• BB&DPS – Best Balance & Distance Per Stroke: 5 strokes or less in the 4 styles in a short course pool, 10 strokes or less in long course – “Tai Chi Swimming.”  Please go to T.I.P.S. for a more detailed explanation.
  • OB          Over Best:  # of strokes recommended over your BBDPS count
  • TOR        Turn Over Rate
  • Y             FlY
  • K             BacK
  •              BreasT
  • E              FreE
  • uw           Underwater
  • kk            Kick
  •  ‘              Minutes
  • “              Seconds
  • w/            with: utilized to indicate a number of seconds of rest between repetitions
  • on:          to indicate that everyone will do a repetition on a set send-off
  • Description of Training Set:  25’ x (5 x 100 /10”)w/30” – During 25 minutes, you swim sets of 5 one-hundreds taking 10 seconds to rest after each and taking 30 seconds rest after 5.

WARM UP:

{IM Drill:  4 kk Y, 7 kk K, 2 kk T, 7 kk E.

{IM Swim: Swim the 4 strokes in the Individual Medley order, YKTE @ your BB&DPS 5 strokes or less in 25 yd. pool).

4 kk Y: Lie on the ‘Y’ position, dolphin kick 4 times, on the 4th kick stroke and breathe; repeat the length of the pool.

7 kk K: Lie on the ‘I’ position (shoulder to the sky with arm parallel to body, hand on the thigh/arm pit to the bottom with arm above head in line with the body), flutter kick 4 times with the top leg, that allows for 3 kicks with the bottom leg, then stroke and lie on the other side and repeat the 7 kicks, count 4 kicks with the top leg.

2 kk T: Pull, breathe, kick, glide, hold your hands in front, then breathe, kick, glide; repeat 2 kicks for 1 pull; on the 2nd stroke think timing, shoulders and heels up together, down together.

7 kk E: Same as back: arm-pit to the bottom – shoulder to the sky, when you stroke one time, during the roll side to side, the nose goes past the water, and you count 4 kicks from the bottom leg (since both feet are kicking you do a total of 7 kicks), after you breathe, set head and stroke again back to the first side.

Continue repeating 1x IM drills, 1x IM swim until time is finished.

KICKING SET:

4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”

4 x 25 E no breath} on 45”

The 25’s kk are fast; the 25’s E are brisk: work on setting the head (steady bowline), fast feet in a small space, and shoulder shifting.

Leave on 45” or a sendoff that allows you to get at least 20” rest on the kick.  Repeat the number of sets specified, alternating, the 4 kicking laps and the 4 no breathe laps.

DRILL OF THE WEEK:

            Rotational Drill 360o:  Place both hands after the Streamline glide on your thighs, then proceed to do 360o rolls, 3 to 4 times roll to the right, 3 to 4 times roll to the left; use your high hip to help you rotate.  Do not use your hands.

TRI-ATHLETE NOTES:

During warm-up triathletes are encouraged to swim the 4 styles, it is warm-up for the entire musculoskeletal system; furthermore, swimming breaststroke can help in a race situation in the event of a foot or calf cramp, the breast kick requires to flex the foot, the way to get rid of said cramps; swimming backstroke will help the triathletes to ‘find core’, connecting the hands to the power source, the hip rotation, while keeping the head set, (no need to turn the head to breathe); the butterfly, will make you more aquatic.  When swimmers do Individual Medley:  Y, K, T, and E:  FLY, BACK, BREAST, FREE; Tri-athletes swim:  Naked (no equipment), Paddles, Fins, Both

 

COUNTING STROKES:

1 stroke in Y and T is one extension to the front end; count the letter at the breath and the number at the “glide.”  1 stroke in E and K is counted when both arms have completed a revolution, the letter for one hand, and the number for the other hand, count at hand entry.  The recommended “Number of Strokes OB” over best is for short course pools, if you train in a long course pool double the recommended number and add a stroke.  Obviously, the lack of turn and the extra distance makes a difference.  For example if the set reads swim at 1 ½ to 2 ½ OB, it means that in the long course pool you will swim at 4 to 6 strokes over your best stroke count.  We know that when you take more strokes you swim faster, up to a point that your style may suffer or tire you too quickly.  Pay attention: count strokes.  When equipment such as paddles and/or fins are used deduct ½ stroke from the OB for each accessory that you wear.

