Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Pyramid technique

I've swum - with the occasional large gap of none swimming in between - all my life. I have always loved swimming. Ever since my mum first started taking me down to the local pool to teach me to swim as a toddler. Through my first ever swimming lesson when at the age of 4 I earned my first swimming badge by doing 10m backstroke without putting my feet down, through all my badges to swimming club with it's added element of competition. I was a member of Connah's Quay Swimming Club between the ages of around 7 to 14 and going to gala's and competitions was often the highlight of my week.

So hopefully I know a little bit about training and although I don't know how wise it is, I have my own training technique - the pyramid technique (as named by Robert Wellings (Born 9th October 1983)). & I'm not completely sure how effective it is so at some point I will probably have to think about buying a book, getting some advice from long distance swimmers or joining a club? But for now I think I will stick to the pyramid technique.

For my first two swims (I'm swimming in a 25m pool) I swam 4 lengths of breast stroke as both a warm up and a warm down. Then in between I did (all freestyle) 4, 4, 8, 8, 4, 4 with short breaks in between (maybe I should regulate these - keeping them to 30 or 60 seconds?). If my maths is correct (which it mostly but not always is) I swam 40 lengths in total (with the warm up/down) which equals 1000m.

For my second swim I considered upping it from 40 lengths but I thought it best to consolidate and do another 40 lengths but push myself a little bit harder. So that's what I did and even though I pushed myself that little bit harder, I still found it easier to complete and didn't feel like being sick - not even once :). Tonight - only my third swim after not being able to make it Sunday and the pool being closed yesterday for the Bank Holiday -  I will increased the amount of lengths I swim by adding two more eights to the pyramid. So that I swim 4, 4, 8, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4, = 56 lengths. After a couple more swims, I will then add a 16 to the top of the pyramid and so on.

Eventually the pyramid might end up looking something like this: 4, 4, 8, 8, 16, 16, 32, 64, 32, 16, 16, 8, 8, 4, 4 and potentially even harder. But considering that tonight I'm expecting 4, 4, 8, 8, 8, 8, 4, 4 to be a bit of a struggle. That one might be a little way off just yet! 

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