This is the third in a series of offseason swim workouts that I’m writing for one of the members of my triathlon club. As before, these workouts are intended for accomplished swimmers, with an “accomplished swimmer” being defined as someone who can comfortably race an open water mile for time and know whether or not their swim was a good one based on how fast they swam and how tired they were when they came out of the water.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with focusing on drills to become a longer, more efficient swimmer. If you can’t swim an open water mile easily, that’s what I recommend you do. However, this workout series is not geared for that. These workouts are meant to take experienced triathletes who’ve spent an entire season building long, efficient strokes and give them a boost of speed and power. They can then build on that new power when next season’s training starts in earnest.