Reply To: U.S. Question, is interval for 50yd repeat length for 500 free too long?
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I swim the 500 in a meet this coming weekend. We’ll see how I do. Given that I’m only getting to somewhere around 2x race distance before first fail and a little over 3 before failing the set, I think 5:50 is still a bit of a stretch. I do expect to break 6:00, though.
So I went back to training 50s instead of 75s for the last three days before the meet to allow myself a little rest. Made 30 @ :34 on :54 without a fail Thursday, barely broke a sweat making 20 on Friday, only did a dozen Saturday.
Here were my splits:
1 Patrick, Gary
30.72 1:04.45 (33.73) 1:39.06 (34.61) 2:14.14 (35.08)
2:49.81 (35.67) 3:26.22 (36.41) 4:02.88 (36.66) 4:40.05 (37.17)
5:17.59 (37.54) 5:54.01 (36.42)
I just couldn’t hold that :35/50y pace. I went out a touch stronger than planned, and was a little fatigued from swimming what to me was a strong 200 free about 50 minutes prior, so maybe a 5:49.xx was in there.
Long story short: I’m convinced that, at least for me, 50’s on 20 seconds rest at 500 race pace is not demanding enough. My capacity to do 50’s on :20 rest suggests I should have been in the low-mid 5:40’s. But my work doing 75’s on :20 rest predicted almost exactly what time I finished at.