Anyway! Now that I've been catapulted into the adventure swimming world people seem to think I am a swimming guru. I can swim enough not to drown but if you read my epic failure at my first training session you'll realise that I have a LONG way to go before the proverbial armbands come off.
What I do have though, is a training system that worked in the past. Before my RTW cycle I couldn't do more than 40 miles without having to take the train home. 6 months later I could do 180 miles a day for weeks on end. I had a pretty good training program from my trainer Steve Mellor and I am going to follow a similar system for the swim (but not nearly as many hours as this time it's not a race)
When training you need to recognise what type of activity you are engaging in and how to train for it. There is no point in me busting my ass doing loads of cardio when I'm going to be plodding along slowly and steadily all day. Cardio will come anyway!
So. No spin classes! Yay!
So what do I need to work on?
I need to become swimming fit. What does that mean? It means I need to condition all the muscles involved in swimming to become stronger and more efficient. I need to work on my technique. And I need to add some fun elements to training to keep motivated. I'll do this in the following ways.
I use the gym purely for strength work. I'll get my endurance in the pool. I do 3 sets of 5 reps on heavy weights. This gets my muscles strong and helps avoid injury. Swimming is very upper body heavy (I have weak arms as it turns out) and I need to get my shoulders strong. I also do some core work but again that comes in the pool.
I then do some long swims and some sprints just to man up a bit. I haven't set a specific time yet but I hope to be able to do a good 4-6 hours in the water by the end of June. I prefer to use a swimming cord which means I can choose a quiet side of the pool, swim in the same spot, switch off, and not worry about others. I'll let you know on the progress as I get along!
I try and get on the bike as much as I can because A: Cycling is still my favourite sport and B: It helps the legs stay strong for swimming!
So thats what I am up too now. Below is a rough training schedule for now but it will most likely change throughout the next 6 weeks before I start! In the boxes I write the weights I use and the time I swim so I can document my improvements!
So thats it, the program that works for me! If anyone has any tips I'm always listening.