Reply To: U.S. Question, is interval for 50yd repeat length for 500 free too long?
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I wouldn’t want to guess too high because I don’t want you to be disappointed but I would say at least 1.5-2 percent for a good suit. So that would be around 5-6 seconds for a 5:50 500 free. With the rest/shave/suit my two main 500 girls went from 5:47 (5:50 most meets) and 5:40 (5:43ish most meets) down to 5:33 and 5:28. A lot of coaches and parents disagree with me but I think the suit does a TON. I’m young enough to have had a lot of experience swimming with and without them. Just make sure you get a good one.
I wouldn’t abandon the 50s altogether. If you really think you can hold 33low on them then try to do that and build the number up as high as you can while still doing your 75s at normal pace.
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