Monday, January 16, 2017


My buddy Andy, Captain of the Army Swim Team way back in 1994-5, asked me recently if I'd archived my swimming workouts on this blog.  I realized that I hadn't and that this was an obvious mistake.  One of the principle things you want to do as a blogger is increase the number of ways you archive your posts, so that you can continue to generate hits from your previous work.

This post is therefore the draft version of the SWIM tab, which will serve as my archive of swimming workouts going forward.

This blog already has a TRIATHLON tab, and I humbly suggest that if you are a triathlete or just a novice looking to improve your swimming, you should start there.  There are several posts over there about swimming form and swim training basics, many from my days writing for Triathlon.About.Com.  This tab is intended for established Master's level swimmers who already have a substantial background in the sport.  If you've never been on a swim team, and you try to do these workouts as written, you're unlikely to do yourself any favors.

For established swimmers: I am not out there trying to kill myself.  Most of these workouts are archived as part of a triathlete training regime, intended to prepare me to swim an open water mile at the start of an Olympic distance triathlon.  These days I'm mostly training to stay fit, but I still occasionally set goals, usually either for the open water mile or the 500 Free.  The older workouts (the "tri training logs") tend to have more long, aerobic-paced sets; the newer ones--at the bottom of the page--are generally done at a faster pace with a bit more rest.

Most of these workouts are between 2000 and 3000 yards, using a Cruise Interval of 1:15 per 100.  A few get out to about 4000, but I rarely go further than that.

Offseason Triathlon Workouts

Offseason Swim Workouts: Getting Faster
Week #1
Week #2
Week #3
Week #4
Week #5 (Cruise Interval Week)
Week #6

Swim Workouts and Archived Workout Logs

Swim Practice Tonight (10/7/14)
Offseason Training Log: 10/6 to 10/12
Offseason Training Log: 10/27 - 11/2
Today's Swim Practice (11/8/14)
Tri Training Log: 3/2 to 3/8
Tri Training Log: 3/16 to 3/22
Triathlon Training Log: 3/30 to 4/3
Tri Training Log: 4/4 to 4/12
Training Log: PLYOGA & Triathlon Training (7/6/15)
Going Longer (Swim Across the Sound)
Triathlon Training Log: 8/10 to 8/16
Triathlon Training Log: 8/17 - 8/23
Swimming Reality Check: It's Not All Bad
Tri Training Log: 9/7 - 9/13
Tri Training Log: 9/28 - 10/4
Veteran's Day Workout
Training Log: Dec. 28th to Jan. 3rd
Training Log: 1/4 to 1/10
Training Log: 1/11 to 1/17
Training Log: 1/18 to 1/24
Training Log: 2/1 to 2/7
Training Log: 2/8 - 2/14
Training Log: 2/29 - 3/6
Training Log: 3/7 to 3/13
Saturday Workout Notes (with weights; 3/19/16)
Training Log: 4/4 to 4/10
Saturday Workout Update (with weights; 7/23/16)
Workout Journal: August 8, 2016
Workout Journal: On the Value of Goals
Odds & Ends: Last Day Before Vacation
Workout Journal: Coming Back Into Form
Swim / Triathlon Training: Building Emotional Resilience
Yesterday's Workout (or "How to Swim Stupid") [4,150 yards]
Swim Workout: Impromptu Racing (50s!)
Friday Mad Science: Putting Ourselves Back Together
Weekend Swimming Workouts: Jan. 14 & 15, 2017

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