Date:  01-03-2022 Workout Today  HAPPY NEW YEAR 2022 DAY 1
 
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1 20’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE

{IM Swim @ BBDPS

Please see BASICS, for full set explanations
Sprint Set SP3 2 x {(6 x 6 str on 1’) w/50 drill

25

2 sets of 6x 25, push off and swim all out, no breath until 6 strokes, then swim easy to the 25.  In E & K 6 strokes are 12 digs, in Y & T 6 extensions to the front.
Anaerobic Threshold EN3

Intensity:  3 to 4 OB

Equipment:  Hand Paddles

35’ x 800 w/75”

Count:  A to P

Repeat 800’s until 35’ are finished, rest 75” after counting A to P.
Kick Set 3 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”

{4 x 25 E no breathe}

Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date:  01-04-2022 Workout Today FELIZ AÑO NUEVO
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE

{IM Swim @ BBDPS

Please see BASICS, for full set explanations
Prolonged Sprinting SP3 2 x {(6 x 25 on 2’) w/50 drill

50

2 sets of 6 repetitions – dive-in 25’s all out, no breath if possible.  Work on start, break and maximum acceleration.  Swim easy to the 50 so you restart on prescribed send-off.
Aerobic Training EN2

Intensity:  1 ½ to 2 ½ OB

Equipment:   Paddles and Fins

50’ x 800 w/40” A to P

700 w/35” A to N

600 w/30” A to L

500 w/25” A to J

400 w/20” A to H

300 w/15” A to F

200 w/10” A to D

100 w/5” A to B

Swim a pyramid, start at 800 and keep going to the 100, take 5” rest per 100 of swim, at the 800 take 40”, at the 700 rest 35”, at the 600 rest 30”, and so on till you get to the 200 with 10”, and finish with a 100.  Maintain a steady pace.
Kick Set 2 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”

{4 x 25 E no breath}

Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date:  01-05-2022 Workout Today FELIZ ANO NOVO
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE         {IM Swim @ BBDPS Please see BASICS, for full set explanations
Aerobic Training EN2Intensity:  1 ½ to 3 OBEquipment:  None 45’ x {(5 x 100 w/10” to 15”) w/20”           Y, K, T, E, IM

Count:  A to B

Sets of 5x 100 w/10” rest after every 5 take 20” rest, to drink, swim 1x 100 of each stroke and 1x IM.  Restart until 45’ finish
VO2 max       EN3Intensity:  4 ½ to 5 ½ OB 3 x 400 w/2’ to 2:30, swim 50 EZ        Count:  A to H These swims are approximately 90% to 92% efforts over your best time.
Kick Set 1 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”      {4 x 25 E no breath} Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date:  01-06-2022 Workout Today BONNE ANNÉE
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1 20’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE

{IM Swim @ BBDPS

Please see BASICS, for full set explanations
In Motion Speed SP3 3 x {(4 x 50 on 1:30) w/50 drill

6 str

“Olympic” Finishes.  Swim 3 sets of 4x 50 go easy until six strokes out of the finish, then sprint all out no breath and touch, not “grab” the wall.  Swim a 50 drill after 4.  Choose a different stroke each set.
Anaerobic Threshold EN3

Intensity:     3 to 4 OB

Equipment:  Paddles optional

30’ x {1 x 100 w/30” A to B

{1 x 200 w/40” A to D

{1 x 300 w/50” A to F

{1 x 400 w/60” A to H

Swim 100, 200, 300, and 400. Please observe the resting intervals.  Restart until the 30’ are finished.
Kick Set 2 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”

{4 x 25 E no breathe}

Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date:  01-07-2022 Workout Today BUON ANNO
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE

{IM Swim @ BBDPS

Please see BASICS, for full set explanations
Aerobic Training EN2

Intensity:     1 ½ to 3 OB

40’ x {400 IM w/20”

{400 E w/20”

Count:  A to H

Swim 1 x 400 IM and then 1 x 400 free watch the resting intervals.
Anaerobic Threshold EN3

Intensity:     3 to 4 OB

Equipment:  Fins – optional

30’ x 200 w/30” – 45” K

Count:  A to D

200 backstroke, work on the 15 yards under water dolphin kick
Kick Set 1 x {4 x 25 w/kickboard} on 45”

{4 x 25 E no breathe}

Please see BASICS, if you need more explanations
Date:  01-08-2022 Workout Today HAPPY NEW YEAR! KEEP SWIMMING
Energy System Exercise Set Exercise Description
Warm Up EN1 15’ x {IM Drill: 4kkY, 7kkK, 2kkT, 7kkE

{IM Swim @ BBDPS

Please see BASICS, for full set explanations
Aerobic Training EN 2

Intensity:     1 ½ to 3 OB

Equipment:  Fins

40’ x {1 x 100 IM w/15”

{2 x 25 kk on 45”

{1 x 100 2nd best w/15”

{2 x 25 kk on 45”

{1 x 100 3rd best w/15”

{2 x 25 kk on 45”

{1 x 100 4th best w/15”

{2 x 25 kk on 45”

The swim portions are at the intensity prescribed in the Energy System, working on 2nd, 3rd and 4th best strokes.  The kick portions should be on the side dolphin or flutter or dolphin uw
Sprint Set SP3 4 x 5 str on 1:30 w/50 drill

50

4 repetitions of 5 strokes all out no breath, then swim EZ to the 50
Lactate anaerobic tolerance SP2

Intensity:     6 to 7 OB

2 x (3 x 75 on 5’) w/8’ 2 sets of 3 repetitions go as fast as you can, do active rest in between each, swim 400 EZ between 1st and 2nd sets.
Warm Down EN1 400 ea.  S K P S 1600 swim, kick, pull, swim