I pushed a bit too hard on the first half when I should have been in the moderate range. Now descends I have never done until Swim Speed Workouts. I really like them and find them to be more of a mental exercise than physical.

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 to try Swim Speed Workouts.